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Cubs in a Pub – The Revenge Ballinderry 2015

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Such was the success of the Cubs in a Pub camp 2014 Wednesday Night Cubs decided we would go there once again.

We met at Bray Dart station on Friday and made our into the city centre, from there we got a bus to Nenagh.
From Nenagh we got a mini bus and lifts with the Leaders to The Tavern.

Those doing the Chief Scout Award started pitching their tents. This proved to be extremely difficult as it was pitch black apart form a couple of head torches.

Did we stop pitching our tents? Did we give up? Did we throw in the towel?
No we brought them into the lounge arranged the poles where there should be then brought them back out and pitched them.

We had a tent for the girls, a tent for the lads and one for Cormac.

Once everyone was setup up we had a quick supper. We played some games were played before bedtime, thankfully one of the Cubs found the darts so a quick game of 501 was had.

Everyone headed to be about midnight, apart from the Leaders who were up even later discussing the pros and cons of Blue Bloods, The Musketeers, The Blacklist and so on.

The following morning we got up and headed to Rory’s Rock Bar for breakfast, cereal, toast, sausage and rashers all served with Bolt Thrower and ACDC playing in the background.

Once we tidied up, we sorted out our rooms and tents ready for inspection. Inspection is not done for the sheer hell of it as we found out when talking about the Scout Promise and Law. Taking care of and having respect for yourself and others and their possessions and property is a huge part of the Scout Law.
Out of 10 the highest score was a 9, let down by a single chocolate button under the bed.

Cormac and Rory took us through the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.
It is very important to understand what both mean. It is what Scouting is based on. It’s all about doing your best, not anyone else’s just your own.

We spent a lot of time outside playing football, capture the flag and just running around in the fresh air.
Amazing what happens when you turn off the WIFI and open the doors.

After this we had some free time to work on our song, dance, comedy routine for “WEDNESDAY NIGHTS GOT TALENT PART 2”

After lunch we headed out to the local playground and went for a walk around the park in Borrisokane.

We did some backwoods and fire lighting in the evening before dinner.

A dinner of chicken curry and chips or spag bol was had and this was then followed by the Talent Show, and what a talented group we have.
Last years acts were hard to beat, we had some entrants returning and some new to the stage.

We had singing, dancing, jokes, and card tricks.
Once the show had finished a disco kicked off. We danced the night away to “Starship”, “Shake it Off” had everyone dancing their hearts out.

We ended the night watching The Eurovision Song Contest.

Sunday morning after breakfast we started packing up and cleaning the pub ready for the off.
A huge difference in the room inspection on Sunday, tents were swept, coat hangers straightened and all chocolate buttons disposed of.
And everyone got a 10.
As everyone helped it didn’t take long and we were soon ready for a lunch of hot-dogs before heading for home.

Well done to Felix who was invested
Well done to Felix and Daniel who were promoted to Senior Sixer
Well done to all those who earned their Stage 2 Emergencies badges
Well done to those CSA Cubs for taking another step closer to completion.
Well done to Cormac for completing his first camp as a fully fledged Leader

Thanks must go out to the following people

  • The parents for taking home the rubbish and their kids
  • The Cubs themselves for having a great time and behaving themselves
  • Adrienne, Karen, Fiona (thanks for coming back) Rory and Cormac
  • And most importantly to Derek and Amanda for allowing us to use their holiday home again.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Belfast Trip 2015

Hi all

Photos from the trip are HERE
On Saturday 21st of February we once again made our way north of the border>
We met at the den at 9am and headed up the M50.
Joe as always drove so we knew we were in safe hands.
We made our regular pit stop in the Applegreen to stretch our legs.
We arrived at the Armagh Planetarium and after a quick look around the gift shop headed into the dome roofed auditorium for the show.
We were taken of a 3D adventure through space where we learned about the planets and their atmosphere in our solar system.

Our guide for the day was Martina and she was great with us, explaining loads to us and answering all our questions,
After that we had a look at a meteorite which was made up of so much iron magnets could stick to it. We got to hold a small meteorite and a regular stone to see the difference in weight.

After that we went to an area where we saw models of different space station and telescopes and learned what it would be like to live in space.

We then had our packed lunches

After lunch we headed into a magic science show and learned about static electricity and played with balloons,lights, and copper coil torches.

We got to make some rocket models before we headed off to the Odyssey.

