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Scout province (Scouting Ireland)

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A Scout Province is an administrative division within Scouting Ireland. Each province comprises a number of Scout Counties, which are mobilised and coordinated to combine their resources for the improvement of Scouting at a local level.

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There are six Scout Provinces in Ireland: Dublin, Northern, North Eastern, Western, Southern and South Eastern. They are based on a geographical area of reasonable distance and the National Management Committee determines their boundaries.

The Scout Province is organised and administered by the Provincial Management/Support Team (PMST). The primary role of the Scout Province is to support Scouting at local level by assisting and supporting Scout Counties in fulfilling their role and by assisting in the making of Scouting Ireland’s policies and ensuring that these policies are carried out.

Wood Badge Training is carried out within Provinces by Provincial Training Co-ordinators and their teams, administrated by Provincial Support Officers, professional staff working in offices within each province.

Dublin Scout Province

Dublin Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 as Dublin Metropolitan Province after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. Both associations voted to join to form a new single association in 2003, following a decision to set this process in motion in 1998. The Province renamed itself in February, 2008.

There are 9 counties in the Province.

  • Cluain Toirc Scout County
  • Dodder Scout County
  • Dublinia Scout County
  • Dún Laoghaire Scout County
  • Liffey West Scout County
  • Mountpelier Scout County
  • Cois Farriage Scout County
  • Three Rock Scout County
  • Tolka Scout County
  • Dublinia Scout County was founded in January 2004 after the Foundation of Scouting Ireland. Dublinia Scout County is mainly made up of the old St Patrick's Region with the addition of the 94th Walkinstown, 15 Port Ballyfermot Sea Scouts and 139th Chapeliziod.

    Mountpellier County was formed on January 1, 2004.

    After Aidan Smith's retirement from the role, Mark Blake of Shankill Scout group took on the role of Interim Provincial Commissioner, and was elected as Provincial Commissioner in 2015 for a term to end in 2018.

    Northern Scout Province

    Northern Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. The current Provincial Commissioner is Wendy Morrow.

    There are 5 counties in the Province.

  • Brian Boru Scout County
  • Down & Connor Scout County
  • Erne Scout County
  • Errigal Scout County
  • Dalriada Scout County
  • North Eastern Scout Province

    North Eastern Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. The current Provincial Commissioner is James O'Toole.

    There are 7 counties in the Province.

  • Cavan — Monaghan Scout County
  • Fingal Scout County
  • Reachra Scout County
  • Atha Cliath 15 Scout County
  • Gleann Na Boinne Scout County
  • Lakelands Scout County
  • Louth Scout County
  • Western Scout Province

    Western Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. The current Provincial Commissioner is Brian Webster of the Killaloe Scout Group, who was elected ahead of Frank Lee at National Council 2010.

    There are 5 counties in the Province.

  • Clare Scout County
  • Galway Scout County
  • Lough Keel Scout County
  • Mayo Scout County
  • Sligo Scout County
  • Southern Scout Province

    Southern Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. As of 2015, the current Provincial Commissioner is Christopher McSweeney.

    There are 9 counties in the Province.

  • Cois Laoi Chorcaí Scout County
  • Cork South Scout County
  • Kerry Scout County
  • Lee Valley Scout County
  • Limerick Scout County
  • North Cork Scout County
  • Tipp Cois Suir Scout County
  • Tipp North Scout County
  • West Cork Scout County
  • South Eastern Scout Province

    South Eastern Scout Province was formed on January 1, 2004 after the two original Scout associations in Ireland, Scouting Ireland S.A.I. and Scouting Ireland (CSI) merged to form Scouting Ireland. The current Provincial Commissioner is Kevin Murphy.

    There are 7 counties in the Province.

  • Carlow-Kilkenny Scout County
  • Cill Dara Scout County
  • Cill Mhantáin Scout County
  • Slieve Bloom Scout County
  • South Kildare Scout County
  • Waterford Scout County
  • Wexford Scout County
  • Slieve Bloom Scout County is made up of 14 troops, one from Tipperary, 5 from Laois and 8 from Offaly. Regular county meetings are held in Birr in County Offaly. The county itself covers troops from towns in the area such as Roscrea, Birr, Tullamore and Portlaoise. The troops have regular county events together, mainly in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. In these mountains, the county has one national campsite at Srahan Scout Centre. The county organised in 2008 a Regional Mountain Challenge (County MPC), a County Challenge Day (and on to the National Challenge Day) and a Santa Claus visit to Srahan Scout Centre for younger Scouts.

    South Kildare Scout County is made up of 15 troops, 13 from Kildare, 2 from Wicklow. County meetings are held in Monasterevin, County Kildare. The current County Commissioner is Adrian Brown. South Kildare contains the biggest unit in Scouting Ireland, the 4th Kildare Naas. South Kildare's main campsite is in Lacken, County Wicklow. The South Kildare's website is; http://www.southkildarescouts.com/

    References

    Scout province (Scouting Ireland) Wikipedia


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