Investiture for Birr cubs and scouts

THE annual investiture for Birr Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts was held on Wednesday, March 7 at the Marian Hall, Birr.

THE annual investiture for Birr Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts was held on Wednesday, March 7 at the Marian Hall, Birr.

The evening commenced with the celebration of the annual memorial mass by Fr Pat Gilbert, in remembrance of deceased past members and family members.

Once again, it was great to see all the cubs, scouts and venture scouts and their parents coming together to celebrate scouting in Birr and special thanks to Fr Pat for his wonderful stories when he gets the boys and girls involved always ending with an excellent moral to take home with us.

Also in attendance were the County Commissioner, Mr Eddie Doyle, and the wonderful leaders, without whom there wouldn’t be such a successful scouting troop in Birr.

The investiture of all the new scouts was held immediately after the mass.

Scouting is alive and well in Birr and this was evident from the amount of new members being invested into the 3rd Offaly Scout Troop. T

here has always been a great turnout of boys for Scouts, however, this year it has to be mentioned that it is excellent to see such a great increase in the amount of girls joining the 3rd Offaly Troop.

There was a pause in proceedings to mark and celebrate Leader Mary Hayes’ birthday. There was a few candles to be blown out, but no one took the time to count them all!

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the annual awards. Cub of the year was awarded to Louise Bergin, Patrol of the Year was awarded to Cathal Guilfoyle’s patrol and Scout of the year was awarded to Jamie Doonan. Congratulations and well done to all the recipients.

Birr Leaders Conference – One Programme

On Sunday, March 11, leaders, patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders, met in the County Arms Hotel Birr to discuss the implementation of the New One Programme for Scouting Ireland here in Birr. It is an exciting new time for Scouting Ireland who have completed a huge programme of renewal and redevelopment.

It takes the ideals, principles and traditions of Scouting making them practical, appealing and exciting for the young people of today. It is a progressive programme and the feedback from those involved on Sunday was excitement for a great future for scouting in Ireland.

Meetings take place during term time, every Tuesday evening 7.30 until 8.30pm for Cub Scouts and Wednesday evenings 7.30 until 8.30pm at the Scout Den beside the Marian Hall, Birr.

If you are interested in becoming a leader, then please contact any of the present leaders or come along to a meeting and see the fun involved.