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Lucan Guide Company



 Lucan Guide Company

As our Guiding centenary year draws to a close, here are some of the highlights of Lucan Guide’s year.

Some of the Guides attended the Centenary celebrations launch at an Opening Ceremony in the RDS early in January 2011. Then in February, to celebrate Thinking Day, all the Lucan Guiding units attended a regional celebration in the National Basketball arena.

At the end of February, Lucan Guide unit had a weekend away in the Guide cottage in Enniskerry. Over the weekend they completed some of the centenary challenges and we held an enrolment in the Japanese Garden in Powerscourt.

In April, 3 Guides and 1 leader took part in the lightweight weekend in the Galtee Mountains. This involved carrying everything needed for an overnight stay in the mountains and lots of walking over the 2 days. Needless to say, 4 very tired people travelled home to Lucan on the Sunday evening.

The highlight of the Centenary year must be the National celebration which took place in Semple Stadium, Thurles in May. A total of 6,200 Irish Girl Guide members from all over Ireland travelled to Thurles to be part of the celebration.
The day started with the presentation of the Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award a Guide can achieve and this year Lucan Guides had 9 girls who received this award. Well done girls.

The first weekend in July, when the sun shone, saw Lucan Guides taking part in a Regional camp at Larch Hill. The 3 night camp was a busy one with the army taking over the camp on the Sunday to teach the girls survival techniques, team building, camouflage and much more, there was also a Lady Gaga and Pink tribute band playing one of the nights and a karaoke night as well.

Lucan Senior Branch unit is up and running, with 10 girls and 2 leaders taking part in meetings once a fortnight. Some of the girls will be attending the Senior Branch weekend at the end of November, at this event the Senior Branch challenge will be launched, so we look forward to seeing the girls completing the challenge over the next few months.

During our centenary year, Irish Girl Guides have been fundraising for Barnardos and Global Girls Fund, so all the Guiding groups in Lucan were invited to attend a sausage sizzle before the Uniformed organisations Service in October. We raised a total of €155, so thanks to all the girls and leaders who took part.

The centenary celebrations for the Lucan units came to an end on Saturday 12th November with a centenary hand-print banner being made as well as doing crafts and decorating buns, which where displayed in the shape of the number ‘100’, before being eaten! The afternoon ended with a ‘mock’ camp fire and lots of songs to see us into our next 100 years of Guiding!

Lucan Guide Leaders