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Scout Camp Reunion
Armagh City Hotel
Friday 28th August 2009
Calling all Scouts, Scout Leaders and Staﬀ who attended Gosford
If you have not yet conﬁrmed your attendance for this event,
please send a cheque for £26.00 as soon as possible, to the address below, made payable to
Gosford 89 Reunion.
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Welcome to theBeaver
Scout section of the July
issue of Inside Out. I hope
you will ﬁnd some of the
programme ideas useful.
The story below is written
from the BeaverScout’s
point of view.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer break
from school. Over the last few weeks there has
been no meetings in the Scout den.
We had a meeting on the beach and had a lodge
competition with four bases. Each base lasted 20
minutes and was great fun. We had a sand building competition, tug of
war, wellie throw
and then we cooked
some sausages on a
It was my ﬁrst time
to actually cook outdoors and it was a great evening. We are lucky
that we live near a beach and we all had a small
paddle in the sea. This type of activity can be
done at a river, lake, pond and I am sure that
there is somewhere near where you live that
your colony can do something similar.
We also held a sports night
outdoors recently where
we had lodge relay races ,
sack races, egg and spoon
races , wheelbarrow
races, penalty kick competition. Our lodge came third overall, we won the
egg and spoon race but it was a great nights fun.
On another night we arrived at the den and the
den was still closed but there was four tents
pitched on the grass area to the side of the den.
We were put in our
lodges and followed a
trail through the
tents. In one of the
tents (an Icelandic , “I
think”) we had to
pitch a smaller dome in-
side. In the next tent there were eight cards,
each had a diﬀerent direction on it and the person who had north stood on the square and we
had to ﬁll in the other compass points.
In the next tent there were a
lot of shakers and stuﬀ and we
had to sing three songs , it
was fun. The last tent that we
went through we had to take
oﬀ our shoes
and socks and
follow a string trail under and
over tables and chairs through
basins of water and stuﬀ. Oh yea
we were also blindfolded.
At last weeks meeting all the Beaver Scout Leaders were dressed in long white coats and we had
a science night. A few of the venture scouts
were also dressed in white coats and they helped
us to build a
rocket. Have a
look in the box to
see how we did it,
our rocket went
the highest. We
also made boats
out of clay and
some of them even ﬂoated. Maybe next month I
will have more science experiments to share with
Talk to you next month.
Beaver Scout Programme Commissioner
Ps . If you need to contact me please email me
Brian Boru Scout County Beaver Scout Fun Day
Brian Boru County Beaver Scout Fun Day was held in Drum Manor Forest Park on 20th June. It was run as
a joint parent and child event based on the theme, “Cowboys and
Indians” which saw everyone dressing up for the occasion. Bases included horse shoe throwing, bucking
bronco, gold panhandling, ﬂour ball shootout, grass skids, assault course and slippery
slide. Over 160 attended including visiting Group 33rd Derry
from Dalriada Scout County. The event was a huge success.
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Raphoe Beaver Scouts Camp
On a wet weekend 3rd Donegal (Raphoe)
Beaver Scouts took the plunge and had their
ﬁrst ever camping experience. Four leaders
and ﬁfteen Beaver Scouts camped
in Drumboe Woods, Stranorlar. After a
of activities, the
went on to
enjoy a nighthike through
the woods followed by a camp ﬁre where
they roasted marshmallows.
The Beaver Scouts
were up and dressed
and ready for the next
days activities at 5 am!
A great Scouting experience was had by
Welcome to Cubs Corner ……. We thought that you might enjoy making some kites with your fellow
Cub Scouts or with your friends and family. Here are some important pointers and some plans for
you to follow when making your kites. If you wish to ﬁnd out more about kiting, the history of kiting
and more kiting ideas I have included details of the kiting association and the founder of kiting at
the end of this article. Hope that you are enjoying your summer holidays and that you enjoy making
and ﬂying some of the kites mentioned. In the next edition we will look at planning for your pack so
if you have any ideas that you would like to share or indeed if you would like to add photos and a
short story about your Cub Scout Camp / Cub Scout Pack Summer outings please send them to [email protected] or you can post them to me at :
309, Morell Grove,
Naas, Co. Kildare
Annette & the Cub Scout Programme Team
It is important that when you are making kites you are as accurate and as careful as possible. The
plans are all simple to follow, and the kites are simple to ﬂy. I encourage you to try out your ideas
about ways of improving the designs, but I would suggest that you make at least one kite made exactly as speciﬁed in the plan. This will give you something to compare any other variations with
while ﬂying your creations.
