For the second consecutive year the 6th Tipperary Roscrea Scouts achieved Gold Standard at the Phoenix Challenge; Scouting Ireland annual National Scoutcraft competition. The Phoenix Challenge is a four day event when tests Patrols of 8 Scouts in teamwork; leadership; campcraft; pioneering (construction); cooking and many other skills.
This year’s event was held in Larch Hill in Dublin from Thursday August 15th to Sunday August 19th and had 67 teams from all over Ireland competing.
Roscrea were represented by Ciara Lupton (Patrol Leader); Padraic Marks (Assistant Patrol Leader); Ciara McCabe, Rebecca Toohey, Fergal Flanagan, Ben Spencer, Ciara Moloney and Luke Moloney.
Upon arrival on Thursday the Patrol made a quick start in setting up their Patrol Campsite, but in mid afternoon the weather broke and the wind and rain hit the Dublin mountains. The Patrol pushed on and completed their campsite despite the worsening conditions which say many other Patrols struggle to hold down their tents. On Friday the Patrol took part in a number of bases on site in Larch Hill including First Aid, Air Activities, Pioneering and Climbing.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.