Before we went inside the we met some Scout from Unit 62 from Belfast who were organising a conga line to show their Leaders. They’re going to the World Jamboree in Japan.

The video is HERE

We had dinner in Pizza Hut and then headed into the arena.
We got out picture taken with Finn McCool the Giants mascot.
We had great seats only 3 rows from the front.
It was a great game, very exciting but unfortunately despite all the cheering on from the Cubs the Giants lost 6-3 to the Edinburgh Capitals.

And to make matters worse there were no fights (“,)

We headed home and arrived in Bray very tired but happy at 12.15

As always we’d like to thank the following
– All in the Armagh Planetarium but especially Martina
– The staff in Pizza Hut for getting us fed so quickly
– The staff in the Odyssey
– Finn McCool and Mr Subway
– The Cubs and their parents
– Joe our bus driver
– Boo and Brian for helping out
– The Leaders

Photos from the trip are HERE

Wednesday 11th February

Hi all,

Reminder there is no Cubs tonight

Last night we visited Bray Garda Station.
We were met by Garda Sergeant Fitzpatrick and Garda Nolan.
They told us about the working of the station.

We first went into the control room where we saw all the monitors for the CCTV. We were able to see the main street and the beach.

Garda Nolan did a radio check with one of the patrol cars and he explained how they handle calls coming in from the public

From there we went down to see the cell. We were shown where you get book in and your details taken. We didn’t see the adults cells as someone was in them!!!!!!!!

We did see the juvenile cells, a juvenile is between 12 and 18. Not a nice place to spend some time so we won’t be seeing them any-time soon.

After that we saw the room where they do the fingerprinting and breath tests.

We finished up by hopping into one of the police vans.

A really great night and all in Wednesday Night Cubs would like to extend our thanks to Garda Sergeant Fitzpatrick, Garda Nolan and all the Guards in Bray

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Kilruddery House and Gardens 12 October 2014

Hi all,

Click HERE for photos
This afternoon Wednesday Night Cubs joined Cubs and Beavers from all across the county for a Beaver and Cub day in Kilruddery House and Gardens.
The sun shone all day and you could be fooled into think it was the middle of the summer.
We hike for 2.5 hours had our lunch and headed for home tired but happy.

Click HERE for photos

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

Cubs in a Pub – Ballinderry 2014

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Yes you read the title correctly. Wednesday Night Cubs spent their summer camp in a pub.

Now before anyone phones the ISPCC let’s explain.

The brother of Adrienne, Karen and Fiona has bought a pub “The Tavern” and is using it as a holiday home.
All the pub equipment is still there, tables and chairs, glasses, cooking equipment, optics, pumps and a firm favourite, the thing for washing glasses.

BUT the pumps aren’t connected to kegs of Guinness so let’s not panic.
So that’s where we had our Summer Camp and it was brilliant.

We met at the den and with our trusty driver Joe we headed off for Ballinderry.
2.5 hours later we reached out destination and quickly settled in.

There was much amusement amongst the Cubs at the thought of spending a weekend in a pub and they loved it.

We got everyone set up for the night, the girls had a room to share, the lads were sleeping on the dance-floor, something the Leaders hope won’t happen to them again until they’re at least 21.
A number of games were played before bedtime, Chess, a ball game, even a few hands of poker, again this is the Cubs we’re talking about.

After supper everyone headed to bed.

The following morning we got up and headed to the snug for breakfast, cereal, toast, sausage and rashers.
Once we tidied up we sorted out our bedding and gear ready for inspection. The Leaders do love a good inspection.

Adrienne and Rory took us through the history of Scouting and the essentials such as the promise and law, the handshake, scout sign and the prayer.

After this we had some free time to work on our song, dance, comedy routine for “WEDNESDAY NIGHTS GOT TALENT”

After lunch we headed out to the local playground to get rid of the cobwebs and get some fresh air

We did some pioneering in the evening before dinner and started making a dresser.

A dinner of burgers and chips was followed by the Talent Show, and what a talented group we have, Simon Cowell would have been proud.

We had singing, dancing, acting, jokes, riddles, ball skills and improv.
Once the show had finished a disco kicked off. We danced the night away to “Happy”, “Don’t Stop Believing” and Rory’s favourite “Highway to Hell” which led to a mass outbreak of head banging.

We ended the night watching “The Incredibles” and some of us watch the Champions League final. Well done Madrid, hard luck Madrid.

