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SCOUTING IN IRELAND

FEDERATION OF IRISH SCOUTING (FISA)

There are three Scout associations in Ireland. They are Scout Association of Ireland - SAI (Republic of Ireland) , Scouts of Ireland- CBSI (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) and Scout Association in Northern Ireland - (Northern Ireland)

SAI and CBSI are jointly represented internationally by the Federation of Irish Scout Associations- FISA. The Scout Association, Northern Ireland is part of the Scout Association, UK and is an observer member of FISA.

All three associations are multi-denominational and co-educational. The associations co-operate regularly in their scouting activities as could be seen in the series of jointly organized Irish jamborees at Portumna 1985, Gosford 1989 and Ballyfin 1993. It is hoped to have another Jamboree in 1997.

A further extension of this co-operation is happening at present through the National Outdoor Award program, which has been jointly organized by the three Scout associations and the Guide associations.

In 1907, Baden-Powell brought Scouting to England. In 1908, Scouting was brought from England and spread across Ireland. In Dublin, 2 priests followed the progress of Scouting. They noted that in other countries, the Church had taken up the idea of Scouting. After much study and experimentation, they made a proposal to the bishop of Ireland and were granted a constitution in Nov.1926. Thus, the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland was created. The CBSI grew as the years passed.

In 1965, CBSI joined with the Scout Association of Ireland to form the Irish Scout Federation.

The coming of the War in 1914 could have brought about the collapse of Scouting, but the training provided through the patrol system proved its worth. Patrol leaders took over when adult leaders volunteered for active military duty. Scouts contributed to the war effort in many ways; most notably was the Sea Scouts, who took the place of regular coast guardsmen, thus freeing them from service afloat.

When war came again in 1939, Scouts carried on under the direction of their patrol leaders. They undertook many national service tasks: messengers, fire watchers, stretcher bearers, salvage collectors and so on. Their success was directly attributed to their good organization and training.

Program Sections:

 BEAVER SCOUTS (age 6 - 8 years)

 CUB SCOUTS (age 8 - 11 years)

 SCOUTS (age 11 - 16 years)

 VENTURE SCOUTS (age 16 - 21 years)

Scout Motto: Be Prepared

Scout Oath:

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.

Scout Law:

 A Scout is to be trusted

  A Scout is loyal

  A Scout is helpful and considerate

  A Scout is a friend to all Scouts

  A Scout has courage in all difficulties

  A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property

  A Scout has self respect and respect for others

If you have additional information, send it to me at:

n2zgu_g@pipeline.com

INFORMATION FOR THIS ARTICLE WAS OBTAINED FROM THE IRISH SCOUTING HOME PAGE, WOSM AND WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL CBSI SCOUT LEADERS.

Last updated on October 18, 1999