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Summer Camp 2010 - Ireland

Glenshelane Scout Campsite, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Eire - a brief account...
This year the troop chose to camp abroad to celebrate our centenary. Glenshelane was put forward by George 'Tashguy' Bushell and duly agreed by leaders and PL's last autumn, with initial letters and bookings going out. Myself and Dave Turner visited the site in April to see the site facilities, layout etc., meet the warden and local Scouters and also check out the area for shops, services and activities on offer.
In the final party were 18 Scouts, 7 Explorer Scouts (all ex-Twyford, or Scouts 'moving-on'), 6 Young Leaders and 9 Leaders, totalling 40. Most of us filled Zebedee and the 1st Woodley zoobus (many thanks to them), with 3 on the train to Fishguard to meet the ferry and 2 cars travelling separately. 'Waggons Roll' was at 06.30 on Thursday 29th July (Where's Ed?!), arrival on site was about 20.45, so a long day cooped up in minibuses, save the ferry crossing.
Hermione and Twiggy had travelled on Tuesday to get in supplies for our arrival and kindly erected the patrol tents and prepared the evening meal, both much appreciated. Leader's fears of a sleepless night were unfounded, as the Scouts were soon quiet, even after an inactive day.
Friday was mostly spent pitching the rest of camp and patrol areas, along with wood gathering (not difficult, there was loads of it) and site exploration. Mid afternoon we walked up the glen to Mount Melleray, which is a large Scouting Ireland complex in the grounds of a Cistercian Monastery. Here we did the orienteering course in small groups, to varying degrees of success! Unfortunately we could not go in the centre, as it had been booked by a church group who would not allow any others in - for child protection reasons.
Saturday was spent in Waterford, at a festival called SPRAOI (spree) which was street entertainment from all over the world in various parts of the city centre. Some of it was musical, some comedic, some artistic and some just wierd! I think most enjoyed it, along with the shops (and Aldi....)
Sunday - Wednesday were activity days, with 4 age/ability groups doing a rota of hiking over the Knockmealdown Mountains, kayaking/canoeing on the Blackwater River, cycling the local lanes and towns and a day on site. The hiking/kayaking included and overnight camp near Villierstown on the Blackwater River using lightweight tents and stoves. On Thursday all were back at Glenshelane by early evening, in time for a dinner of Irish Stew followed by a traditional campfire.
Thursday was sunny and breezy, after overnight rain, which meant we could get the canvas down dry (hurrah). All the kit was cleaned, packed away and site cleared by about 14.30. With trailers loaded we headed for Dungarvan where we were staying for our last night, in the headquarters of 4th Waterford (Abbeyside). Once set up in the HQ the Scouts went in groups into town to ensure that all pocket money was duly spent, to be back by 18.00 for the march down to the beach, less than 500m away. All very pleasant, with games etc., the 'something' and chip supper arrived on cue and so did the rain - not for too long though. Here Bill invested 3 Scouts into the Explorer Unit, accompanied by smoke from the driftwood fire and local dog-walkers... Once back at the HQ the Scouts were bedded down in the hall and again were quiet very quickly - by 21.45!
Just as well, they were awakened at 04.45 on Friday, as we had to be on the road by 06.00 for the journey to Rosslare and the 09.00 ferry. Again the journey was long but uneventful and we arrived at Twyford HQ at 18.45 for unpacking and flag-down/presentations.
My thanks to all the usual and unusual suspects. More from your son/daughter and at the Summer Camp evening (TBA) in October. If you have photos (digital or prints), please let me know asap so we can include them in the presentation and CD.
Alan Foord.

A view of the site 

On top of 'Knockmealdown'.
On the Blackwater River at Cappoquin
Lightweight cooking with a smile..
and 'billy-bashing'!

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