The Argus

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Second scout troop planned to meet demand

ST. PATRICK'S Scout Group, who cater for boys between the ages of 6-21 years, are in the process of opening up a second scout troop in their hall on the Castletown Road.

There are currently 130 youth members in the group, with numbers consistently growing over the last couple of years.

The group has been in existence for over 50 years and thousands of boys have had the experience of the scouting adventure.

The scout troop age range is from 1215 years, and they participate in activities such as camping, hiking, pioneering, abseiling, rock-climbing, kayaking, archery, caving and survival skills. On top of this, day trips are organised and weekly meetings see scouts improve their personal skills through a programme based on their social, physical, intellectual, character, emotional and spiritual needs.

At the end of the day it is all great fun and scouting has been made more popular through TV personalities such as Ray Mears and Bear Grylls, who is the chief scout of the UK. They have shown that scouting is about challenge, fun, friendship, adventure and being able to react in a positive manner to different situations that life throws at you.

The new scout troop is due to open in mid-October, so if you are interested in becoming involved, or know somebody that is, then contact 087-9538410 for further information or check out the g roup website at www.stpatricksscoutgroup.ie