Sunday morning after breakfast we started packing up and cleaning the pub ready for the off.
As everyone helped it didn’t take long and we were soon ready for lunch before heading for home.

Everyone agreed it was one of the best camps we’ve ever had.

Thanks must go out to the following people

  • Joe Barnes our bus driver
  • Cormac and Laura our Leaders for helping out all weekend (and missing a party)
  • The parents for taking home the rubbish and their kids
  • The Cubs themselves for having a great time and behaving themselves
  • Adrienne, Karen, Fiona and Rory
  • And most importantly to Derek and Amanda for allowing us to use their holiday home

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

 

Newgrange Hostel 2014

This year Wednesday and Friday Cubs went to Newgrange Lodge.

For photos of the weekend click HERE

We arrived at 11.30 and sorted out our rooms.
THE ROOMS HAD TELLYS !!!!!

After getting over that shock we had our packed lunches and headed off to the Newgrange visitor centre. We got on the bus and went to the Newgrange Monument.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley.
For more information on Newgrange click HERE

After we returned to the Lodge we had some free time before we did Backwoods Stage with Rory.
We learned about

  • what kinds of clothes to wear when going out into nature.
  • how to prepare food for cooking.
  • what a basic survival kit should contain.
  • how to behave safely around fires.
  • how to use hand tools safely.
  • how to build a simple shelter

We were allowed in the play area before our dinner. We had spag bol and ice-cream for dessert.
We then went outside where Rory showed us how to light a fire and prepare a potato for baking and cooking an egg in an orange.
Both worked very well and Rory tasted the egg and the potato. The egg tasted orangey.

We then watched Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University before going to bed.
After breakfast we had room inspection before going on a Easter egg hunt.
We did some puzzles and arts and crafts before the bus arrived to take us home.
We arrived back at the den a 1pm and went home happy.

We would like to thank the staff of the Lodge and Newgrange for looking after us.
We would like to thank the Cubs for behaving themselves all weekend.
And of course we would like to thank all the Leaders, Adrienne, Brian, Fiona, Karen, Lisa, Bernie and Rory.

For photos of the weekend click HERE

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

 

Belfast Trip 2014

Photos from the trip can be found here

On Saturday 22nd of February we met at the den for our trip to Belfast.
It was a bright morning as we gathered waiting on the stragglers.
Once Joe the bus driver explained the rules to us we hopped abroad and headed up the M50.
We stopped in the service station for a loo stop and to stretch our legs.
Joe managed to get the DVD player working and we watched The Simpson until we reached Belfast.

Our first stop was Pizza Hut for lunch. Lots of garlic bread, pizzas (meat ones were the favourite) and fizzy pop was consumed in record time.

After that we made our way to the Titanic Exhibition.

Some interesting facts:
– Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches long
– Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge,     was 104 feet.
– Titanic was equipped with three main engines
– The ship could accommodate 833 First Class Passengers, 614 in Second        Class and 1,006 in Third Class, for a total passenger capacity of 2,453.
  Titanic carried a total of 20 lifeboats:
– Titanic had around 885 crew members on board for her maiden voyage.
– At 11.40 pm on 14 April (ship’s time), lookout Frederick Fleet spotted an  iceberg immediately ahead of Titanic and alerted the bridge.

We learnt about Belfast’s two big industries, linen and ship building. We took a trip on a cart to show us how the ship was built and we watched as we travelled from the hull of the ship through the boiler room up through the bedrooms, dining rooms to the main stairs and onto the bridge.
We had our packed lunch and then we then walked to the dockyard to see the dry dock where the Titanic was built.

For more information on the Titanic Exhibition click here
For the Titanic Wiki page click here

We headed back to the Odessey Arena for the Belfast Giants v Coventry Blaze.
The Giants had been crowned the Elite League Champions for 2013/24 and they raised their championship banner.
Everyone was in full voice and Belfast took and early lead only for it to be cancelled out minutes later. A quiet 2nd period the only highlight was the shout out we got over the PA system.

Into the 3rd and last period things started hotting up. A number of Blaze players got sent off as did their manager.
Rory won a pizza, just what we needed (“,) and at the end the Giants won 3-1
For the full match report and videos click here

Back to the bus where we watched Sinbad and we arrived back in Bray at 12.15, tired but happy.

Photos from the trip can be found here

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders