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Camp craft , fire lighting , survival , face painting , barbeque , blindfold trail , touch rugby were all part of the Malahide Sea Scouts first fun day ran last Saturday in Little Auburn , Mabestown , Malahide .
Over 150 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts arrived from 9 o’clock onwards to take part in the day’s activities. Leaders and ventures from the three scout section set up fun and challenging bases around a trail in Mabestown. Step by step the Beavers and Cubs with their mentors followed the trail and completed the bases.
While all the fun was happening on the trail some of the leaders from the Cub sections put on their chef hat’s and struck up the barbeque to cook off the much welcomed sausages and burgers to the hungry multitude.
Our thanks goes to our hosts in Little Auburn the Lynch family and to all the Ventures and Leaders from the Scout sections who set up and manned the bases throughout the day. Finally congratulations to the beavers and cubs for completing the day’s challenges and hopefully we will see you next year.
An important occasion for Malahide Sea Scout group on the launching of their plans to develop the present premises on St. James Terrace, Malahide. Thursday night’s Annual report to the Parents and Friends of the group listened intensively to the plans to fully redevelop the present premises. A packed main deck of scouts, leaders, parents and friends of the group were shown preliminary drawings and a 3D video of the planned development.
The group supports 8 sections of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and adult volunteer leaders totalling 600 members making it the largest Sea Scout group in Europe. Each section gave their annual report for 2012 to the parents who showed their appreciation by applauding each presentation.
Present at the meeting Kieran Cody retiring County Commissioner for Reachra presented leader awards for service and long standing volunteering by leaders in the group. Group Leader Robert McKernan received his Wood Beads in recognition of fully completing Scouting Ireland’s adult leaders training scheme.
Before the meeting concluded after more than 40 years membership and service to the group Ian Crampton retiring Group Treasurer of 14 years was bestowed the highest award the group can give, Honorary Life Membership. Ian joins a strong list of recipients from over the years that has included a pass President of Ireland, well known personalities and volunteer members of the group who have given extraordinary service to Malahide Sea Scouts and the Community.
In the presence of his family and friends Ian was awarded the groups honorary award for his outstanding work over many years. His father Eric who was also present had been awarded Honorary Life Membership back in 2000.
Ian joined cubs in 1971 when we met in St. Andrews school on Church Road. He continued on in Scouting and became Watch Leader, Assistant Scout Leader, Venture Leader and Group Treasurer. Ian’s Wife Margaret and son Daniel who were also present are actively involved in our Saturday Beaver section. We wish Ian well and look forward to him remaining active in the group.
As the closing of our Centenary drew nearer,Malahide Sea Scout group unveiled a commemorative plaque at its den on St. James Terrace celebrating 100 years of Sea Scouting on the island of Ireland. Present were invited guests and members of Malahide Sea Scout group. The unveiling was performed by Stephen Taylor,Programme Commissioner for Sea Scouting in the presence of Eoghan Lavelle former Chief Scout (S.A.I.), Mrs.Nora Taylor, Brian Meyer, Scouting Heritage,Roger Greene Honorary Life Member,Tommy Taylor Honorary Life Member,Section Leaders Kate O’Farrell,Pat Moyne,Skipper Sean Clancy, Skipper James Doyle,Group Chairperson Kevin Rowan,and scouts from the Neala and Wednesday night troops.
The plaque commemorates the appointment by Chief Scout Robert Baden-Powell the first Sea Scout Commissioner on the island of Ireland, Lieutenant Henry. J. Rundle RN.who took up the appointment.A resident of 22 Church Street,Malahide was the ‘Officer in Charge’ at the Malahide Coastguard Station.
In 1912 Sea Scouting had being established in Dublin, Bray, Malahide, Ardmore and Wicklow. Sea Scouting officially started in Malahide in 1919 only a few yards away at the rear of St. James Terrace down to the sea wall. Throughout our scouting history groups have come and gone but now in 2012 there is steady platform to give a quality programme in fun and challenging manner to the youth of Malahide and its surrounds. With this in mind we can now look forward to the future and the next hundred years
The Peace Light of Bethlehem arrived in Malahide Sea Scout Den on St.James Terrace after crossing 2 continents just in time for Christmas Eve.
On the 11th December 2012 the candle was lit in the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. The flame was taken by a young Israeli and Palestinian Scout to Tel Aviv Airport where with the support of Austrian Airlines a Scout carried it to Vienna.
From Vienna, Scouts and Guides from all over Europe gathered,to take the flame and transported across Europe by rail, by road and on foot through ,Switzerland , France – then on to Calais, Dover and up through England to Liverpool. On Wednesday the 13th December members of Scouting Ireland collected the light in Holyhead and brought it via Stena Line to Dublin.
In Dublin members of Scouting and Guiding held a Peace Light Service in the Church of the Visitation in Fairview. From here the light made its way to places of worship and to the Scout Den in Malahide. Here a Peace Light carol service took place with the Enchiriadis Youth Choir from Malahide village.
