In January 2011, the group was barely started, in fact it was little more than a pipe dream. In the year that followed this dream seemed to grow legs and we had scout leaders almost queuing up to join us, some had experience as leaders, some as scouts and others had none!
|Leader Training In The Slieve Bloom Mountains|
Once these processes* have been completed applicants are then welcomed to Scouting Ireland as members and may then begin their training, which is provided by the Scouting Ireland training teams, usually locally and more often than not within their own province. There are six stages to be completed before an adult member is recognized as being a qualified Scouter. This is an internationally recognized qualification.
|The Finished Project - The Scout Camp Dresser|
In Edenderry a first appointment will be as a programme scouter in either Cubs or Scouts. This is largely because we are such a new group and the fact that we don't have enough adult members to allow us to open the other sections. We would also have to establish the need to open the other sections. (Scouting Ireland programme sections range from Beavers aged 6-8, Cubs aged 9-11 or Scouts aged 12-15. The other sections are Venture Scouts aged 16-18 and Rover Scouts aged 18-26.)
|Scouting Ireland Adult Recruitment Poster|
Once a new member is assigned to a section
Scouter training isn't just in the classroom, it is very much hands on. Stages 3 to 5 of the Scouting Ireland Training combines some theory with plenty of practical work too, so never forget to take your waterproofs with you on a training session!!! We hope that in the future the 4th Offaly Scout Group will also be able to offer training days and hopefully some adult fun in the evenings...
|Learning Some Scout Engineering - Otherwise Known As Pioneering - A Catapult!|
|Learning How To Make Meths Stoves Out Of Old Beverage Cans (I set fire to the floor on this exercise!)|