Powerscourt Camp (Please read)

Dear Parents,

On Friday 18th May the Cubs will be camping for the weekend in Powerscourt, the cost will be €40 (€30 for siblings).   Enclosed are the Permission to Camp (PC) form and a kit list of what the Cubs should bring with them.  The PC form must be completed and given to one of the Leaders before the camp.

The Camp is weather dependant and we will decide on Tuesday 15th if we will postpone the camp due to wet weather and have it in June instead.  The three Cub packs (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) are camping together; there will be approx 90 people at the camp.  The theme of the Camp will be the Olympics.  Any of the Leaders will be happy to answer any queries you may have.  If your child has to leave the camp for a match, birthday party etc. please let us know.  We intend on going to Powerscourt Waterfall on Saturday afternoon.

While the kit list tells you what the Cubs should bring with them, we would like to emphasize that it can get quite cold at night and an airbed helps to keep the cold out – the Leaders will have pumps to blow up the airbeds.  Also an extra blanket and a fleece to wear in bed would be good, it also helps to have a hot water bottle (a teddy is good too!).  No matter how many socks they bring, they nearly always run out – either by walking in the wet grass with no shoes on or by leaving them on the ground for people to walk on, so please ensure they bring plenty.   We have large new tents which we bought last year; the Cubs can easily walk around in them with plenty of space in the porch for the Cubs gear.   (There will be five Cubs per tent and Wednesday Cubs will be kept together)

The Cubs will meet at Powerscourt at 7.30pm on Friday 18th May and finish on Sunday 20th at 1.00pm.  Entrance is though the Golden Gates (now painted black!) near the hump-backed bridge.  We can give you directions if you need them; there is no access to the campsite from the main Powerscourt entrance.  There is a combination lock on the gate; we will be given the number by the Warden’s next week.  It is very important that the gate is kept locked at all times.

On the Friday morning (18th) some of the Leaders and some helpers will be bringing gear to the campsite and putting up as many tents as we can (meeting at 9.30am and finishing at 1pm).  If there are any parents available to help with this please let one of the Leaders know. We have approx 15 tents and the kitchen and marque to put up.  Likewise, on Sunday 20th, if anyone is available to help with taking down tents/bringing gear to the Scout Den etc. please let us know.  If you can’t help with this, maybe you could take a bag of rubbish home on Sunday.  Any offers of help will be much appreciated.

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