The Wanted Ravens reach Gold Standard at National Cub Scout Challenge

The Wanted Ravens achieve Gold Standard

Mallow Scout Group is very proud of the six young cub scouts who achieved Gold Standard at the National Cub Scout Challenge, which was held in Larch Hill in Dublin last weekend.
The group of 9-11 year olds started the competition at 1pm and worked hard in very hot conditions until 7pm when the judging was completed. The group set up their boundary area, put up an Icelandic tent for cooking (The Wild Buffalo Restaurant) and two Robens tents to sleep in. The theme of the competition was the Wild Frontier, and the group took on the name of the ‘Wanted Ravens’. When the tents were all set up the group cooked their meal in the ‘Wild Buffalo Restaurant’ of Lasso Soup (spaghetti) and Meat in Wheat (sausages in rolls), and finished with a dessert of Wagon Wheels.
Six cub scouts from Glanworth cub scouts, also known as the Jalapeño, were one of the nine other groups who achieved gold standard in the national competition. The two groups were a great support to each other over the weekend, sharing bug spray, home baked buns, help and advice. All of the 40 groups who qualified for the competition reached either bronze, silver or gold standard.
The groups dealt very capably with problems they encountered during the competition; improvising or asking for help as required. Even after all that hard work, both groups performed very well at the camp fire later that night. The girls from Glanworth sang Ring of Fire, with everyone joining in and the Mallow group adapted the lyrics of Dumb Ways to Die based on the wild frontier theme, entertaining the crowd as a finale.
Both groups were selected to participate in the Scouts Own ceremony the next morning. Sophie Jones read the Cowboy Code of the West and the Glanworth group sang Amazing Grace.
Sophie Jones, as Sixer for the group and Reyna Nagle as the seconder, led the group in the competition. Shauna Ellis was the Quartermaster making sure that all the equipment was in order. Liam Labatt was head chef. Cillian Walsh was first aider and Matthew Bunce was the fire safety officer. Anxiously watching on during the competition were scout leaders Mark O’Brien, Nuala Glanton and Mike Murray. Great credit is due to the other scout leaders in the cub scout group: Loic Labatt, Elaine Healy and George Ellis. June was a very busy month for the cub scout group as they had a summer camp at Larch Hill for all cubs over the June bank holiday weekend. The Beaver Scout leaders especially, Paddy Crowley, Louise O’Flaherty and Mike Murray were a great support.
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