Wednesday 20 June 2018

Fingal scouts enjoy weekend of fun and competition in Malahide

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Shauna Bowers

Fingal Scout County came together for an annual weekend of fun and competition at Malahide Castle.

The scouts were divided into 11 patrols of eight and they were marked on camping, activities, cooking, first aid, teamwork and leadership. 

The weekend was medieval themed and so each patrol had to build their campsite to fit in with the theme. Some of the challenges included knot boards, moving water from one bucket to another using cups, making a 4ft paper tower, an egg survival challenge and singing camp songs in a cafe.

There were a few bumps along the way when the scouts had to pretend they had a patient who had a heart attack and treat it properly.

'It's all about teamwork. Completing the task is only half the battle. It's all a marked competition but only about a 5th of the marks go towards completing the task but it's the process of getting to the end that's more important,' the Swords Scout Leader, Declan said.

Camp Chief, Dan Duque, said that the weekend was filled with fun, sun and laughter for everyone involved. 'It's a competition for kids aged between 12 and 15,' Dan said. 'There are 11 teams here from all around the county, ranging from Swords all the way to Stamullen and everything in between. It's been great craic.

'As a leader, I'm really enjoying it but even as a kid I used to really enjoy it. I used to go every year. It's one of my favourite events of the year."

This was the first year that Stamullen joined in on the festivities, five years after the troop's establishment. The scouts from Stamullen said that the weekend was "amazing" and that "the people are so lovely". The organisers said that the event couldn't have happened if it wasn't for the generosity of Fingal County Council and the park rangers who facilitated the weekend.

Fingal Independent