If you are planning on making a large number of the same kite it is a good idea to make a template.
A cardboard template, cut to the dimensions on the plan, will allow you to trace as many kites of
this style as you like, without having to measure each of them. This means that each kite should be
of exactly the same dimensions, giving you greater accuracy in experiments regarding length of tail,
diameter of spars, and so on.
Fibreglass is a potentially dangerous material to work with, and should be handled carefully. Fibreglass spars are quite ﬂexible, and Cub Scouts could easily poke someone in the eye if care is not
taken when carrying the spars around the den!!!
Tyvek (this is a really light material that you ﬁnd in painting suits etc) anyway Tyvek can be drawn on
with pens, crayons and pastels. It can also be painted with water based acrylic paints. Thin plastic,
such as garbage bags could also be used for
the sled or the diamond, but I recommend
tyvek if you can get it.
To make this kite you will need;
A tyvek kite skin cut to the dimensions on the
Two 6mm dowel spars. One 90 cm long and
one 80 cm long.
A piece of string at least 30 cm long.
Two pieces of plastic or tyvek, four metres
long and 5 cm wide, to use as a tail.
A pair of scissors
A hole puncher
A large, ﬂat table to work on.
To ﬂy this kite use a line with a breaking strain of 15 kilograms or higher. Thin lines are better than
thick lines because they have less drag. Do not use ﬁshing line, as it can cut into skin very easily
when under tension. A ﬁshing hand caster makes an excellent reel for winding the ﬂying line on to.
1. Punch holes in one end of both pieces of the material you are using for the
tail of the kite. Push one end of the long piece of dowel through both holes.
2. Lay out the kite skin on the table. If you have decorated the kite, put the
decorated side face down. Cut a piece of tape ten centimeters long, and put
it half under the top corner of the kite. Cut another piece of tape ten centimeters long, and do the same at the bottom of the kite.
3. Lay the long dowel with the tail attached to it along the kite from top to bottom, making sure that
the ends of the stick are exactly in the top and bottom corners of the kite. Fold the tape over at the
top corner so that is sticks to the dowel and to the back of the kite. Do the same at the bottom of
4. Cut another piece of tape ten centimetres long and put it half under one
of the wingtips. Cut another piece of tape the same length and do the
same at the other wingtip. Lay the other dowel across the kite from
wingtip to wingtip, and fold the tape over at each wingtip so that it sticks
to the wood and the back of the kite.
5. Make sure that the tail is pulled down to the bottom of the kite. Then
use the scissors to poke a hole through the kite skin at the point where the
two dowels cross over each other.
6. Loop one end of the string around the two sticks and tie the two sticks
together, using four knots. Push the other end of the string through the hole
in the kite skin. Turn the kite over and pull the string through as far as it will go. Tie a loop in the end
of the line. Your kite is now ready to ﬂy.
To ﬂy your kite attach a ﬂying line to the loop in the string
on the front of the kite. Have someone hold the kite for
you while you walk back into the wind, letting out ﬁfteen
to twenty metres of string. Make sure that they are not
standing on the tail of the kite. When you are ready, run a
few metres into the wind, pulling the kite out of the hands
of the person holding it up for you. If there is enough wind the kite will keep on ﬂying, even after
you have stopped running.
One Youth Programme Update
Pauline Lucas, Programme Commissioner for Programme Development has
asked that we inform our members how things are developing with the new
Below is some excerpts a letter from Pauline to the Scouters.
Our Youth Programme will be launched in April 2010.
