The Thursday Beaver Group recently had their annual camp in the Scout Centre in Srahan in the Slieve Blooms.
Travelling from Roscrea by bus the group arrived at about 11am and quickly got sorted and settled in.
The weather was a little unseasonable with a cool dampness uncharacteristic of June but no one was willing to let this get the spirits down and everyone got behind the team effort.
Some of the activities on the first day included a hike through Glenkitt where the Beavers got to explore some of the natural fauna of the area. Some fabulous foxgloves in full flower were of great interest.
After lunch the Beavers were shown how a flint and steel could safely start a fire that was then used to cook some sausages and rashers! It’s true; food really does taste better in the open air. When everything was eaten, the Beavers were shown how to put the fire out, and bury the quenched embers so as to leave no trace or hazard behind.
On returning to the site, some tents were pitched for the older Beavers to sleep in, with the younger, less experienced Beavers spending the night in bunks in the dormitories. The Beavers sleeping outside were split, boys and girls, between two tents with a Leader sleeping in a third tent.
After supper there was a night hike with torches. Spooky! The following morning after breakfast, there were more activities. First, three Beavers who had missed the Investiture Ceremony earlier in the year were invested to become full Beaver members and there was a Ceremony to hand out badges to cover all the various achievements of the colony members during the year. Beavers Got Talent! followed this where the children showed off their singing and dancing talents and their skill at telling jokes.
It was time then to break camp, drop and pack the tents and load up all the bags and sleeping gear in anticipation of parents arriving to bring them home. A great camp, enjoyed by all and a fitting end to a great year in 2010/2011. Let’s look forward to September and 2011/2012!
Preparations continue apace for the 22nd World Jamboree, which will take place in Sweden at the end of July. In addition to Conor Abbott who is going out to help with the pre-build – 5 members (Francis Minogue, Brian Shaw, Tommy Ryan, Kalen McNamara and Billy Breen) of the Group are attending the event. This is the first time members from the 6th Tipp will participate in a World Jamboree. All five attended the final Irish Contingent Camp in Clane on Friday June 24th to Sunday June 26th. Over 700 members of Scouting Ireland were in attendance at this build-up event. A mighty weekend was had with friendships further developed; the apparel for the Jamboree received; the new tents inspected and pitched and an excellent 30-minute music and dance show put on by the Feoras Troop.
The Tuesday Cubs had their annual camp on the weekend of 24th to 26th of June in Portlick just outside Athlone. Amongst the many activities the Cubs got to try out were canoeing, archery, crate tower stacking and much more. Thursday Cubs also visited Portlick on Saturday 25th June for a day trip.
Four of the Tuesday Beavers have successfully completed the Beaver Chief Scout Award and will be presented with their badges & certificates in the near future, the Chief Scout Award is the highest award a Beaver Scout can earn. Clodine Treacy, Kelly O’Meara, Niamh Geraghty and Aimee Monahan become the first Beavers from the group, indeed the first in the Slieve Bloom Scout County to attain this award and the Group would like to congratulate the girls on this very special achievement.
All our Beaver and Cub sections have now started to wind down for the summer, it has been a very successful year for all the sections, with many highlights to note. We wish all our Beavers and Cubs a great summer and look forward to welcoming them all back in September, together with all the new members who will be joining then.