Hundreds for Venture Scouts, from Scouting Ireland, The Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland attended Ventact South last weekend at Kilcully Campsite. It is the largest annual event for the Senior Sections of Scouting and Guiding. It is run by the Ventact South Committee which is part of the Joint Committee of Scouts and Guides in Cork. The theme for the weekend was Shrek. David O’Neill sent us the following report. On Friday there was a Campfire in memory of the late Colin J. Heas who ‘went home’ at the end of June this year. The campfire was led by Colin’s Patrol with his life long friend Jerome Maume as campfire Chief. Michael Phillips from the 5th Cork (The Lough) also assisted.
Saturday was an early rise, after being awoken to the sound of Robbin William’s ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ the Participants gathered for a flag break before they departed to the various activity centres around Cork City and County. This year’s activities included Ballyhass Lakes, Waterskiing, Bush Craft, Sail Cork, West Cork Secret, Kinsale OEC, Glen Resource Centre, Awesome Walls, Monopoly Run, Zipit, Dragon Boats and many more activity centres. There was also four Golden Flying Tickets for four lucky participants.
On arrival back to Kilcully there was a number of stalls set up for some upcoming Scouting and Guiding Events, including JamboRí 2018, Roverway, Larch Hill Scout Centre and also Kilcully Scout Campsite had a stall. At 5:30pm there was a performance by Clayhead man (Tom Campbell) in the wet weather shelter. Fr. David Kennally led a ‘Scouts Own’. the Shrek Themed Disco began at 9pm and ran into the early hours. There also was a number of Shrek Movies running as an alternative activity.
As the Disco began the weather progressively got worse and it was challenging camping conditions for everyone in Kilcully. Sunday began dry with the nights rain having passed over. There was of course the famous Ventact Waterslide which has become very much part of Ventact along with the birds of prey along with their handlers.
The Committee would like to thank everyone who came and extends an invite to everyone to come to Ventact 2018 where we will be celebrating Ventact’s 40th birthday. The Ventact Committee would like to thank in particular Martin Flahive and the Kilcully Cruí for running the campsites facilities for the weekend and also the Cork City Civil Defence who were on site for first aid for the duration of the weekend.