The Scout Groups in the Lee Valley County Hike have just held their annual Mountain Pursuit Challenge which took place in the Knockmealdown’s in Waterford. It took no less than twelve buses to transport the groups which left from various locations around the county carrying Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Leaders. There was a total of over 600 ‘Scouts’ out on the day which can only be considered as a thundering success.
Almost all of the groups in the county took part in which a great day was had by all with it culminating for everyone at the Mount Melleray Scout Centre. There much needed and appreciated refreshments were served consisting of soup, sandwiches, crisps and a few goodies for everyone. The Beaver Scouts and the Cub Scouts both left Mount Melleray on their own routes whilst the Scouts walked from just below the Vee back to the Centre across the ridge. The Venture Scouts did an excellent job and assisted with the staffing of the route and some gave back up assistance with the Sections that needed an extra little bit of help.
This year the county had a new badge to recognise the hike and it was designed by Scout Jill Murphy of the 109th Cork (Ballinora). All of the participants got to take one home which no doubt someone in the households had a little bit of sewing to do in the past week.
Eoin Callinan, County Commissioner said he would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that made the day happen, the hike co-ordinators for the various sections, the scouters/leaders who arranged the refreshments for everyone when they came off the hills, the financial controllers and of course the County Programme Co-ordinator Ronan Mahony for pulling it all together. And of course last but by no means least the young people and the Scouters that made the day the success it was.