Family fun quiz – A reminder to all members and their families

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 02-10-2017

Don’t forget this Sunday in the Rochestown Park Hotel is our Family Fun Quiz

Make sure you inform your childs section leader that you’re going so that we can have space for everyone!

Contact your childs section leader now and tell us how many people you’re bringing along

Family Fun Quiz

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Posted by Stephen Granleese | Posted in Group News, News | Posted on 19-09-2017

Our Parents & Friends Committee are hosting an event in the Rochestown Park Hotel on October 8th from 15:00 to 17:00 for all the family.

We’re having a family fun, family friendly quiz. All the questions will be targeted at all age groups and questions will be Scouting and Non-Scouting alike.

This is a event for you to get to meet the leadership team, see who else is involved in the Group and spend time with the family on a Sunday afternoon.

Each table will cost just €10 and each team can have a max. of 6 people so grab your family, relatives and friends and come along

You can get this information on our social media pages and we’d encourage you to share the event, we’d love to see a large crowd on the day

Registration Fee & Registration Night 2017/2018 – Sunday September 3rd

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Posted by Eoin Field | Posted in Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 01-09-2017

We are NOW accepting payments through www.easypaymentsplus.com for the Scouting year 2017/2018
We had kept the registration fee the same for approx. 5 years and due to increasing costs it was agreed at our last Group Council that we need to make a modest increase of €10 per child.
  • Registration for 2017/18 will be as follows:
    This covers National Registration, Insurance and building costs (lighting, heating etc.)
  • €140 for one Scout
  • €260 for two siblings
  • €360 for three siblings
Our preferred method of payment is through the Easy Payment System, we have made an adjustment so that the EPP fees will be paid by the Group so there is NO CHARGE for you to use this system anymore.
If you wish to pay in cash or by cheque we look forward to see you this Sunday 3rd September 7-8PM
Yours In Scouting
Ger Hodkinson
Group Treasurer
Email: gerhodkinson@douglasscouts.ie

Registration Evening 2017 – Sunday 3rd Sept 7-8PM

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Posted by Admin | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 26-08-2017

We had kept the registration fee the same for approx. 5 years and due to increasing costs it was agreed at our last Group Council that we need to make a modest increase of €10 per child.
  • Registration for 2017/18 will be as follows:
    This covers National Registration, Insurance and building costs (lighting, heating etc.)
  • €140 for one Scout
  • €260 for two siblings
  • €360 for three siblings
Our preferred method of payment is through the Easy Payment System, we have made an adjustment so that the EPP fees will be paid by us so there is NO charge for you to use this system anymore. We will be accepting online payments from 1st September.
If you wish to pay in cash or by cheque we look forward to see you on Sunday 3rd September 7-8PM
Yours In Scouting
Ger Hodkinson
Group Treasurer

New Group Leader for Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group

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Posted by Admin | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Beaver News, Cub News, Group News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 15-08-2017

Following the announcement on May 18th last that Conor Crowley would step down over the summer months the Group Council tonight unanimously agreed that Eoin Field would be nominated for the position of Group Leader of the Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group and his details will now be forwarded to the National Commissioner (Adult Resources) of Scouting Ireland for approval.

Eoin joined the leadership team when he returned to Scouting after a few years break, to what was then the Douglas Scout Group, as an assistant Beaver Scout Leader back in 2012. He moved to Cubs after a year where he has run the 6th Cork Cub Scout pack ever since and was appointed Deputy Group Leader in 2016.

Eoin also is currently part of the team that is assisting the Scout Phoenix Patrol with their training and preparation for the National Campcraft Competition this weekend in Stormont Castle.

Coming from a Scouting background Eoin was a member of Blarney Cubs, Scouts & Ventures until he took a break at the age of 25. His father Pat Field is a former Unit Leader for Blarney are former Regional Commissioner. Eoins daughter Ella and son Jack are both members of the Group in Scouts and Cub Scouts.

The Group Council and the leadership team of all our sections wish him well in his new role and look forward to supporting him and helping him to lead Douglas & St. FinBarres into the future.

Camp 2017 – The full report

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp 2017, Group News, Venture News | Posted on 04-08-2017

The daily blog didn’t take off as planned this year, three days in and it was abandoned. There was so much going on it just got left behind. Here’s the full report of daily life on Camp 2017. This report, along with a few pictures, will be published in the Evening Echo Scout notes next week.

42 youth members comprising of 24 Scouts and 18 Venture Scouts took part in the 2 week camping experience from July 1st to July 15th

Day one on camp was a early start with the first flight departing at 06:25 on the short flight from Cork to Stansted. From there a bus was arranged to bring us the journey of approx 45 minutes to the site itself. We got down to business straight away and started to build site, put up the tents and get ourselves sorted. The first day onsite was very warm and the early start showed so it was an early night for some. One of our Scouters, Enda Downey, led everyone on a walking tour of the site, having camped there a number of times before.

