Despite the chilly, damp day, 15 enthusiastic cubs and their leaders set off on the first hike of the new season from Ballinastoe Woods, up over White Hill, in low cloud but in high spirits thanks in part to some lovely snow flurries. Aoife and Juliette even managed to make a small snowball! Everyone enjoyed lunch […]
The entire Eriu troop of 23 cubs headed off to Summer Camp in Lough Dan at the end of May. Friday night was clear and warm, so the cubs played soccer until late followed by a lively campfire with Gary on his guitar and Lucy and Maria on their feadogs, with all the cubs and leaders joining in their favourite campfire songs. Then down to the serious business of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores! An early start on Saturday morning saw the cubs enjoying the obstacle course and the tyre swing before the heavy rain arrived. Sadly too wet to hike so the cubs played some games in the barn before heading back to camp to eat their packed lunches, chat and play Top Trumps. Thankfully the rain stopped, a beautiful rainbow appeared and we had time for a short campfire and more s’mores! Sunday started with yummy pancakes and Nutella before the cubs headed off for crate stacking and a swim in the lake` Then sadly it was time to pack up camp and head home until next year.
Eriu enjoyed their annual trip to the IMC Hut in Glendasan. After a damp morning start to the Spinc hike on Sat, the weather improved and the cubs counted the steps up to the Spinc before heading around the valley with different Sixers in charge for various stretches, using their map-reading and observation skills. After their […]
Six of the younger Eriú cubs enjoyed a day out on New Moon with Skipper Brian Welsh as they supported the Fodhla rowing team in the Long Distance Skiff Race. The course race is approx 14km starting in Dun Laoghaire harbour and finishing at the 4th Port Dodder Sea Scout den. The cubs headed out to […]
Eriu cubs enjoyed their first hike of the new season by heading up to the snow above Ballinastoe Woods, onto the aptly named White Hill and then back on the board walk by the JB Malone Memorial. They hiked using the buddy system and had lots of fun with snowball fights, making snow-cubs, discovering thick ice […]
Eriu cubs enjoyed beautiful Autumn sunshine during their annual trip to the IMC Hut in Glendasan. On Saturday, the cubs crossed the Glendasan river using the stepping stones and headed over into Glendalough Valley to complete the challenge of the Spinc hike returning through the Miners Village -a total of 13km with some quite steep […]
Many thanks to Skipper Brian Welsh for kindly bringing the Eriu cubs out on New Moon for a great day sail. We initially headed south towards Greystones, but just as we were tacking in to Greystones harbour for lunch, the Coast Guard broadcast a gale warning and we decided to stay safe and head instead […]
Many thanks to Sean and Eoghan Keegan for patiently teaching our eager group of Sixers and Seconders the basic skills for safely enjoying canoeing / kayaking. Our cubs have canoed around the two inner harbours out to the Ice House and back, learned how to capsize and tap whilst wearing their spray decks, and finally […]
Eriu cubs enjoyed their last night of boating and a little campfire with songs and s’mores at sunset. Special thanks to Sean and Eoghan Keegan for instructing the Sixers and Seconders group in basic Kayaking skills for the last 3 weeks. Also to Skipper Brian Welsh for always being so willing to bring cubs out sailing […]
On Wed July 9th, 8u Calafort hosted the first Sea Cub Marine Challenge. We were delighted to have enthusiastic teams from 3 Participating Packs: Dalkey Sea Cubs (3rd Port), Banba Sea Cubs (8ú Calafort, Sat Pack) and Eriú Sea Cubs (8ú Calafort, Wed Pack)
48 cubs took part, and each cub chose 2 of the following events: knotting; heaving a line; swim race with life jacket; swim race without life jacket; dinghy single paddle race. All cubs joined the fun of novelty team dinghy race, keeping their egg “hostage” safe and dressing their pirate captain!
Skipper Brian Welsh and Peadar Tobin kept an experienced eye on proceedings and ran the VHF safety station from New Moon and Pandora. Both boats were dressed all over lending a real sense of occasion to the night and the DMYC kindly opened their bar and viewing deck facilities so parents, supporters and siblings could make a lovely evening of the event.
Many thanks to visiting leaders, helpful parents, Gasóga and Fodhla volunteers who kindly helped out to make the night such a success.