Camp 2017 – note re £5 notes….


Posted by Enda | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp, Camp 2017, Group News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 08-06-2017

Hi All,

I’ve a confession to make – any time I’m in the UK, I never worry too much about having a few £’s in my pocket when I get home.  It’s very likely I’ll be there again before too long & I’ll use it then.  A lot of people are the same – you may be one of them.

If so, you may be planning to give some of the cash you have kept to your son / daughter when going to camp.

Just a quick note about “old” £5 notes.  These look like:


These notes are not being accepted by any shops or businesses since 5th May 2017.


Because of this, we will NOT be accepting those old £5 notes into camp bank.  Also, please don’t give them to them to bring – it’ll only lead to disappointment as they won’t be able to spend them.

You can read more about this at:  Daily Telegraph Old £5 Note

Just for interest, the new (valid) £5 note looks like:





As ever, give us a call with any queries…


Become a Volunteer…


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News | Posted on 03-06-2017

A Volunteer… 1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. 2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay

Running a Group our size is not an easy task, it is made easier however by people who help out in the background, like help us with fundraising and with administration

We currently have voluntary roles that need filling. Please get in touch with Group Leader Conor Crowley ( or Deputy Group Leader Eoin Field ( if you are interested. We’d be happy to talk to you about whats involved

Assistant Group Treasurer
To assist the Group Treasurer manage the Group finances, the assist the Group Treasurer with the reporting of the bank balance at Group Council, to assist the Group Treasurer to produce the annual accounts and manage the budgetary processes.
You don’t need a degree or background in Finance, it helps if you have a good head for figures and an ability to be organised. You will have the full backing of the Group Treasurer, the Group Council and know you are supported by the County Treasurer and National Finance Team.

Members of the Parents & Friends Support Group
The role of the PFSG is to provide support and assistance to the Scout Group. The role could include the following: Planning and running Fundraising events, Den/Property development & maintenance, Support for Group events (e.g. catering at investiture/parents night)

Have you a certain skill or role that you feel could benefit our Group? Would you like to share and get involved? Please come and speak with us if you can help out in anyway possible.

Roles that involve the interaction with our youth members will be subject to Garda Vetting.


2017 – Another great Scouting year!


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Group News | Posted on 21-05-2017

To all members, parents and Scouting friends;

Over the next two months the Scouting year will draw to a close and we’re well into the camping season now. Our sections have been under canvas on a number of occasions over the last few weeks already and this weekend one of our Scout troops spent the weekend in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary while our 4 cub packs went to Fota Scout Centre.

It’s not over yet as there’s a few weeks to go before our sections take a break from their weekly meetings.

It’s been another huge year for the Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group. I want to say a massive congratulations to our Scout sections on their result in the Cork South Scout County Shield last month and best of luck to them as the Group sends a team to Stormont Castle in August to compete in the Phoenix National Camp-craft Competition.

Our Beaver and Cub Scouts have had a jam packed year also. It’s a huge credit to our volunteer adult members for giving up their time and helping to run a great program of events over the last number of months.

Our Venture Scouts still grow in numbers and under the leadership of Richard and Michael go from strength to strength and are a very active crew.

Our next big adventure for the Scouts and Venture Crew is 2 weeks in Gilwell Scout Centre near London in July.

Our sections cannot continue to run as successfully as they do without support from the parents of our members; thank you for encouraging your kids to come along to the weekly meetings and attending activities each month. A special thanks to the members of our Parents & Friends Committee who over the last 12 months have run various fund raising activities so that our facilities can be updated for our members.

On January 6th 2011 I was nominated and appointed as Group Leader of what was then the 6th/47th Douglas Scout Group and on August 22nd 2013 I was nominated and appointed as the first Group Leader of the then newly formed Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group.

Even though I was re-appointed last August I have decided to step aside over the summer break and the Group will then nominate another member of our leadership team to take the reigns and open a new chapter in the history of this fantastic Group that is Douglas & St. FinBarres.

I informed all of our Group Council members of my decision at our most recent council meeting on May 18th having discussed this with the Group Chairmen, Deputy Group Leader, Group Secretary and Group Treasurer a number of weeks ago.

This role has brought with it a few challenges but more importantly it has brought me great pride and joy and it is truly an honour to lead such a brilliant Group within Scouting Ireland.

I have served my time, along with members of the Group Council, by helping to guide and steer our Group through the initial stages of our merger in 2013 and have witnessed incredible growth in our membership. The merger is well and truly behind us at this stage, in 2015 we added the 93rd Cork to our Scouting Family and our membership continues to grow thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Scouters in offering a wide ranging and varied Scouting program to our youth members.

There are so many people I’d like to thank personally for their help and support during the last 6 years but I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has given me support, offered their guidance and helped me with various tasks in that time.

I am going to say a special thanks however to the youth members of our Group, a number of them who are now adults and still make me smile when I walk into a Scout meeting.

I will remain on as Group Leader for a short while yet and look forward to leading summer Camp 2017 in Gilwell and supporting our Group in the Phoenix in August. I will not be walking away from the Group when I step down and I will offer my assistance when it’s needed.

For now thank you for reading this post, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be the Group Leader and best wishes to whom ever the Group nominates.

Yours In Scouting


Conor Crowley
Outgoing Group Leader
Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group

Race Night in aid of our Group


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News, News | Posted on 02-04-2017

The Parents & Friends Committee are running with a Race Night in aid of our Group in Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club on May 12th.

We need your support!

How can you help?

For starters, this event is for adults only. As there is alcohol served in the Nemo Rangers complex this event is not suited to anyone under the age of 18.

