Rathangan scouts launch first national tree jamboree

Scouts from all over Ireland are expected to take up camp at the historic Rath on July 11 at Rathangan’s first ever national tree jamboree.

Scouts from all over Ireland are expected to take up camp at the historic Rath on July 11 at Rathangan’s first ever national tree jamboree.

This is the third annual 7th Kildare Rathangan Scout Tree Jamboree, formerly known as Tree Sitting, however, this year the troop are issuing a nationwide invite to join in the fun.

“This unique event consists of scouts going into trees on the Friday evening, taking up with them as little weight as possible and camping there for as long as they can, a max of 10kg is allowed per person and this includes shelter, water, food, etc. Toilet breaks are timed and the competitors remaining at Sunday lunchtime with least weight and toilet breaks is deemed the winner,” explained local leader Laura O’Neill.

“This event is our troop’s biggest fund raiser and this year we expect huge crowds to attend from all over Ireland. There is always a great atmosphere at the event with visitors invited onto the Scout site to support the Tree Sitters and see our “Scouts in Action”.

There is a fee for taking part and a full list of activities is planned for Saturday including orientating, canoeing, obstacle course, disco, campfire and lots more. The closing date for applications is May 1. For further information email 7kildare.rathangan.scouts@gmail.com

There are 30 leaders in the 7th Kildare Rathangan Scouts with 80 children aged from 6 to 15 signed up. The General Leader is Padraig Dunne.