Dalkey Community News April 2014

photo 2The 41st Dublin (St. Patrick’s, Dalkey), more commonly known as Dalkey Sea scouts, have been in action since 1956, so we have been in operation alongside the Community News for many of those years. This is quite an achievement for both groups and celebrates a lengthy history within the community.

Dalkey sea Scouts has an impressive set of Log Books which are a glimpse of social history, down through the years, similar indeed to the Dalkey Community Council News

have enjoyed many interesting scouting experiences and as a consequence have a treasure trove of memories and achievements to their credit.

Like everything, scouting has evolved through the years and nowadays modern scouting is all about getting out into nature, developing new skills such as sailing, swimming, hiking, practicing working in a team, nurturing leadership and for everyone to enjoy it. In some regards, nothing has changed, the principles are the same!

Down through all the years helping scouts on your way in Dalkey Sea Scouts has been a team of adventurous and interesting leaders known as Scouters. These Leaders are there to assist youth members in planning and developing their skill base along the lines of what each member may be interested in. Nowadays, these skills are known as adventure skills and are delivered through a comprehensive training program called the One Programme.

Our Scouter team includes experts in kayaking, sailing, rowing, hiking, logistics, power boating, and camping to name but a few areas and the members of Dalkey Sea Scouts have opportunities to meet other people in the scouting world at bigger scouting events such as jamborees, national and international. At the moment we are currently planning for one youth member to represent our troop in the next world jamboree in Japan in 2015, which is a pretty exciting opportunity.

Closer to home, one of our most important local links is with the RNLI. We were delighted to present a cheque to the RNLI recently for some fundraising which the Cubs did. It was a great opportunity to see what critical work the RNLI do and possibly set the seed for future volunteers among our young adventurous members.

Other significant local ventures include fundraising for other charities both local and national: visiting local nursing homes and bringing the Peace Light to Dalkey each Christmas. This is indeed a great honour for the troop because the light has travelled all the way from Bethlehem to our community courtesy of scouts worldwide.  Every year, the troop also helps out at the Fete at St. Patrick’s Church with a very successful burger stand!

Wishing the Community Newsletter many more years withstanding the test of time, just like scouting.

Yours in Scouting


Dalkey Sea Scouts


Letter. In that time many members both youth and adults