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Scout Annual Camp 2018

Dear Parents,

The scouts will be back soon, Wed 7th Feb, but in the mean time I would ask you to put your mind to this year’s annual camp.

This year we are going to JamboRí-2018, this is an international scout camp being held in Stradbally, Co Laois.

JamboRí-2018-1 <- is a link to an information sheet.

Scout Jamborees are fantastic experiences for the scouts where they will meet scouts from all over the world.

As this is a camp organised by Scouting Ireland the cost and dates are out of our control as are the instalment due dates for the camp fees.

Key Information;

·        When?
Wednesday 25th July to Thursday 2nd August

·        Where?
Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. (Electric Picnic site)

·        Cost?
€370

€320 for the camp, this includes camping fees,  food and all activities.
€50 for transport to and from the camp and other outlays associated with camps.

·        Camp Fees Due Date?
€120 Nov 2017 (extended by scouting Ireland)
€100 Jan 2018
€100 April 2018
€50 June 2018

While the Aghada Group can help in meeting these deadlines with group funds we need commitment from the scouts for attendance.

Note: All fees paid to Scouting Ireland are non-refundable.

We need confirmation by 14th February if your scout is attending (or not) this will allow us confirm our place at the camp. You can text or call Kevin. Following that we would ask for the fees to be paid as soon as possible.

As always please talk to us if the deadlines causes problems and we will do everything we can to facilitate you.

Yours in Scouting,

Overnight Hike February 2017

Photos:

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Summit2
Summit2
Summit
Summit
River cross
River cross
Slime floor
Slime floor
The Match
The Match
Feeding time
Feeding time

Lost & Found :
Lost, a pair of boots just like this…

Lost boots like these
Lost boots like these

Found this pair of boots

Found Boots
Found Boots

Found.. a knife & fork set
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Has anyone got a pair of boots like the black ones that doesn’t belong to them and is anyone missing a pair like the purple ones ?
Or is anyone missing a Knife & Fork set.
Talk to JMcG about any of these.

Meeting Point:  Saturday 25th of at 9:45am: Top Garage, Glenflesk
(click link or see map)

Bring a packed lunch for the Sat. Hike !

Collection: 26th @ 3pm – Loo Bridge
(click link or see map)
This may change depending on weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Hostel: Muckross Venture Hostel

Weekend Cost: €20, this includes accommodation, dinner (25th Feb), Breakfast & Lunch (26th Feb).
Scouts may also bring some pocket money as we may find a shop

Scout leaders on site: Kevin – 0879192688 or Dave – 0876344340

Emergency Contact: Martina – 0872320718 (In Aghada)

Map, gear list available here

Galtees Hike Nov. 2016

Photos:
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When: Sun. Nov 27th

Where:  Kings Yard, Knocknagalty, Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick
Website: https://kingsyard.wordpress.com/about/
Google Maps: Kings Yard
GPS co-ords: 52.3317768,-8.1846534

  • Meet there 10:00am (it’s ~1hr from Aghada)
  • Pickup: 16:30 at Kings Yard.
  • Uniforms not required but neckerchief MUST be worn
  • Galtees are currently covered in snow
    – Be prepared, see gear list below.

Directions: Aghada to Kings Yard

  • Aghada
  • Get on M8 from R630 and N25 24 min (27.0 km)
  • Follow M8 to N73. Take exit 12 from M8 27 min (47.8 km)
  • Take R639 to your destination in Limerick 14 min (7.2 km)
  • Kings Yard, Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick

What to wear:

1)   Light leggings or walking trousers
Note: Jeans and cotton type tracksuit bottoms are not suited to a hike as they soak in water becoming very heavy, difficult to move in and keep the wearer cold which is dangerous. They also take ages to dry. Walking trousers have a certain amount of water resistance and are quick drying.

2)   Layer up with 2 light tops – breathable base layers are best – again no cotton because once it gets wet it stays wet. (You should have a warmer layer in the bag)
Start the walk feeling a little cool – you will soon warm up!

