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Challenging times

of challenges which took place recently at the Waterford Scout County Camp Craft Challenge.


17th/20th St Paul’s and 3rd De La Salle came out victorious at the Cappoquinn event, having beaten 14 other Waterford groups and will now travel to the national fi nals in the hope of securing The Phoenix Trophy, in Larch Hill, Co. Dublin.

The Waterford event had a massive entry with 16 teams of eight scouts taking part in the challenge. The weekend began with teams arriving on the Friday night to set up their base camp, including sleeping tents, food storage tent, dining shelter, and cooking area consisting of dresser and table and chairs all made from wooden spares and rope only and alter fi res.

wo Waterford scout groups have been chosen to represent Waterford at a national level following a weekend

Saturday morning came and teams took part in a number of challenges, like mountain rescue, 1st aid, backwoods survival, how to make a hammock with just rope and wood and initiative bases.

Following a tough day, they had to cook for themselves on open fi res, all the while being marked on their skills, team work and health and safety.

As Sunday morning dawned, it was time for the “Frictions Bridges” challenge, where the teams had to build a bridge with only wood spares, NO ropes or nails.

Once back in formal scout attire, it was time for the awards, where many leaders were recognized for their contribution to scouting in Waterford. The National Scout Award was presented to Mark Duffy of De La Salle by County Commissioner Brain

Fanning, while Chief Scout awards were given to two scouts from De La Salle Scout Group, Emily Costello and Eoin Falconer, by Chief Scout of Ireland Michael John Shinnock.

Waterford Scout County is part of Scouting Ireland with over 1500 members in the county alone, across 15 groups. The aim of scouting is to develop young people socially, physically, intellectually, character, emotionally and spiritually. These elements are called the SPICES and are deeply integrated into the programme experience via the scout method.

If you wish to get involved visit the website or

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