Posted by Gillian Buckley in Features.

Claregalway Scouts held a Group Camp the first weekend of the Easter Holidays at Western Bushcraft’s campsite in Cregg Castle, Corrandulla. There was a busy schedule of activities for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with a total of ten bases over the course for the weekend. Theses activities included; fire lighting, shelter building, backwoods cooking, archery, trapping, camouflage and concealment and loads of games. The traditional campfire was a great hit with the youth and adult members performing a song, skit or sharing a joke.

All the food was prepared by the members in backwoods style and food on camp always tastes better.

For many of the youth members, especially the Beavers, this was their first time camping and being away from home and they really enjoyed the experience.

Scouting seeks to help the personal development of our youth members in a challenging and fun way with a special emphasis on outdoor activities and adventures.

The camp was run by Steven Lenihan proprietor of Western bushcraft who is also Scout Section Leader for Claregalway Scouts.

Recipients of the Cub Chief Scout Award were Ethan Kaya, Emer Lenihan, Enda Lawless, Oisin Tobin and Josh Buckley with Gillian Buckley, Group Leader, Chris Roche, County Commissioner and Rionach Timon, Cub Section Leader.

The County Commissioner, Chris Roche, attended the Camp to present the Cub Chief Scout Award to five Cubs from Claregalway; Josh Buckley, Ethan Kaya, Enda Lawless, Emer Lenihan and Oisin Tobin. This is a national award that these Cubs have been working on for the past year, completing Adventure Skills in Hillwalking, Backwoods, Camping and Air as well as a 20km hike, an Intercultural Camp and four Special Interest Badges covering activities in Community, Environment, Physical and Personal Skills.

Claregalway Scouts are now taking names for our waiting list for enrolment for the new scouting year in September. All sections are open to both girls and boys. Beavers aged 6 to 8 years, Cubs aged 9 to 11 years, Scouts aged 12 to 15 years, Ventures 15 to 17 years and Rovers aged 18 to 26 years. New and former members welcome. We also welcome adult volunteers, no experience necessary as full training is provided. Contact Gillian Buckley 087 2236982 or [email protected].