In May the Claregalway scouts took part in the County Scout camp in the Lough Keel campsite, Boyle, County Roscommon.
This is an annual camp and an opportunity for scout patrols throughout the county to compete against one another in a wide range of scout and campcraft skills. Over 100 scouts from 12 scout groups in the county participated. The groups came from Gort, Oranmore, Kinvara, Killimor, Killanin, Claregalway, Kilcoona, Tuam and four from Galway city.
The Shield competition winners were 8th Galway from Oranmore, while second went to 1st Galway, St Josephs. Both now qualify to go forward and represent Galway County at the national Phoenix Shield competition in August.
Also in May the Beavers and the Cubs joined together to walk up Diamond Hill. This 4½ mile mountain hike, in the Connemara National Park, proved to be great fun, even if it was a windy day. Things started in the playground of the Visitor’s Centre before setting off up the mountain. We walked through boggy grassland and climbed the trail to its peak, where the views were amazing. The Cubs and the Beavers really enjoyed themselves and we plan to go back again soon.