Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cub Summer Camp

Hi all,

This year the Cubs plan to hold our annual summer camp once again in Powerscourt on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May.

Please note that this is subject to confirmation and weather permitting.

Further details to follow

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Wednesday 27th February

Hi all,

This week we talked about the Dublin Hostel. All those who went agreed that it was a great success.

We promoted Sammy and Jack P to Senior Sixer, congratulations to both.

A number of our Cubs will be moving to Scouts shortly and we wish them well in their next stage in Scouting.

We played a new game tonight “Russian Wrestling”
With arms folded like the Cossack Dancers and hopping on one leg the aim is to push your opponent out of the ring, or in our case a square.
Great fun was had and it’s certainly something we’ll do again.

After that we had a Fire Drill, and let’s just say there’s room for improvement (“,)

  1. On 3 whistles or rings of the bell you make your way calmly to the nearest exit following the Leaders instructions.
  2. Do not stop to gather your belongings, coats, bags etc.
  3. The gathering point is the Anchor at the harbour.
  4. Once there form into your Sixes so each Sixer and or Seconder can do a head count.
  5. The Leaders will have done a sweep of the building to ensure everyone is out.
  6. The Leaders will have the roll to ensure everyone is out.
  7. DO NOT return to the den unless told to by the Leaders.

We then did some drawing learning to draw dogs, cats, bears and crickets amongst loads of others.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

 

Dublin Hostel 2013

23rd and 24th February 2013

Make sure to check out the pictures HERE

And so Dublin was once again invaded by hordes from far off lands.
Thankfully it was only our Wednesday Cubs from Bray. We met at the Dart station and made our way into Dublin City Centre on a cold and snowy morning.

We made our way to the hostel, got our rooms sorted out and then had lunch.
Once we had tidied up we wrapped up and headed into town.

We first made our way to the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial garden dedicated to the memory of “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom” The site of the Garden is where the Irish Volunteers were founded in 1913, and where several leaders of the 1916 Rising were held overnight before being taken to Kilmainham Gaol. The Garden was opened in 1966 by President de Valera on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which he had been a commander.

We walked down O’Connell St, named after Daniel O’Connell a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century. We went to visit the GPO (General Post Office)
During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders. You can still see bullet holes in the walls to this day.

After that we had a look at the Daniel O’Connell statue, one of the angels on it was shot in the boob during the Easter Rising, which the Cubs of course found hilarious.

We then made our way down the North Quays to the Ha’penny Bridge. The bridge is a pedestrian bridge built-in 1816 over the River LiffeyBefore the Ha’penny Bridge was built there were seven ferries, operated by a William Walsh, across the Liffey. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. Walsh chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha’penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years.
One of Fiona’s relatives used to collect the toll.

Once we crossed the bridge we went into Temple Bar and met a viking.
We also saw where the Central Bank is. We then went into Trinity College.
The college was founded in 1592, and some of the people attending over the years include Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Douglas Hyde, Ray Darcy and Cillian and Mannix’s dad.

From there we went to the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare St.
We saw displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods. There are special displays of items from Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world.
The highlight was seeing the two Iron Age bodies which have been preserved in the bogs at Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly and Clonycavan, Co. Meath. The remains were dated to between around 400 BC and 200 BC.

We saw, bodies from the Iron Age, Axe Heads from the Stone Age, Swords from the Bronze Age and Manny, Sid and Diego from Ice Age.

After that we made our way back to Westmoreland St and caught the 46a bus to the hostel just in time for tea.
Spaghetti bolognese was on the menu and was devoured.
We went to the shop next door with Rory acting as body-guard to get sweets and drinks for the movies later.
After that we had some time to relax before we went to the meeting room for arts and crafts and to watch a couple of movies before heading to bed.

Breakfast was cereal and toast then we cleaned the rooms and packed our bags.
After thanking the staff we headed into Mountjoy Square to the park and playground. On the way we passed Temple St Hospital.

After playing for a while and having a quick snack we headed to Connolly St to get the Dart back to Bray.
We arrived back to be warmly welcomed by our parents.

A brilliant weekend was had especially as it was organised at such short notice.

A huge thanks to the Staff in the Hostel for looking after us.
Thanks to our instructors, Cormac, Aoife, Heather and Caitlin.
Thanks to the Leaders, Fiona, Rory, Adrienne and Karen.

And thanks as always to the Cubs for behaving themselves and enjoying the hostel.

Make sure to check out the pictures on our Gallery page HERE

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

 

Cubs moving to Scouts

Cubs moving to Scouts:-

The Cubs that will be 12yrs of age before August 2013 will be eligible to move up to Scouts in two weeks’ time.  They should attend Cubs next Wednesday as normal and the following Wednesday will be their last night in Cubs.  Some of the Cubs have told us which Scout night they prefer (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday), however there are some Cubs still to let us know which night suits them better.  Please text one of the Leaders with this information as soon as possible.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Hostel Update

The Cubs going to the Dublin hostel should meet at the Den at 10.30am.  We will meet back at the DART station on Sunday at 1pm.

Cubs should bring a packed lunch and drink with them on Saturday.  We don’t expect any rain but it will be cold so they should make sure to bring a warm coat, hat and gloves.   They can bring some spending money if they wish but it is not necessary.  We would ask that no computer games or mobiles are brought, if you need to contact your child or they wish to contact you then they can use one of the Leaders mobile phones.

As always if you have any questions please contact one of the Leaders.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Dublin Hostel Kit List

Hostel Update

Hi all,

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change the location of our hostel on Saturday.  We will now be going to An Oige Dublin International Hostel in Dublin city centre.  The cost will remain the same.  We will meet at the Den at 10.30am on Saturday and finish at the Dart station at 1pm on Sunday.  We will have activities during the day and then back to hostel for dinner.  We will then have games, movie night etc in the hostel for the evening.

Click here to view the hostel website.

Please text one of the Leaders by lunchtime tomorrow if your child intends to go.  If you have any queries please contact any of the Leaders.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Kit List/Details – Glendalough Hostel

The Cubs should bring wet gear, a packed lunch and a drink for Saturday lunchtime

Pyjamas (bring slippers if you wish)
Teddy
Wet Gear – Good waterproof jacket with hood/coat, leggings
Woolly Hat & gloves
Cub Jumper & Scarf
Jumper/Fleece
Trousers
T-Shirts
Underwear
L
oads of socks

Runners/Old Shoes
Hiking boots – if the Cubs have them
Torch – Make sure they have new batteries and that it’s working before you leave home
Wash bag – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Face Cloth, Soap,Towel
A Book or Puzzle Book
MEDICATION – Let the Leaders know if you are bringing any, including inhalers.
No computer games allowed

If you wish to contact the Cubs please call us on one of the Leaders mobiles, please note that the signal in the hostel is not great. 

The hostel phone number is (0404) 45342 for urgent calls.

Directions to the hostel:  Take the N11 to Kilmacanogue and take the slip road off towards Roundwood.  Stay on this road and travel through Roundwood, at the far end of the village there is a turn-off to the right for Laragh.  Take this road and continue on into Laragh.  In Laragh village there is a turn to the right signposted Glendalough.  Take this road into Glendalough village, past the hotel and across the narrow bridge.  Continue for 500 metres through bends in the road and the Glendalough International Youth Hostel will be on the left hand side.

Please note that there is very little parking at the Hostel and we would recommend car-pooling.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders