Scouts typically meet once a week during school terms, and sometimes during school holidays. At meetings they develop their leadership and life skills. They learn Scouting skills like hiking, hill-walking, camping, knots, first aid, cooking and more.The real adventure is in the outdoors – mountain hiking, water-based activities, mini-expeditions, camps from one to ten nights in length, community events that encourage active citizenship. They partake in hostel stays, and sometimes overseas trips. Scouts love being in the outdoors.
National events for Scouts include the Phoenix Patrol Challenge, The Sionnach Adventure, Mountain Pursuit Challenges, PEAK and the Crean Challenge. They also include Jamborees (national and international camps). There are also events run by the Scout County and Scout Province.
The ratio of adults to Scouts is set accordingly. Scouters are all Garda Vetted and trained in Child Safeguarding.
Scouting Ireland is committed to Scouting safely at all ages.
The activities allow each Scout to develop in the areas of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional & Spiritual (S.P.I.C.E.S.) growth according to their own abilities and particular interests.
When they have met a set of challenges or have mastered a particular level in a skill they are rewarded accordingly.
Scouts work in small teams called Patrols which are led by a Scout – called a Patrol Leader - and an Assistant Patrol Leader. Scouts are involved in planning and running Scout meetings and activities and may be invited to Group and Scout County meetings to give their input. Supported by Adult leaders, they take part in planning & running their own activities, programme and camps. They decide the menu, cook on camp, organise equipment & run activities – all in their Patrols. They learn about teamwork, about leadership and how to look after themselves.
When a Scout turns 15 or 16 they will be invited to move up to Ventures where the adventure continues with old friends from Scouts and new Venture friends.