Get your neckerchief on and get ready to walk to scouting’s memory lane.
Do you remember packing your rucksack and travelling to Larch Hill in the early 60s? Boyle, in Roscommon in 1967 - 1980. The famous Jamboree in ‘71 or even the Sky Lark Patrol at the National Cub Jumbo in Ross House in 1971 -1980.
If any of the above sound familiar you were more than likely a scout at some time with St Josephs 1st. As part of their 90th celebrations this year they are searching for former members, leaders and parents to come and commemorate this monumental achievement.
To celebrate this huge achievement, they are holding a celebration at the Scout Den in Augustine Street on this Saturday May 20 at 8pm, with refreshments in the neighboring De Burgos (License 18s and over ).
Later in the year they hope to hold a barbeque for family and youth members.
The group was first registered in 1927. It is Galway’s oldest scout group to date. Its present location is the Scout Den in Augustine St, but it has not always been there. Its previous home was located in Ozanam House, but in 1996 The Den was knocked to widen the now Merchants Road. The original group started with a handful of members, it has now grown to a busy Beaver colony, a courageous Cub pack and an extremely super Scouts, Adventurers and Rovers Group.
But behind the numbers, young boys and girls are learning leadership, developing character, and serving their communities with the caring guidance of countless volunteers and leaders. St Josephs 1st will continue to rise to the challenges of the 21st century and seek to help ordinary young people become extraordinary adults.
A dedicated team of leaders have over the years of service to ensure that the 90th continues to provide scouting to young people of Galway city. Without help, encouragement and support of the group members over the years the group would not exist in its present headquarters.
Group leader Sean Breathnach and John O’Toole are among the original scouts who joined as young boys and through their hard work and deication have made 1st Galway one of the best. Since its first meeting it has remained steadfast in its teaching of values and character to youth despite changing times and a changing society.
Get along at the weekend and have a chat with past members, leaders, and parents form the original group to what the group is up to today. Pictures and memorabilia from 90 years of scouting will be displayed in our den. In addition to giving past scouts a chance to recall good memories, they would greatly appreciate if you had any old items of uniforms, photos, or anything associated with St Josephs to add to its history.
Please contact 091-770792 or email [email protected] or visit the facebook page: 1st Galway St Joseph’s Scout Group