Scout sail ship Zawisza Czarny of the Polish Scout Association also took the Peace Light with a international scout crew across the Baltic Sea from,Swinoujscie,Poland to Ronne on Bornholm Island (Denmark) and here Danish Scouts took the Light into their homes .The ship returned to its home port in Gdynia,Poland in time for Christmas
You better watch out ! you better not cry! rang out at the last night of the Friday Night Beavers section before they broke up for the Christmas. The family and friend’s night was celebrated with an investiture of new Beavers followed by carol singing. A little time was set aside for the party, but this was suddenly interrupted when a most important visitor came through the door.
In came Santa Claus to a loud cheer with the ringing of his Christmas bell. Santa spoke to each Beaver Scout assuring them that he will be dropping by on Christmas Eve.After the exhaustive evening for Santa the leaders and Beavers thanked Santa and bade him farewell.
The Scout den seen its first Christmas revellers this morning.Not long after the early arrival of this years stock of Christmas trees our first customer Mr.Robin pecked at his tree of choice.
Scouters and scouts let your family ,friends ,and neighbours know that by buying their Christmas tree this year from the den ,all monies go towards supporting their local scout group.Trees come in sizes 6 , 7 and 8 foot.
23rd to 25th November 2012
Seven leaders from the Malahide Sea Scout group had a great opportunity recently in attending a Centenary celebration of Sea Scouting in Ireland. The seven delegates attended along with 70 other leaders throughout the island of Ireland the Sea Scout Centenary Conference in Killaloe, County Clare.
The weekend began on Friday night with official opening by Sea Scout Commissioner Stephen Taylor in the presence of the Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland Mr Michael Shennick. A brief history display prepared by Brian Meyer, Eoghan Lavelle and Kevin Rowan was delivered in how we got here from the times of being part of Scout Association of Great Britain and Ireland through the war of Independence, the emergence of sea scouting in the former CBSI to present day Ireland.
Throughout Saturday delegates had the choice to attend the multi workshops .In the morning time was given over to brushing up on Nautical Skills from passage planning to navigation to rope work. There was a new approach to providing leaders the opportunity to gain a certificate over the weekend by making available an AED course, and Stage 2 (CPC) course.
By the afternoon leaders had further opportunities to develop their interests in taking part in the indoor pool session, practicing canoe rolls, or take a sail on Lough Derg, or witness a new development in boating building in Limerick City.
As the evening drew closer delegates were preparing for the celebrated Centenary Dinner which was hosted by Sea Scout Commissioner Stephen Taylor. Eighty guests set down at the captain’s table and the celebration continued into the early hours of the morning.
Sunday’s programme started with a plenary session on risk management, followed by smaller break out group discussions on the adventure skills, boating guidelines,boating charge certs. and ISA training updates. The conference concluded after lunch with an open forum and a sense of looking forward to the next 100 years. Thanks was expressed by Stephen Taylor to the organising committee Kate O’Farrell, Stephanie Mc Cann, Gearoid O’Riain ,Daniel Kennedy , Kevin Rowan , Cian O’Gradaigh, Diarmuid O’Briain and support staff Niamh Manning and Colum Mc Caffrey for a very successful weekend.
THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING…………….. WHERE WILL YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE?
Sea Scouts have a special care of duty to their crews and their own safety when preparing to go afloat.The past Winter has been spent by the scouts watch’s stripping down old flaked paint, sanding,inspecting last seasons damage and making ready with repairs for the coming season.At last Launch Day arrives,everybody excited as they see their smartly turned out boats slip into the water for another’s seasons boating.
The large gathering of Beavers,Cubs,Scouts,Leaders,Parents and Friends on the Sea Wall,Malahide looked on while the formal part of the launch took place. Blessing of the boats was given by our parish clergy Rev.Dr.Gamble, Father Kenneally.
Our guest Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout Michael John Shennick on arrival by boat is piped ashore and greeted by Kevin Rowan.Chief Scout thanked all present and confirmed the highest scouting award to Skipper Stephanie McCann the Order of Cu Chulainn. Stephanie has being Scouting in North Dublin for 35 years. Group Leader Robert McKernan expressed his thanks to all those who have helped and worked tirelessly for Sea Scouting in Malahide. A token of the groups appreciation were awarded to Senator Daragh O’Brien and Councilor Eoin O’Brien.
All afloat gave demonstration of their skills on the water.The afternoon events continued with a real seaside barbecue for all and later into the evening a nights entertainment in Malahide Yacht Club. Finally a thank you to the committee ,Skippers Clancy,Doyle ,McCann, Boat master McEvoy, Bosun Daly,Kate O’Farrell and all those who helped to make the day a memorable event.
It was just as-well we were gifted the black chairs from John Paul school last year to seat the full strong attendance at last nights Annual Group report. The opening address was given by newly appointed Group Leader Robert McKernan. Robert opened the meeting welcoming all parents,scouts,leaders and friends of the Malahide Sea Scout group. The nine sections made up from Beavers through to Rovers gave a fun packed adventurous account of their programme for 2011. During the evening Kieran Cody our County Commissioner presented leaders awards across the sections.Expression of appreciation was given to Anna Hickey cub leader with the Tuesday night cubs on receiving the Gold Award for much outstanding service to Malahide Scouting.Congratulations to all recipients of Chief Scouts Commendation