On Sunday April 27th, in glorious sunshine, the first ever Slieve Bloom Beaver Scout County Challenge took place at Srahan Scout Centre.
The Centre is situated in the middle of the Slieve Bloom mountains.
Beaver Scouts (ages 6-8) from all across Slieve Bloom Scout County, which is made up of Laois, Offaly and two groups from North Tipperary, took part. In total there were 124 Beavers involved on the day.
The challenge consisted of six bases: Pioneering, Orienteering, Backwoods, Emergencies, SPICES (which are the six areas Scouting Ireland aims to help in a Scouts personal development, Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual development), and a talent base. At the end of the competition there was a quiz consisting of four rounds of five questions.
Seventeen teams consisting of 6 – 8 Beavers per team took on the challenges at each base and were marked on their participation and overall competency on the skills.
When all the scores were added up one team from Tuesday Beavers of the 6th Tipperary Scout Group Roscrea were announced as the overall winners of the event with Wednesday Beavers from 3rd Laois Durrow coming second and Portlaoise Beavers finishing in third place.
The event proved to be a huge success and with National Finals to aim for in 2015 should be even more keenly contested next year.
The standard at this year’s event was incredibly high proving Beavers are more than capable of doing everything older scouts do.
Roscrea Scouts are extremely proud of all the Beavers from the group (24 in total) who took part and everyone involved in the group would like to congratulate the winning team, Clodagh Dooley, Molly Hogan, Kevin Maher, Evan Geraghty, Adam Stanley, Cathal McDonald and Gearóid Gaynor on their achievement.
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