Message from our Chairperson

Hi All,

Please allow me to introduce myself to those who do not know me – My name is Bob Halvey and I am the new Chairperson of our great Scout Group. I am the father of two boys in our scout section.

I have been associated with the troop for many, many years, seeing first-hand the wonderful work and dedication from our scouters. Work we need to continue hopefully for many years to come.

As you are most likely aware we have had to carry out extensive renovations to our hall to meet fire safety requirements. These works will, in turn, benefit each and every child who comes into us from Beavers right the way up.

These refurbishments do not come cheaply and, as we highlighted in the section/parent meetings we had earlier in the year, we will need as much support as we can possibly get to assist with our fundraising efforts. Your support in the past has been brilliant, most recently with our Clothing collection which surpassed our expectations. Many thanks for this.

Next up for the unit is the dreaded Bag Packing collection in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Friday May 31st & Saturday June 1st.

I know it’s not for everyone but this year we really need as much support from parents and friends to fill all the slots ourselves to maximise the potential of this opportunity. Remember, last year we had to bring another group on board to help us resulting in us sharing proceeds with them. We need to avoid this if we can.

If you have not signed up for a slot can you give us some of your time? If you cannot make it but know someone who would be willing to help out let us know.

If you have signed up thanks in advance for your effort

Sign Up details here – https://www.caherdavinscouts.ie/fundraising/

Or Contact [email protected]

Yours in Scouting

Bob Halvey
Group Chairperson

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

Beaver Easter Overnight Details

Download Letter
Download Managing Medications Form

Arrival: 3.45pm Saturday, April 27th, Caherdavin Scout Hall

Collection: 10am Sunday, April 28th, Caherdavin Scout Hall

The planned programme of events begins promptly at 4 pm and Beavers are expected to arrive in good time. Scouters must be informed in advance if a Beaver is going to be late. Camp finishes at 10 am sharp. We expect all Beavers to leave at 10 am, please inform us in advance if you are going to be late.

If you need to contact Scouters for any reason during the event, you can do so via the WhatsApp Group or by telephoning a Scouter on call. The Scouters on call for this event are Phelim, David & Fiona. You have access to their telephone numbers via the WhatsApp group.

Overnight Checklist

Please remember to label or otherwise mark all of your child’s gear including utensils, clothes, sleepwear, etc. with their name. Essential items are marked*

  • Neckerchief*
  • Rucksack*
  • Sleeping Bag*
  • Ground Mat*
  • Hat / Gloves / Scarf
  • Warm jacket & fleece*
  • PJs, Sleeping Buddy [e.g. teddy bear] & Pillow*
  • Flashlight / Head Torch & Batteries*
  • A complete Change of Clothes x 1*
  • Spare Runners / Walking Boots*
  • Spare Socks, T-shirts & Underwear
  • Rain Gear*
  • Strong Black Plastic Bag for Wet / Dirty Clothes*

For Meals: (tip: pack together in a zipped laundry net)

  • Plate, Bowl & Mug; Knife, Fork & Spoon; Tea Towel*

Toiletries: (see above tip)

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste; Face Cloth; Small Towel*

Rucksack

This year, we are asking that Beavers / Parents invest in a proper, suitable, overnight rucksack. There are special offers available in several Limerick outlets: Radar Stores, Foxes Bow; The American Army & Navy Store, Lower Shannon Street and; Outdoor Adventure Store, Cruises Street. Please visit 23rd Limerick’s Beavers Webpage for more information. Colin has also posted links to the WhatsApp Group. The link is www.caherdavinscouts.ie/backpack-for-Beavers. Note: some of the offers include cutlery, a sleeping bag, a 65 Litre Rucksack [particularly suitable for Beavers – easy to carry and pack] and a ground mat. Properly looked after, these rucksacks should last for 3 to 5 years. We consider them a great investment for children beginning their Scouting journey.

