On Sunday 17th July four of the Tuesday Beavers of Roscrea Scouts were presented with their Chief Scout Awards. Clodine Treacy, Kelly O’Meara, Niamh Geraghty and Aimee Monahan became the first Beavers from the group to achieve this award. They are also the first Beavers from the Slieve Bloom Scout County, which covers Laois, Offaly and some of North Tipperary to complete the award.
The Chief Scout Award is the highest award a Beaver Scout can earn and involves a lot of work. Each of the Beavers had to complete six other badges, partake in a 10km walk and spend two nights on camp, one of which they did at the National Beaver Camp in Larch Hill in Dublin.
Group Leader Francis Minogue presented the girls with their awards in a short ceremony in the Scout hall attended by the Beavers and their families. Each of the Beavers received a certificate signed by the Chief Scout and their Chief Scout Badge that they will wear on their Cub Scout Uniform from next September. After the presentation there was time for some photographs with their families, and then on to Supermacs for a well-earned treat.
We wish the four girls the very best as they move on to Cubs and hope that the experience they have gained from doing this award will serve them well throughout their time in Scouting. Hopefully their achievement will inspire other Beavers from the group to take up the challenge in the years to come.
The Wednesday Beaver Section had an end of year camp in Srahan on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July. They arrived in Srahan about 10:30 am Saturday morning where they got settled in and unpacked. They then set about putting up the tents. They managed to get some of the tents up before heading off to Kilvahan pet farm. Here they got to feed and meet all different sorts of pets and animals such as: pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, dogs, cats, donkeys, miniature ponies, camel, zebra and many more. Only the bravest attempted to feed the camel.
They all took a fancy to the Jack Russell puppies following them around. Afterwards they took a trip on one of the horse drawn carriages. This was a relief as the rain had started to become quite heavy and it was nice to be sitting in shelter. The horse had a bit of a struggle going uphill, but with a few pushes from some of the leaders, they eventually managed.
Once they got back to Srahan it was time to get the rest of the tents up. After a couple of hours of heavy rain, they finally had them up and got going to make dinner. While the rain was light the Beavers were able to gather twigs to make their “camp crowns” which were topped with marshmallows. They had hoped to be able to hang “face totem poles” that they made, from the tents. As the evening went on it was clear the rain and wind were not going to die down, but the Beavers were adamant that they camped. After a game of “X factor” everyone settled down for hot chocolate and with teddies and blankets in hand, off they went to brave the “storm” and settle into their tents for the night.
They returned home the following morning and everyone agreed a great weekend was enjoyed by all.
Here’s looking forward to September and the new scout year.
Four of the Rover Scouts, Joe Kelly; Gillian Lupton, Brian McNamara and Eoghan Talbot took part in Scouting Ireland’s tent pitching service at Oxegen which raises money for charities supported by Scouting Ireland. Unusually for Oxygen, and summer in Ireland, the wellies were barely needed as the weather for the weekend was excellent. All four had a great weekend and also got the chance to help out with a very worthwhile cause.