Saturday 20 January 2018

Chief Scout on hand in Malahide den to present 23 awards

Cub Scout Leader Anna Hickey being presented with her Forty Years' Service Award by Chief Scout Christy McCann.
Cub Scout Leader Anna Hickey being presented with her Forty Years' Service Award by Chief Scout Christy McCann.
Cub Scout Leader Kiva Geraghty with her daughter Aobh and Provincial Commissioner Stephen Halpin and the Chief Scout Christy McCann
Troop Skipper Gillian Forde with the Cub Scouts Aobh Geraghty, Beth Deacon, Ciara Paul, Katie Drumm Quill and Olivia Jerkland who moved to Scouts after receiving their Chief Scouts Award
Chief Scouts award and Gaisce recipient Cian Butterly with his father, Cub Scout Leader John Butterly.
Chief Scouts Award recipients Eoin Wayne, Niamh Lynch, Clodagh Mulcahy and Harry Ennis at the awards ceremony in Malahide

Some 23 Cubs and Scouts from across the three Malahide Cub Packs were presented with their Chief Scouts Award by the Chief Scout Christy McCann at a specially convened Awards ceremony in Malahide Scout Den.

The Chief Scouts Award is the cumulation of over 12 months work for the scouts and their leaders where their scouting skills were pushed to new limits. The tasks undertaken were sailing and canoeing, cooking, backwoods, tracking and camping as well as a 20 kilometre hike and a 20 kilometre cycle.

Speaking at the presentation, Cub Scout Leader, Mark Barry praised the cubs for the manner and enthusiasm with which they undertook the various tasks.

Each Cub Scout was presented with their Chief Scout's award badge and in Malahide tradition, they were presented with a special group neckerchief which has a gold border denoting that they are the holder of the prestigious Chief Scout's Award.

Also in attendance at the cermony were three Sea Scouts who also received their Chief Scout's Award which also incorporated the Bronze Gaisce Award.

Praising the scouts, the Chief Scout noted that at scout level the scouts very much have to take the initiative themselves with the support of their leaders and their troop and thus why the award is recognised with the Bronze Gaisce Award (The President's Award).

When all the presentations were over, the Chief Scout had one surprise left in his pocket as he called on Cub Scout Leader, Anna Hickey to present her with her Forty Years' Service Award as a Leader in Scouting. Anna, who has been a leader with Malahide for over 25 years started her scouting in 44th Dublin Whitehall, only moving her allegiance's when she moved to live in Malahide.

Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters were all present on the special night and with tea and refreshments for all. It was a scouting night that the Cub Scouts will remember for a long time to come.

Well done all!

Fingal Independent

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