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Sunday 18 November 2018

Brackenstown scout leaders honoured for fast thinking

THE QUICK-thinking actions of two Brackenstown scout leaders who helped two young boys who had accidents while out hiking were honoured at a special ceremony in the Scout Den recently.Scout leaders Yvonne McGrath and Jeanette Hynes both received the Chief Scouts Commendation, the highest accolade given by CSI Scouting Ireland.The women were on a day out with about 40 beavers

By Eimear Cotter

THE QUICK-thinking actions of two Brackenstown scout leaders who helped two young boys who had accidents while out hiking were honoured at a special ceremony in the Scout Den recently.

Scout leaders Yvonne McGrath and Jeanette Hynes both received the Chief Scouts Commendation, the highest accolade given by CSI Scouting Ireland.

The women were on a day out with about 40 beavers, the youngest members of the scouts, when a boy fell and cut his head. Then another child had an epileptic fit.

Calmly taking control of the situation, Yvonne and Jeanette put their first aid training to good use. They acted quickly, put both children in the recovery position, administered first aid, called an ambulance and rang their parents.

The two woman were among a group of 40 leaders of the CSI 164th Brackenstown scouts who were awarded for their efforts in scouting last week.

The awards ceremony is only held every three to five years and must be approved by Scouting Ireland Head Office. The Swords leaders were presented with their awards by the Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland, Martin Burbridge and County Commissioner Steve Horgan.

Awards were given for years of service and honour awards were presented to leaders who have showed extremely high standards of scouting and the special merit award was give to Yvonne and Jeanette.

Service awards were handed out to scout leaders to celebrate their commitment to the Brackenstown troop, with leaders such as Mary Towe celebrating five years and others celebrating 10 years of service.

There was a special service award for the current scout leader Robbie Kennedy receiving an award for 25 years of service. He was nominated for the award by Stephen Walsh and didn’t even know he was going to be honoured.

Bronze, silver and gold honour awards were also given to leaders for their exceptional performance as leaders.

‘Many of these leaders have come through the scouts, starting with us when they were only children and coming through the ranks so it was wonderful to thank them, to recognise the amazing contribution they have made over the years to Brackenstown scouts,’ said Robbie Kennedy.

And new this year, a thank you award was given by the local scouting group to 11 unsung heroes who help out every week, either through fund-raising, washing the uniforms, providing transport, etc.

‘The thank you award is a lovely idea,’ added Mr Kennedy, ‘it enabled us, as a local group, to express our sincere gratitude to those who help us in some many ways.’

The CSI 164th Brackenstown Scout Unit celebrates 25 years in existence this year. It was established in 1970 by the late Fr Roy Drummey, Leopold Batt, Michael Cashin and a group of interested parents to meet the growing needs of the Brackenstown Parish.

From its humble beginnings, the Brackenstown unit has developed into one of the most dynamic units nationally and currently caters for 220 young people from the ages of six to 19 years.



And recently the group opened up a new computer room at its scout den.





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