Scouts Weekly Challenge – Homemade Stoves

This week’s challenge is to make a homemade stove using either a tin can or two coke cans. Scouts can pick which of the two Stoves they make. There are several variations of these designs so we would suggest the Scouts do some online research to find the variation that suits them.

Remember to be careful during the making and use of the stove. Parental supervision is encouraged. Best of luck

Hobo Stove

Click to access Hobo-Stove-scouts.pdf

Soda Can Burner

How To Build a Coke Can Stove for Hiking and Camping

Animated Knots

Over the last few weeks, our Scouts have been covering the basics of knots, hitches and lashings during their Virtual meetings. We’ve been using the fantastic website Animated Knots to teach the knots to the Scouts (they also have a very handy app). We’ve had the opportunity to look more closely at the knots than we would during our normal meetings and we’ve even covered some knots the Scouts might not be familiar with.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far: (Updated 29/5/2020)

Block one

Reef Knot: https://www.animatedknots.com/square-knot

Bowline: https://www.animatedknots.com/bowline-knot

Sheet bend: https://www.animatedknots.com/sheet-bend-knot

Block two

Figure of Eight: https://www.animatedknots.com/figure-8-knot

Clove Hitch: https://www.animatedknots.com/clove-hitch-knot-rope-end

Round Turn & Two Half Hitches: https://www.animatedknots.com/round-turn-two-half-hitches-knot

Block three

Alpine Butterfly https://www.animatedknots.com/alpine-butterfly-loop-knot

Timber Hitch https://www.animatedknots.com/timber-hitch-knot

Square Lashing https://www.animatedknots.com/square-lashing-knot

Bonus challenge Turks Head https://www.animatedknots.com/turks-head-knot

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be returning to this site to cover a few more knots, hitches and lashings, including a few new and challenging knots.

We’ve also been talking about some pioneering projects we’d like to try in the future once we return to scouting together. This website has a few ideas https://scoutpioneering.com/favorite-larger-projects/

Moylussa Hike & Scout Christmas Sleepover

We have two events for the Scouts on Saturday 7th December – a hike and a sleepover. Can you please inform the Scouters by Thursday 5th December if your son is attending.

Moylussa Hike

We will be hiking up Moylussa (531m), the highest point in Clare. We’ll be meeting at the Scout Hall at 9 am. We expect to return to the hall around 2 pm (update to be sent via WhatsApp group). At this time of the year, there is a possibility that the summit of Moylussa will be covered in snow.

As part of their badgework, Scouts should do the following before the hike:

  • Scouts should pack their own bags (see below) and know what goes in the bag (and why)
  • Scouts should be able to get a weather forecast for the day of the hike

Gear List

Due to the time of the year, warm clothes, raingear and headtorch are essential as well as the usuals. Please ensure all Scouts have the correct gear as it is important for their safety, wellbeing and enjoyment on the hike.

  • Scout Neckerchief
  • Day bag
  • Raingear
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Warm Clothes (layers)
  • Water (2ltr min)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Bivy Bag
  • Change of Clothes/Shoes (to be left in the leaders’ cars)
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Christmas Sleepover

Our second event is a Christmas Sleepover in the Scout Hall. This event is being organised by our Patrol Leader’s Council. There is a €7 charge for food.

This will start from 8.30 pm (Please note there is a Heineken Cup match on in Thomond Park at 5.30 pm so there may be a considerable amount of traffic in the area). We’ll be finishing at 10.00 am on Sunday.

Scouts should bring a sleeping bag and ground mat.

Mobile phones/electronic devices are not permitted.

Scouts conquer Torc Mountain

Well done to our 12 Scouts and 5 Scouters who successfully summited Torc Mountain (535m) in Killarney over the weekend.

We started at the lower car park (V967 847) and headed up the path to the impressive Torc Waterfall. After the waterfall, we continued on to the upper Car Park (V967 840) where we joined the Old Kenmare Road. We stopped briefly to do some map-reading at the fork by the Old Torc Bridge (V965 837). We continued along the road until we reached the turned off. From here, we follow a stone path with some railway sleepers to the summit of Torc Mountain.

At the summit, we had lunch. We also attempted some feature recognition of the various peaks in the distance such as Mangerton and Purple Mountain. We descend the mountain and headed back to the Car Park (with a slight detour at the Fork to complete the loop of the Waterfall trail)

After the hike, we stopped into Supermacs before heading for home. Thanks to Scouters Barry Kennedy, Neil Ryan, Bob Halvey, Mike Boland and Mike O’Halloran for helping run this great day in the hills. We’ll be back in Kerry before long to take on Mangerton, Purple Mountain and, maybe, even Currantoohill.

