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NATIONS VENTURE SCOUTS DESCEND ON KILCULLY

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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.

AT VENTACT – Joe Linehan and Ben Purcell from the 49th Cork (Ballincollig) Venture Group at Ventact held at Kilcully Campsite.
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BALLINORA AT VENTACT – Cian Murphy and Lauri MacDonald both with the 109th Cork (Ballinora) along with Conor O’Brien from the 7th Tipperary (Cahir) at Ventact last weekend at Kilcully Campsite.
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CAMPFIRE REMEMBERING COLIN – Jerome Maume who was a lifelong friend of the late Colin Heas leading the campfire on Friday evening at Kilcully Campsite to remember Colin at the opening of Ventact with an attendance of over 600 Venture Scouts and Ranger Guides.
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FUN AND GAMES AT VENTACT – Fr. David Kenneally, sub camp chief for Ventact attended by over 600 Venture Scouts from around the country with Shrek (alias Brendan Fitgerald) leading some of the lighter moments at Kilcully campsite last weekend.
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KILBRITTAIN SMILES – Sadhbh O’Riordan and Olivia Lordan from the 102nd Cork (Kilbrittain) Venture Scout Group photographed at Ventact held Kilcully Campsite.
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LOUGH SCOUTS AT VENTACT – Venture scouts from the 5th Cork (The Lough) photographed at Kilcully Campsite last weekend. Left to right, Harry Lombardi, Calvan Doherty, Dylan Hannigan, Alex Carey, Eoin Chanley, Andrew Diggin and Raymond Cotter.
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MALLOW VENTURE SCOUTS AT VENTACT – Barry Feerick, Michael O’Grady, Daniel O’Herlihy and Eimear Ahern from the 52nd Cork (Mallow) Venture Group photogaphed at Ventact last weekend at Kilcully campsite.
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OVERVIEW OF KILCULLY CAMPSITE – The main field at Kilcully Campsite last weekend during Ventact with an attendance of over 600 Venture Scouts and some Ranger Guides with 245 tents pitched .
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RATHCORMAC AT VENTACT – Sarah Geaney and Edel McCarthy from the 82nd Cork (Rathcormac) Venture group attending Ventact at Kilcully Campsite last weekend.
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SLIPPERY SLIDE AT VENTACT – The was no shortage of volunteers for the slippery slide at Venture Scout weekend at Kilcully campsite last weekend.
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VENTACT SMILES – Rachel Griffin 7th Kerry (Dingle) and Andrew Dineen 29th/30th Cork (Mitchelstown) on staff at Ventact held at Kilcully campsite.
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