I fully understand that people are anxious to get going but the new programme is not ﬁnished yet
and it will not be before April 2010.
False starts on our Youth Programme will fail, and the programme will unfairly get the blame. The
work must be allowed to be brought to its conclusion. It has not been possible up to now to com
plete the work without the decisions of National Council.
It is really important that it is understood by everyone that Pilot Material can NOT just be
tweaked by our leaders to come up with a bit of a start for Sept this year – if they feel they have
that ability please join my team!
Groups are planning to ‘hold’ young people this year in anticipation for new age ranges that apply
next year. The Programme Commissioners are developing supports for sections that are doing so,
please make use of this material rather than out of date pilot programme material.
One Youth Programme website will be launched by 22nd June. We have an agreed communica
tions plan from now until April ‘10 with messages each month.
A further step of preparation by ALL members in Scouting Ireland is to ask, do we REALLY use the
Patrol System currently? – Lodge Leader, Sixer or Ri, Patrol Leader, Venture Exec etc., we know
there is serious groundwork needed here.
Youth involvement of the entire section in decision making and programme is another area need
ing a lot of work in SOME groups. Once again material will be on the website to support this.
In a section looking at the entire leadership team - or in the group as a whole - can, from now until
next April use that time to ‘up skill’ Scouters – the Adventure Skill areas will not change. The train
ing team has already prepared comprehensive material for courses starting in September. Their
calendars will be issued shortly. Let both sides of the ‘house’ work together on this from now on.
The Implementation and Support Team Lead will be appointed over the coming weeks. Their role
will be to fully involve all stakeholders in ensuring a successful and
continued roll out of our One Youth Programme.
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Rovers in the “Old Days”
50 years ago – a Hydrographic Survey Project
Some people are wondering what Rover Scouts are all about, and what will they do. This is an example of a useful project carried out by a Rover Crew 50 years ago
Broadmeadow Water is the impounded, semi-tidal area of the inner estuary at Malahide, created
by the construction of the viaduct on the Dublin/Belfast Railway line. Malahide Sailing Club
started in 1957, with its club house on the outer estuary, where the larger boats were kept. In
1958 the club was considering using the Broadmeadow area of safe water for dinghy sailing.
Cecil Woodward, the Sailing Club Secretary, was also Scoutmaster of the 15th Dublin (Malahide)
Troop. In that capacity he had heard about a hydrographic survey of the Carnadoe lakes on the
Shannon conducted for the Inland Waterways Association by Rover Sea Scouts of 5th Port of
Dublin (Dollymount). There were no Sea Scouts in Malahide at the time, so he contacted the Dollymount Rovers and asked if they would undertake a survey of the Broadmeadow for the Sailing
The Dollymount Rovers were delighted with the opportunity for another interesting and challenging project, which required the acquisition of some new skills. A fair amount of preparation was
required, and the practical work was undertaken in Summer 1959. Preset transits taken from Air
Corps aerial survey photos (by kind permission) were transferred to 6” OS maps and Rovers
learned to use a sextant to obtain horizontal angular bearings between pre-chosen ﬁxed points.
But of more practical importance later, they had the use of an outboard motor - a piece of equipment pretty well unknown in Sea Scouting at that time!
The job was completed, the Sailing Club was very pleased with the result and built a club house
and a boat slip on the Broadmeadow, which are still used regularly today for the dinghy sailing
Explorer Belt Photo Special
Explorer Belt Picture Special
Explorer Belt Photo Special
Explorer Belt Photo Special
During the summer months over 3200 members
of Scouting Ireland have travelled abroad to attend various camps, visit diﬀerent cultures and
experiencing scouting in other countries.
