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Local scouting groups having busy season

Local scouting groups are currently undergoing a busy season with the Dundalk Venturer Section, who are based in the Scout Hall on the Castletown Road, organising a camp out at the Long Woman’s Grave.

The venturers arrived out at 9pm and set about putting up their tents. A game of football pursued before assistant leader Aidan McGuinness put his evening’s activities into practice.

The venturers also took part in a “midnight hike” which they had planned in their programme. They set out from their campsite at 12:15 am, under the leadership of leader, Fintan Sheridan.

Equipped with torches, maps and compasses they set out on a trail up the mountain in what was an ideal setting with clear nighttime skies!

The following day, preparations were made for the investiture of two new members – Stephen McShane and Keith Agnew.

Guests including County Commissioner of Louth Scout County Yvonne Lawrence and Group Leader of St. Patrick’s Scout Group Gerry Finnegan, parents and Scout Chaplin Fr. Tom McNulty started arriving out for the investiture ceremony.

This is only one of several events that the venturers have participated in recently. They have gone on a number of hikes over the last number of weeks in preparation for their annual expedition, which this year takes them to Switzerland.

They have also helped out in a number of events that have taken place for cubs and scouts recently.

If anyone is interested in joining scouting, now is the perfect time to make inquiries as the scout year starts in September. Scouting in the hall on the Castletown Road caters for boys over the age of 8 – whether it be a cub, scout, venturer or leader.

St. Patrick’s Scout group are also looking at setting up a beaver colony which is for scouts between the ages of 6 and 8. If you are interested in joining scouting contact Gerry at 087-7839649.