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2011 & 2012

Roverway in Finland

Raheny Guiders Emma, Louise, and Yvonne, attend the Europe Region Roverway event in Finland. Visit the Roverway Finland website.

Roverway Finland - Raheny Guiders

Annual Cycle Night

Wednesday 20th June 2012

Dublin Diocese - Guide Camp Skills Day

Sunday 29th April 2012

40 Guides, some Rangers, a Brigin :) and eight leaders came together, from five different companies around the Diocese of Dublin, to take part in the Dublin Camp Skills Day. Once again, the event was held in Taylor's Field in Larch Hill Campsite. Bases were much the same as the last day back in October 2010, but included an additional base in Emergency First Aid, covering the type of accidents/incidents you could come across when out of doors, including live scenarios for the girls to deal with.

The other bases included Tent Pitching, Backwoods Cooking, Gadget Building, and Pioneering. Once again, we were very lucky with the weather, it was cold, very cold, but the rain stayed away until all the girls were on their way home. All the companies were split up giving the girls a chance to mix with girls from other companies. All the girls were very interested in learning the new skills and >everyone had a great day, leaders included.

Once again, we finished off the day with a campfire with each company sharing their favourite song with the group along with a few other favourites.

Dublin Diocese - Guide Camp Skills Day

Raheny Guides - Chief Commissioner's Award - Sponsored Cycle

Wednesday 18th April 2012

Two members of Raheny Guides chose to do a sponsored 20km cycle from Raheny to Dun Laoghaire on Wed 18th April for their fundraising challenge as part of the Chief Commissioner's Award. Thanks to everyone who supported the girls and the two leaders who accompanied them on the cycle.

Here are Fiona and Caoimhe presenting their cheque for over 550 euro to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Temple Street Hospital Raheny Guides - Chief Commissioner's Award - Sponsored Cycle

Raheny Guides visit Kilbarrack Fire Station in March 2012

Report to come soon, here's some photos for the moment.

Raheny Cygnets visit Santa in Larch Hill in December 2011

Raheny Cygnets visit Santa as he stopped off at Larch Hill Scout and Guide Campsite on Saturday 10th December 2011.

The main man, Santa of course, arrives in to Larch Hill on his sleigh on Saturday morning. Raheny Cygnets were lucky to be one of the first groups so they saw him arriving.

Santa's Elves keep the Cygnets entertained with games and songs while waiting to go in to Elf Village.

Inside Elf Village, the Cygnets get to write a letter to Santa, make crafts, play games, eat marshmallows covered in chocolate from the chocolate fountain :-) and more...

You could've heard a pin drop when the Cygnets got to go in to Santa's grotto and meet Santa.

Happy Cygnet faces after their visit to see Santa and his elves in Larch Hill. Can't wait for next year...

Raheny Guides and Rangers visit Pax Lodge London

4th - 6th November 2011

Dublin Airport at 5am :)

At 5am on November 4th, 29 sleepy-eyed Raheny Guides, Rangers and Leaders gathered in Dublin Airport, bound for London for the weekend. We checked in our luggage, made our way through security, and headed to the gate. Then the excitement hit us all!

Pax Lodge Guide World Centre Bens Yummy cookies

After our short plane and bus journey, we dropped our bags at Pax Lodge and headed to find the famous Platform 9 and three quarters from Harry Potter! We arrived at Kings Cross Station and began looking for the sign, we asked a station attendant who quickly recited a fantastic poem with directions that would lead us to the site! Then it was off to Covent Garden, with a necessary stop in the Disney shop of course! We explored the markets and some of us tasted the amazing 'Ben's Cookies.'

Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 3/4

From here, we carried on to Leicester Square where the girls tried to guess what show we were going to that night as we passed all the ticket offices. Some of the Guides bought souvenirs in the shops and others went into the M&Ms store to stock up on all kinds of coloured M&Ms! After some more shopping at Hamley's, we decided it was time for dinner and to give our legs a rest.

M and M Store Hamleys Toy Store

After our Milano's pizza and drinks, everyone was super excited for the show. We walked the girls up to the Apollo Theatre where the lights outside were all green, inside the foyer was dark with green lights and outside a massive sign, 'Wicked'. We took our seats and the spectacular show began. We were all star struck at how amazing the singers and dancers were and what an amazing show it was. After our long but exciting day of shopping, walking and musicals, we headed back to Pax Lodge for a well deserved sleep!

Wicked the Musical Belsize Park Tube Station

Saturday morning arrived and we were up, dressed and back on the tube again, ready for a day of sight-seeing. With everyone still talking, singing and quoting lines from Wicked, we left in time to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, which was hard to see because of the crowds but we managed to find spaces. We had a pit-stop in the Girl Guiding UK Shop where the girls had great fun picking up guiding souvenirs, from badges to key rings and of course, the little torch!

Buckingham Palace Rangers with the Horse Guard

We then headed up to Trafalgar Square where there was Nelson's Column, the official Olympic Countdown Clock and the exhibition column which had a giant ship in a bottle. From there, we made our way to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey for some more tourist pictures before heading back to Pax Lodge. We all collapsed in the Library for a quick rest before getting ready for dinner. As it was Bonfire Night, all the fireworks had started lighting up the sky and as we walked up the town to mass at the local church, we got great views of some fireworks.

Big Ben and House of Parliament Pax Lodge Evening Activities

Our evening activities were organised by Pax Lodge, the girls learnt about the World Centres, WAGGGS, and the girls' experiences volunteering at Pax. We then brought the girls to a fabulous little creperie stall in Hampstead for supper, where we had bought crepes ten years previous on our first trip to London! We munched on our crepes and headed home, sharing tales of our busy day.

WAGGGS Logo Pax Lodge

Sunday morning came before we knew it. Once everyone had their haversacks packed, we left them in Pax Lodge and headed out for our last day of adventure in London. Our first stop was the famous Madame Tussaud's. We spent nearly two hours taking pictures with the spectacular figures.

Rangers and Cheryl in Madame Ts Barack and some of Raheny Guides in Madame Ts :)

We then headed to the Science Museum. A few of the girls weren't convinced about this when we told them we were going, but every one of them had a great time. At the end, the girls were all excited and telling us about the different experiments. We then headed back onto the tube for the last time and were back home in Dublin Airport before we knew it.

Madame Tussauds Pax Lodge Trip, London 2011

Chief Commissioner's Award

10th September 2011

Sarah Receiving her award All the Award receivers and Chief Commissioner Catherine Lenihan All the Award receivers and guests of the ceremony Sarah's Proud family Chief Commissioners Award 2011