Annual Camp 2020 | Cancelled

Dear Parents, Scouts, and Ventures,

Due to the restrictions put in place by the Government, we have decided to cancel our annual camp which was scheduled for 27th of July – 2nd of August 2020. We are happy to confirm that all monies collected for the camp will be returned in full.

To request your refund, please send the following details to treasurer@willingtonscouts.ie.

  • Confirm that you are the person who paid the deposit.
  • Your Scout/Venture(s) name and the amount you paid.
  • Specify the bank account details (Account Name, Branch, IBAN + BIC) that the money is to be returned to.

All refunds must be requested by 31st May 2020.

At the moment it is unclear when we will get back to full scouting again. To give everyone something to look forward to, we are looking into an extended hostelling trip in October. This trip will be open to all Scouts and Ventures.

Yours in Scouting,

Scout & Venture Section Team.

Hike for Hope

Hike for Hope

Scouting has long supported the annual Darkness into Light event to raise funds for Pieta House. The mission of Pieta House is to ‘support people and communities in crisis by providing freely accessible, professional services to all’.

A more essential service right now than ever, and yet, the COVID-19 restrictions in place will mean that the opportunity to raise vital funds through the Darkness into Light walk will not happen.

We are asking you to support this great cause by donating on behalf of someone who is Hiking for Hope or take on the challenge and donate on your own behalf.

So how do you get involved?

Take Part or Support:

Choose whether you want to take on the Hike for Hope Challenge or simply support Hike for Hope.

Take part: Register by donating to Hike for Hope Go Fund Me page or get your family and

friends to sponsor you by donating on your behalf.

Support: Simply make a Donation to Hike for Hope Go Fund Me page.

Go fund Me Link: gf.me/u/xyzn4b

How to Take Part in Hike for Hope:

1. Register: To register simply go on Go Fund Me page and Donate to Hike for Hope.

2. Individual or Team: Do you want to take this challenge on by yourself or would you prefer to work together and complete as a relay team?

3. Choose your Challenge: Mountain or Trail? Choose which hiking challenge you want to undertake, (List below).

4. What does your Challenge require: Read the list below and note the total steps or flights of stairs required to complete your chosen Virtual Mountain or Trail.

Example: Lugnaquilla, Leinster – 330 flights of stairs

For Individuals: Complete the challenge at your own pace, over the weekend.

For Teams: Split the distance evenly across the team, i.e. teams of 6, divide the distance by 6 330 divided by 6 = 55, so each member of the team must climb up and down the stairs 55 times, at their own pace.

5. Share your Challenge: Share what you are doing on Social Media with the Hashtag #hikeforhope.

6. Download App to track your Challenge: Some apps that will help you realise your goal are Map my Run, Run Keeper, Nike Run Club, Strava, Map my Walk by Under Armour or a similar app that will allow you to record your distance without counting the normal steps you take in your day.

7. Complete your Challenge: Hike for Hope between 12pm on 8th May and midnight 10th May.

Follow Hike for Hope on Facebook here.

 

Cub Camp 2020 | Cancelled

Hi All,

We hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well during these unusual times. We wanted to provide you with an update about our cub camp to Crawfordsburn. Due to the restrictions put in place by the Government as a result of the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling our annual cub camp which was scheduled for the June bank holiday. We will be refunding all deposits that we collected for the camp.

To request your refund, please send the following details to treasurer@willingtonscouts.ie:

– Email and confirm that you are the person who paid the deposit,
– Specify the amount paid and your child’s name,
– Specify the bank account and details that the money is to be returned to.

Yours in Scouting,
The Cub Scout Leader Team.

Scouting @ Home

Hi All,

We hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well during these unique times. We wanted to provide you with an update on our plans and supports for the next couple of weeks.

Meetings Postponed 

In line with Scouting Ireland’s advice, we will postpone all scouting meetings and activities until Sunday 19th April. We will update accordingly depending on Scouting Ireland’s advice if this date is extended.

Scouting @ Home 

  • Challenges 

We have developed a list of fun scout challenges that scouts can do at home! This is not a prescriptive list or assignment, Scouts are welcome to do these if they want to continue doing Scouting during our temporary break! We would ask that you send the below documents to your Scouts, they will be able to open them on their smartphone/laptops/tablets.

The list of challenges can be found here. Resources that can help complete the challenges can be seen here.

All of these challenges are made to be completed at home. With this in mind, please don’t feel the need to go shopping for materials, improvise!  For example, if you don’t have paracord to make a woggle, use an old shoelace… if you don’t have a tarp to build the shelter, use a sheet.

Please send pictures of completed challenges to scouts@willingtonscouts.ie. Please try to send some pictures in by end of day on Wednesday 1st of April.

  • Zoom Scout Meetings 

We will host a virtual Scout Meeting on Thursday 2nd of April via Zoom.

    • What: Zoom Scout Meeting
    • Where: At home, online via zoom.
    • When: Thursday 2nd of April (7:45 pm – 8:30 pm).
    • How: Please see instructions on how to join here.

We hope you enjoy completing these challenges! All the Scout Leaders are excited to catch up on Thursday during our Zoom Scout Meeting.

Yours in Scouting,

The Scout Leader Team.

Annual Camp 2020 | Fota Scout Centre, Cork

Hi All,

Please see the details for our newly planned Annual Camp for 2020 in Cork.  We hope that these refined plans will suit more Scouts within the group to sign up for camp, based on the feedback we received via our survey.

Please indicate via text ASAP if your Scout(s) plan to join us for this camp or not. The dates for payment and signup are noted below. Annual Camp is a great experience for all scouts, regardless of their tenure!

If you have any questions or need to talk through the details for the camp please feel free to drop by to us during our meetings Thursdays.

Location: Fota Scout Centre, Fota Island, Co. Cork.

Dates: Monday 27th of July to Sunday 2nd of August 2020.

Cost: €350 per Scout

Payment Details: 

All payments previously paid for the original camp in Portugal will be offset against the cost of the Cork camp. If you are unsure of the amount you have paid please contact us.

A non-refundable deposit of €150 will be required by Thursday, March 12th.  If you were already signed up for Portugal, you will not need to make this payment. If you wish to sign up for this newly planned camp you have until this date to confirm. 

Cheques should be made out to ‘103rd Dublin Scouts’.

Payments Schedule: 

  • Thursday, March 12th – €150
  • Thursday, May 7th – €100
  • Thursday, June 4th – €100

Please let us know if you have any questions relating to Annual Camp 2020.

Yours in Scouting, 

103rd Scout Team.

Annual Camp 2020 | Update

Dear Parents,

Annual Camp will no longer be in Portugal as initially planned, as we did not meet the minimum group size to make the camp viable.

We are now developing a plan for an Annual Camp based in Ireland. We expect to have the details of the revised plan finalized and communicated to you by the end of February. In the meantime, please see some preliminary details below.

  • The location will be on the Island of Ireland.
  • The cost will not exceed €350 per person.
  • The length of the camp will be approximately 7 days.
  • The camp will take place between 23rd July – 4th August, final dates will be in our next communication.

Scouts that were not originally signed up for Portugal are very welcome to sign up for the Annual Camp in Ireland.

Deposits/payments that had already been made for the Portugal trip will be offset against the cost of the trip within Ireland. If your Scout(s) will not attend the camp in Ireland we will happily refund the balance you have already paid, please contact us directly to discuss.

Thank you for your patience as we finalize the plans for this year’s camp. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting, 

Scout & Venture Section Team.

Troop Activity

What: Troop Activity

When: Sunday 23rd February (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Cost: No cost.

Transport: 

Drop off and collection will be required by parents to and from a location in the Dublin area. Exact locations will be provided on the morning of the activity but will be no longer than a 30 min drive.

Equipment List: 

– Warm clothing
– Hiking Boots
– Raingear
– Waterbottle
– Packed Lunch
– Spare Socks

County Leadership Training 2020

This training is by invitation only. We will text the parents of Scouts that are eligible to attend.

What: County Leadership Training

When: Saturday 29th February – Sunday 1st March

Where: Aurora House

Cost: No cost, covered by the group.

Please see PDF with all the information regarding the weekend attached. We will coordinate carpooling to the venue closer to the time.

Full Information Here

Yours in Scouting, 

Scout Team.

Next Up with Willington Scouts

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Please see the details for the next 3 scout activities below.  Full details on each event will be updated closer to each date.

  • Senior Scouts Planning Day 
    • Sunday 16th February
    • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • No cost
  • Troop Activity 
    • Sunday 23rd February
    • No cost
    • Full details here.
  • County Leadership Training 
    • Saturday 29th February – Sunday 1st March
    • No cost, invitation only
    • Full details here