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.
Eriu Cubs enjoyed a fantastic Summer Camp over the weekend of Fri 13th – 15th June. We camped with 18 adventurous cubs in the Beaver Field at Lough Dan and made great use of the Obstacle Course and Water Slide that skirted our campsite. On Fri night we started our Pioneering Project to teach the cubs some lashings and build a platform tent to hang out in during the camp. We started our campfire early to avoid the midgees and the cubs enjoyed toasting marshmallows and singing songs. Saturday morning we finished our Platform Tent and then set off on the long but lovely Lough Dan Loop hike, crossing two rivers en route. Sat night the Sixers and Seconders slept out in a bivvy up on a nearby hillside and the main camp enjoyed another campfire and more marshmallows. Sunday morning was glorious, warm and sunny, perfect for our crate building, archery and raft building. Then the cubs enjoyed the water slide before striking camp and heading home tired but happy. Thank you to all the helpful parents and our great assistants.
The beginning of another exciting year, our new cub scouts have settled into their sixes and we have started our badge work in preparation for the activities ahead. Over the year we hope to use the 8ú Calafort website to keep you updated with our plans and let you read all about our activities.