Annual Gift Giving

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Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in Beaver News, Cub News, Rover News, Scout News, Venture News | Posted on 28-11-2017

Date: Wednesday 6th December

Time: 6.45pm

Venue: UCC Boole 4

Uniform: Full uniform including black shoes and black socks.

Parking: UCC carpark on Donovans rd

Access: UCC have asked that we use the Donovans rd or Boole College rd entrances.

Parents and family are very welcome and seating will be available in Boole 3.

Gifts collected will be distributed to various charities around the city, so, we’d appreciate if each scouter family could bring a wrapped gift labelled boy/girl and age.

Gifts are not compulsory and don’t need to be expensive. Something as simple as a colouring pencil set or colouring book would be very much appreciated.

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

Weekly Section Meetings Return – Venture Scouts

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Posted by Richard | Posted in Venture News | Posted on 01-09-2017

Our Venture Scouts (15 – 17 yr olds) are back in action: Our Venture Crew is full and so are unable to take new members

  • DSF Venture Scouts
    Back on Wednesday September 13th at 20:00
    Venture Crew Adviser: Richard Scriven richardscriven@douglasscouts.ie

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.

Consent Form 2017

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Posted by Admin | Posted in 2nd Beavers, 2nd Cubs, 2nd Scouts, 47th Beavers, 47th Cubs, 47th Scouts, 6th Beavers, 6th Cubs, 6th Scouts, 93rd Beavers, 93rd Cubs, Rover News, Venture News | Posted on 06-08-2017

Hi all,
You can download a consent form that needs to be filled out for every youth member and handed back to their Leader immediately.

Consent Form 2017

You can fill it in and print it off yourself and bring it down to the next meeting.
YiS,
Darran.

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.