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5th Meath Kells Scouts 

 

Friday, 27th March 2015.


Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR…..

 

Our first meeting last term was on 20th September 2014, with 20 Scout members and four leaders.  We started off with an Inventory of the Container which is vital to the Group, as we need to know what equipment we have and what condition everything is in and also if we need to purchase anything for our forthcoming camps or activities. Some members also assisted with selling our 12 Days of Xmas tickets outside Supervalu, Centra and Aldi on 18th October.  We went to Carlingford for two nights Hostelling in October where a great time was had by all.  We went Orienteering in November to Donadee in Kildare and in December all new members were invested into the Brotherhood of Scouting and we ended 2014 with a Movie Night on 12th December.

 

In January we had planned to do a night hike but unfortunately due to the bad weather conditions, we had to cancel this.  We will reschedule this for another night in the next couple of weeks when the weather will be better and especially now that the evenings will be longer and brighter.

 

In February our Group enjoyed the Pantomime Frozen in Kells.  We did Baden Powell proud as a Group with a great turnout for our Sunrise Hike out to Lloyd @ 7am to celebrate Founders Day, 22nd February with a tasty breakfast in The Bistro on Cross Street afterwards. That afternoon we also supported Kells Road Races with their Safety Seminar in the Headfort Hotel.  Our Scouters had an overnight stay in Dunboyne Den on 27th February where we availed of their Pioneering facilities and brought them up to Level 3 in this skill.  In March, some of our scouters went to the Expo Bush in Collon in Louth where they advanced their bivvying skills, learned about traps and snares, and some backwoods cooking.  We led the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year where we had a float to support and advertise our activities.  We also had a successful cake sale on the day.  Some members assisted with the Beaver Challenge Day on 22nd March in Drewstown as Kells were hosting it this year and they were a major asset with over 250 Beavers in attendance on the day.  As part of the Anti Litter League Campaign this year, we have agreed to maintain the area of the River Walk (also known as the Orchard as we had previously planted apple trees there).  This is out the Cavan Road approx ½ mile on the right hand side.  We hope to attend to this clean up each Saturday from 10am – 12noon as part of their Environmental and Community Badges and for those doing the Gaisce Award.

 

We are currently meeting in Kilmainham GAA Centre for our weekly Friday meetings and so far this is working out very well.   We hope they enjoyed their recent Pizza Night and last Friday when they each got an Easter Egg.   Overall, we have been quite busy to date. We have a terrific group of Scouts and we hope that your Scouter has enjoyed it so far. Should you wish to check out some photos of our recent activities go to our local web page – kellsscouts.wordpress.com/.   You can always log on to www.scouts.ie for more information on Scouting Ireland.

 

 

If you have any query or should you wish to speak to a Leader about any of the above mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


                                                                                                                     

WHAT WE PLAN TO DO…

 

The Phoenix Challenge Qualifier is coming up from 24th – 26thApril in Castlesaunderson. In preparation for this, we are planning an overnight in Bohermeen on Saturday, 11th April. We intend to meet at the container @ 2pm to load up. We will finalise details on Friday, 10th April. The Qualifier is a County event for under 15’s and we are hoping to send two patrols of 6 members to represent our Group.  The winning patrol will go forward to the final in Limerick in August. We are aware that some scouters may not be available in August, so should one of our teams get through we will make up a team of those available, so it is very important for all scouters to get this experience in the qualifier.   This is a challenge from the start where they will be awarded points as appropriate.   They will be responsible for setting up and layout of their own campsite.  They will have to bring everything they think they will need for the week end and do their own cooking.  Whilst a leader will be on site, they are not allowed to assist with any activities.  This is great for team building and recognising each others skills and abilities. Whilst the Group will assist with expenses, the cost to participate in the Qualifier of €25 each is now due.   Our Team who went on to represent us last year in the final came home with a Silver, so we would like to keep up the same high standard – no pressure guys ! 

 

Our annual Camp this year will be in Castlesaunderson where we will have a Group Camp.  This is the first time that all youth members of 5th Meath Kells Scouts will camp together as one Group and our Theme is Minecraft.  We are hoping that our Scout section will arrive on Thursday, 18th June where they can avail of the Hammocks on alternative nights and bivvy on the other nights. We will also have tents available.  It is hoped that our Scouts will have the camp set up before the Group arrive on the Friday.  The Ventures with the help of the Scouts will be running the activities.  The overall cost is €60 which includes a subsidy from our 12 days of xmas tickets.  If not already paid, a non refundable deposit of €20 should be in next week to secure your scouters place and the balance can be paid off weekly.

