The Scout Hall,
Robert Baden-Powell started the Scout movement in 1908. He recognised that the best way of learning is by doing especially in small groups. And so the Worldwide Organisation of Scouting began. To the young person Scouting is fun, games, camping, learning new skills, uniform, out of doors, achieving, badges, making new friends and being part of a group.
Scouting is intended to be active, adventurous, and challenging. Ballincollig Scout Unit provides all of this and more. The unit in Ballincollig was started 23 years ago and caters for boys between the ages of 6 and 18.
The Scout Hall is situated behind the Church of St Mary and St John on Station Road.
The different sections are as follows Beavers 6 – 8 years, Cub Scout / Macaoimh 8 – 11 years, Scouts 11 – 16 years, Venturers 14 – 18 years.
We have 6 Sections in our Unit and the all run very active programmes including day hikes, trips to places of interest, weekend camps and for the scout Sections their annual summer Camp.
Throughout all these activities the young people are always learning new skills and most importantly enjoying themselves.
On Saturday 27th January Ronan Mahony Unit Leader of Ballincollig Unit was awarded The Community Award in the Annual Ballincollig Person of the Year Awards Ceremony. Ronan was presented with this award for the huge amount of time and effort he has put in at local, national and regional level.
Ronan has always given freely of his time and his wide experience has been beneficial to the young people in his troop and in other troops. He makes every activity very exciting for the members and certainly ensures that the OUT in Scouting is adhered to.
Ronan has always made sure that his troop has an annual camp. He has brought them to places such as Oxford, Wales, Switzerland, Castletownbere, Mount Mellerary and many others. In fact he has never missed a camp since 1979
Scouting has gained greatly from his input over his 21 years involvement and we hope he will continue for many more.
He is a very deserving winner of this award.