37th Togher Macaoimh go Camping to Fota

img_0109Here is something I wrote for the local paper on my recent trip away with the scouts. For those wondering, Macaoimh is the Irish for Cub Scouts.

The 37th Togher Macaoimh Cath went on their annual pack holiday from
the 26th to the 28th of June to Fota Campsite. Camp this year was well
attended with 16 Macaoimh and six leaders heading away for the
adventure. This was our first time using the facility in Fota and it
was also our first cath holiday where some Macaoimh spent it sleeping
under canvass.

We arrived on Friday evening and we got set up, pitching tents and
putting away the food and allocating the beds to those staying in the
house. We were lucky with the weather on Friday evening so the tents
were erected quickly with plenty of help from the Macaoimh.

Saturday was a glorious day which saw us visiting Fota Wildlife Park.
There we got to see all the animals, including the Siamang Monkeys,
who were the ones that woke us up early and not the Macaoimh! After
the visit to the Wildlife Park we had our annual water fight which saw
nearly everyone soaked to the bone!
We ended the day with a traditional Scout Campfire in the secluded
campfire circle in the woods, which gave it a great atmosphere.

Sunday was mix of a day weather wise so it was impossible to get the
tents down dry. We had time in the morning for a sports competition
which saw plenty of medals given out and was enjoyed by everyone.

After lunch we packed up and cleaned up and headed for home, exhausted
but happy and looking forward to getting back to scouting next year. A
big thanks to the staff of Fota Campsite for the excellent facilities.
Who knows we could be back there next year!


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Lá Fheile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

I hope you are all enjoying your St. Patricks Day. I for one have spent most of the actual day in bed. I had to get up early this morning and bring the Macoaimh (Cub Scouts) to mass. So I went back to bed afterwards.

So whats the point of this post? I was going to do a post like this but then decided, why should I be posting about that on what is our National Day as well as being Lá na Gaeilge?

We Irish have a stereotype, of being drunk on St. Patricks Day, but something the priest said at mass today had me thinking. Today is day we celebrate the acheivments of forefathers, the acheivments of the Irish Nation, which we we can be proud of. Ireland can stand tall has a modern, diverse country. It is progressive and (slowly but surely) moving forward. While he went on a bit about religion and faith (I zoned out, the boys must thing Im an awful heathen but Im not bothered) I couldnt get those points out of my head. Why are we as a nation going out and getting drunk on a Tuesday? We have work tomorrow people! Let us instead look at teh acheivements of our ancestors and think, right if thay can do that, we can do more!

Cheannaigh mé Buntás Cainte Cuid a hAon agus Cuid a Dó sna Eason de hAoine seo caite agus tá sé ar fheabhas! Foghlaim a lán rud a fágach mé i na bliana seo caite. I do recommend it for people who want to learn a smattering of words that can be used everyday day! It does need updating though as it goes on about Pounds, Shillings and Pence!

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Scouting – A new programme

Well it seams at national council the only thing that passed was the actual programme! The names stay the same, the ages stay the same! We get what we actually want a new programme! Yay! I have found out all this through my father as there is nothing on the web! grrr!

Langer’s Blog has nothing about it either…. 🙁

Scouting – A New Program

A Langer’s Blog has an excellent post on the upcoming Scouting Ireland National Council which will decide on a new program for Scouting in Ireland. He seams faily in favour of it, I’m not convinced. I don’t like the way things are at the moment as there is no program and it leaves alot of us leaders in a very difficult poistion at times, so I’m willing to give the new program a go.

The one thing I am dissapointed with is the abolition of Macaoimh, well there has been no reference to it so far. I will state an interest here as I am Macaoimh Leader in the 37th Cork Group in Togher. The new age groups is one of the stumblimg blocks, the original proposal was

Tracker Scouts – 7-10 years
Explorer Scouts – 10-14 years
Discovery Scouts – 14-17 years
Rover Scouts – 17-21 years

This compares to the current system

Beavers – 6-8 years
Cubs/Macaoimh – 8-11 years
Scouts – 11-15 years
Venturers – 15-21 years

There was alot of concern about dropping the 6 year olds and there was alot of opposition within my own Group, so the National Management Committee has put forward an alternative proposal

Tracker Scouts – (6), 7, 8, (9) years
Explorer Scouts – (9), 10, 11, (12), (13) years
Discovery Scouts – (12), (13), 14, 15, (16), (17) years
Rover Scouts – (16), (17), 18, 19, 20, 21 years

Confused? Well it is a bit but this will allow groups to decide their own age ranges. I can see some groups trying to stick to the current system which I am told will be impossible as each section will be limited to three years.

My own scout county have decided we will harmonise our age ranges so that county events and competitions will be fair and will not have disparite ages. Which is something I hope most scout counties will do.

I have been involved in scouting since I joined Beaver Scouts when I was 6. I am glad that a new program is as this will allow scouting to develop and sustain in the future. So I hope the proposals do pass on later this month.

Orginal Post:
irish scout decision timeA Langers Blog

Links of Interest:
Scouting Ireland
Program 2008

Scouting Age groups from around the world

Ryanair loses! about time

Everything we hear these days tends to be positive about Ryanair (profits etc) bar what what we experience ourselves with them!

Wild Geese and Blow Ins have an excellent post on the bad news for Ryanair. which involves this website ryanaircampaign.org .

I do have had my own hassles with Ryanair when i went to Germany with the 5th Lough Scouts back in he Summer of ’05. But we got over it, our pockets didn’t.