One such group were Scouts & Venture Scouts
from 1st & 10th Kildare Scout Group who left Ireland on a wet and dreary 1st July to
travel to the sun drenched Italian
countryside. 2 Scouters and 8
Scouts travelled to meet up with
2 Scouters and two Scouts who
recently moved to Italy from
Leixlip, the group were brought
on a tour of Rome which included the Colosseum, Trevi
Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman
Forum and of course no visit
would be complete without a
tour of the Vatican. They Group camped
in Lianchano which is on the Adriatic
coast and met up with the local scout
group, partaking in a wide range of activities and cultural exchange. A treasure hunt around Lianchano helped the
scouts to learn more about the area and
some of the more interesting locations including the inside of a police car! The
hot weather was broken by occasional
thunder showers, but this didnt deter
the scouts when hiking up into the
mountains with their hosts. The trip ended
on the 8th July with the release of 5 hostage
mascots which had been mysteriously kidnapped
during the camp! All returned home with fantastic memories of a packed annual camp.
North Eastern Province
Camping in Portlick?
The following groups have been or are planning on camping in
Portlick Campsite over the summer months:
5th/22nd Clare Killaloe
3rd/40th/41st Dublin Donnybrook
28th Dublin 7th Port Howth
4th Kildare Kildare Town
12th Dublin 5th Port Dollymount
9th Westmeath Milltownpass
35th Dublin Donore Avenue
New Groups/New Sections
The province is in the process of reopening a scout group in Ardee, Co. Louth. The leaders
have done their basic training and will be registering youth members at the start of September, so
watch this space!
If there are any groups out there who feel that they are ready to open a new section and
aren’t sure how to go about it, please contact your county or province.
Keep up to date with Provincial News and events by regularly checking the North Eastern
Provincial Webpage on www.scouts.ie. This has recently been updated and includes things such as:
current training calendar, Booking form, provincial directory, up and coming events in each county
and much more. If any group wants a report of an event that they took part in you can forward this
along with a few pictures to James Fox on [email protected] for inclusion on the website.
3rd Monaghan Venture Scouts
on the way home after completing a charity cycle
of “The Ring of Kerry”
North Eastern Province
Please ﬁnd below the North East Provincial Training Calender for
the forthcoming Scouting year
NE CP 14 09
NE CP 15 09
NE CP 16 09
NE F04 09
NE F 05 09
NE V 01 09
Venture Scout E & O
NE L 01 09
NE CP 17 09
NE CP 18 09
NE CP 19 09
NE BE 02 09
Beaver scout Essentials
NE CE 02 09
Cub Scout Essentials
NE SE 02 09
NE F 06 09
NE BS 03 09
Beaver scout Slumbernights
NE PH 03 09
Cub Scout Camps
NE TC 03 09
NE CP 20 09
Ath Cliath 15
NE CP 21 09
Gleann na Boinne
NE BE 03 09
Beaver scout Essentials
NE CE 03 09
Cub Scout Essentials
NE SE 03 09
NE TW 01 09
The North East Provincial Training Calender can also be found on the North Eastern Provincial
area of www.scouts.ie.
Northern Provincial Office: Ph 02892 667696:
Oﬃce Hours - Mon – Fri, 9.00 – 1.00pm
Unit 101, Lisburn Enterprise Centre, Ballinderry Rd, Lisburn, BT28 2BP
Email: [email protected]
Support Staﬀ Contact Details
Administrator - Mo Treacy 02892 667696. Email: [email protected]
Kevin Ferguson PSO – 00353 (0)86 0473459. Email: [email protected]
Sinclair Trotter GSF - 00353 (0)86 0474216. Email: [email protected]
James McGuinness GSF – 00353 (0)86 0433795. Email: [email protected]
It’s the all new with the Provincial camp.
Gosford Forest Park, Markethill ,Co Armagh
Fri. 30th April – Mon 3rd May 2010
A fun, action-packed weekend, open to all sections. Beaver Scout day will be on the Sunday and all Beavers
Scouts will have the opportunity to arrive and camp with their own group on Saturday evening.
Cub Scouts, Scouts, along with Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts can avail of the weekend programme that’s right!!
A programme for Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts and it’s not as staﬀ!!!
The Team leads are in place to ensure that all sections have an experience of a lifetime.
The Team are
Beaver Scout Lead: Adrian Devlin
Cub Scout LEad: Joe Boland
Scout Lead: Nikki Doris
Venture Scout Lead: Tony Smith
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So watch out for the booking forms and more info.
