A very successful Scout County Shield was held last weekend in Kilcully Scout Campsite for the North Cork Scout County. A total of 13 patrols were competing in the event in consisted of many aspects of scouting which the patrols had been training for over the months.
The Shield was run by Paudy O’ Brien National Management Committee member and Scouter from the Doneraile Scout Group. He also acted as Camp Chief of the event and was responsible for the coordination of almost 50 staff members from around the Scout County from Venture Scouts to Veteran Scouters. There was a great spirit of comraderie throughout the event and weekend in all age groups.
Peter Roche and Joe Bergin looked after the Administration which included of course tallying up of all the marks from the various parts of the competition.
Willie Ahern from Mitchelstown was charged with overseeing the Campcraft side of the competition. The size of each patrols site was 8 metres by 10 metres, the same as sites will be for this years ‘Phoenix’ All-Ireland Scoutcraft Competition. For all that needs to be constructed on the site along with tents, these were very tight sizes to work on. This years ‘Phoenix’ competition will be held in the grounds of Stormont Castle for the first time. There will be roughly one hundred patrols taking part in the four day competitions in the grounds of Stormont Castle.
The Doneraile Cub Scouts were also present on Saturday morning to staff and act as casualties for the simulated multi vehicle car accident which was one of the exercises over the weekend. It looked most impressive and the cub scouts had been well tutored to act out their roles of being injured and judging by some of the yells and screams they did a very good job. For the Cub Scouts it was also very good training and it was a great event to be part of.
Special thanks for this weekend go to Zoe Rodgers who kept the staff well fed throughout the weekend and created a great atmosphere in the dining hall.
The Chief Scout Christy McCann was present at the campsite and took the time to visit each patrol and chat with the scouts. This was a big morale boost especially for the younger scouts who were quite chuffed that the ‘Chief’ would chat so easily to them.
When it came to the presentations of various trophies on Sunday afternoon there was somewhat of a tense atmosphere in the air as each patrol stood anxiously to await the results. However one of the nice things about scouting is that it is not all about the winning, it is about taking part and doing your best. Being placed and winning a trophy is nice but not the be all and end all. When the results were finally called out it was the 24th Cork (Charleville) who came in first place for the second year running. The Chief Scout Christy McCann and County Commissioner Pa Cotter were on hand to present the Shield to the winning Patrol. In second place were the 52nd Cork (Mallow), 3rd place 54th Cork (Kilworth) and in 4th Place 18th/19th Cork (Fermoy).
The Scout County also wish to thank Martin Flahive recently appointed Camp Chief of Kilcully Camp and of course his hard working crew for their help and efforts on the weekend.