Thursday 23 May 2019

50 years of Scouting

Oscar Buckley, Noah Fennessy and Luigi Rea
Oscar Buckley, Noah Fennessy and Luigi Rea
The 7th Wicklow Beavers at the 7th Wicklow Scout troop’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the Abbey Grounds.
Fiona Byrne, Aaron Morrissey, Erin Rice, founding member Leo Byrne, Roy Conway, Dave Fennessy and Nora Kennedy.

Myles Buchanan

The 7th Wicklow Scouts celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday where current Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures impressed with their wide-ranging display of skills.

Fifty years ago at a time when there were very few activities for children, a small group of committed individuals decided to bring scouting to Wicklow town. Thanks to their hard work a Scout Den was built on the quays and 7th Wicklow Scout Troop.

One of the founding fathers, Leo Byrne, was present for the anniversary celebrations and both adult scouts and youth members enjoyed listening to his stories. Another founding father, Frank Flood, was unable to make it and sent his apologies and best wishes.

The sons, daughters, and grandchildren of two other founding members who have sadly passed away, Frank Conway and Tommy Raeburn, also joined in on the day and were delighted to experience their fathers' legacy at first hand.

The occasion also featured displays of bridge building, parachute making, map reading, first aid and CPR. Visitors were impressed by the campsite created for the day by Cubs and Scouts. Deep in the trees there was a cosy camp fire.

Just as the troop is 50 years old, so is the scout den and here is where the challenge lies. While the troop is going from strength to strength, the den is starting to show its age. Major repairs are needed to keep it fit-for-purpose and this will prove expensive.

Although the troop has the resources to cover day-to-day expenses, they do not have money to pay for this essential work which is expected to be in the region of €15,000. The troop are about to begin fundraising and are relying on the generosity of the public so they can continue going for at least another 50 years.

Thanks were passed onto Fr Donal and Fr Pat for the use of the Abbey Grounds and to all the former members and their families who attended the anniversary celebrations.

Wicklow People