Survivor

Scouts are to be at Castleconnell Campsite on Friday by 8pm at the latest. There will be a gear check at this time. The event should be finished by 12.30pm on Sunday

Activity Theme

Survivor 2019 has been designed around a theme of ‘’The Aftermath’’. Following years of extreme weather conditions, civilisation has been reduced to the population living in Factions. These factions obtain food and equipment through a series of challenges that are decided by the Directorate. If your Team excel at their challenges they may be moved to the next higher faction, BUT if they don’t they may be moved to the next lower faction. Upon arrival at the Wastelands, the Directorate will check all Faction team members and their equipment.

Border Security

All Gear will be checked at the entrance to the ‘Wastelands’ to ensure that prohibited items do not enter the Wastelands. These items will be confiscated, particularly electronic items (excluding torches) such as phones, etc. Any food or equipment outside of the provided team equipment list will also be confiscated.

Equipment

  • Raingear (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm fleece
  • 2 x Changes of clothes (1 Change packed in rucksack, 1 left with Scouters at the start of the event)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Survival bag
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • Bowl, Cup and Cutlery
  • Penknife (suitable for survival tasks)
  • Water Bottles – filled and in your Back Pack (To carry 2lt of water)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Rucksack – ALL personal and Team equipment must fit into, or be
  • attached to the Rucksacks

All equipment needs to be packed in the participant’s backpack or attached to it. Participants will NOT be allowed to proceed beyond the check-in with items being carried – this is a Safety measure set out by the event organisers. Please leave some room in your bag for team gear.

County Rally 2019

The County Rally will take place on Saturday & Sunday in Curraghchase.
The event starts @ 1pm Saturday. The Rally will consist of 4 parts:

Scouts must arrive in full & correct uniform for the inspection but may change before the begin the other activities.

After the Rally, there will be a youth led chill night with activities planned by the County Youth Reps. On the Sunday, patrols will drop their site and will finish up between 12:30 and 1:00pm.

Consent Form/Scouters

Please print & fill in the consent form here. You wont be allowed on the event without it.
Ashley is the Scouter in Charge for the weekend

Gear List

  • Neckerchief
  • Full uniform (scouts must arrive in full uniform)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Mat
  • Knife/Fork/Spoon/Bowl/Plate/Cup
  • Rain Gear
  • Sun cream
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Change of clothes

Location

The camp will take place at the County Campsite in Curraghchase (2 mins up the road from the Curraghchase Scout Centre. Please note a one way system may be in effect so please look out for signs

Keeper Hill Hike 24th March 2019 Cubs

To the Parents,

On this Sunday 24th March we have our Annual Hike up Keeper Hill. Keeper Hill is near Newport Co Tipperary and is approx. 30 mins from here.This is an event that we like to have as many as possible attend as it is a great challenge to all the boys to complete it.It will take us 5 hrs approx. to complete it.This hike is 17.5 km long and while its difficult in parts it is one that the boys will be able to complete. It is all forest path the whole way to the top. The last section to the top is a little uneven under footWe would hope that as many as possible attend this.

The following are the details

1. Meet Scout hall 10am sharp (Transport is required)

2. Hiking Gear required as follows (Hiking Boots or shoes, Rain Jacket, Waterproof pants, No Jeans, Hiking socks, Warm clothes,Hoodie,hat,Gloves,Scarf,Change of clothes for end of hike)

3. No Fizzy Drinks

4. Sandwiches, Chocolate, Bananas, Fruit, Water or any drink as long as it’s not fizzy, some lads like to carry flasks of tea/coffee/soup to have at the top. Please make sure they have plenty of food and drinks

.5. A good and proper hiking bag. One that supports the back and has plenty of side pockets and hip support. Make sure it fits properly as one that is too big makes it very uncomfortable for the boys trying to carry it that distance

.6. Allowing for a 5 hour hike starting no later than 11am at Keeper Hill we should be down the mountain no later than 4pm at worst

.7. For those picking up your kids at the scout hall afterwards we will sent out a text as we are leaving the car park at Keeper Hill allow us 25 to 30 mins to get back to Scout HallNB

PRESENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE WEATHER FOR KEEPER HILL ON SUNDAY IS MAINLY DRY ALL DAY BUT COLD ESPECIALLY AT THE TOP OF THE HILL.PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SHOULD THE WEATHER TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORST WE WILL CANCEL IT AT THE VERY LAST MOMENT IF NEED BE.THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE IS NUMBER ONE

.If you require any other details please contact after 2pm any day

Looking forward to seeing you on SundayThe Leaders
Click the link below for directions from scout hall to car park

https://www.google.ie/maps/dir/Caherdavin+Scout+Hall,+Blackthorn+Drive,+Limerick/Doonane,+North+Tipperary/@52.7420617,-8.3251579,1831m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x485b5cefb0790e59:0x4ea58f708c7ae7ab!2m2!1d-8.6581278!2d52.6740044!1m5!1m1!1s0x485ca26974206b49:0x2600c7a7bb4f5b02!2m2!1d-8.3291022!2d52.7396144

Sponsor a Fire Door Appeal

Our Scout Group is currently upgrading our Scout Hall to improve fire safety.
The following letter is being sent to local businesses asking them for help with the costs of this project. If you know of a company that might be interested in supporting us, we would ask if you could pass this letter on to them.

To whom it may concern

The 23rd Limerick Scout Group is a voluntary youth organisation providing outdoor adventurous activities to young people in Caherdavin and the wider Northside area. Our Group is based out of our Scout Hall on Blackthorn Drive. The hall is also used by several other community groups.

The Group is currently in the process of upgrading the Scout Hall in line with Scouting Ireland’s new fire safety guidelines. While the Group appreciates the need for the guidelines, they come with a considerable financial burden to a voluntary organisation such as ours. 

