Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wednesday 29th May

Hi all,

Tonight was our first night on the water for the new boating season.
Having gone through water safety and been shown the equipment we would be using a few weeks ago we got our gear on and prepared for an evening on the ocean waves.

We go the sit on canoes and paddles ready, and then got our life jackets.
Each of us were checked by one of the Leaders before we got out the gate.

We carried the boats to the water and again were told of the importance of water safety.

And then off we went, although it was a lovely evening the water was FREEZING.
After about 5 minutes in it though we soon forgot about the cold and had great fun for the night.

It ended too soon as it looked like someone had pulled the plug in the harbour.

We was down the boats, rinsed the paddles and life jackets and put them away.

Then we got changed and headed home.

Thanks to the instructor who helped out tonight Cormac, Stevie Laura and especially Robbie.

Check out our photos from tonight canoeing HERE

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Wild Frontier Camp 2013

Howdy Partners,

Well what a great camp. We had great weather, great activities, great friends and most important of all great fun.

So what exactly happened in Powerscourt Creek during the Wild Frontier Camp? Well keep reading then check out our gallery HERE

 Friday 24th

The Chiefs set up camp during the day in preparation for the invasion of Cowboys and Indians.
The Teepees were pitched, the Bunkhouses were built and the Chuck Wagon stock full of food. The Outhouse for both Braves and Squaws were delivered and wanted posters for a villainous gang were posted about the ranch.

At around 7.30pm the Cowboys and Indians started to arrive, saddle bags packed to bursting. After sorting themselves into their gangs and tribes they headed to the teepees and bunkhouses to get their gear stowed away.

Some time was spent investigating the plains, the creek was found quickly followed by Tin Can Alley.

Decorating of the homesteads began in earnest, brushes brushed, dust flew, pine cones were gathered and flowers picked. And that was just the boys. Paths were made, campfires built, welcome signs created, garlands hung and soon the camp resembled the Chelsea Flower Show.

Later in the evening the US Marshals rode into town and rounded everyone up to go for a hike. Soon we reached The German Tunnels. These dark, dank and scary tunnels make the Mines of Moria look like a walk in Powerscourt Gardens. However due to the excellent leadership of the Marshalls all our brave Cowboys and Indians survived and returned back to the ranch.

A supper of hot chocolate and beaver soup was ready on their return. And off to bed they went.

 Saturday 25th

After a great nights sleep (ahem) the ranch headed to the Chuck Wagon for chow. A breakfast of Coco Pine Cones, Rice Squirrels and sausages were devoured.
A clean up was then carried out starting with the teepees and bunkhouses.
Gear was packed away, bed rolls laid out neat and tidily and teddy bears straightened. The standard was extremely high once the lads had seen what a good job the girls had done.

After inspection by the Chiefs a litter walk was done throughout the ranch.
The importances of Leave No Trace was explained to them, camp and go, leaving no trace that you had been there. We don’t want outlaws following our trail.

Once we were tidy we changed into our wet gear and headed to the creek. Just before we did a posse six strong rode through the camp. Although they didn’t capture any of us we remained on our toes for the rest of the weekend. The Cowboys were captured and the scalping begun. Armed with balloons covered in shaving foam and safety razors the Indians began their gruesome task. And very soon the Cowboys joined in and started scalping the Indians.

The foam flowed, balloons were popped and everyone had a fantastic time. As this was happening some of them took time to pan for gold in the creek. Rumour has it a rich vein runs through Powerscourt Creek but alas there ain’t gold in dem dar hills.

Once everyone was dried off and changed lunch was dished up. This time the chow was made up of rabbit and cheese sandwiches with fruit to follow. When lunch was finished, the Elders arrived to take us on a trek to Powerscourt Waterfall. There were many other tribes there but we managed to have a great time on in the playground and the spider web. Thankfully there was no Mohicans hiding behind the waterfall so we got back to the ranch safely.

The evening was made up of swing ball, Tin Can Alley, football, falling into the creek, losing teeth, hurting eyes, cutting fingers and basically making a mess of ourselves.

Redemption came in the shape of moose burgers and chips for dinner with Swiss roll for dessert.

