Blue Tribe Beavers are happy campers

Published 16/07/2013 | 05:24

The Blue Tribe Beaver Section from 5th Carlow Town Beavers finally managed to camp outdoors recently as they made the journey to Larch Hill in Dublin.

Owing to the miserable weather, the group had had to cancel their camping plans over the past couple of years, however, this year they were delighted to finally spend a night under tents in the great outdoors.

Section leader Oisin Keane was no stranger to Larch Hill, Scouting Ireland's National campsite situated in the Dublin Mountains, and he was more than happy to share his memories and stories about the site with his group.

The first challenge on arrival at the site was pitching the tents. The group split into three with the girls, assisted by leader Patrice Purcell, pitching an 8 man family tent, and the boys, assisted by Sean Scanlon and Oisin Keane, pitching two islantics canvas eight-man tents. Girl power succeeded in the end, as the ladies managed to have their tent up first.

It was a busy weekend for the beavers, who are aged between six and nine, as they undertook a variety of activities including building a survival shelter in the woods, orienteering, tackling assault courses and much more.

Unfortunately the Carlow Town section is losing quite a few of its leaders and is desperately searching for adult volunteers to come forward and be able to start in September. A full training programme is run by Scouting Ireland and is funded by the unit. If you would like to get involved please call 086 2725943. The 5th Carlow Town unit has a waiting list of 30 young children wanting to join the two beavers sections, but as a result of the shortage of leaders, they can't be accommodated. If you feel you could help, or know of anyone who may be willing to get involved, please call the number above.

Carlow People

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