Founder’s Day 2014 at Larch Hill

On Thursday 25th September the entire secondary school travelled to Larch Hill Scout Centre in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. The overnight trip was a huge success thanks to superb planning, organisation and communication in advance and on the ground. Siobhán Launders (a JS parent and a Scout), Ms Broaders and Mr Kerr did a fantastic job and every aspect of the two days was planned in detail.

At the site Conor Wakely (Y5) was invaluable as he is a senior scout who is familiar with Larch Hill and also a first aider. Conor supervised the students pitching tents and setting up camp. When everyone arrived there was a full afternoon of outdoor activities fully outlined, signposted and tested by Siobhán in advance. Danielle Vierling (JS parent) helped out on Thursday also.

After dinner the houses regrouped for a bonfire replete with hot chocolate, marshmallows and beautiful singing from several of the seniors. Mr Flynn gave us a few tunes and Mr Alexander too. Thursday evening was rounded off with Mrs Doubtfire for the juniors and a two hour night hike led by Mr Kortenhorst for any seniors who wished to join.

The next day was full on! Venus won the junior orienteering and Mercury won on the senior course. This was followed by a T Shirt relay and the icing on the cake was a full-on Capture the Flag ably facilitated by Mr. Telford. Mr Keogh (JS Parent) acted as jailer but the two minute jail rule was disregarded by most who were tagged and an all out flag stealing war ensued.

To date the Editor has images from day two only so please do send on any good photos for the web!

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