The 180th Dublin Scout Group was re-established in Lucan South in 2003 to serve the growing number of young people in the Lucan South area. Although we are a relatively young group, we have become well established with the support of the local community. Our group consists of four very active sections (beaver scouts, cub scouts, scouts and venture scouts) boasting 92 youth members aged from 6 to 18, supported by 23 adult volunteers who give their time freely to enable our members to get the most from scouting.
The aim of Scouting is to encourage the social, physical, intellectual, character, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, to improve society. These elements help our youth members develop their own personal journey through Scouting in a non-formal educational manner. Our adult volunteers assist our youth members in achieving their potential.
In the 180th Scout Group we provide weekly meetings where children learn according to The Scout Method, developed by the Scout Movement. We also provide camping trips and community projects which are all helping the children who are members of the Scouts by providing fun, friendship and challenge and helping them to develop their skills and talents
In March 2017 our group was very fortunate in receiving a donation of land from Lucan South Parish. We are extremely grateful to them and the Dublin Diocese for this donation. There is currently a building on the land known in the area as the Bush Centre. We are in the process of fundraising to upgrade and/or extend or rebuild this building. This is a huge task with large amounts of money involved no matter what we decide to do. We have large waiting lists for some of our sections and a new or upgraded facility will help us to begin to cater for these potential new youth members.
We have a vision that in 3 years time we will have a new multi-purpose facility. This new facility will cater not only for our Scout Group but for other community groups in the Lucan South area. The building has a number of current users from the community including a community Crèche, Majorettes, Zumba classes, Prayer groups from multiple denominations, & a Dance & Drama group. We hope to expand on this and open the facility to other groups once it has been upgrade or rebuilt.
While we have sufficient volunteer support to run our Scout Group, we are beginning to build on our Parents & Friends committee. This committee will help us in our fundraising campaigns and public profile. We will be raising community awareness for these campaigns through local media, social media and other local community organizations. We have been very fortunate with the support we currently get through the Lucan Festival, St Patrick’s Day Committee, Liffey Sound FM and Lucan Lions Club among others.
We are seeking prominent individuals within our community who can help us achieve our primary goal of creating a new Scout Den with community use facilities for 180th Lucan South Scout Group and the wider community; in this context any assistance you can provide to us would be most appreciated.
If you would like to know more about the traditions and ethos of Scouting in Ireland and indeed our Scout Group please do not hesitate to contact our developement team.
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Yours in Scouting
The Bush Scout & Community Center Development Team