THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS NEWS: Martin Walsh: Thank you to all scouts past and present for the guard of honour for Martin Walsh. Martin would have been so proud. Also, thanks to other scouters who offered their sympathy and the lovely gesture of planting a tree overlooking the lake at Lough Dan in County Wicklow, one of Martin’s favourite places to bring scouts back in the 1980s. Martin was truly a great scouter and many people have looked up to him, a number of our present scouters were scouts during Martin’s leadership. Martin served at local and district level as a scout section leader and a group leader, and really put Durrow on the map during this time. He has moulded a lot people into what they are today.
Martin was always an inspiration to me and is one of the main reasons why I myself stayed in scouts, he really gave me the love of scouts from the age of ten to the present day. A big congratulations to our scout section on qualifying for the “Phoenix” – an All-Ireland camp skills competition, well done scouts and scouters, this is a first for our group and the group is very proud they qualified following the Slieve Bloom County Camp and indeed Martin would have been too. Martin Walsh, Gone Home. – Maureen Campion, VS & AGL.

County Shield: Last weekend the Scouts took part in the Scout County Shield. What started out as a very wet and windy Friday turned into a beautiful sunny weekend for camping. The Scouts had to complete their entire site and lone camp for two days. They also had to take part in bases which tested them on their scout skills, scout knowledge and teamwork. After what was a very enjoyable weekend Our Scouts qualified for the Phoenix Challenge where they will compete against groups from All over Ireland. The scouts that took part were: PL: Mikey Fogarty, APL Oisin Dunne, Chloe Healy, Evan Campion, Edward OBrien, Dylan Parkinson, Eric Lawlor and Andrew Delaney. This is the first time since Durrow scouts formed that we had a Patrol qualify. Congratulations to them they have done us all very proud!

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