What is scouting?
…What is it really?
How did it all start?
How did scouting begin in Ireland?
The South Eastern scout province
What about scouting in Waterford?
In 1926 the first Scout troop in Waterford came into being. It was known as St.Josephs and it had it’s headquarters at Hennessy’s Road in the city. The De La Salle Scout Group was founded in early 1928 and it was inspired by the good work done in St.Josephs. For many years De la Salle was the only Group in the city, but a Sea Scouts Group had been founded in Tramore in 1933. It was not until the late 60s and early 70s that new Scout Groups began to emerge in the city with the Sacred Heart and Ballygunner in 1967, St. Pauls in 1972 and Ferrybank in 1973. These developed at the same time as the suburbs of Waterford grew.
Up until 1976 Scouting in Waterford had been organised on a Diocesan basis and included the wide area of Dungarvan and Clonmel, so in 1976 a Regional Structure was set up which took in just the Groups in Waterford City and South Kilkenny. This lasted until the 1st of January 2004 when the Waterford Scout County was established which once again includes the Dungarvan area. It has long been acknowledged that Waterford has been a stronghold of Scouting in Ireland. It has for example, an unparalleled record of success in national competitions and further information is available on our County History page.
The Waterford County of scouting Ireland
The Waterford Scout County was founded on the 1st of January 2004. The component groups are the:
- 3rd/7th/13th Waterford De La Salle
- 4th Waterford Abbeyside
- 8th Waterford Tramore
- 10th Kilkenny Kilmacow
- 11th Waterford Dungarvan
- 12th Waterford Stradbally
- 15th/25th Waterford Sacred Heart
- 16th Waterford Cappoquin
- 17th/20th Waterford St. Paul’s
- 18th/26th Waterford Ferrybank
- 19th/29th Waterford Ballygunner
- 27th Waterford Butlerstown
- 31st Waterford Faithlegg
- 35th Waterford
- 1st Waterford Port of Waterford
- 2nd Waterford Dunmore East
The County Commissioner is Brian Fanning. twitter.com/WaterfordScouts
Waterford City lies on the River Suir, at the head of Waterford Harbour and it is one of the chief seaports of Ireland and the headquarters of an extensive export trade in meat, dairy and agricultural produce. Waterford Crystal is the city’s most famous export which has become renowned throughout the world and it’s visitors centre plays host to over 300,000 people a year. Today Waterford is the capital of the South East Region with a population of approximately 50,000 and it proudly remains one of Ireland’s major cultural, historical, commercial, retail, medical and educational centres of excellence.
The city was founded almost 1200 years ago in 840 AD when it was occupied by the Danes as a walled city and called Vader Fjord, although there had been settlements in the area since the early part of the second century. In the 12th century it was seized by the Normans and it received its charter of incorporation in 1206. It survived the initial Cromwellian invasion but later fell to General Ireton. Among the landmarks are Reginald’s Tower which was built in 1003; Blackfriar’s Priory (1226); and the Protestant and Roman Catholic cathedrals, both dating from the 18th century.
What are the different sections called?
What are the Scout Promise, Law and Principles?
The Promise and Law are a commitment to a code of living. They are what makes us different to youth clubs and help us to map the ethos of our organisation.
The Scout Promise
On my honour I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God,
to serve my community,
to help other people and
to live by the Scout Law.
…OR the following variation
On my honour I promise that I will do my best to further my understanding and acceptance of a Spiritual Reality, to serve my community, to help other people and to live by the Scout Law.
The Scout Law:
a) A Scout is to be trusted.
b) A Scout is loyal.
c) A Scout is helpful and considerate to all.
d) A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
e) A Scout makes good use of time and is
careful of possessions and property.
f) A Scout has respect for self and others.
g) A Scout respects nature and the environment.
The Scout Principles
The principles of Scouting Ireland are enshrined in the Scout Promise and the Scout Law and the include:
Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the faith that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting therefrom
Loyalty to one’s community in harmony with the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation
Responsibility for the development of one’s self
Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellow beings and for the integrity of the natural world
Use of a method of progressive self-education, known as the Scout Method, comprising programmes adapted to the various age groups
The Scout Prayer
Lord, thank you for bringing us
together in Scouting. Be with our
Troop and all its members. Keep us
loyal to our Promise, to each other
and to ourselves; and in everything we
do, help us to put other people first.
What is the Beaver prayer?
What is the Cub Scout prayer?
What is the Venture Scout prayer?
What’s a good prayer for a Scout’s Own?
Slow me down Lord, ease the pounding of my heart.
Quieten my racing heart, steady my hurried steps.
Amidst the confusion of my days
give me the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking time off.
of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend,
to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day that there is more to life
than increasing its speed.
Let me look upwards into the branches of a towering oak,
and know it grew great and strong
because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down lord,
Teach me to be gentle and humble of heart
so that I may find rest for my soul.
Do I need a watch when I go to the mountains?
– Extract from The Depth Lover (Samivel)