Details for your logbook

Scouts should complete their logbook of this hike in order to progress in the Hillwalking adventure skills and for the Four Seasons hike badge

Number in Party17
MapOSI 78
Duration4hrs 22mins
Distance9km
Height Gain 468m

Feel free to show your log to one of the Scouters for feedback.

Torc Day Hike (Scouts)

We are organising a day hike for Scouts to Torc Mountain (535m) in Killarney on Saturday 16th November. This is a fairly easy hike that passes the stunning Torc Waterfall and (if the skies are clear) offers a fantastic view over Killarney National Park, the Lakes and the McGillicuddy Reeks

Parents need to let Barry know if they will be attending by 5pm Thursday

Location Torc Mountain, Killarney
DateSaturday 16th November
TimeMeeting 8am at the Scout Hall
Cost€5 petrol contribution + money for Supermacs

We aim to return to the Scout Hall between 6pm and 7pm. We’ll update parents via Whatsapp when we are leaving Killarney

Gear List

Due to the time of the year, warm clothes and a headtorch are essential as well as the usuals 

  • Scout Neckerchief
  • Day bag
  • Raingear
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Warm Clothes (layers)
  • Water (2ltr min)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Bivy Bag
  • Change of Clothes/Shoes (to be left in the leaders’ cars)
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All Scouts need to have paid the full fees for the first term and have submitted their activities consent form in order to attend this hike.

Scouts complete MPC Diamond

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The Group would like to congratulate three Scouts – Eoghan Halvey, Jack Wall and Jake Walsh on complete the four Mountain Pursuit Challenge (MPC) events this year and, in doing so, achieved the coveted MPC diamond. Thanks to Scouter Neil Ryan for leading this over the past few months.

The MPCs are a series of weekend mountaineering events for Scouts held across the four provinces each. They are designed to be tough and challenging and aim to improve hiking, lightweight camping and navigation skills in the hills.

Their first event was the Munster MPC in the Teermoyle area in Kerry back in April.

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The second was the Leinster MPC during May in Aghavannagh in the Wicklow mountains and including Lugnaquilla (925m), the highest mountain in Leinster

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The third event was the Connaught MPC in September along the Twelve Bens, Co Galway. This very wet weekend saw the team summitting
Benbaun (729m)

The final event was the Ulster MPC in Oct, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down. Barry stood in for Neil for this event which saw the Scouts summit Cove Mountain (654m) and Slieve Lamagan (702m). On Sunday, the three Scouts were presented with their fourth and final MPC badge.

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Check out the MPC team website for more info on these events

Registration & Fees Evening

The group will be holding a Registration/Fees evening on Wednesday SEPTEMBER 11th from 7-30pm to 9pm at the Scout Hall for all sections.

It is important that the Parents of the boys returning attend and fill out the registration forms and pay the 1st half fee of €85.

At least €50 must be paid on the evening,the rest can be paid at the Boys weekly meetings.

If you cannot attend on the night please contact your childs Leader

Thanking You
Michael O Halloran

Group Leader

Scout Camp 2019

Transport

As you know we’ll be travelling by train. All Scouts need to be in the train station at 4pm on Wednesday sharp. The train will not be waiting for you

We have to take 3 trains to get to the campsite and scouts will be carrying their own gear so everything needs to be in the bag (not carried or hanging off).

Please bring a packed lunch for the trip

We intend to be returning around 7pm on Sunday. (Yes, we are aware that the Munster Final is taking place earlier in the day)

Programme

Wednesday          Travelling

Thursday                Finish Putting up site/Cobh Treasure Trail/Backwoods

Friday                      Fota Island Wildlife Park/Bowling

Saturday                 Fota Island Adventures/Spike Island Tour

Sunday                    Break Camp

Gear List

  • Rucksack
  • Day Bag
  • Neckerchief
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Head Torch
  • Sun cream
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Mat
  • Knife/Fork/Spoon/Plate/Bowl/Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Bivy Bag
  • Towel
  • Toiletries/Wash Gear
  • Hiking Boots

No phones, electronics, sweets, fizzy drinks or energy drink permitted

Medication Forms

If your child is on any medication, it needs to be given to Barry in a clear bag at the train station along with a copy of the SI Managing Medication Form

Outstanding Money

If you owe money, please bring it to the Scout Hall this Thursday as the leaders will need to do the food shopping prior to departure

Bag Packing – Volunteers required

Dear Parents

We have secured another bag packing slot on Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June in Dunnes Stores. While we appreciate this is a bank holiday weekend, we are asking for as many parents as possible to support us over this two day period by giving two hours of your time if possible. All support is greatly appreciated. Please fill out the form below if you are available and a member of our team will contact you