Thursday 21 November 2019

Thirty years service award for Scouts leader phil

Patricia Power group leader, Phil Croarkin 30 year service award and Dan O’Leary, county
Patricia Power group leader, Phil Croarkin 30 year service award and Dan O’Leary, county commissioner

David Looby

Among the New Ross Sea Scouts who received awards at the group's AGM was Phil Croarkin whose 30 years volunteer work with the organisation was recognised.

Sea Beavers, Cubs and Scouts enjoyed a busy year of activities.

There were 31 beaver scouts this year, 34 cub scouts, 20 sea scouts, six ventures and one rover.

The Sea Beavers loved the Kelly's Woods sausage sizzle, doing Hell and Back, camping in Tagoat with the cubs, a sleepover in Kelly's Wood, going to Castlecomer Adventure Park, orienteering in the John F Kennedy Arboretum and more,

The Sea Cubs enjoyed boating with the Sea Scouts, cold water shock training in Graiguenamanagh, archery, raft building and more.

12 of the Sea Scouts have represented their schools in the South East and Leinster Primary Schools Orienteering Championships with great success.

The Sea Scouts enjoyed numerous events and activities including the County Blackstairs Challenge. The group was donated its first official sea scout boat in 54 years and launched the vessel in Lough Dan for the inaugural Odin Cup - a water and land based relay challenge.

As part of the Clean Coast project, the group carried out beach cleans on the Hook Peninsula during the summer. Some scouts received their Service awards from County Commissioner Dano O'Leary. They were Jenna Croarkin (five years service award), Enda McDonald (five years service award) and Martin Cunningham (15 year Service award).

The New Ross scouts were delighted to see two new Cub scouters this year, Jean Fogarty and Kevin Cullimore join the group.

Numerous cub scouts and scouts were also invested.

Eight beavers were presented with their Beaver Chief Scout Awards by Mr O'Leary, namely: Ruth MacLaughlin, Charlie Barron, Patrick Murphy, Tom Hickey, Will Ó Farrell, Ruth Curry, Meda Jokubaityte and Aoife Ryan.

Josh Maher received his Cub Chief Scout Award also.

Phil Croarkin received an amazing 30 Year Service award from Mr O'Leary who sang her praises for the great work she has done for children and teenagers within the groups over the years.

Chris Leahy received a 15 Year Service award and also came in for high praise from Mr O'Leary.

Funding from several groups was acknowledged, namely: Clean Coast €270), Waterways Ireland €750), Sports Capital funding (€200), Education and Training Board youth grants (€1,818), Community enhancement (€2,000), BIM FLAG (€8,443) and Credit Union funding of €2,000.

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