On Thursday 26th April two scouts from the 6th Tipperary Roscrea group, namely Shane Culleton and Sinead Flanagan, received their Chief Scout Awards from the Chief Scout Mr Michael John Shinnick.
The ceremony held in Roscrea Scout Hall was also attended by the Provincial Commissioner Mr John Watmore, the County Commissioner Mr Edward Doyle and Shane and Sinead’s families. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures together with leaders representing all the sections in the group were also in attendance.
After an opening reflection Group Leader Francis Minogue sprung a surprise on two unsuspecting Leaders from the Thursday Beaver Section, as Joan Morrison was presented with her five year service award and Paul Spencer with his Woodbeads by John Watmore and Eddie Doyle.
The County Commissioner Eddie Doyle then spoke to congratulate Shane and Sinead and also to wish the best to the sixty or so members of the group from all sections who are currently undertaking their own versions of the award.
The Provincial Commissioner John Watmore spoke of the importance of leadership by both adults in scouting and youth members. He spoke of the importance of responsibility, respect and honour in leadership.
Group Leader Francis Minogue then spoke about scouting in Roscrea and read from a number of articles as far back as one on an annual camp in Barna in Galway in 1934. He also referred to an article from 1975 on the presentation of the very first Chief Scout Award to a member of the group John O’Connell who at the time was only the 7th scout in the country to have received the award and the first outside of Cork city. He also mentioned how Shane and Sinead, who become the 10th and 11th members of the group to receive the award, will be among the last to receive this award under the old format (a new format has since been introduced under Scouting Irelands One Programme).
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.