Streetview Orienteering – Limerick

This week’s activity for Scouts is a Street View Orienteering course (based on the Tulla course we did a couple of weeks back). Thanks to Eoghan for putting this together.

Getting Started

Load up Google Maps and search for “Limerick” and open Streetview,-8.6312691,3a,75y,152.03h,84.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPBqF5enkHVvKlBxgIE1OVw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Use the map below to guide your way around Limerick and answer the questions at the bottom of this page.


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  1. How many traffic lights are at the cross roads.
    a. 10 b. 9 c. 6
  2. What year is on the statue on the right.
    a. 1915 b. 1917 c.1916
  3. How many pints of Guinness are on the wall of the pub.
    a. 5 b. 8 c. 6
  4. How many flags are hanging from the Savoy.
    a. 12 b. 5 c. 3
  5. Outside Savins, what is their motto Audio – Video – __.
    a. Power b. Party c. Control
  6. How much does a summer sizzler cost from Supermacs.
    a. 22.50 b. 14.50 c. 19.95
  7. Quarter to two is on the Penny’s clock
    a. True b. False
  8. What road should you take to travel to Killaloe (on right)
    a. M50 northbound b. N253 c. R463
  9. What is an absolutely fab event (on sign outside the old Tourist Office)
    a. Abbey Lane b. Rubber bandits c. Peppa Pig the musical
  10. What phone network is advertised on the bus stop shelter
    a. Three b. Vodaphone c. Eir

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 26/6/2020)

Block one

Reef Knot:


Sheet bend:

Block two

Figure of Eight:

Clove Hitch:

Round Turn & Two Half Hitches:

Block three

Alpine Butterfly

Timber Hitch

Square Lashing

Bonus challenge Turks Head

Block four

Monkey’s Fist

Bonus Challenge Heaving a line

Block five

Diagonal Lashing

Round Lashing


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

Earn a badge at home during COVID-19

So while we’re all at home, why not take the opportunity to earn a Special Interest Badge. Special Interest Badges (SIBs) allow you to earn badges for your hobbies and interests and can be done at home by taking on a project. Here’s how you do it.

1) Choose an interest

This can be a new hobby or an existing one – its up to you.

2) Choose a challenge

Come up with a project for you to improve yourself in your interest area. The keyword is CHALLENGE. This has to be something that challenges you (so it can’t be too easy). A good tip to break your project up into 3 parts – something to learn, something to do and something to make.

Need some inspiration. Here are some sample projects for each section (not all of these are suitable in the current situation but we encourage you to be creative):

When you have an idea – email to us and we’ll review your project idea.

3) Complete your challenge

This is the fun part. This will take some time. You can spread it out over the next few weeks. You can involve your family but you have to do most of the work

4) Make a record of your work

This could be a diary, videos, photos, a poster or any combination of these. The idea is to capture the work you did on this badge

5) Share your project

Email your leaders (see above) when you’re done and tell us how you got on. When we’re all back together, you’ll need to tell your lodge/six/patrol/crew

Talking to your child about Covid-19

At this time, we understand your kids may be nervous about what they are hearing. Barnardos Ireland have published this guide on how to talk your kids about Covid-19. Please share so more parents can see it

We have developed guidance to support parents when talking to their children about Covid-19 (Coronavirus). For more live and up to date information please go to

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1. Keep calm. Check in with yourself, how are you currently feeling? When parents are feeling anxious children can notice this and begin to feel stressed too. If needed, take some time for yourself or talk to another adult about your fears before talking to your child.

2. Talk to your child. As parents, we instinctively want to protect children from things that might frighten them; however not talking about something can make children more scared. Ask your child to tell you what they have heard about the virus and ask them how they are feeling. Let your child know that they can ask you questions. If you do not have all the answers, that is ok, tell your child you will let them know when you know.

3. Answer questions. Many children will have heard about the virus and may already be asking questions. This is an opportunity to talk openly to your child and to share fact-based information. Answer your child’s questions in language they will understand with a level of information appropriate to your child’s age. Avoid sharing too much information, as this can be overwhelming.

4. Create a safe environment. Your child might be worried they will catch the virus. To reassure your child talk to them about everything you and they are doing to stay safe, for example washing their hands, using and disposing of tissues etc. Try to limit your child’s exposure to news reports and discuss your worries outside your child’s earshot.

5. Maintain a daily routine. A consistent daily routine is very important for children as it creates a sense of stability and predictability. This will be of particular importance if your child’s school or crèche closes. Keep the days structured with consistent mealtimes, playtime, bedtime etc.

6. The best way you can support your child whenever they are feeling anxious is by reassuring them. Tell them you understand how they are feeling and let them know you are always there to listen, support, take care of them and give them a hug when needed.

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.

Beavers Air Badge Assessment Next Monday 2nd December

Next Monday (2nd December) is an assessment night for all Beavers.


Bree Beavers (Year 1) will be assessed in Air 1 requirements.

Ruairc (Year 2) and Conn (Year 3+) will be assessed in Air 2 requirements.

Kite Building

As part of their assessment in Air 2, Ruairc and Conn Beavers must bring a kite of their own creation to Beavers next Monday for assessment… (it doesn’t have to be the one they brought home last week).

Please Note: To satisfy this part of the Air 2 requirements, each Beaver must be able to describe how they built their kite, they must have flown the kite (please post a photo or small video into the Parents Whatsapp before 7pm Monday 2nd December) and they must understand where it is safe to fly a kite.

Bree Beavers are also welcome to complete the kite requirement of Air 2 if they wish but it is not essential as they will not be assessed on Air 2 until their 2nd year.


Here are some links that might help:

Things that fly

Making a Paper Airplane

Making a parachute

Parts of an airport

Parts of an airplane

If ye have any questions relating to this that isn’t already covered on our website or in the Adventure Skills book, please contact us in the WhatsApp group.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Yours in Scouting,
23rd Limerick Beaver Leaders.

Cubs Curraghchase Weekend Details

The following are the arrangements for our weekend  away this weekend this coming Friday Nov 29th  to Sunday December 1st.

All cubs are asked to be at Curraghchase Scout House no later than 7pm Friday and be picked up between 1-30pm and 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*
  • Ground Mat
  • Hat/Gloves
  • Pillow
  • Torch if possible a head 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


Direcctions to Curraghchase can be got from the link below,+Blackthorn+Drive,+Limerick/Curraghchase+Scout+Centre,+Currahchase,+Askeaton,+County+Limerick/@52.6184194,-8.8278486,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x485b5cefb0790e59:0x4ea58f708c7ae7ab!2m2!1d-8.6581624!2d52.6740318!1m5!1m1!1s0x485b4777edefa621:0x5d896d88be6d7ecd!2m2!1d-8.8844768!2d52.5848765

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
Height Gain 468m

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

Beavers – Air Activities

Our Beavers are currently working on their Air Activities badges. We’re asking parents to help at home to reinforce information. In particular, several of our Bree Beavers (Beavers in their first year) haven’t yet visited an airport. This might make a good family outing someday.

Full requirements


Here are some links that might help:

Things that fly

Making a Paper Airplane

Making a parachute

Parts of an airport

Parts of an airplane