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Winter Survivor 2017

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Winter Survivor 2017.


It was all go in the Woods at the Castleconnell Scout Site in Limerick on last weekend at  Winter Survivor 2017 for the Southern Province.  It was very much back to basics in Scouting and back to the original days at the start of scouting by Baden Powell over a century ago.  Twenty Six Alpha and Beta Teams built shelters in the woods and lived in their new homes for the weekend.  Saturday was jam packed with new experiences for many the Scouts. The Alpha’s made  Bread Twists, A Reflector for their fire and a place to sit near it in the morning. They watched a master at work in the afternoon as a whole deer was prepared for dinner. It was then cooked in a fire pit they dug out. They also had to prepare and cook fish .


The Beta Teams turned their hand at the skill of whittling and made spoons from timber found in the woods.  They learned very important knife safety and  how to chop wood safely. They cooked a delicious lunch of stuffed peppers with rabbit mince on their open fires. Later they learned the skill of Dutch Oven cooking.  Sunday morning bright and early it was time to learn how to trap for food and they all learned the skill of making a Dead Drop Trap. Sites were cleared, Leave No Trace and tired but enthusiastic Scouts left the Survivor Site having survived the weekend. In mentioning the founder of Scouting at the beginning of the article, they is no doubt that not alone would he have approved, he would have been more than happy.

WINTER WONDERLAND – Scouts from the 102nd Cork (Kilbrittain) photographed during the winter survival weekend 2017 at Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. Left to right, Ruairc Smith, Kai Corchorane and Rory O’Leary of the Beta Team.
-Pic…Sinéad Moloney

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