Our second day included a short hike into Chingford town so that the youth members could get some goodies and then activities onsite on day one were the Ariel Trek for the Scouts and the 3G Swing for the Venture Crew. That evening the Venture Crew went for a hike into the Epping Forest while the Scouts played onsite wide games. Day three for the Scouts was taking part in Frisbee Golf, skittles and bowels while the Venture Crew did a large pioneering project with our Rover Scouts for the site gate. That evening we headed into the forest for backwoods cooking and shelter building and made shelters to bivvy out in that night.

Day four brought the first of our Patrol Hikes. The 5 Patrols (2 Venture and 3 Scout) were given various locations to hike to and they went to visit Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Buckhurst Hill and Enfield. Some of the directions were described as ‘suspect’ but everyone arrived where they should have eventually! Day five on camp was onsite Gilwell activities again which were Bouldering and Jacobs Ladder for the Scouts while the Venture Crew were given Task Master challenges by the Scouters to complete followed by Freefall and Crate Staking activities in the evening

The first of two trips to London started on day six, we all travelled together by Tube into South Kensington and into the London Science Museum. While we queued we realised we weren’t the only Irish Scouts there but were joined by the 112th Dublin Knocklyon who were also on their summer camp. Our youth members spent most of the day in the Science Museum and took part in WonderLab which is an interactive gallery with cutting edge exhibits. A shorter visit to the Natural History Museum followed before we made our way back to site via the Tube and overground train.

Day 7 brought the first week to an end with a lazy day onsite, we all headed to Chingford Leisure Centre for a cool down in the pool. That evening our Scouts and some Scouters headed off North by minibus and car where they’d spend two nights in Abington Woods Outdoor Educational Centre up near Cambridge. Our Venture Crew and some Scouters remained onsite to take part in Gilwell 24 – a 24 hour activity experience for Scouts aged 15 to 18. While spending the weekend in Abington our Scouts were treated to a day trip to the fantastic Flying Legends Airshow at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford Airfield. It was incredible to see the aerobatic displays of the old war planes. The second night in Abington Woods ended with a takeaway treat after a brilliant Scout led campfire.

Day 10 was another scorcher of a day. The Scouts & Venture Crew took part in Desert Island Challenges during the morning then the Venture Crew went Bouldering onsite in Gilwell while the Scouts took part in Freefall and Tomahawk Throwing. Day 10 was also the day we had new neighbours onsite, the 29th Dublin, Blackrock arrived and we made new Scouting Friends.

Day 11 was the second day trip and the most exciting and jam packed on camp. We took in Covent Garden Market, Leicester Square for a visit to the Lego and M&M Store, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Regent Street and a visit to Hamleys Toy Store. By the time we got back to site the first and only rainny night on camp began so we splashed out and bought take away from a local in Chingford and relaxed. Day 12 was the second round of Patrol Hikes to the local towns of Loughton, Waltham Abbey and Enfield.

Day 13 everyone climbed onboard a coach and we spent the day in Chessington World of Adventure Theme Park & Resort. A huge hit with everyone. The final full day (day 14) on camp was with regret as we had to break site, took down our tents and moved to temporary tents onsite for the final night. The last night on camp ended with an epic campfire, lasting two and a half hours. Song after song after song from Scouters, Ventures and Scouts. It was brilliant.

The flight home on Day 15 had us back in Cork for just after 1:30 in the afternoon.

This years Camp wouldn’t have been as much of an experience without the incredible and legendary youth members that went along. The leadership team thank them all for their Scouting spirit and their parents should be really proud.

Pictures from Camp 2017

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Posted by Enda | Posted in 2nd Scouts, 47th Scouts, 6th Scouts, Camp, Camp 2017, Group News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 16-07-2017

Hi All,

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone for making Camp 2017 the success that it was!  Take a big pat on the back!!!!

Secondly, we’ll be putting together pictures etc over the next while.

If you’d like to submit pictures, please use the link:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbzJNDbgnt80phsQiBtHa5JqbLED_oh1VyiVtHAVstjWkLz5cl4C/exec

This is secure – the files will only be available directly to us.

At the moment, this site will only upload one file (picture) at a time.  You can, of course, upload your pictures individually, or if you like, you could zip them into one file & then upload that.

Come back with any queries,

Thanks,

Enda.

Camp 2017 – note re £5 notes….

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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…

Enda.

Become a Volunteer…

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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 (conorcrowley@douglasscouts.ie) or Deputy Group Leader Eoin Field (eoinfield@douglasscouts.ie) 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!

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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

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