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The Claregalway Scouts Aged between 11 and 13 years had a busy time from Easter to October. The following are some of the activities they too part in:

Dannan Shield (17th, 18th, 19th May)

Claregalway hosted this Weekend Event and entered three local teams. There was a range of activities, including Pioneering, Compass Course, Axe;Saw, The Web, First-Aid, Skiies, Cooking plus the Skit. To our delight, Claregalway teams came 1st, 2nd and 3rd, enabling us to go forward to the Smyth Cub taking place in Co. Cork in August. Thanks to Paatricia Flaherty, event organiser, Malachy Noone and Philip Cribbin for marking the Skits, and Canon Callinan for celebrating Mass for us all.

June was taken up with learning knots and doing proficiency work to earn badges.

July—Summer Camp

This years Summer Camp took place in Peterburgh Activity Centre. Wind Surfing, Canoeing, Hill-Walking, Assault Course and Orienteering were enjoyed by all. Thank you to all our Leaders—Kevin Duffy, Mary Duggan, Ann Campbell and our very tolerant bus driver, Ken Hartman. A big thanks to Collette Conneely for her help and most of all, to the Scouts themselves.

Orla Qualter A.S.C.

August—Smyth Cup

This year two patrols from our District qualified to take part. Michelle Conneely, as P.O. had in her patrol Annette Noone, A.P.L., Bridget Noone and Alan Watson. Colm James Conneely, the second P.O. had a patrol consisting of Michael O;Connell A.P.L., Cuyril Duggan, Sarah Lennon, Deirdre Moran and Belinda Moran. The Theme was The Future of Troops after year 2000.

My own patrol took 7th place. This was an excellent achievement, as it was the highest achieved in our District ever, apart from Barna, who actually took 1st place on one occasion. Our 2nd Patrol were very happy with 18th place, as all the members of this team are only “scouting” for 6 months. Overall, a great weekend.

Michelle Conneely P.L.

German Scouts Stayover

Local “Scout” families hosted a number of Scouts from Germany over a period of 6 days. The visitors enjoyed typical Irish hospitality, which included Shopping, Barbeque, Overnight Camping, Bowling and Swimming.

It was a wonderful experience for our children to meete their European neighbours, forge new friendships and learn a little of their culture and traditions. Out thanks to all the host families – particularly to Cathy Conneely who laid on the Barbeque—providing camping facilities for 24 scouts in her garden. Without the parents help this visit could not have taken place.

Collette Conneely  


Claregalway Leaders attended a Seminar on Child Protection. The speaking was Pat Dolan, Director of Child, Adolescent and Family Support Services, Western Health Board.


The next adventure for our Scouts is the “Sionnach” being held in the Maamturk Mountains.

Finally, a special thanks to all the Scouts Leaders—Joe, Kevin and Mary. Training Leaders—Olivia, Annette, Colette and Orla.

Claregalway Brownies

The Claregalway Brownie Pack are due to resume their weekly meetings. The present Brownie Leaders are looking for a break. We are sure there are other potential leaders in the area. If you are willing to become a Leader, training will be given in the SMA house on Saturday, 12th October. Please give the idea some cosideration.

For further information contact
Ann Garrett 798654
Bridie O’Connell 798535