Above: The Team from the 7th Waterford on the National Patrol Challenge 2004.

Well done to the scouts from the 7th who took part in the National Patrol Challenge which was held at Larch Hill in Dublin from the 19th to the 22nd of August 2004. The event was based around Campcraft and a series of bases which included the Village, the Institute, Engineering and Air and Sea bases. Campcraft was broken down in safety and hygiene, cooking and the campsite itself. There was also the usual logbook to be kept as well as a campfire. The weather made the weekend very tough going with the rain really only letting up for a short time on the Saturday.

The 7th finished in an excellent 17th place out of the 57 teams which is a testament to the hard work put in by the scouts and their leaders Billy Collins, Kenneth Rouse and Patrice Power.  The team consisted of PL Maurice Kavanagh, Barry Kelly, John O’Keeffe, Eoin Kelly, Michael Kavanagh, Darragh O’Callaghan, Ian Grant and Emmet Power.  Well done also to St. Pauls from Waterford who came 3rd behind the 80th Cork in second place and the winners – the 34th Limerick. Finally well done to the 15th Sacred Heart also from Waterford City who came 12th.