Anyone interested in the camp can email me on [email protected]
Damien Toal, Camp Chief
Dungannon Group’s Golden Jubilee
1st Tyrone (Dungannon) Group will celebrate 50 years of Scouting in the autumn and
plan to celebrate big style! The Group currently have a room opened in the local library
for any ex members to drop in photos and other memorabilia for a exhibition of the
past. They are also in the process of setting up a website which will have loads of information and photos of the Group in the past and not so distant past.
The Cub Scouts are oﬀ to Wales for an eight day camp which they are all looking forward to.
The Group also held a family and friends BBQ as a thank you in July for all the hard work and committment
during the last year, If this years event is anything like the one last year it will be a great success.
On behalf of the Northern Province we would like to congratulate Thomas O’Hagan, John Foster (Brian Boru
Scout County), David Lavery and Eamonn McEvoy (Down & Connor Scout County) who were successful in
completing this years Explorer Belt Challenge. Well done....
BALLYHORNAN SCOUT CENTRE
Ballyhornan Scout Centre is situated in the small
pictureque seaside village of Ballyhornan about
eight miles (15 minutes by car) from Downpatrick
in County Down. The centre is within ﬁve minutes
walk of a large beach which looks out to the nearby
The site consists of four buildings that date back to
the days during the Second World War. Over recent years the site has been transformed thanks to
the eﬀorts of the Down and Connor Scout County
who run the site. Thanks to funding it has been totally refurbished and can now cater for groups including the disabled.
Ballyhornan is available to
other uniform and non-uniformed associations.
Weekend rates for uniform youth groups is;
Main building and Canteen/kitchen building …..
Camping fees can be negotiated depending on the
size of group.
The main building sleeps 35 with additional camp
beds available. The Combi building can sleep 22
people and again with extra camp beds available.
They all have toilet and shower facilities.
The main building features a large canteen/kitchen
block which has an industrial cooker;
fridge/freezer; large grill; cooking utensils and included eating utensils.
The Combi building also has a small kitchen and
dinning area with full catering facilities.
The other building has accommodation for the Centre’s staﬀ who are normally on site. However, there
is also a games room which groups can use which
contains an air hockey table; a football table; a pool
table and a computer (not attached to the internet). There are some board games also available.
In addition to the indoor accommodation there is
also an area available for camping. Those groups
using this area have their own dedicated toilet and
shower block as well as an outdoor washing facility
to wash pots and pans etc.
The site is mainly a self catering one, although if
groups wish to avail of catering then that can be
provided at an additional cost (see below).
There are facilities in and around the area that can
provide outdoor programmes etc. for groups using
The cost to non-uniform groups is as above plus 10
If groups wish to use the site for longer or shorter
periods or if they wish to inquire about catering
costs details can be obtained from the Ballyhornan
Please ﬁnd below the South East Provincial Training Calender for the
forthcoming Scouting year
South East Training Team Meeting
Training of Trainers Weekend 1
County Skills Weekend
Training of Trainers Weekend 2
South East Trainers Workshop
Group & County Treasurers Training
(3 hour evening module)
Beaver Scout Essentials
Cub Scout Essentials
Training of Trainers Weekend 3
Venture Essentials & Overnights
County Skills Weekend
County Skills Weekend
Group Leader Mandatory Modules
Beaver Scout Essentials
Cub Scout Essentials
Transition Training (Groups 1 to 5)
Transition Training (Groups 6 to 10)
Transition Training (Groups 11 to 15)
Transition Training (Groups 16 to 20)
Transition Training (Groups 21 to 25)
TBA depends on bookings
Cill Dara & South Kildare
Carlow / Kilkenny
TBA - depends on bookings
National (Srahan TBC)
Carlow / Kilkenny
Joint with Dublin Province
Carlow / Kilkenny
12th CORK (St. Patrick’s)
CAMP AT PETERSBURG OUTDOOR CENTRE
The scouts of the 12th Cork Troop (St. Patrick’s) have just returned from a very successful camp in
Co. Galway. The 16 excited scouts and 3 leaders arrived at Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre in Clonbur and set up camp. The ﬂag was raised and
Camp 2009 commenced with a loud cheer from all.
