IT WAS chillier than expected out when 16 scouts and their leaders from 1st Louth Scouts, St. Patrick's Scout Group, Castletown Road, camped on Tipping's Wood, a forest on the large grounds of Bellurgan Park.
Despite the cold night the adventurous scouts camped out in lightweight tents. They had a big camp fire where they all cooked a ' cowboy dinner', a meal consisting of four rashers, four sausages and beans constructed in a box like shape and wrapped in tinfoil and cooked on hot ambers.
They experienced every type of weather possible from strong winds, freezing temperatures, rain, sleet and even snow, only for them to awake to a glorious spring morning on Wednesday. After a breakfast of freshly made pancakes baked on the fire, the scout troop took part in a very short stroll up to the top of Tipping's Hill where they got some great photos of the snow covered mountains. All the scouts had a great time and were delighted that the camp wasn't cancelled because of the weather.
Scouting is a great way for children of all ages (ages six to 21) to get out and discover the countryside. St. Patrick Scout Group is now enrolling boys for both of their scout troops so if you have a son, nephew, grandson, etc that would be interested in doing activities like these, be sure to get in touch.
First Louth Scouts meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and the newly reformed 5th Louth Scouts meet on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact Group Leader Fintan on (087) 9538410 or email email@example.com . Visit www.stpatricksscoutgroup.ie of find us on facebook.com/dundalkscouts.