3)   Boot socks (these are thicker than normal socks and offer better protection against blisters)

4)   Good walking boots (not wellies or runners)
Bear in mind that we are walking mostly in the mountains and much of the time on boggy rough ground or through heather so you must have appropriate hiking boots. A twisted ankle can ruin the day for the whole group.

Must Haves:

1)      Backpack (the type that is worn on both shoulders)
2)      Rain gear (waterproof pants and jacket)
3)      Warm light fleece
4)      Pair of gloves and a warm hat (good idea to have spares)
5)      Blister plasters and spare socks
6)      Sun cream and sun hat (if needed)
7)      Any personal medication
8)      Lunch (a sandwich and something else, bar of chocolate, fruit, nuts). A warm drink is important in winter. Include some emergency rations in case the day takes longer than expected.
9)      1 to 2 litres of water (at least 2lts of water will be needed for a 6hrs day in summer)

Other stuff that might make your day more enjoyable.

1)      Bag liner (if your backpack does not have a waterproof outer bag, this is important for any spare clothes)
2)      Gaiters (if the walk is likely to be boggy / mucky)
3)      Emergency rations
4)      Walking poles
5)      Camera
6)      A change of clothes and shoes back in the car

Safety Gear
7)      Whistle
8)      Basic first aid kit (group has one but good habit for scouts to have their own)
9)      Head torch & battery
10)    Survival bag

Relay for Life 2016

Unfortunately we have not been able to get sufficient numbers for the Relay For Life event and I am withdrawing our team. For those who did express an interest, thank you and apologies for not being able to take part.

Aghada Sea scouts are once again proud to participate in:
The Irish Cancer Society Relay for Life
at:
CBS Secondary School, Midleton
on:
17th – 18th September 2016.

Ventures, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and leaders will relay walk for 24 hours to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Come along to support us, walk a little.

If you can, please feel free to donate at the following:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Aghada-Sea-Scouts

Or if you prefer plain old sponsorship cards I can give you these too, just text/email and I’ll get one to you d_mc_g@yahoo.com / 0876344340.

As before we are dividing the relay into time slots. We have leaders signed up for each slot but we need more ventures, scouts, cubs & beavers to do some walking & fundraising:

Team members registration forms can be found at:
RFL_ team_members_registration_form_2016
Please complete & email / give to me: d_mc_g@yahoo.com

Scouts Overnight Sail to Cobh

Scouts had a lovely sail + overnight stay to Cobh last weekend.
After a weather & route briefing from Robin we set off in fresh winds on Saturday afternoon. Conditions tested the nerve & reaction of helms & crew but all excelled and got there safely where we beached the boats outside Cobh sea scouts den.
After some fine gourmet dining in Cobh we retired to the den for the night.
Bright & early Sunday morning we rigged then drifted / paddled / towed out from Cobh into some perfect sailing conditions for the journey back to Aghada.

looking worried
looking worried

Rigging boats
Rigging boats

hoisting sails
hoisting sails

Rigging at Aghada
Rigging at Aghada

Flag waving & cheers
Flag waving & cheers

Moody Skies
Moody Skies

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GP14 in action
GP14 in action

The view back to Aghada
The view back to Aghada

Beach the boats
Beach the boats

Incoming pilot
Incoming pilot

Crabs in the RIB
Crabs in the RIB

No hurry
No hurry

Nice evening for a sail
Nice evening for a sail

Beached at Cobh
Beached at Cobh

Rigged & ready at 08:00
Rigged & ready at 08:00

Powerboats
Powerboats

Get out & walk!
Get out & walk!

Away we go
Away we go

Leaving Cobh
Leaving Cobh

Flat calm off Cobh
Flat calm off Cobh

Floatilla
Floatilla

Who moored that boat there?
Who moored that boat there?

A helpful tow out to the wind
A helpful tow out to the wind

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Nice.
Nice.

Our next safety boat ?
Our next safety boat ?

Wayfarer Vs lark
Wayfarer Vs lark

Larking about
Larking about

Wafarer
Wafarer

Perfect sailing weather
Perfect sailing weather

Back on the slip in Aghada
Back on the slip in Aghada