On Saturday June 9th 12 Cubs from Thurles Scouts walked twenty Kilometres in the Knockmealdown Mountains as part of their Chief Scouts Award. These hardy boys and girls took seven hours and ten minutes to complete the hike. Our cubs have undertaken to achieve the Chief Scouts award. It has four elements, physical, environment, community and personal skill. These are the similar areas of the Gaisce award. We left Thurles and headed for Mount Melleray Scout Centre. Here we left the bus and began the day. Twelve cubs and four leaders passed by the monastery in Melleray and headed for Knocknagnauv. Progress was gentle as we had a long day ahead but spirits were high. The above picture was taken just below the summit of Knocknagnauv, our highest point and lunch break. Some legs got weary after five hours or so and spirits began to lag in some. With about two K to go we could see the bus up at the Vee on the Lismore road, this rejuvenated tired feet and spirits. The hardest part of the climb was yet to come, the climb back up to the road. Some ran to the bus while other battled on wearily. Cajoled and motivated by the leaders all cubs made it to the bus, to fresh clothes and shoes. A visit to a McDonald’s in Cashel was cheered by all and was a fitting end to an incredible day.
Twelve boys and girls under the age of 12 walked twenty Kilometres in seven hours and ten minutes without incident, injury or complaint. An incredible feat for those so young, I applaud them for their grace under pressure, for their patience and for their endurance. WELL DONE to all and to Dave, Leanne, Joe and Pat, our leaders, who gave up their day to assist them.