Press Release - Scouting Ireland Elects Chief Scout for Second Term.

For publication on: 3rd April 2012

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Scouting Ireland are very pleased to announce the re election of Mr Michael John Shinnick to the position of Chief Scout for a further 3 year term. The appointment was ratified at the Annual General meeting of Scouting Ireland which took place on Sat the 31st March. Mr Shinnick will now continue with the challenge of leading the Staff and Volunteers of Scouting Ireland, the fastest growing Youth Organisation in the Country.

Mr Shinnick who hails from Fermoy, in County Cork, a well known business man and director of Micro Bio a Chemical Manufacturing Company, was elected with overwhelming support by the 620 delegates both Adult and Youth Members that attended the Conference.

 Scouting Ireland has evolved over time and has outlived its traditional image to become a modern organization creating ‘tomorrow’s citizens’. Scouting Ireland now has 462 Scout Groups, based in every County on the Island of Ireland and is opening on average about 20 new groups each year. Scouting Ireland's Membership was 32,283 in 2004 and today it is standing at 42,668 an increase of some 32.1%.

Speaking on Opening the Conference Minister for Communications Mr Pat Rabbitte stated that Scouting Ireland was now the largest youth Organisation on the Island and that they should now come out and let the general public know exactly what a great organisation they have become. He stated that the country needs organisations like Scouting Ireland to get us through this tough period in the Country's history. Never before was volunteering more important and he praised it’s 10,000 Scouters for the work they do. He further went on to say that Scouting Ireland has outlived its traditional image to now become a modern organization. He urged that Scouting Ireland show this new image, of a youth led, Fun, Adventurous and an organisation that Challenges all youth members to become better citizens through their excellent new ONE Programme. He also further stated  that recently Minister For Education Rurai Quinn said at an educational Conference that the educational methods used by Scouting Ireland are something that all educators should aspire too.

Commenting on his appointment, the Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland, Michael John Shinnick, stated that he is very pleased and honoured to have been elected to his 2nd term as Chief Scout. The Chief Scout went on to say “I am  hoping to continue with the  help of both the leadership and the staff to build on Scouting Ireland existing strengths and develop in new directions that will ensure future sustainability and growth of the association”.

At the heart of it all,  Michael John is a Scout. Active since his own teens. He has held many adult leadership roles in Scouting Ireland. He has dedicated his life, through the Scouting Movement, to helping young people fulfill their potential. He now will continue to bring his understanding of leadership development, teamwork and peer-learning  for another  three years to Scouting Ireland.