 

There is also a 2 night Hostelling weekend coming up in Carlingford Hostel in October for our Scout section which involves two outdoor activities and activities in the Hostel both evenings.  This is a great opportunity to get together with other Scouters on a social level.  Whilst it is not until October, and the cost is €110, which includes the activities, food and accommodation, a deposit of €20 is due before May 15th to secure their place, but meanwhile as we need to confirm numbers, could you please let me know by April 30th if your scouter is interested in attending.  The cost of transport is not included as it will be dependent on confirmed numbers.  

 

Please tear off and return to section leader

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To keep things simple, please complete:-

 

Scouter Name:  will participate in the following

 

ParticipateCost

 

Phoenix Qualifier : 24th – 26th April   Yes / No€25   

 

Annual Camp : 18th – 21st June   Yes / No€60 deposit €20

 

Carlingford: 24th – 26th Oct       Yes / No€110 deposit €20


                                      P.T.O.  

5th Meath Kells Scout Group is affiliated to Scouting Irelandwww.scouts.ie

24th July 2014

To all those of you who received badges before we finished up for the summer you may like to know where exactly they go on the Scouting Shirt. Please see below for a sample to help with this.

Also we have got some shirts from the Ventures for those of you who are going to the Phoenix Challenge August 13th – 17th as it is necessary to have one in order to take part. If any of you need one please let me know.

Badge layout for scouts

23rd March 2014

Hike to Howth Summit

We had 13 Scouters today and started off our Hike from Howth @ 11.30am. It was our first hike of the year and were blessed with a lovely sunny fresh day where we met many people and their dogs out for a walk. We had lunch in a quiet cove all to ourselves where the boys practised their skimming skills. Seán and Ciaran were very eager and led us the whole way back to the bus. All went well and we got back to Kells at 3.45pm a little earlier than expected. Here’s to our next bigger and longer hike – possibly one of the four peaks Lugnaquilla or Slieve Donnard to start with.

Please see photos on Scout photo page.

Scouts Update

5th Meath Kells Scouts

Friday, 21st March 2014.

Dear Parents / Guardians,

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR…..

We started back to scouting on 20th September 2013, with 21 Scout members and four leaders. Our activities to date include a Hike in Virginia Woods in October followed by a spooky and scary Halloween experience in the Causey. Some members also assisted with selling our 12 Days of Xmas tickets outside Supervalu and Centra on 26th October.

In December, we went Orienteering in Drewstown House, which finished up with hot dogs and hot chocolate. We also helped out in The Resource Centre by providing three dining Shelters, hot chocolate and hot apple juice for their Christmas Fair. The whole Group got together and put together hampers for the local Vincent De Paul Society. All new members were invested into the Brotherhood of Scouting and we ended 2013 with a Movie Night on 13th December.

In January we had planned to do a night hike but unfortunately due to the bad weather conditions, we had to cancel this. We will reschedule this for another night in the next couple of weeks when the weather will be better and the evenings longer and brighter.

In February our Group enjoyed the Pantomime in Kells, Pirates of the Caribbean. We did Baden Powell proud as a Group with a great turnout for our Sunrise Hike out to Lloyd @ 7am to celebrate Founders Day, 22nd February when we also took part in Guerrilla Neckerchiefing and finished up with a very tasty breakfast in The Bistro on Cross Street.

Some members assisted with our Inventory in early March which is vital to the Group, as we need to know what equipment we have and what condition everything is in and also if we need to purchase anything for our forthcoming camps or activities. The whole Group supported a local family who had been left homeless after a house fire by taking in clothing and household donations. Our Scouters had an overnight stay in Dunboyne Den on March 7th where we availed of their Pioneering facilities and brought them up to Level 3 in this skill. Recently, the whole Group took part in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and tonight the Scouts and Ventures will take part in the Anti Litter League 2014 run by Meath County Council.

Overall, we have been quite busy to date. We have built up a strong group of Scouts and we hope that your Scouter has enjoyed it so far. Should you wish to check out some photos of our recent activities go to our local web page – kellsscouts.wordpress.com/. You can always log on to http://www.scouts.ie for more information on Scouting Ireland.

WHAT WE PLAN TO DO…

An outline of what we plan to do in the next couple of months include a Hike next Sunday, 23rd March from Howth Head to Sutton. Numbers are already confirmed and bus is booked.

The County are organising a 2 day River Rafting experience Easter weekend on the River Boyne in Navan. As we are not planning to take part in this event, it may be of interest for Scouts to make their way over and get some ideas and bring them back to the Group.