The Campsite is situated on Lough Mask and has great facilities for swimming,
hiking and bivvying. Throughout the week Kayaking, Caving, Rafting, Abseiling, and Rock Climbing was enjoyed by all and of course the favourite of activity of all was the Gorge Walking.
Every evening the Scouts were happy to walk the 2km to the
village shop to stock up on sweets. During the free time the
troop had great fun at Leisureworld in Salthill and at Eyre
Square shopping centre. Each night troop enjoyed night hikes,
campﬁres, singsongs, pan cake making and much more.
Throughout the camp the scouts learned many new skills and
responsibilities such as cooking, tent and kit inspections. The
Scouts by traditionally sleep in the marques on the last night and this year was no exception even
down to the fact that very little sleep was had by any of them.
FRENCH SCOUTS WANT TO MEET
A group of French scouts are camping at Kilcully Campsite from the 26th July to 9th
of August. Their leader Remi has been in touch to say that they are anxious to meet
local scout groups to exchange ideas, swap badges and hopefully have some fun. They have
set aside 28th and 30th July and 3rd and 6th August to meet up with local groups if they are available.
If you are interested you can contact Mike Hayes at the campsite on (087) 2729108
LEAP SCOUTS GO FASHION CRAZY
The 19th Cork (Leap) Scouts have just held a fundraising fashion
show and talent night with a diﬀernce. In working on the environmental theme the Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts created
outfits from recycled materials and theme of the costumes for the
night was super bugs, beach and space travel.
The young people displayed their vast array of talents from
singing, dancing to recitations during a very enjoyable evening for
family and friends. The Scouts helped with selling tickets, organising and selling at the tuck shop, tidying up the hall, helping to
serve teas and to change stage scenery and props. It was an all
round experience for everyone.
37th Cork (Togher) Scouts
enjoyed a days paintballing
Scouting’s got Talent
De La Salle Scout Group Pipe Band
The hugely popular De La Salle Scout Group Pipe
Band, from Waterford City, have been selected
to represent Ireland at le Festival Interceltique
de Lorient, Brittany, France from July 30th to August 9th in this their 75th anniversary year.
The Festival Inter Celtique which is held annually
attracts top musicians and bands from each of
the Celtic Nations and the band will be performaning to several hundred thousand people during the 10 days.
It is a terriﬁc honour for the Scout Band to be invited to this highly prestigious event and it is indeed recognition of the high standard that has
been achieved by these very talented musicians,
many of whom are still in their teens.
Participation by De La Salle in this prestigious
Festival will be the highlight of the band’s anniversary celebrations.
Throughout the year band members have been
practicing regularly in preparation and twenty
three members will departed Waterford on
Thursday July 30th to join the rest of the 200
strong Irish contingent, from all over Ireland,
who have all been selected to represent Ireland
at this years Festival.
Having arrived in Lorient the
band will attend rehearsals
with the two pipe bands and
musicians from Ireland in
preparation for the nightly
concerts to be held during
the ten day event. Each of
these concerts will have acts
from each of the participating Celtic Nations and will
be performed in front of audiences of 15,000 people.
The band will also be participating in the opening ceremony parade on Sunday
August 2nd which includes
120 other bands from across Europe. This route
of the parade will be lined with a crowd in excess
of two hundred thousand people.
The band will also perform at various other
events on its own during the Festival and it will
compete in an International Pipe Band Competition to be held on Saturday August 8th.
During their stay in Lorient the band members
will have an opportunity to relax and enjoy what
the local area has to oﬀer and they will get the
chance to attend the performances of other
groups at the Festival.
They will return to Waterford in the early in the
hours of the morning of Monday August 10th.
The band would like to acknowledge the assistance given to it by the people of Waterford during the past 75 years and would particularly like
to thank Waterford City Council and the Waterford Youth Committee of the VEC who provide
annual ﬁnancial grants to help the band to operate.