Who are we?
Scouting is the largest youth movement in the world and both Waterford City and the De La Salle Scout Group have a long tradition in Scouting. It is a tradition that has adapted to and embraced the needs and demands of young people today. The De La Salle Scout Group was founded in 1928 and consists of two Beaver Colonies, three Cub Scout Packs, two Scout Troops, a Venture Scout Crew, a Rover Network as well as a Scout Pipe Band. We offer a unique blend of activities and experiences to our members with a special emphasis on adventure and the outdoors. The Scout Method is in learning through doing and we believe that participation in Scouting is a worthwhile and enjoyable outlet for all young people.
Over the past eighty five years there have been hundreds of adult leaders who have given a huge amount of time, energy and commitment to the De La Salle Scout Group. With those leaders the Group has flourished and grown into the successful Group it is today catering for approximately 230 young people. The role of the Scouter is one that entails many responsibilities, including those to the young people, to parents, to Scouting Ireland and to themselves. De La Salle prides itself in providing, training and supporting a team of skilled and committed Leaders in all of it’s sections.
The De La Salle Scout Group was founded in 1928 and in 2012 we are eighty four years old. De La Salle is the oldest Group in Waterford and our leaders have been at the foundations of many other Groups in the Waterford Scout County. There are so many stories and so much history behind this group that it would be impossible to tell it all here, so we have put together a brief history to illustrate some of the heritage of the Group.
Faithlegg Scout Centre
The De La Salle Scout Group have operated a scout activity centre at Faithlegg, Co. Waterford since 1970 when a site was acquired from the De La Salle Order whose novitiate and teaching training centre was nearby on the Faithlegg Estate. The centre which is just 8 kilometres from Waterford City includes a large training field, a forested area with trails and access to the Pill river, a tributary of the River Suir which it meets just before Cheekpoint. There is also an outside grotto, storage hut, campfire circle, and fire lighting area. The brick hut consists of a large modern kitchen; toilet and wash area; a main activity and sleeping hall which can accommodate up to 25 people, small sleeping/leaders room, lobby, storage area and a covered outside veranda area. Note however that the main hall and leaders room do not as yet have segregated areas for males/females. The building is warm and fully centrally heated throughout.
We are often asked for information on different aspects of Scouting, either on a general level or on specific areas such as Scouting in Waterford. On this frequently asked questions page you should be able to find the answers to some of those questions.