The Phoenix Challenge is coming up from 16th – 18th May. Venue to be confirmed. This is a County event for under 15’s where we send 6 – 8 members to represent our Group. If they are successful, they go forward to the final. It is a challenge from the start where they will be deducted or awarded points as appropriate. They will be responsible for setting up and layout of their own camp. They will have to bring everything they think they will need for the week end and do their own cooking. Whilst a leader will be on site, they are not allowed to assist with any activities. This is great for team building and recognising each others skills and abilities.

As we will be acquiring kayaks in the coming months, we are looking at doing water safety training in Kells Swimming Pool and also some kayak training perhaps at Drewstown House over the next few weeks and will let you know details when confirmed.

Our annual Camp this year will be in Portlick in Athlone where we will join with Longwood Scout Group. We plan to leave on Monday, 30th June and return on Saturday, 5th July. The cost will be €230. This covers 5 nights camping, the return bus journey, food and two planned activities during the week. A deposit of €50 should be in before 25th April and the balance can be paid off weekly.

There is also a 2 night Hostelling weekend coming up in Carlingford Hostel in October which involves two activities with Leaders from the Hostel. It also offers them a great opportunity to get together with other Scouters on a social level. Whilst it is not until October, and the cost is €110, which includes the activities, food and accommodation, a deposit of €20 is due before 14th May to secure their place. Balance can be paid weekly thereafter.

We had mentioned to the Scouters that we may go to a different premises after Easter. One of our Leaders has kindly offered us the use of her Haybarn where will be able to do more outdoor activities with the Group and build on them each week. This is out the Athboy Road and we will confirm with the Scouts when we intend to avail of this outdoor area.

If you have any query or should you wish to speak to a Leader about any of the above mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours in Scouting

Leaders
5th Meath Kells Scouts​

5th Meath Kells Scout Group is affiliated to Scouting Ireland http://www.scouts.ie

19th March 2014

Photos (thanks to Castlesaunderson Facebook page) have just been added to the Scout photo page of last weekends trip to Castlesaunderson for bivvying and BBQ!

10th March 2014

Scouts went to Dunboyne Den for an overnight on Friday 7th March to use their pioneering facilities. Lots of skills were practised and lots of fun was had as they made a catapult and used water balloons as their weapons.

Please see Scout Photos page.

14th February 2014

An update of what Scouts have planned for the next couple of weeks.

As there will be no Scouts for mid term, we are hoping as a whole Group to have a Sunrise Hike at 6.45am to celebrate Founders Day on Saturday 22nd Feb. A short walk around town and at the same time to put neckerchiefs on all statues that we see in our travels. We hope to get a snack on the way, so please let your Leaders know if you intend coming.

On 28th Feb we will be asking scouts to organise themselves for their overnight stay in Dunboyne Den where we will use their Pioneering Facilities and get them up a few stages in this Skill. Parents will be required to attend a compulsory meeting at 8.45pm prior to overnight stay to update contact details and medical consent forms.

On 7th March we hope to leave Kells at 7pm and ask parents to drop scouts at Dunboyne Den where we will do our overnight. We will have a light snack before bedtime and will provide breakfast and a light lunch on Saturday. We will do Pioneering on the Saturday morning and hope to leave at 3pm on the Saturday. (Parents to drop off and collect in Dunboyne) Cost ?20 per scout.

On 14th March – We will be meeting up sometime this week end to help decorate a truck from Brigid & Eddie Whelan of Carnaross for the Parade. Details and theme to be decided.

On 21st March – Cook out at Lloyd from 7 – 9pm (Sausages / burgers, etc) in preparation for Phoenix Challenge.

There is a Scout / Venture hike on 23rd March in the Mournes – more details nearer the time.

The Phoenix Qualifier will take place from 16th-18th May. Venue to be confirmed.

We are trying to organise water life saving skills which will have to be completed before we take up kayaking training.

Our Summer Camp this year will take place in Portlick Athlone, from 31st June until 1st July for 5 nights where we will join forces with Longwood Scouts. Interested in coming along, please let your Scout Leaders know.

26th November 2013

5th Meath Kells Cubs, Scouts & Ventures will be going Orienteering on Sunday, 8th December 2013 to Drewstown House. It will be on from 11am – 2pm and we will provide a hot dog and hot chocolate afterwards. Charge €2 each. Drop off and collection at Drewstown House.

Tuesday 8th October 2013

The Scouts headed to Virginia Woods last Sunday (see photos in photo section) and we saw their first time Bivvying efforts, Caroline celebrating her birthday (now a teenager!) in the woods and Stephen being acknowledged for his 5 years with Scouts.

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