A new era for the 10th Tipperary Scout group began when they started life in their new home in the old FCA Barracks, Tipperary Town recently.
The club celebrated the move with an open day at the beginning of September giving visitors the opportunity to explore the new facility, experience some of what scouting has to offer and register their interest in joining.
â€œThe 10th Tipperary Scouts have been based in Blind Street since the 1970s and while we have many great memories of our time there, this move is a great opportunity for the group to grow and develop,â€ said Robert Costigan from Tipperary Town, Group Leader and Regional Commissioner for North Tipperary Province.
â€œSpace was always an issue for us but now we have plenty of room for activities. We even have space to pitch tents which is great practice for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.â€ he said.
The move also breathes new life into the barracks, a landmark building in Tipperary that has been vacant since the FCA disbanded in recent years.
â€œThe 10th Tipperary Scouts has been part of the fabric of Tipperary Town as long as I can remember,â€ said Scout Leader Berna Hickey. â€œSo itâ€™s fitting that following the end of the FCA in the town, an organisation like the Scouts can benefit from the facility.â€
Colin Cummins from Anacarty became a Scout at 8-years of age and has been a Leader with them for the past few years.
â€œWeâ€™re really happy with the move and it gives the Scouts more space to do activities indoors,â€™ said Colin.
When the Nationalist dropped by recently the scouts were learning how to put up tents, read maps and other activities. Earlier in the yeat the Tipp Scouts visited Foto Island and Cobh to the Titanic Experience.
â€œWe got to see what a 3rd class and 1st class rooms would have looked like, and what the life-boats were like. The soundz of the ocean and the Captains second in command giving us the tour. It was great,â€ said young scout David Hannigan.
â€œIâ€™ve been with the Scouts since 1975 and I progressed to a Leader. Our aim is to get the kids to enjoy their activities and enjoy being parts of the Scouts,â€ said Robert.
With the new move and new members to the Tipperary Scouts the future of Scouting in Tipperary and of 10th Tipperary Scouts looks strong.
If you are interested in the outdoors and having fun and are thinking of joining, the group is recruiting new members for Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (9-12 years), Scouts (12-15 years) and Ventures (15-18 years).
The group is also looking for adult leaders.
For details checkout 10th Tipperary Scouts on www.10thtippscouts.weebly.com , on Facebook or Twitter (search for 10th Tipp Scouts), or by calling Robert Costigan on 087-9359795.