Group News Feb 2019

3rd Port Dalkey Sea Scouts News

3rd Port had a very busy year last year in particular with our Summer Camp in Holland. This was a great trip for the troop as it was the first time in years that we attended this particular Sea Scout jamboree having previously attended many times. Nawaka was the event and the Dutch tradition in sea scouting is very strong it was a great experience to attend. We mostly sailed in liliputs, which suits the canals and we also saw many different other styles of sailing boats and different size barges. We had great weather for the two weeks and one of the highlights was the night-time flotilla where everybody decorates their boats with lights. Many new friendships were made with other troops and everyone had lots and lots of fun.

Photos and details are still available online at this website:

This summer we are looking forward to a ten day camp in Ireland, regardless of the weather and we also have 6 scout travelling to the world jamboree 2019 in West Virginia. We expect there will be a lot of fun scouting is both destinations.

Our Cub pack is doing well with new members who were just recently invested. They are working away on various adventure skills, in preparation for summer camp as well as having some information evenings. We would like to thank Dalkey First Responders for visiting us recently, and sharing a very practical session. We are also delighted to welcome new Leaders on board this season.

Scouting is very rewarding past time and has opportunities for various skill sets whether you are a scout already or not. Any Adults wishing to get involved, in any way, can contact me directly. Further details are on /Becoming-a-Scouter/

We have busy Beavers too! They have had a few sessions learning all about the Atmospheric railway. One of our leaders Chris even build a working model of the railway, including using a hoover to create a vacuum to pull the train through the pipe/tunnel. We then had a great hike along the metals looking at all the remaining landmarks connected to the railway.

We are also delighted recently when two of our now Ventures received their Chief Scout Award for Scout section. They are the first two in our troop who completed this challenge and they were presented with their award with much pomp and ceremony in Trinity College. We hope there will be many more!

We recently had a fundraising pub quiz and would thank all our supporters in the local business community. These included Xilinx Ireland, Hewson family,   SuperValu, The Club, Organic Hairdressers, Burrow Holiday Park, De Villes, The Grapevine, Mugs, Fujifilm, Gary’s pizza, Handiworks, Kerins All Care Chemist,  Bloomingdales, Laura O Hagan Mosaic Artist, O Brien’s, Paddy Power, Killiney Tea Rooms, Bel Gelato, Car Zone and Ken the Ferryman.

It was a great evening enjoyed by all and we greatly appreciate the support.

Yours in Scouting

Pádraig Ó hIceadha

Group Leader