A note from National Events:
Easter is fast approaching and with it brings the return of 12 tutors and 36 Scouts to the wilds of Kerry for a weeks intensive training in hillwalking and navigation. This year is PEAK’s 29th year of running the extremely successful National Event. The aim of the week is to build a strong foundation of navigation and mapwork skills, working up to a 2 day overnight expedition across some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain that Ireland has to offer.
The event concludes with an overnight expedition where the patrols must navigate between checkpoints by themselves, much like on a Sionnach or MPC. They face challenges such as the devil’s punchbowl ascent, finding high camp in the old forest, canoeing across the remote Mucross lakes, ascending to Eagles nest and finishing with an abseil down into the Black Valley.
When we ask the groups that constantly send applicants back to PEAK each year they respond telling us that its an amazing experience for the Scout, but also its an investment in the Scout, the group and the scout county. Many groups sponsor scouts and in these times in particular that may be necessary.