The June Bank Holiday Weekend was an action packed weekend; with Youth Members from 6 of the Groups 8 Sections involved in Camping Trips. In total over 100 people were involved in the various activities.
Some 30 Scouts & Ventures took part in an action packed 3 night camp in Srahan. The camp focused on developing camping skills in advance of the Annual Camp in July to Castlegregory in County Kerry.
The programme ranged across a number of the Scouting Adventure Skills with Scouts taking part in Pioneering Projects at Castletown where they got the chance to build a bridge and zip line across the river; followed by a welcome swim. Saturday afternoon the Scouts worked on their Backwoods skills and enjoyed an early evening Barbeque. That night the Scouts took part in a Campfire with the young Beaver Scouts whom were in Srahan for their first overnight. On Sunday after saying goodbye to the Beaver Scouts the Scouts took on the challenge of climbing to the plateau at the top of ArdErin (the highest peak in the Slieve Blooms). To cap off a great weekend dinner that evening was from Fozzas.
On Saturday Morning at 9am, the 4th June, the Thursday night Cub pack went to Portlick Scout Camp site in Athlone for two nights. The week-end was attended by 31 Cubs, 7 leaders and 2 Rovers. The camp site is situated outside Glason and is overlooked by a wood on one side and a lake on the other side. There were also groups from Ratoath in Co. Meath, Howth in Co. Dublin and Banagher, Co. Offaly. The campsite provided a hugh range of activities including Archery, Volleyball, Soccer, Kayaking, Zip line, Climbing wall and much more. The Roscrea cubs took part in all activities and as usual they were up to the challenge. The Cub team prepared all their own meals on site and transported all their own sleeping & dining tents and cooking equipment with them from the Scout hall in Roscrea. The weather was fantastic on Saturday, but unfortunately changed to rain on Sunday but that didn’t dampen the spirts for what was an enjoyable week-end for all involved.
The Tuesday and Wednesday Beaver sections also took part in their first overnight camp on the 4th of June in Srahan. In a day jam packed with activities they arrived in Srahan at 11am where a Bouncing Castle was in place for them. In the afternoon the beavers went on a treasure hunt and had a water fight in the nearby woods. Later the Beavers enjoyed a Barbeque prepared by some of the scouts. That night they got to take part in their first ever campfire. Some of the young Beavers decided to sleep outdoors many of them were spending their first night in a tent. The weekend turned out to be a great introduction to camping for many of the Beavers and a great time was had by all.