THE Venturers and Rovers from St. Patrick's Scout Group, based on the Castletown Road, returned recently from a 10 day expedition in Germany.
Based in Rieneck, near Frankfurt, the group stayed in a 12th Century castle owned by the German Scout and Guide Association.
Throughout their visit the scouts had an active and enjoyable programme which included activities such as Go-Karting, swimming, hiking and day trips to a theme park and the cities of Frankfurt, Stuggart and Nuremberg.
Some of the highlights included the day of the ' Knight's Tournament', where keeping with the medieval theme of the castle, the group participated in a number of games and challenges including firing crossbows, skittles, horseshoe throwing and jousting.
The pioneering challenge was also enjoyed where the venturers ( 16-18 years) were pitted against the rovers( 18-21 years) and each team had to build a Roman Ballista, which is basically a giant catapult made out of wood and ropes.
Each team had a number of missiles (water balloons) to fire at the opposing team. At the end of the competition it was the venturers who ended up the wettest!
The best activity of the camp was probably the 2 day canoeing 36km expedition on the River Saale, and the river threw up a few surprise rapids along the way.
When the venturers and rovers head off on their annual expedition, one of the important tasks is to sample the culture of the country that they are visiting.
The group lived up to this expectation through participating in a campfire at the scout site, which had scouts from Holland, Austria and Germany staying during their time there.
There was also a festival in Rieneck on one of the weekends, and the venturers/rovers were guests of honour in one of the tents erected in the village square. Indeed the scouts played their part in promoting Ireland with many of the locals saying that they must come over and visit Ireland.
The venturers and rovers are currently recruiting new members, so if you are interested in joining the adventure and taking part in different challenges contact 087-9538410 for further information or check out the website www.stpatricksscoutgroup.ie