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Scouts (& Ventures) are Hiking Sunday

This weekend we are hiking in the the Wicklow mountains. It should be a fun day out for all. We are starting in Crone Wood car park, climbing a hill to get to one of my favourite spots in Wicklow: the top of Powerscourt Waterfall; then we move onto the climb up to the top of Djouce mountain. The venture scouts will be organising activities and challenges along the way, which should be fun and hopefully help all the scouts achieve another part for the skills badges.

For those of you who have forgotten what to bring I have attached the images from the meeting on the end of the news item. We cannot stress these things enough: strong shoes (no wellies); 2 pairs of socks are better than big socks; your bag must have two shoulder straps; and don’t forget rain-gear (that applies to me too – I always forget it). For food be sensible. Be warned that no matter how many times you’re told by the ventures that there is an Eddie Rockets or ice-cream shop at the top of Djouce it doesn’t exist, so bring a good packed lunch and ‘healthy’ snacks.

For any parents out there that are interested in coming along for the hike you are more than welcome. Don’t worry the hike is not hard at all, so you won’t embarrass yourself. If you want to come or need further directions Paul’s (the scout section leader) has his contact information on the October letter. Hope to see you all on Sunday down at the the Crone Wood car park for 10:45.

On another note if you did not get the letter October 4th 2011, that is it there.

Here are Directions to Crone Car Park if you need them.

(I apologise for the blurriness of the photos)


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Lough Dan Pioneering Weekend

This Saturday, Sunday and Monday we went to Lough Dan for a pioneering weekend. Pioneering is building things out of large wooden poles or spars and sisal. We built a cool bridge gateway thingy with platform. The weather was decent compared to what we expected. We only had light showers on the the Sunday night and a little frost and ice on the Saturday night. We all wished Emma happy birthday.So we made fire and did pioneering on Saturday. Kevin burnt his tongue on the chicken soup at lunch. After chicken curry for dinner, we played texas hold ’em poker. Tony learnt how to play slowly (by folding even when he had the best hand), Conor W didn’t have a chance and got knocked out in almost every game. We had Swiss roll birthday cake for Emma’s birthday. We turned in early that night because we were shattered from the days “work”.

We slept in the next morning, only to be awoken by Tony and Emma’s loud shouts. Breakie was corn flakes (from Lidl) and bread. We continued our pioneering projects and lit another fire.

The fire was built because we needed to heat the coals for the Dutch oven, which we planned to cook out beef casserole in. The casserole took 6 hours to cook in the Dutch oven, while waiting for dinner we finished. We played more poker and then goonie, and switch.

We slept in again on Monday morning. Packing and go home day. We packed everything up and went back to the den to dry the tents and gear in the hall. We tried washing the Dutch oven out, but yeah, its still blackish.

Pancake Eating Competition

Currently we are having a pancake eating competition. Conor has been in the lead consistently but our guest or “ringer”, David, did arrive late so we’ll have to see. Alex from explorers has also joined us for this auspicious occasion.

The finishing score is:

  • Tony – 4 pancakes + most of a pizza
  • Emma – 6 pancakes + some of a pizza (also winner of “most pancakes made award” with 48 pancakes)
  • David – 11 pancakes
  • Conor W – 12 pancakes
  • Kevin – 6 pancakes
  • Conor L – 5 pancakes
  • Alex – 4 pancakes, we think.

So the winner of the 2010 Pancake eating competition is Conor W, knocking the former leader out of first place. The very original quote form the winner was “em, no comment”, and from the runner-up and previous champ, David, was “I am not a quote”. The loser also insisted on being allowed to give a quote, so Alex said “Monkey banana face flamingo alright ice cream cone?”

So that is the end of the pancakes for this year be sure to join us again next year.

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Hostel Weekend

Jan 29/30/31

Hi all,

we are just back from our hostel weekend in Glendale lodge, we had a brilliant weekend. Hopefully some of the PL’s will post as well to tell you more about it.

We arrived down on Friday night, then on Saturday we went for a hike to the top of Prince Williams Seat, this was lots of fun although some people got very very wet and muddy.

Then on Sunday morning it snowed and we all had some fun in the snow.

All in all a good weekend was had!


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