When dinner was done we gathered firewood for the night’s campfire. The seats were gathered and we sat around the campfire warming our bones. Two Indians were presented with Special Interest badges and we invested a Cowboy. Songs were sung, tales were told, dances danced and jokes were told. In the middle of this a canoe carrying six Indians passed us by. They had no food, nor drink, nor money but still they were happy. Marshmallows were toasted, hot water bottles filled and hot chocolate drank and we went to bed.

 Sunday 26th

After a great nights sleep (at last) we were rudely awoken by the Chiefs. Teepees needed to be struck, bunkhouses dismantled and the prairie cleaned.

We had Coco Pine Cones, Rice Squirrels and sausages again and once the ranch was clear we were taught how to build tripods, very handy to support the totem poles we decorated shortly afterwards.

And so at 12.30 as the sun was high over the Rockies the Elders once again arrived on the steeds to take us home to our own tribes.

Everyone got a certificate to show they had survived the Wild Frontier Camp 2013. Not only did we survive, we really enjoyed it and thanks to Jóhonaa éí the Navajo sun God we got through the whole weekend without a drop of rain.

As always we must pay our thanks

To Powerscourt Creek Ranchers for allowing us to camp, thanks
To the US Marshals for assisting the Chiefs all weekend, thanks
To the Elders for dropping and collecting the Cowboys and Indians, the lifts to the waterfall and help in clearing the ranch, thanks
To the Cowboys, Cowgirls and Indians who played well, looked after each other, behaved themselves and had great fun, thanks
And of course to the Chiefs, without whom none of this would have happened, thanks

Some of our favourite quotes from the camp
‘Can we capture  you and claim our reward on the poster?’
‘Can I see Bernie because my head has been split open?’
After picking up a peg ‘I’ve got a hooker’
‘Where’s the bin?’

And the Tale of the Not Missing Pyjamas
A special pyjama top went missing on Saturday Morning.
The Cowboy told the Chief who told him to check his rucksack and his sleeping bag.
The pyjama top could not be found
The Chief asked the other Cowboys in the bunkhouse to check their rucksacks and sleeping bags.
The pyjama top could not be found
The Chief asked the Cowboys to check the entire bunkhouse.
The pyjama top could not be found
A Cowboy from the tent and had gone home early, the Chief texted that Cowboy’s mum.
The pyjama top could not be found
The Cowboy found the pyjama top!

Why could no-one else find the pyjama top?  Because the Cowboy was wearing it under his clothes all along!

The Chiefs

Gallery HERE

Wednesday 22nd May

Hi all,

Tonight we spent the night planning for our camp. We discussed the activities we would be doing, where and when to drop off and pick up.

We also talked about our different Cowboy gang names and Indian tribes.We have to try and come as one or the other.

Most important of all tonight we drew up our Code of Conduct and everyone signed it including the Leaders and Instructors.
The Code of Conduct lays out how we should behave not only in meetings but also on all Cub activities.
It include listening to the Leaders, Instructors and other Cubs when they are talking.
Pay attention
Have fun
Sixers and Seconders should set a good example to the Cubs.

The full list is posted HERE

Remember 7.30pm at Powerscourt Creek this Friday and fingers crossed for good weather.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Wednesday 15th May

Hi all,

Tonight we focused on the upcoming camp.
We had to decide whether to be a Cowboy/Cowgirl or an Indian.
Once we had decided we then had to sort ourselves in either Tribes or Gangs.

The cowboys made and decorated Sheriffs badges and the Indians made headdresses.

Some of the Indians started working on a “War Dance” for the camp fire

All parts of the camp will now have a Wild Frontier theme.
The Leaders for instance will have famous wild west names for the whole weekend.

We did Grand Howl and headed off into the sunset.

Ye Haw
The Leaders


Important Letter for Camp

Dear Parents,

For the cub summer camp this year we will be going to Powerscourt from Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May (2 nights) weather permitting.  The cost of the camp is €40.

