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Monday 16 September 2019

Scouts honoured for achievements

Members of the 13th Wexford scouts gather in Clonard Community Centre for their investiture and prizegiving ceremony.
Members of the 13th Wexford scouts gather in Clonard Community Centre for their investiture and prizegiving ceremony.
At the presentation of Chief Scout Awards (back) cub scouts Emma O'Leary, Shane Whitmore, Steve Cussen, Uisce Moroney, Aoife Hore, Ciara Dolan and Ciara Tennant; front, Dan O'Leary (County Commissioner), beaver scouts Louise Byrne, Molly Frayne, and Tiernan O'Brien and Dave Martin (Group Leader).

By Maria Pepper

A dozen members of the 13th Wexford Scout Group proved they are up to the challenge when they received Chief Scout Awards at an annual Investiture and prize-giving ceremony in Clonard Church.

Investitures are always important occasions but this year was extra special as 12 youth members were presented with the highest award in Scouting Ireland in their age groups.

The Chief Scout Award is a nationally recognised accolade which is given in recognition of commitment to the Scout Law, dedication to attain personal ambitions and the desire to contribute to and improve society.

Adventure Skills badges were awarded for traditional scouting skills such as camping, first aid and hiking while expedition badges were presented to beavers and some cubs who took part in a 20km fundraising hike with other cubs did their hike on the Dachstein Alps in Austria during an annual camp last summer.

Special interest badges were awarded for achievements outside of scouting - one recipient built a banjo, some completed baking challenges or took part in pantomimes and one built a small engine.

'It is a testament to the hard work of the youth members and the leaders who helped guide them on their journey, that so many of them have received this prestigious award', said newly-elected County Commissioner Dan O' Leary who is also a member of the 13th Wexford Scout Group.

Group leader David Martin presented three Beaver Scout Chief Scout Awards to Louise Byrne, Molly Freyne and Tiernan O'Brien. Dan O'Leary presented nine Cub Scout Chief Scout Awards to Aoife Hore, Uisce Moroney, Catherine O'Sullivan, Ciara Tennant, Ciara Dolan, Emma O'Leary, Roan Cox, Steve Cussen and Shane Whitmore.

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