History of 89th Bremore Scout Group

This will be brief 

At the start of the Summer in 2014, Scouting Ireland put out a call in the Balbriggan area to see if there would be enough interest from the local community to start a new scout group to accommodate both boys and girls. There was a scout group in the town already, but they could not facilitate girls joining. Some initial meetings were held in local schools by the Provincial Support Team of Gerry Hickey and James Fox with the support of the Fingal County Commissioner Bernie Reddy.

 

By June, it was established that there was indeed enough interest from the community and a group of people got together to make some decisions about

  • what the group should be called - Bremore after the area at the North end of Balbriggan

  • what our group number should be - 89th Dublin as it was the lowest number available

  • what colour our neckerchief should be - Black for the pirates who used to frequent the area and a Turquoise border for the sea beside us 

  • where we should hold our meetings - to be confirmed at that time, but some local schools were mentioned

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was our first Group Council meeting and it was held in Flemington Community Centre.

 

On 25th June, the first "Welcome to Scouting" course was run and 10 new scouters started their training to becoming leaders. Some had come from other local groups. Some had previous experience, and some were brand new to scouting. During the summer a Facebook Page was set up and promotional events were held to let more people in the local area know that a new scout group was being set up. Training continued over the summer to make sure that the new scouters were Garda Vetted and had completed a safeguarding course. Loreto Secondary School kindly donated a room for us to hold our forthcoming meetings in and so we were all set to welcome our new Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts in September 2014. Most new Scout Groups start with only 1 section. We had enough interest to start 3.  

                                                                   

                                                        First Ever Scout Meeting of 89th Bremore

Our first section meeting was held for cubs on Tuesday 16th September 2014, followed by beavers and scouts on Thursday 18th September 2014.

New scouters joined the group to help out in every section. Group Council meetings were held in the Tesco Community meeting room in Millfield Shopping Centre. The group badge and flag were designed and approved.

 

On 30th November 2014 we held a group investiture in Loreto Secondary School where all adult and youth members were invested by the Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick, in the presence of the Minister for Children James Reilly as well as family, friends, and members of other Fingal Scout County groups.

That is the history of how the group began. Below is a timeline of important events in the history of the group.

                   Timeline of 89th Bremore Scout Group

2014

  • 27th May 2014 - Initial Public Meeting to discuss setting up a new Scout Group

  • 26th June 2014 - Welcome to Scouting for new Scouters

  • 16th September 2014 - First Cub Section Meeting

  • 18th September 2014 - First Beaver and Scout Section Meetings

  • 11th October 2014 - First Hike - Greystones to Bray

  • 30th November 2014 - Group Investiture

2015

  • January 2015 - Section meetings move from Loreto to Balbriggan Educate Together National School

  • April 2015 - First Camp - PLs and APLs attend Fingal County Shield in Larch Hill

  • 18th June 2015 - Brendan Dempsey elected as Group Leader

  • 19 - 25 July 2015 - First Annual Camp - Lough Keel Co. Roscommon

  •  2- 4 October 2015 - Fingal Scout County Camp and Link Ceremony where first cubs move to scouts

  • 27th October 2015 - Group Trip to Casement Aerodrome

2016

  •  March 2016 - County Sunrise Camp in Newbridge Demesne to celebrate 1916 centenary

  • April 2016 - Scouts enter the County Shield for the fist time as the Puma Patrol in Country Crest, Lusk.

2017

  • 28 - 30 April 2017 - First Group Camp in Larch Hill

  • September 2017 - New Venture Section opens on Wednesday nights

  • October 2017 - First trip out of the state to Newcastle Co. Down for County Venture Hike and Overnight

2018

  •  20th January 2018 - QSE for Group Development Plan

  • 25th March 2018 - First Good Friday Treasure Hunt

  • June 2018 - Cub Camp & Beaver Camp in Larch Hill 

  • 4th July 2018 - Mary Harford elected as new Group Leader

  • 2nd September 2018 - Ventures attend first National Event - Ventact in Kilkully, Co. Cork

2019

  • 6 - 8 May 2019 - Scouts qualify for Phoenix for the first time at Fingal County Shield​ and win Campfire Trophy

  • 15 - 18 August 2019 - First Time at Phoenix Challenge, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

  • 30th August - 1st September 2019 - Group Camp and 5 year anniversary celebration

2020

  • 19th March 2020 - First Virtual Scout Meeting due to Covid-19 Pandemic & Social Distancing 

                                                               List of Group Leaders

 

2015 - 2018         Brendan Dempsey

2018 - Present    Mary Harford

                                List of Annual Camps

2015                                BEAVERS                                                                     CUBS                                                

                                         Collon, Co. Louth                                                       Carlingford Co. Louth   

                                         SCOUTS                                                                       VENTURES     

                                         Lough Keel, Co. Roscommon

 

2016                                BEAVERS                                                                     CUBS 

                                         Mellowes, Co. Westmeath                                       Castlesaunderson Co. Cavan        

                                         SCOUTS                                                                       VENTURES

                                         Fota, Co. Cork

2017                                BEAVERS                                                                     CUBS 

                                         Portlick, Co. Westmeath                                          Portlick, Co. Westmeath               

 

                                        SCOUTS                                                                       VENTURES

                                        Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow

2018                               BEAVERS                                                                     CUBS 

                                        Larch Hill, Co. Dublin                                                Larch Hill, Co. Dublin                     

 

                                        SCOUTS                                                                       VENTURES

                                        Mount Mellary, Co. Waterford                                 Achill, Co. Mayo

2019                               BEAVERS                                                                     CUBS 

                                        Mellowes, Co. Westmeath                                       Larch Hill, Co. Dublin                       

 

                                       SCOUTS                                                                       VENTURES

                                       Roslare, Co. Wexford                                                Roslare, Co. Wexford 

 

2020

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