Formerly known as a Leader, an adult Scouter assists, supports, facilitates and motivates the youth members of Scouting.
One of the nine adventure skills. This one is about how to find safe shelter, heat, and food in the wild.
Scouts earn badges through acquiring skills and having adventures. They can show their progress by displaying badges such as investiture, adventure skills, special interests, Chief Scout awards and many more.
Beaver Scouts (ages 6, 7, 8)
A large group of Beaver Scouts is a Colony, their small teams are Lodges led by Lodge Leader and Assistant Lodge Leader. They are Kind and Honest. When they talk in a circle that’s a Log Chew. Find out more about Beavers here.
The Crean Challenge expedition is a National event for Scouts. Up to twenty Scouts take part over the course of six months, culminating in a trekking expedition in Iceland.
Cub Scouts (ages 9, 10, 11)
A large group of Cub Scouts is a Pack, their small teams are Sixes led by the Sixer and Seconder with a Scribe taking notes. They are Kind, Honest, Friendly and Trusted. Find out more about Cubs here.
One of the nine adventure skills. This one is about first aid & general knowledge like how and when to call 999 or 112 and how to handle emergencies during outdoor Scouting activities.
Just like a national school is composed of various classes, your local Scout Group is composed of various Sections. All those Sections come together to form the Group. Some events will be done at Section level and others will be done at Group level. A Group Camp, for example, might include Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts all working together.
The Group Leader heads the Group Council for your local Group. This council, composed of Adult Scouters and representatives from Scouts and Ventures, manage the Group. The Group Leader also tends to be in charge of recruiting and training needs of new Adult Scouters.
A ceremony where new youth members, or Adult Scouters, make their Scouting Promise and are welcomed by existing Scouts and Scouters. This happens only once in their Scouting journey. Typically their receive their necker and woggle at this event.
JamÓige is a national Scouting camp that takes place every three years for Beavers and Cubs with around 5,000 in attendance for one, two, or three nights of camping and activities.
A large gathering of Scouts and Ventures at National or International level. Typically a week-long camping based event.
The Scout Law is a code of living for each Scout, and the Group, based on Scouting’s core principles such as trust, loyalty, helpfulness, courage, respect for self, others, and nature.
A National ScoutCraft competition now run as the Phoenix Patrol Challenge.
A moot is a gathering of Rovers and young adult Scouters. Scouting Ireland will host the World Moot in 2021.
The Scouting Motto is “Be Prepared”.
Mountain Pursuit Challenges are a series of provincal weekend events for teams of four Scouts (plus an Adult Scouter). There are also County Pursuit Challenges run more locally and aimed at younger Scouts. See more info at the MPC team website.
A necker (or neckerchief) is the triangular scarf worn by all members of Scouting worldwide. Generally you wear the one representing your local Group but certain National events like Jamborees, Sionnachs, etc also have associated neckers so it’s possible to build up quite a collection.
See entry for Spices
One of the nine adventure skills. This one is about canoeing rather than dipping your toes in the sea.
Patrol Expedition Adventure Kamp is a National weeklong training adventure for Scouts run over Easter and teaching them hiking and teamwork skills. Scouts have to apply to take part and places are limited. Read more here.
The Phoenix Patrol Challenge is a National ScoutCraft competition held annually. Patrols of eight Scouts qualify through County level to take part in the four day event which runs with a different theme each year. The tasks for the teams vary and encompass many Scouting skills. There are separate prizes and an overall winner’s trophy.
One of the nine adventure skills. This one is about building structures using wood and bindings such as a tripod to support a pot over a campfire, a camp table, or a bridge over a stream.
The Scouting Promise is a pledge to do one’s best to live according to Scouting values. The Promise is made at investiture before the other Scouts and Scouters in their Section.
Rover Scouts (18-25)
All members of a Rover Crew are equal and work together, taking turns at leadership. They are Kind, Honest, Friendly, Trusted, Respectful, Brave, Loyal, and Seek Justice. You can find out more here.
Scouts (age 12, 13, 14, 15)
Large group is a Troop, small teams are Patrols led by the Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. They are Kind, Honest, Friendly, Trusted, Respectful and Brave. You can find out more here.
Right from the start of Scouting there has been Sea Scouts where the land-based Scouting activities like camping and hillwalking are combined with maritime activities like rowing and sailing. The terms used will all have a nautical flavour and the Group name will include the word Port e.g. Malahide 9th Port Sea Scouts. Adult Scouters are Sea Scouters, small teams are called Watches and are led by Watch Leaders, the Den is the Ship and may include a Deck (main hall), Galley (kitchen), Ward Room (meeting room) etc.
Each local Scout Group is divided into Sections by age – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers.
This Adult Scouter co-ordinates the efforts of all the Adult Scouters in their Section to plan and facilitate meetings and events for the Youth Members in their Section.
The Sionnach Adventures are National mountaineering events run three times during the year for patrols of about four Scouts (plus an Adult Scouter). Read more here
The Aim of Scouting Ireland is to encourage the physical, intellectual, character, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, to improve society. We use the acronym SPICES to refer to those six areas of development – Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional, and Spiritual.
Collectively this is known as the ONE Programme, which was devised during the merger of Scouting Association of Ireland (SAI) and CBSI (Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland) to form Scouting Ireland (in 2004).
The One Programme and the Spices were launched in 2010.
Venture Scouts (age 15, 16, 17)
A group of Ventures is called a Venture Unit, their small teams are a Crew led by the Crew Leader. They are Kind, Honest, Friendly, Trusted, Respectful, Brave, and Loyal. Read more here.
The woggle was invented in the 1920s as a device to hold the ends of your Necker together. They come in a variety of designs. Some hold special signifiance and must be earned by a youth member or Scouter.
If you’re a real glutton for detail, here’s a great list of Scouting Acronyms.
A list of the Acronyms used in Scouting Ireland
PL - Patrol Leader
APL - Assistant Patrol Leader
WL - Watch Leader
AWL - Assistant Watch Leader
SL - Section Leader
GL - Group Leader
DGL/AGL - Deputy/Assistant Group Leader
GC - Group Council
CC - County Commissioner
ACC - Assistant County Commissioner
CPC - County Programme Coordinator
CTC - County Training Coordinator
PC - Provincial Commissioner
GSF - Group Support Facilitator
PSO - Provincial Support Officer
PMST- Provincial Management Support Team
PTC - Provincial Training Coordinator
NMC - National Management Committee
NTPIC - National Team for Policy Implementation and Co-ordination
NYPC - National Youth Programme Committee
NARC - The National Adult Resources Committee
NSRAP - The National Spiritual/Religious Advisory Panel
NC - National Council