The Wednesday Troop formed in 1975 when the numbers attending the weekly Sea Scout meetings became too much to handle on a single night. Half of the Troop decided to run their weekly meetings on Wednesday night, and half on the Friday night.
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ntervening years, the Wednesday night Troop has gone on to become one of the most successful Sea Scout Troops in the country. Our Scouting programme is strongly based on the core strengths of Sea Scouting, with an emphasis on tradition, seamanship, uniform, competition and adventurous outdoor activities.
Our programme of activities is based around our Annual Expedition, where up to 50 of us live together in the outdoors for up to two weeks every July. Each Watch of 8 people eats, sleeps and works together. Food is cooked by the Watchleader on an open wood fire. The location of the campsite varies every year and includes sites in Carlow, Kilkenny, Galway, Athone, Longford and Mullingar, Virginia, Co. Cavan.
We have two simple requirements for one of the best two-week holidays possible: a field beside a lake or a river. Scouts can choose from daily rowing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and cycling activities. When not on activities, the Watches can work on their ropework and campcraft by building flagpoles, shelters and other wooden structures to improve the amenities on their individual sites. Each camp includes the traditional favourites of a night hike, campfire and a day off-site at a local leisure centre and cinema.
All activities are run by an experienced team of qualified Leaders. Each Leader has 7 years, at the very least, of Scouting experience. Many of our Leaders have a further 5 years experience running activities for Scouts. The Leaders have built on their initial outdoors training as a Scout to become successful canoeists, hikers, rowers, runners and sailors.
We meet every Wednesday from 8pm to 9.30pm – our Skipper (Leader in charge) is Seán Clancy.
If you are interested in joining our troop, we are welcoming anybody from the local area. Please send an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We have 65 scouts and ventures from 12 to 18 years of age. We have an extensive leadership team of 20, all aged 30 or younger who have been in Malahide Sea Scouts since the age of 11.