The cubs were given a kit list of what to bring with them for the camp and as we hope to do water activities please ensure that they have plenty of old clothes (including socks and runners/sandals) to change into.  A wet suit would be perfect but please don’t feel the need to buy one just for the weekend.  We will meet in Powerscourt at 7.30pm on Friday and finish at 12.30pm on Sunday, if your child needs to leave the camp for football etc. please let the Leaders know in advance.

Each cub has been given a “permission to camp” form.  Please ensure that this has been filled in and returned as cubs will not be allowed to camp if we  don’t have this information.

If you have any questions or worries please feel free to contact any of the leaders at the numbers below.  Please note that the camp will be held weather permitting, it’s no fun camping in the lashing rain so we will postpone if there is bad weather expected.

There are a few ways that Parents could assist us with the weekend:-

If anyone was free on Friday morning that can come to Powerscourt to help us set up the campsite

We will need lifts to Powerscourt Waterfall and back on Saturday afternoon, if you wanted to bring your children as well entry is free

On Sunday we’ll need help bringing gear back to the den and unloading it.

Also, on Sunday we need offers to bring home a black bin bag of rubbish

The theme of the camp is The Wild Frontier.  The Cubs will be either an Indian tribe or a Cowboy.  The Leaders will be given names etc. Geronimo, Sitting Bull etc and will only be known by that name over the weekend.  Powerscourt will be called Powerscourt Creek and we will have a ranch for the cowboys and a plain for the Indians.  The food tent will be known as the Chuck Wagon, tents are tepees, toilets will be outhouses and meals will be known as chow.  We will have various activities like gold panning in the river, backwoods skills, tin can alley etc.

Camp Kit List

(The Wild Frontier)

Sleeping Bag and blanket
Pillow Case or Pillow
Carry Mat or something to put under sleeping bag e.g. Airbed(We will have a pump with us)
Hot water bottle – it will be very cold at night
Wet Gear – Good waterproof jacket/coat, leggings
Loads of socks – at least 4 pairs
Runners/Old Shoes
Old clothes to wear in the river
Wellies or Waterproof Hiking Boots

Torch – Make sure they are new Batteries and that it’s working before you leave home

Tea Towel
Wash bag – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Face Cloth, Soap, Towel
A Book or Puzzle Book
Insect repellent
MEDICATION – Let the Leaders know if you are bringing any, including inhalers.

Pen & Notebook
No mobile phones or computer games allowed for Cubs, the signal is not great in Powerscourt.  Please phone one of the Leaders if you need to contact anyone.

Cowboy hats, Indian headdress only if you have them

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Wednesday 8th May

Hi all,

Last night we did our foot drill to start with.
Rory, Cormac and Heather took us outside to show us the boats we hopefully will be using next week. We had a look at the boat deck and were told about the clean up after we’re off the water.
We must make sure the gear is returned clean and put away tidily ready for the next group to use it.

After that Karen took the roll and we discussed the Camp.
Keep a watch for more details on this site.

After that Fiona took us outside for skipping and finished off with Grand Howl.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Wednesday 1st May

Hi all,

What a great start to our summer. On a lovely bright and warm evening we met at The Boathouse and made for the cliff walk.
A nice little hike with plenty to see and learn.
Brian told us of the history of the railway running alongside us, from the building of it and showing us the railway builders hut to a terrible crash.
We say some dynamite holes in the rocks where they were drilled out and dynamite place in them to blow away the rock to make way for the track.

We were shown loads of different types of birds and with the help of some binoculars we got some lovely views of them and their surroundings.

We were joined by some Mums and Dads which is always nice to see and they were very well behaved (“,)

A huge thanks to Brian who led the walk for us and provided a great commentary along the way.

Check out some of our photos HERE

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Bray Head tonight

Hi all,

Due to the cold weather we cannot canoe tonight.
We will meet at boathouse at end of prom at 6.30pm. Finish 8pm.
Warm coat, hat & drink, climbing Bray Head.
Families welcome.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Canoeing postponed tonight

Hi all,

Please note that the water activities scheduled for tonight have been postponed to the 15th of May.
A nature walk up Bray Head will now take place tonight.
Karen will send out a text this morning with all the details.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders