Become a Volunteer…

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News | Posted on 03-06-2017 16:47 | 0 comments

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.

 

Cub County Water Activities Day

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Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in 2nd Cubs, 47th Cubs, 6th Cubs, 93rd Cubs, Cub News | Posted on 02-06-2017 10:35 | 0 comments

When: 17th June 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Loughbeg Beach, Ringaskiddy. (click on map image below to enlarge)

Cost: €5 covers cost of BBQ at the end of the day.

Is your cub going? So county organisers can ensure plenty of BBQ food for your cub please let your leaders know at your next cub meeting, or sooner.

What to bring: Have a good breakfast before leaving home. Bring a healthy packed lunch and lots of water. Please no fizzy drinks as they only give a very short false energy boost.

Swim wear or a wet suit if they have one, a towel and change of clothes. Water resistant sun lotion and sun hat.

Neckers must be worn.

What if my cub can’t swim? All cubs will be wearing life jackets, so if they’re happy to get wet they’ll have a great day.

Activities include:

Sailing

Rowing

Kayaking

Raft Building

Raft Race

Water Safety / Leave no trace

Beach games

Our Sea Scouting friends from Crosshaven are supplying sail/rowing boats and sailing equipment as well as their qualified leader instructors.

Please ensure all of your cubs gear is clearly labelled with their name.

Please don’t allow your cub to bring any electronic devices, leaders will not take responsibility for lost items.

Camp 2017 Consent Form

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Posted by darran | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 28-05-2017 13:33 | 0 comments

Everyone attending Camp 2017 needs to have this form filled in and brought to your next camp/section meeting.

Click below to download:

Camp 2017 Consent Form

Camp 2017 – Important Update

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 27-05-2017 17:09 | 0 comments

In just 5 weeks time our Scouts, Venture Scouts and Scouters will be heading off on Camp 2017 to Gilwell Scout Campsite and activity centre near Epping Forest, close to Chingford, London.

We are really looking forward to it and hope you are too! Here is an update on what’s happening;

  • Travel – IMPORTANT
    We are flying out from Cork Airport to London Stansted on July 1st and flying home from Stansted on July 15th. We are departing Cork over the course of two flights approx 4 hours apart but we are all flying home two weeks later on the same flight. The majority of the group will go on the first flight and the remainder on the next flight. Don’t worry if you’re on the second flight, you won’t miss out on any activity!! On July 1st FR902 departs at 06:25 and FR909 departs at 10:15 and on July 15th FR908 gets us all back in Cork at 13:35
  • Passport Information – IMPORTANT
    We have already asked for everyone’s passport information. This is needed for flight check-in; Please submit the details using the online form made available in a previous post on our website.
  • Consent forms – IMPORTANT
    Update: The Camp 2017 consent form is now available to download on this site. This must be signed by parent/guardian of each youth member in attendance and handed up to the leadership team by Wednesday 21st at the very latest.
  • Spending Money – IMPORTANT
    We operate a Camp Bank during our summer camps. All youth members will hand up their spending money before we head away. Spending money MUST be in STERLING. Over the course of camp the Scouts and Ventures will be allocated their own money during days out & when deemed necessary.
    This is to ensure a) Scouts & Venture Scouts don’t loose their money and b) Scouts & Venture Scouts don’t spend it all at once!
    This service is not optional and all youth members must hand up their spending money by Wednesday 21st at the latest. The spending money MUST be in STERLING.
    We will not take Euro currency as spending money
  • Personal Gear
    Personal gear will be packed on Thursday June 29th into a van and will be taken by ferry to Gilwell. This means that people will not have to carry luggage on the plane with them. All personal gear should and must fit in a suitable camping rucksack, should include your sleeping bag (can be tied onto your rucksack as tidily as possible) and enough changes of clothes for two weeks.
    Carry on gear on the plane is very limited and should therefore, where possible, be avoided. Remember Airport rules are very strict and will limit a number of items.  The details of hand luggage can be found at:  http://www.corkairport.com/at-the-airport/airport-security/hand-baggage-allowances
  • Troop Gear
    All our troop gear (tents, equipment etc) will be transported separately  before hand and will be onsite in Gilwell when we arrive.
  • Meetings before camp
    As the weekly section meetings draw to a close for this Scouting year we’ll move to meet with everyone going on camp on a weekly basis in the run up to camp itself. Meeting on Wednesday nights from 19:00 on June 14th, 21st and 28th.
  • Activities during camp
    Activities during camp are going to be varied and will include a mix of rope, water and ground activities. We have engaged with Gilwell on a daily programme. We will of course have our own self lead activities including patrol hikes and of course a big day out!
    More details as camp progresses!!!
  • Expensive items/mobile devices
    We are camping for the 2 weeks; There are NO charging facilities in Gilwell. We are in a camping field.
    There will NOT be an opportunity to plug a mobile phone in while we are onsite.
    If a Scout or Venture Scout brings a mobile phone/iPad or other mobile device with them on camp please note the following: The Group takes NO responsibility for any loss or damage caused to a device while we are travelling, while we are away onsite or on an activity. The Scouters (leaders) will NOT mind, look after, charge or hold onto such items while we are travelling, while we are away onsite or on an activity.
    Please understand that any Scout or Venture Scout using such a device while onsite in Gilwell or on an activity may have it confiscated and returned to them only when we arrive back from camp. It is therefore preferable that Scouts & Venture Scouts do not bring mobile phones/iPads or other mobile devices with them on Camp.
    Having said all of this we know people will completely ignore this message so please don’t get annoyed with us if your son/daughter comes home without their mobile device or with it broken…
  • While we’re away
    While we are away we will from time to time, when activities allow and we have coverage, update this website with a Camp 2017 blog. This will give people at home, parents and everyone else, a sense of what is happening on our 2 week adventure.
  • Emergency contact
    In the event of an emergency only and a parent needs make contact with us you can first of all ring Gilwell Scout Centre directly on 00 44 20 8181 3151 or try ring the Group Leader, Conor Crowley, on 087 2053671 (mobile phone will not always be to hand so please leave a message). Please help us by understanding that our numbers on camp are increasing every year, and we really don’t have time for general “how’re things going” phone calls!

We will provide a detailed gear list in the next few days and when we meet up starting on Wednesday 14th we will finalise any items we need too. For now however it is important that you submit your son/daughters passport information.

If your child has any medical conditions that the Scouters need to know off then please speak, in confidence with the Group Leader Conor Crowley, or email him at: conorcrowley@douglasscouts.ie or speak with any of the Scout Leaders and we will deal with you directly.

If your child has any serious food allergies that the Scouters need to know off then please speak with us, again in confidence, and we can deal with that.

We will cater for those Scouts/Ventures that are vegetarian but please make sure we know BEFORE we go that you are one…

For now that’s all. We will have more regular updates over the next 5 weeks. If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting your section leader directly

2nd Cork Scouts evancauser@douglasscouts.ie
6th Cork Scouts eoghanhealy@douglasscouts.ie
47th Cork Scouts vickieswanton@douglasscouts.ie
Venture Crew richardscriven@douglasscouts.ie

Come back to me with any queries,

 

Yours In Scouting

Conor Crowley
Group Leader & Camp Chief 2017

2017 – Another great Scouting year!

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Group News | Posted on 21-05-2017 20:30 | 0 comments

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

Cub Camp Fota May 19th – 21st

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Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in 2nd Cubs, 47th Cubs, 6th Cubs, 93rd Cubs, Cub News | Posted on 05-05-2017 10:20 | 0 comments

Venue: Fota Scout Centre
Travel Times:
  • Depart: Friday 19th meeting at Kent Train Station @ 1800
  • Return: Sunday 21st return to Kent Train Station @ 12.40

Cost: €30 per Cub – You can use the “Easy Payments System” to book cub places.

Accommodation: Tents

Each Cub should pack their own gear, so they know what they have and where it is.

Full and correct uniform to be worn when travelling

Gear List: Please ensure all gear is labelled with your cubs name.

  • A ruck sack big enough for all gear – extra bags get torn or left behind.
  • Sleeping bag, ground mat, travel pillow – standard pillows get dirty and damp.
  • Bivvy Bag or large empty strong refuse sack.
  • Rain gear – light coat and water proof pull-ups.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Runners.
  • Tea Towel / J-Cloth.
  • Cup / Plate / Bowl / Knife / Fork / Spoon.
  • Spare changes of warm old clothes for the weekend.
  • Warm PJs.
  • Wash gear – small towel, tooth brush / paste.
  • Personal first aid kit – for cubs with First Aid stage badges.
  • Empty water bottle.
  • Torch or headlamp with spare batteries.

Please DO NOT pack ANY electronic devices or bring any such devices on the weekend.

Douglas & St. FinBarres Scout Group and Leaders accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to any electronic devices while away on camp.

County Cub Mt Melleray camp

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Posted by Andrew Breslin | Posted in Cub News | Posted on 20-04-2017 12:37 | 0 comments

It’s happening on the 28th, 29th and 30th April.

The event theme is “The Caribbean”, so, each cub will need to bring a costume.

Depart: 5.15pm Frankfield church. Please Park cars on the left side of the car-park.

Return: (Time change)  Now 5.30pm Frankfield church. Watch Facebook for updates.

We will be travelling to and from Melleray in full uniform.

Cubs must have a good lunch on Friday before travelling.

Gear they’ll need…

  • A ruck sack big enough to carry all gear – extra bags nearly always get torn, left behind or both.
  • Caribbean themed costume.
  • Plain white (cheap) 100% cotton t-shirt – it’s being used at one of the events.
  • 500ml plastic disposable drinks bottle – it’s being used at one of the events.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Rain gear – light coat and water proof pull-ups.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Torch and extra batteries.
  • Personal first aid kit – for cubs with First Aid stage badges.
  • Sun lotion – no harm being optimistic!
  • PJs
  • Wash gear – small towel, tooth brush / paste.
  • A water bottle to use over the weekend.
  • Cup / Plate / Bowl / Knife / Fork / Spoon.
  • T-Towel / J-Cloth.
  • Trainers / indoor shoes.
  • Sleeping bag, ground mat, travel pillow – standard pillows just get dirty and damp.
  • Change of warm clothes for the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ensure all gear is well labelled with their name. We always find uniforms, clothes and other gear left behind.
  • Small day sack to carry their lunch and water in on Saturday.

The group will not take responsibility for any electronic equipment brought to or damaged while on camp and we ask that all such equipment should not be brought. All gear should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Beaver Camp 2017 – 22/23rd April

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Posted by Ronan Keane | Posted in 2nd Beavers, 47th Beavers, 6th Beavers, 93rd Beavers, Beaver News, Camp | Posted on 20-04-2017 9:08 | 0 comments

Saturday 22nd: Meet at Kent Train Station at 09:30.
Sunday 23rd: Return to Kent Station on 12:40 train.

No uniform is needed this weekend, but neckerchief must be worn at all times.

Gear list for weekend

  • Water bottle
  • Raingear
  • Full change of clothes
  • Spare shoes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Torch
  • Cup, bowl, plate, knife, fork, spoon
  • Pyjamas
  • Wash gear with small towel
  • Hat and gloves

The group will not take responsibility for any electronic equipment brought to or damaged while on camp and we ask that all such equipment should not be brought. All gear should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Any issues or questions contact your section leaders.

Passport Information for Camp 2017.

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Posted by Enda | Posted in Camp 2017 | Posted on 18-04-2017 6:21 | 0 comments

Hi All!

We’re a little bit early, but if you have a chance, you might give the info needed below.

If you’re wondering about the EHIC card – while it’s necessary in most EU countries (and some others), it is NOT needed for the U.K.

Thanks,

Enda.

Race Night in aid of our Group

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Posted by Conor Crowley | Posted in Adults in Scouting, Group News, News | Posted on 02-04-2017 14:12 | 0 comments

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