Another busy month in October; the highlight of which was the presentation of 3 Chief Scout Awards & Bronze President Awards to Padraic Marks, Ben Spencer and Cillian O’Meara on the October Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Chief Scout Award (which encompasses the requirements of the Presidents Award Scheme) is the highest award a Scout can achieve and involves them undertaking projects across at least a year in Skill, Physical, Community and Environmental areas, as well as completing a long weekend Residental Incultural Camp, undertaking a 25-35km hike and developing their Scouting Skills to a high level of proficiency. The three latest recipients bring the number of Chief Scout Awards in the Scout Section in the Groups’ history to 28. The other highlights of October saw a team from the Scouts complete the second of Scouting Irelands Mountain Pursuit Challenges in Ulster. The challenge which involved hiking 20km over 3 days and 2 nights was based around the Slieve Donard (the highest mountain in Northern Ireland).
The team of Liam Nolan, Eoghan Bergin and James O’Meara led by Mike Nolan were all taking part in their first MPC. It proved to be one of the toughest in years with some challenging climbs undertaken in high winds and damp conditions. On the second night windspeeds were over 100km per hour!! resulting in many damaged tents. Well done to the lads on completing the challenge.
October also saw the first full troop weekend in Srahan - with over 40 Scouts in attendance on the Bank Holiday weekend. Srahan was busy that weekend with a Group from Howth also at the centre and the Ventures present completing parts of their Chief Scout Awards. The programme focused on skills development for the weekend; with cooking, pioneering, orienteering and backwoods skills all to the fore. The Scouts also completed a night hike and a 25km hike in the Slieve Blooms on the Sunday. Great fun was had by all.