First Aid

As part of their preparation for the Emergencies Adventure Skills Stage 2 Badge, each Beaver should have a personal First Aid kit. A suitable one can be bought in Lidl (Approx €5); alternatively, Beavers can make one themselves. The kit should have the child’s name clearly written on it. It should include small sealed bandages, a pair of sanitary gloves, burn-shield gel, medi-wipes, a miniature scissors, and an elasticated bandage.

NB:         If your child needs to take any form of medication (including non-prescription / OTC) during this camp, you must present a fully completed Managing Medications form, on arrival, to the Camp First-Aid Lead [Phelim] along with the medications. The form is available to download on the Beavers webpage. It is important that you include all medications to be taken by your child. All medicines must be presented in a zip-locked, clear plastic bag with your child’s name labelled clearly on the outside of the bag and on each medicine.

Food

Please advise us prior to camp of any allergy / intolerances your child may have. While it is important that you inform us of any food concerns your child may have, we will be limited on camp as to the food choices available. We will however have plenty of fruit and crackers.

Please ensure your child has eaten before arriving at camp on Saturday afternoon as dinner won’t be served until 7.30pm.

Please do not give your child sweets to bring to camp, we will provide all snacks and treats.

This is a completely nut free camp. Nuts of any description are not permitted. This includes whole nuts, nut butters, confectionary or any other item containing nuts.

Code of Conduct

Beavers are expected to abide by the Beaver Code of Conduct. There will be a Parents / Beavers / Scouters meeting at 4 pm on Saturday to review it and ensure that everybody is fully aware of the behaviour that is expected of Beavers and of the consequences of breaching the Code. Leaders give freely of their time to promote fun and learning, and to teach the children new disciplines & skills. If a Beaver persists with bad behaviour, parents will be called (regardless of the time) to come and take their child home.

We encourage the children to bring Board Games, Top Trumps & Playing Cards to camp as these toys encourage sharing and inclusivity. In the spirit of this, no Trading Cards, please.

Beavers will be sleeping indoors in tents. The aim of this is to simulate a camp environment. To that effect, kit inspections will take place to ensure Beavers are packing their gear properly in preparation for their outdoor camp this summer. This is in keeping with the ‘practical scouting’ programme of learning and gives them a perfect opportunity to implement it.

The following items are not permitted and will be confiscated:            

  • Electronic items (phones, tablets, personal gaming devices, etc.)
  • Trading Cards
  • Nuts of any description
  • Sweets and Chocolate
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Chewing / Bubble Gum

There will be a Beaver of the Camp award presented to the child who best displays good friendship, integrates well, helps out on camp, listens attentively to Scouters’ instructions, enthusiastically participates in activities and has the most FUN on camp.

We strive to make Beavers a fun and above all a safe environment for every child. Thank you for your cooperation with the camp requirements and we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Yours in Scouting,
23rd Limerick Beaver Scouters

Backpack for Beavers *UPDATED*

Hi Parents, as you know we have our overnight coming up on the 27th in the Scout hall and the County summer camp in June. It is essential that the Beavers have the correct equipment for this.

The Outdoor Adventure Store (Scout Shop) on Cruises Street are currently running a special offer (see below) for a 65L Backpack, a 2 season sleeping bag and a kit/ground mat. This kind of set up would serve them for the next few years – through Beavers and on into Cubs. If anyone registers online for the outdoor adventure store they will receive a 5 euro voucher off their first purchase and it’s free delivery over €50 euro.

It will allow them to fit everything they need into one bag for their camping adventures. This is especially important as they will be expected to carry their own gear into and out of camp.
This is only a recommendation; please do not feel you have to buy this one, we just feel it’s a very good set up that will last them a few years.

Radar stores in Foxes Bow Limerick will also do a deal for the recommended beavers kit. 65L backpack, vango 2 season sleeping bag and a roll mat for 75 euro this includes a Caherdavin Scout group discount.

65L Backpack, 2 season sleeping bag and ground mat:
https://outdooradventurestore.ie/product/starter-pack-652

Starter Pack 65

65L Backpack, 2 season sleeping bag, ground mat, head torch and cutlery:
https://outdooradventurestore.ie/product/scoutscouter-rucksack-deal

Scout & Scouter Rucksack Deal

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]