Scout Activity | Hostel Weekend

When: Friday 22 – Sunday 24 October 2021

Where: Beckettsfield Scout Activity Centre,

Saggart Hill, Brittas, Co. Dublin.

Cost: €30 per scout

Drop Off/Pick Up: 

Scouts should be dropped off at 8:00pm on Friday at Hostel Carpark, a member of the Leader team will be there to meet your Scout. Collection will be at 1:30pm on Sunday. Directions to the Hostel can be found here.

Equipment List: 

Scouts will require all of the below equipment in order to participate in this overnight activity.
  • Face-masks
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Neckerchief & Woggle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Warm Clothes
  • Night Wear
  • Toiletries
  • Eating Equipment*
  • Small Day Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)

Confirm Attendance:

Please confirm your scout(s) attendance by emailing scouts@willingtonscouts.ie by Thursday October 14th. You will be sent an electronic payment link when you confirm your participation.

Scout Activity | Saturday 25th September

When: Saturday 25th September

Who: Scouts

Where:  Larch Hill

Cost: €5 per scout

Drop Off/Pick Up: 

Scouts should be dropped off at 10:00am on Saturday at Larch Hill Carpark, a member of the Leader team will be there to meet your Scout. Collection will be at 3:00pm.

Equipment List: 

  • Packed lunch/snack
  • Face-masks
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Neckerchief & Woggle
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)

Confirm Attendance:

Please confirm your scout(s) attendance via email by Friday 24th September. Payment can be brought on the day.

Scout Activity | Larch Hill Overnight 

Larch Hill Overnight 

When: Saturday August 21st to Sunday August 22nd

Who: All Scouts and Ventures

Where:  Larch Hill

Cost: €10 per scout, paid by August 15th.

Drop Off/Pick Up: 

Scouts should be dropped off at 10:00am on Saturday at Larch Hill Carpark, a member of the Leader team will be there to meet your Scout. Collection will be at 2:00pm on Sunday.

Equipment List: 

Scouts will require all of the below equipment in order to participate in this overnight activity. You do not need to go our buying the best bits, keep an eye out in Lidl and Aldi for outdoor equipment! If you are having trouble accessing any of the below items please let us know and we will do our best to help you out!
  • Packed lunch/snack for Saturday.
  • Face-masks (at least 3 to allow for daily changing)
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Neckerchief & Woggle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Warm Clothes
  • Night Wear
  • Toiletries
  • Eating Equipment*
  • Small Day Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)
  • Bivy Bag

Covid-19 Information: 

This activity will be planned an executed fully aligned to Scouting Ireland and DCYA Covid-19 advice. Please see a summary of measures that we are implementing to make this activity Covid-19 safe! 

  • Scouts will be outdoors in open-air at all times.
  • Scouts will be required to wear face-masks when adequate social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • All Scouts will sleep in individual hammocks/tents, at least 2 meters apart from each other.
  • We will be providing hand-washing and sanitising facilities (Scouts should also bring hand sanitiser).

Confirm Attendance:

Please confirm your scout(s) attendance via text by at this overnight by text by August 15th.

Scout Activity: Skills Days + Larch Hill Overnight 

We have some exciting plans to soak up the last of the summer camping season for both Scouts and Ventures! 

Activity 1 – Skills Days 

When: Saturday August 14th and Sunday August 15th

12pm – 4pm (both days).

Where: The Scout Den

Equipment List: 

  • Packed lunch + snacks
  • Face-mask
  • Water Bottle
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)

We will meet in the den both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. This is not an overnight activity, Scouts will come and go each day.

Activity 2 – Larch Hill Overnight 

When: Saturday August 21st to Sunday August 22nd

Where:  Larch Hill

Cost: €10 per scout, paid by August 15th.

Drop Off/Pick Up: 

Scouts should be dropped off at 10:00am on Saturday at Larch Hill Carpark, a member of the Leader team will be there to meet your Scout. Collection will be at 2:00pm on Sunday.

Equipment List: 

Scouts will require all of the below equipment in order to participate in this overnight activity. You do not need to go our buying the best bits, keep an eye out in Lidl and Aldi for outdoor equipment! If you are having trouble accessing any of the below items please let us know and we will do our best to help you out!
  • Packed lunch/snack for Saturday.
  • Face-masks (at least 3 to allow for daily changing)
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Neckerchief & Woggle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Warm Clothes
  • Night Wear
  • Toiletries
  • Eating Equipment*
  • Small Day Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)
  • Bivy Bag

Covid-19 Information: 

This activity will be planned an executed fully aligned to Scouting Ireland and DCYA Covid-19 advice. Please see a summary of measures that we are implementing to make this activity Covid-19 safe! 

  • Scouts will be outdoors in open-air at all times.
  • Scouts will be required to wear face-masks when adequate social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • All Scouts will sleep in individual hammocks/tents, at least 2 meters apart from each other.
  • We will be providing hand-washing and sanitising facilities (Scouts should also bring hand sanitiser).

Confirm Attendance:

Please confirm your scout(s) attendance via text by at this overnight by text by August 15th.

Scout Activity | Larch Hill + ZipIt

We are excited to announce our first overnight activity in over 14 months!

Our first overnight activity since pre-covid times will be a ham-mocking trip up to Larch Hill Scout Centre. On Saturday, Scouts will get the chance to pitch their own hammock, cook meals on open fire, and experience the outdoors! On Sunday, we will trek over to ZipIt to tackle the treetop high ropes course.

When: Saturday June 19 – Sunday June 20, 2021.

Where: Larch Hill Scout Centre + ZipIt Adventure Park (directions linked).

Cost: €35 per scout, paid on or before Thursday June 10.

Drop Off/Pick Up: 

Scouts should be dropped off at 4:00pm on Saturday at Larch Hill Carpark, a member of the Leader team will be there to meet your Scout. Collection will be at 5:30pm on Sunday at ZipIt Carpark.

Equipment List: 

Scouts will require all of the below equipment in order to participate in this overnight activity. You do not need to go our buying the best bits, keep an eye out in Lidl and Aldi for outdoor equipment! If you are having trouble accessing any of the below items please let us know and we will do our best to help you out! We will be conducting an equipment check for all Scouts participating in the activity the meeting before we go (Thursday June 17th).
  • Packed lunch/snack for Saturday.
  • Face-masks (at least 3 to allow for daily changing)
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Neckerchief & Woggle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Warm Clothes
  • Night Wear
  • Toiletries
  • Eating Equipment*
  • Small Day Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear (jacket and bottoms)
  • Bivy Bag 

Scouts should pack all their equipment into a rucksack style bag that they can carry on their back. Scouts will be required to carry their bag and walk for a relatively long distance.

Covid-19 Information: 

This activity will be planned an executed fully aligned to Scouting Ireland and DCYA Covid-19 advice. Please see a summary of measures that we are implementing to make this activity Covid-19 safe! 

  • Scouts will be outdoors in open-air at all times.
  • Scouts will be required to wear face-masks when adequate social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • All Scouts will sleep in individual hammock and tarps, at least 2 meters apart from each other.
  • We will be providing hand-washing and sanitising facilities (Scouts should also bring hand sanitiser).

Register Your Scout: 

Please register your Scout for this event using this form by Thursday June 10. Payment should also be brought up to the Den by the same date. Due to Covid-19 guidance, we have a limited number of spaces for this activity, places will be allocated on a first registered first-served basis. 

REGISTER NOW 

Scouts: Photo Scavenger Hunt

You have 45 mins to complete a photo scavenger hunt.  For the scavenger hunt you need to take a selfie / photo of your patrol at the following locations:

  1. Tymon Park Gates (all members)
  2. Bishop Shanahan National School (all patrol members who were pupils there)
  3. Garden Centre (shortest patrol member)
  4. Brofida B&B (tallest patrol member)
  5. Sunflower Chinese Takeaway (youngest and oldest patrol member)

Good luck! And stay safe, especially when crossing main roads.

County Youth Forum 2021 for Scouts

Hi All,

Please note that our bi-weekly meeting for this week will be replaced by the County Youth Forum. A Youth Forum is a meeting where young people from the county can share ideas and views on particular issues that affect them.

When: Thursday 25th February 2021 @ 7:00PM – 9:00PM.

How: Via Zoom (link below)

More Info: Click here to find more information.

We would encourage all our youth members to join! Please let us know if you have any questions about this event.

Scouting @ Home

Hi All,

We hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well. We wanted to provide you with an update on our plans to continue scouting during the level 5 lockdown. As previously communicated, we will postpone all in-person scouting meetings and activities until Scouting Ireland and government advice allows otherwise.

We are planning to host virtual scout meetings every 2 weeks, starting this week! Please see some key details for this below! We hope that all scouts can join so that we can continue Scouting, and prepare for when Scouting returns back to normal!

    • What: Zoom Scout Meeting
    • Where: At home, online via zoom.
    • When: 28th January, 11th February, 25th February @ 7:30PM – 8:30PM.
    • How to Join:
      • Click on this link (https://cutt.ly/Fj1F3jI) using a computer, phone or tablet.
      • Input your Full Name and Password. For safety purposes, passwords will be communicated to to parents via text on the evening of each meeting.

Scouts will not need any additional items to join this meeting, but we will be setting fun challenges each meeting in the future that may require this. Some of the senior scouts may be asked to stay on the zoom call a little later (no later than 9:00pm) with the leaders to help plan the programme for the next meeting.

Yours in Scouting,

The Scout Leader Team.

Scout Skiing + Movie Night 2020

UPDATED TIMING (10/12/2020) – PLEASE READ 

An increased interest in this activity has meant that we need to amend our timings, please see the updated times noted in bold below.

What: Scout Skiing + Movie Night

When: Sunday 13th December.

Where:  Kilternan Ski Club + Willington Scout Den

Cost: €35 per scout, please bring this to the den the next time you are coming. Cost will cover the skiing fee, a movie night, and dinner on Sunday evening.

Scouts should meet at 3:00pm on Sunday at Kilternan Ski Club, collection will be at 5:45pm from Kilternan. We will be hosting a movie evening in the den from 6:00pm – 8:00pm after skiing.

Covid-19 Considerations: 

We cannot accommodate carpooling due to Covid-19, each Scout/family should be dropped and collected from Kilternan Ski Club/The Scout Den.

Disclaimer: 

All Scouts will require a signed disclaimer and health declaration form by parent/guardian to partake in the skiing.

Equipment List: 

– Facemask*
– Hand Sanitizer
– Warm, flexible clothing that does not restrict movement*
– Strong Gloves (ideally padded ski gloves)*
– Long, thick socks*
– Long sleeved top*
– Wet weather gear as classes will still proceed if it rain*
– Disclaimer*
– Flask*
– Neckerchief & Woggle
– Blanket (for the movie night)
– Small Day Bag
– Water Bottle
– Rain Gear
* required for skiing 

Return to Scouting

Please let me tell you about our plans to resume for the new scouting year in the Group in the coming weeks.  From the time that we closed the doors to the Scout Den in early March until late June, we continued to offer virtual scouting for many members but now we believe it is time to get back to the real thing!  

COVID-19 will bring a number of challenges that we haven’t faced before and we are working to overcome these so that we can continue to provide a safe scouting experience for all of our members.  

At all times we will be cognisant of the evolving public health advice, guidance from Scouting Ireland and learnings from other re-openings in society, particularly the primary and secondary schools.  There will be new procedures and protocols that will have to be followed as a result and we will bring you details about them in the coming weeks.  

For now we would like to confirm whether or not your family member(s) intend to return to scouting with the group.  In order to confirm this, I would ask you to please fill out this short form by Wednesday 16th September.  This will help us to finalise our plans for reopening by knowing the numbers of youth members we have coming back.  

A few points that should be noted about our reopening are:

  1. We are not immediately taking in any new members (this includes siblings who you may have thought were due to join this September).  We are reviewing this decision regularly to determine when we will take in new members and will be in regular contact with anyone on the waiting list.
  2. All members will return to the section that they were in during the last scouting year.  This is to facilitate completion of previous activities and the LINK process which prepares members for the move between sections.  We anticipate this will be for a period of 4-6 weeks and will communicate with everyone due to move sections in due course.
  3. It is hoped that based on the numbers of youth members and adults volunteers that all of the sections that we operated in the past will re-open but we need to assess the numbers of members returning before we can confirm that.
  4. It is hoped that the nights of meetings will not change but again this needs to be confirmed.  We expect that people will fill out the form based on their current availability and we understand there may be an impact on some members if there is a change to any meeting nights.
  5. The start times of our meetings may need to be altered as well as the duration of the meetings.  We will communicate any changes as applicable.
  6. Youth Sector specific advice, as of today, is that 15 people can meet indoors (including adult volunteers).  We will continue to monitor this advice but this may result in a situation where children do not attend their section every week but possibly every second or third week.  We are looking at other options in respect of this including running multiple shortened meetings on the one night with breaks in between.  Until we have more certainty on the numbers returning we are not in a position to decide this.

 As you can see from the above we are working hard to get back to scouting in our Scout Den.  Without wanting to sound too repetitive, our planning relies heavily on confirming the numbers returning.  For this reason can you please complete this form as soon as possible and in any event no later than Wednesday 16th September so that we can move forward with our plans.  It is important that you complete the form whether or not your family plans to return.  

Many thanks and we look forward to welcoming your family back to the Scout Den soon.  

Colin Hurley
Group Leader
September 2020