With this in mind, we are reaching out to local businesses such as yours to support our Sponsor a Fire Door campaign. All we are asking for is a small donation of €100 which will cover the cost of one door. In exchange, the Group will add a plaque to the door with your company’s name on it as well as adding your logo to the supporters’ page on our website. 

If you would like to sponsor one of the doors, please contact me on the number below. Your support in this campaign will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours in Scouting 

Michael O’Halloran
Group Leader

087 239 2429
[email protected]

St Patrick’s Day update

Hi everyone
As you know we have gone through a very hard few weeks in scouting and I would like to thank you all for your great support.

I am now asking for everyone to show us one more show of support by sending your child on this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade with the scout group. This is a special request

Full details below

Thank you
Michael O Halloran
Group Leader

Parade 2019 Information

We will be meeting at 11am outside Sarsfield Barrack’s on Lord Edward Street. Full and correct uniform is required 

We will be group 43 in the parade. We would ask all parents to meet us promptly after the parade at City Hall at Merchant’s Quay so that our Scouters are not left waiting.

Parade route 2018

More information on the St Patrick’s Festival can be found here

If you have any questions, please contact me or your child’s section leader

St Patrick’s Day

Dear Parents

We will once again be taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick on March 17th. This year in particular, we are asking for as many members of the Group as possible to join us on the day so we can show the community that we are still going strong.

We will be meeting at 11am outside Sarsfield Barrack’s on Lord Edward Street. Full and correct uniform is required

We will be group 43 in the parade. We would ask all parents to meet us promptly after the parade at City Hall at Merchant’s Quay so that our Scouters are not left waiting.

Parade route 2018

More information on the St Patrick’s Festival can be found here

If you have any questions, please contact me or your child’s section leader

Yours in Scouting

Michael O’Halloran
Group Leader
087 239 2429
[email protected]

Scout Camp 2019

Our Scout Camp this year will take place in Fota Island in June on Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th June. Due to the World Scout Jamboree taking up a considerable amount of the summer for some of the Scouts and Scouters, we will be linking up with the Cubs for this camp. The cost will be €160 for camp fees, activities, food AND transport to/from the camp via train

As we’re aware some of the Scouts may still have School until the Friday, there is an option for Friday to Sunday for €120. Scouts chosing this option would travel with the cubs to the camp

On the Sunday of the camp, we will be announcing the winners of the Inter Patrol Challenge for 2018/2019 and presenting the Terra Nova and Endurance award to scouts that have earned them

As we need to send off a deposit, can you let Barry know by the end of this week if your son will be going on the camp and which option (5 days or 3 days) they wish to go on

SURVIVOR – ‘THE AFTERMATH’

Survivor

Survivor is the toughest and most challenging activity on the Scout calendar. Teams of 4 will be put through their paces as part of a scenario devised by the Survivor Team. Scouts will need to deal with scenarios, complete tasks and overcome any challenges they are faced with, all this with only limited resources.

Details

Date: 5th-7th April 2019
Venue: Castleconnel Scout Campsite
Cost: €40 per scout
Closing Date: 28th February
Payment Due: 7th March

Situation

Following years of extreme weather conditions, civilisation has been reduced to the population living in groups, or Factions. These factions obtain food and equipment through a series of challenges that are decided by the Directorate. Patrols will have to decide which Faction they wish to belong to – WARNING, choose carefully, as the level of the challenges will be based upon the faction you choose. If you excel, you may be moved to the next higher faction – if you don’t, you may be moved to the next lower faction – in some cases, it’s possible that a patrol would wander the wastelands and become factionless.

Gear List

As this is a survival event, a limited gear list will be given out. Items not on this list will not be permitted. This will be published soon. For now, check out our standard gear list here

Preparation & Skills

As this is our first time attending Survivor we will be entering teams into the Delta faction. This means they will get some extra food/equipment and some instruction over the weekend to help them reach the higher levels in future. Scouts should aim to reach Backwoods stage 3 (or higher) prior to the event

Cost & Booking Information

The cost is €40 per Scout. This fee will include camping fees, programme and food for the weekend.
Scouts must inform Barry that they wish to attend by Thursday 28th February. The full balance must be paid on or before Thursday 7th March in order to attend

Dundrum Weekend Details (cubs)

The following are the arrangements for our weekend away this weekend coming Friday November 30th to Sunday December 2ndAll cubs are asked to be at Dundrum Scout Centre no later than 7pm Friday and be picked up between 2pm Sunday.What to Bring All Cubs are required to bring the following gear. Essential items marked with an asterix(*)

  • Neckerchief*
  • Gear bag or Rucksack*
  • Sleeping Bag*
  • Hat/Gloves
  • Pillow
  • Torch*
  • Change of clothes x 4*,Spare Runners/Shoes
  • Plenty of Socks as many as possible
  • Plate, Bowl, Mug*
  • Knife, Fork, Spoon*
  • Towel*
  • Toiletries
  • Rain gear (Jacket & Over Trousers)*
  • Personal first aid kit.The boys have to have this to complete part of first aid badge.Just the very basic first aid equipment
  • Black plastic bag for dirty gear

Please put your child’s name on all items. Cubs are responsible for keeping their gear together. The following items are banned on the camp:

  • Electrical Items (phones, iPods, PSPs, DSs etc)
  • Fizzy drinks & chewing gum

We will have sweets for them so any sweets you are giving them please have it in a bag so they can hand it up to us as there will be only certain times for sweets. NB IF YOU CHILD IS ON ANY MEDICATION PLEASE LET THE LEADER KNOW WHEN YOU ARRIVE AND GIVE LEADER THE MEDICATION.

Click here for directions to Dundrum International Scout House