We are selling the horses… we have great prizes for the winning horse owners of each race! It’s a great night, come along and support us.

Horses costs €20 each; just give the money, horse name and owners name to any section leader as soon as possible. Once they sell out we can’t sell any more!

We will have a raffle and an auction race on the night also. Plenty of spot prizes on offer; spread the word, tell your friends and family and join us. First race kicks off at 8pm


St. Patrick’s Day 2017 – thank you


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Group News, News | Posted on 23-03-2017

On behalf of the Group and on behalf of the Parents & Friends Committee I wish to thank each and every one of our members and their families and friends who supported our recent cake sale on St. Patrick’s Day.

Thank you to the members of the wider community for their support in coming into the hall and buying the cakes that were so generously donated and made by our members.

The group raised a little over €1000 on the morning and this is a massive boost from previous years. This money will go towards  ongoing running costs of our hall.

I’d also like to thank the many members that attended the various religious services on St. Patrick’s morning along with those to helped our at the Civic reception in St. Fin barres Cathedral.

Your ongoing support to our Group is gratefully appreciated.

Yours In Scouting,

Conor Crowley

Group Leader

Parking at Frankfield Church – Melleray Weekend


Posted by Enda | Posted in 2nd Beavers, 2nd Cubs, 2nd Scouts, 47th Beavers, 47th Cubs, 47th Scouts, 6th Beavers, 6th Cubs, 6th Scouts, 93rd Beavers, 93rd Cubs, Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 26-01-2017

Hi All,

To keep things sensible this weekend, can we ask that all cars park on the left side of the car park at all times?

This will leave the right side for the coaches.  It will make life easier for all – and more importantly, safer!!

In other words:

Frankfield Parking





Thanks for your help and understanding!!

Big Weekend away – Mount Melleray 2017


Posted by Admin | Posted in Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 04-01-2017

Time is running out to book your place… Book NOW! 

Last bookings will be taken on January 13th if we’re not full before that

We’re going back to Mount Melleray Scout Centre, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Our Cub, Scouts and Ventures will overnight for the two nights of the weekend.

Our Beaver Scouts will join us on Saturday morning and will overnight on that night and everyone will return home together on Sunday

When: January 27th, 28th & 29th 2017

Cost: Cubs, Scouts & Ventures – €60

Cost: Beaver Scouts – €40

These costs include your transport by coach to and from Mount Melleray, all food for the weekend and your accommodation

Numbers are limited, it is preferable that you register and pay for this weekend using the Easy Payments system on this website instead of bringing cash or a cheque to your section Leader. See the link on the right hand side of the page.

Anyone going on this event, from Beavers to Ventures, should have taken part in an overnight with their section beforehand.

Annual consent forms and registration should be up to date before signing up to this event. Please speak with your section Leader if you have any issues.

More details from your section leaders and a full gear list will be published in the next few days


Christmas Break and Seasons Greetings from us all


Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 16-12-2016

As the week draws to a close our weekly section meetings come to an end for the calendar year 2016. On behalf of the leadership team in the Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group I want to wish all our members, friends and families a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2017

Our leadership team are taking a well earned break and with your continued support as parents and friends 2017 promises to be another big year for our group.

At the end of the month of January 2017 we will of course have the big group weekend away to Mount Melleray, there are still a few places left if you want to book so get onto the Easypaymentsplus system now and sign up!

For the Scouts & Venture Scouts 2017 will be focusing on summer Camp which in July will take us to Gilwell Scout Activity Centre in London. Deposits are now been taken, book your place before it’s too late!

All of our sections have a great few months ahead planned but for now, enjoy the break, enjoy time with your family and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017

Yours In Scouting,

Conor Crowley
Group Leader – Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group


12 Days of Christmas – Tickets Return time


Posted by Admin | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 03-12-2016

Dear Parents & Members,

By Wednesday next the 12 Days of Christmas tickets will be in circulation for almost a month. In order that we can arrange that they are sent back to Scouting Ireland National Office and registered in time for the draw all ticket books (preferably all sold) must be handed into the Scout Hall by Wednesday 7th December at 8pm at the very latest.


12 Days Return

Books of tickets (preferably all sold) can be dropped into the Scout Hall (in an envelope, with the money and ticket stubs) on Monday night from 6pm to 8:30pm, on Tuesday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and on Wednesday night from 8pm to 8:30pm

The Parents & Friends Committee are meeting up on Wednesday night in the Scout Hall to arrange registration of the sold tickets and preparing for them to be sent up to National Office to be included in the draw.

Those who sell full books will be entered into our own internal Douglas & St. FinBarres draw for a small prize

Remember; this is a big fund raising opportunity for our group as all proceeds (less 10%) remain with our Scout Group. There are some incredible prizes int his years draw and we encourage everyone to give this their full support.

Yours In Scouting

Conor Crowley                Stephen Granleese
Group Leader                  Chairman – Parents & Friends Committee
Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group

Registration now well overdue


Posted by Admin | Posted in Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 24-11-2016

The Annual registration fee covers our members insurance costs, registration fee with national headquarters and ongoing running costs for our group

At this stage we are still waiting for a small number to pay; as a result of non payment unfortunately this means that these members are not covered by our Hall insurance for the weekly meetings and by Scouting Ireland’s Insurance for activities.

If you are not up to date with registration please contact your child’s section Leader to arrange payment.

If for any reason you are having difficulty paying then please speak with the group leader, in confidence, and we can sort that out.

Yours In Scouting,

Conor Crowley – Group Leader