Scout­ing suc­cesss for Bal­brig­gan’s ‘Stag Pa­trol’ in Don­abate

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Bal­brig­gan Scouts ‘Stag Pa­trol’ are cel­e­brat­ing re­tain­ing their hard won County Shield af­ter some tough com­pe­ti­tion against lo­cal scout groups in Don­abate.

Well done to the Stag Pa­trol from Bal­brig­gan 34th/161st Scout Group on re­tain­ing the County Shield again this year. The pa­trol led by Mark Sweeney and Ciarán Han­ni­gan had it all to do this year, as they were tasked with the chal­lenge to take their pa­trol into the com­pe­ti­tion, which this year was held in Don­abate.

Bal­brig­gan Scouts ‘Wolf Pa­trol’ also did the group proud in fin­ish­ing in fourth po­si­tion with a sil­ver stan­dard.

Some 13 Pa­trols in to­tal from around the county en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion from Swords, Brack­en­stown, River­val­ley, Rush, Lusk, Sk­er­ries, Sea Scouts Sk­er­ries, as well as Bal­brig­gan and Bre­more.

The group have put in end­less hours of prepa­ra­tion over a num­ber of weeks on the run up to this event.

The event started with pa­trols chal­lenged with build­ing a pa­trol site. The pa­trols had to build a full work­ing kitchen area, a din­ing area and can­vas, a cook­ing and chop­ping area and more.

The next day the pa­trol had to un­der­take chal­lenges which in­cluded build­ing Dakota fires, snares and traps, land to air sig­nalling, first aid sc­nar­ios, as well as build­ing cat­a­pults and var­i­ous other team chal­lenges to test their bond and com­mu­ni­ca­tion as a group.

Di­rectly af­ter this, the pa­trol had to cook a two-course meal on an open fire.

The pa­trol then took part in a sketch com­pe­ti­tion at the camp­fire which was great fun and lasted a num­ber of hours, with songs, dance and com­edy on show.

Over the course of the week­end the pa­trol had to keep a log of ev­ery stage and look to keep a record of their thoughts and emo­tions through­out. It also had to keep a record of who the pa­trol was made up of as well as weather and ter­rain re­ports and who they met and got on with over the week­end.

A spokesper­son for the scout group said: ‘It was a very ner­vous Sun­day for our pa­trol and for the mem­bers of the group who were there staffing for the en­tire week­end. in the end, the pa­trol came away with the Bases Tro­phy, the Cook­ing Tro­phy and the Cam­pcraft Tro­phy as well as the Over­all Tro­phy. They achieved a Gold Stan­dard over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion, the only Pa­trol to do so. We are very proud of you all.’ The Group would like to con­grat­u­late Mark Sweeney, Ciaran Han­ni­gan, Calum Wher­ity, Alex Fin­negan, Kevin Dowl­ing, Gerard Cullen, Mark Lynch and Seán An­drews on such a mas­sive achieve­ment. Within the Wolf Pa­trol Sam Casey, Jack Far­rell, Lor­can Byrne, Patrick Ryan, Eoin Moore, Eoin Kenny, Eoin Han­ni­gan and Brendan Forde.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also must be given to the mem­bers of the group who helped pre­pare the lads from the ven­ture sec­tion, Rover sec­tion and all the lead­ers for their con­tin­ued loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion to work­ing and train­ing our young peo­ple.

Well done to Bal­brig­gan and all the par­tic­i­pat­ing scouts.

Mem­bers of Bal­brig­gan scouts who took part in the ‘Stag Pa­trol’ event in Don­abate.

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