Seven new members were invested into teh 40th Cork Cubs on Monday 10th December. In addition the new progress awards were presented to thsoe who completed the task and our first set of Adventure Skills baadges were presented in the areas of Camping, Backwoods, Pioneering, & Paddling. Well done to all.
The Group would like to thanks all the scouts, parents, leaders other groups in our County that participated in the Annual Toy Mass held in Ballinlough Church on 5th December. The final tally was 30 full bags of toys collected and these have now been distributed to charities and individuals within our own Scout County. This event remains one of the more practical ways that we demonstrate keeping our scout promise by “helping other people”
Congratulations to our quiz team who won the County Quiz in Frankfield on Friday 30th November. It was a very close competition this year with three teams tied for first place. After 2 tie-breaker rounds and 3 sudden death rounds, our quiz team came out ahead of 47th Cork Douglas and 74th Cork Frankfield.
Ballinlough is hosting the annual Scout County Toy Mass this year. The mass will be held Wednesday 5th December 2012 at 7pm. All Beaver, Cubs, Scouts & Venturers ar asked to attend and to bring a gift for less fortunate children.
The Cub Scouts and Scouts will be travelling to Fota Cottage on the 7pm train on Friday 9th November. We will stay overnight in Fota Cottage and will be back on Saturday at 5.25pm. The activity will include a campfire and backwoods and pioneering activities and a visit to the wildlife park.
Cubs & Scouts will need to bring A sleepting bag and good ground mat or inflatable. A torch, warm coat with hat & gloves would also be advisable. A full gear list will be given out with contact number of leader on your meeting night. A neckerchief is necessary. The Cost is €30 per person.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting for 2012/12 will take place on Tuesday 13th November from 8pm to 8.45pm in the Scout Hall.
The Agenda is as follows:
- To receive the Annual Report of the Ballinlough Scout Group
- To receive the Secretaries Report
- To reveive the Tresurers Report
- To receive the Youth Section Reports
- To elect a Chair, Secretary & Treasurer for 2012/13
- To accept new members for the Group Council for 2012/13
- Any Other Business
A short meeting of the new Group Council is planned for directly after the AGM at 8.45pm until 9.15pm
The AGM is also a forum for parents to ask questions and raises issues that they may have and all families are encouraged to have one parent or represnetative attend.
The Group Council is the management committee. It consists of a Chairperson, Secretary & Treasurer elected at the AGM, at least one leader from each section, all venture scouts, the patrol leaders from the scout section and any number of parent representatives. There are between 4 and 6 meetings a year.
We are seeking additional parents to come on board this year and are seeking a parent to act as Chairman of the Committee as the Group will celebrate its 50th anniversary in August 2013 and a programme of events will need to be planned this year.
To register for the current year all youth members should return their Green patental Consent Forms to their section leaders. The registration fee for 2012/12 has been reviewed and the Group Council have decided to reduce the fee by a third for the current year from €180 to €120. Where a family has more than one member in the group then a family fee of €200 applies. The fee can also be returned to thee leaders on your usual meeting night and can alos be paid online via this website and at the AGM on Tuesday 13th November.
From September 2012, the Ballinlough Scout Group will oppeeate one Cub scout section. These will meet on Monday evenings from 7.30pm t0 9pm. Cubs from the Tuesday night pack can transfer to Mondays from September 2012. This consolidation of the cub sections is necessary as it had become increasing difficult to maintain adequate adult leader cover for both sections. The decision will be reviewed again at the end of the current scouting year to determine if youth demand exists for a second cub section.
Scout Camp took place from 23rd to 30th June at Cappanalea, near Killorglin in Co. Kerry. One of the aim was to improve the Adventure Skills levels and Scoust were awarded improved stages in Camping, Hillwaking, Paddling and Pioneering and well as starting two new skills in Sailing and Air Activities. The programme included Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft buildling, Windsurfing, Sailing, Hillwalking, Rock Climbing and Abseiling. There was also a day trip to Crag Cave in Castle Island, Farranfore Airport and the Aquadome in Tralee. Click here for photos