Stoneyford Youth Clubs 2015
Stoneyford Foroige Club/Youth Cafe has been in existence for less than a year but has already proved a great hit with the local teenagers. Every friday night from 8 to 9.30 the Stoneyford Community Hall is buzzing with activity.
- The Youth Cafe is a supervised space where the young people can meet, play soccer, basketball, volleyball etc or listen to music, chat and generally hang out.
- The young people plan trips such as recent outdoor activity days in Graiguenamanagh and Kells which saw them Kayaking, Cycling and Rambling.
- They also organise community initiatives and are currently working with the Kings River Community to design, make and install a family bench at the new playground in Stoneyford.
- Outside speakers also come in to the club, the next meeting on 13th November will include a workshop run by Patricia Shehan of WIT looking at teenage exercise, physical activity and health. Other planned activities include a pottery night, a trip to another Foroige clubs’ disco and hopefully a Christmas day out.
Kells Scout Group run from the Scout hall in Kells and is the second largest group in the Kilkenny/Carlow region. The Scouts are very involved within the local community helping with Tidy Towns and other local clubs. They in turn are well supported by the immediate community especially the business community this was particularly the case during the renovation of Kells Hall during 2009. The renovation could never have been completed without community support and has provided a safe, clean and warm environment for the children as well as a great Community Hall for the people of Kells.
The scouts operate Tues, Wednesday and Thursday nights each week.
- On a Tuesday night it’s Cubs age 9 to 11,
- Wednesday night Beavers age 6 to 9 and
- Scouts on Thursday night Scouts age 12 to 15 and venture scouts 15 plus .There is about 90 to 100 members in the group altogether .
- The Scouts do as much of their activities in the outdoors and train in some tough conditions on Hillwalking, Compass and Navigation, First aid and lots more.
- On the 24th of sept 8 members spent the weekend on the Mourne Mountain range in Co Down camping and hillwalking testing their skills against the steep slopes of Slieve Donard.
This summer the group spent 3 days in Westport Co Mayo on their summer camp.
On the first day they cycled 65 km on the fantastic Greenway which runs from Westport to Achill Island .The second day they climbed Croagh Patrick which all enjoyed, well coming back down anyway. On the 3rd they visited the lovely Clare Island and spent the day cycling around the Island and swimming. They also had a great few days camping in Westport House. Next Summer they are going to Essex for the National Jamboree, after going to Norway last year the scouts had so much fun meeting Scouts from all over the World they decided they had to go on more of these camps.
During the year the scouts take part in lots of county activities such as Table Quiz, Orienteering, Hillwalking weekends, County Camps and lots more.