Scouting encourages the development of young people so they may become the good citizens and leaders of our
society in the future.
The Scouts in the Roscrea Group have had an action packed year; helping out with the Pieta House Darkness into Light, climbing Carauntoohill and Galtymore, Canoeing Trips on the Barrow and Blackwater, several weekend camps, winning the Scout County Shield Competition, an Annual Camp in Waterford and endless more activities beside. As the last activity of the year; two teams of 10 Scouts from Roscrea travelled to Mt Melleray in Waterford to take part in the Phoenix Challenge. There were 82 teams with over 800 scouts from all over the 32 counties entered in the event. The Scouts had to pitch their own campsite, building gadgets on the site to allow them live for the weekend, take part in challenges around Hillwalking, Backwoods/Survival, First Aid and general teamwork skills in addition to Cooking on Open Fires, maintaining log books and plenty more besides.
To mark the 1,100th anniversary of Waterford City; two of the Scouts from each team went into the City on a lightweight camping adventure where they had to engage in community projects and complete a range of exciting challenges. Roscrea have been taking part in this event representing Tipperary for the last six years but many of the Troops competing have been attending for many more years and with only two of the 20 scouts attending being over-age for next year’s event; Roscrea had two young teams. Both Roscrea Patrols gave it their all with the younger team (the Badger Patrol) earning the Silver Standard award at the end of the event and the EaglePatrol again maintaining the record of achieving the Gold Standard award. Getting in the Top 10 is considered a massive achievement in Scouting Ireland so the Scouts were on tenderhooks as the finishing places were read out; could they better the 11th placed finish of 2013 was the question?
There was an anxious wait for the final results but it was worth it with the Eagle Patrol (PL Rebecca Williams) coming 9th overall and only narrowly missing out on winning some of the major trophies. Special thanks to; Rebecca Williams and Rory Delaney (Patrol Leaders); Liam Nolan and Micheala Loughnane (Assistant Patrol Leaders); Lainey Bourke, Darragh Ryan, Darragh Loughnane, Aisling Shaw, Amelia Lown, Eoghan Bergin, Brian Bergin, Ian Spencer, Daniel Crean, Niamh Geraghty, Sinead O’Brien, Tori Foyle, Emma Choptainy, James O’Meara and Kevin Deegan.