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

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