7Th Mayo  Foxford Scouts

7th Mayo Foxford Scouts, are a Voluntary Youth Organisation, based in Foxford, with 40 Youth Members, known as Scouts, and 10 Adult Voluntary Leaders.

A substantial number of our youth members and leaders have hailed form Straide, and their valued contribution has been a huge influence in the overall formation and direction of our Group over the years.

The Aim of Scouting  Ireland is to:

Encourage the Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional, Social and Spiritual Development of Young People, so that they may achieve their full potential, and as responsible citizens, improve society.

 Scouting is a youth led, non- formal education, that promotes active participation in, and appreciation of, the out of doors, service to one`s community & helping other people, while upholding our Scouting Principles & Laws. This is done by the provision of a wide range of attractive, constructive and challenging activities, chosen by the youth members themselves, learning by doing, and being guided and mentored by the Scouters.

Our Visit to The Michael Davitt Museum March 2019:

One of our more memorable outings this year was to The Michael Davitt Museum in Straide. It provided a first on many levels, primarily, it was our Scout Groups first visit to the Museum, and it was also the Museums first time hosting a Scout Group. We were all so proud that the first Scout Group to visit the Museum, was also its local Group comprising of Scouts from Straide and Foxford, with many of the Adult Leaders present, remembering attending mock evictions in Straide in the early 80`s as children themselves. Having always grown up aware of the rich cultural and instrumental part that Michael Davitt played in the history of our State,  it was an honour and a privilege to be able to bring the next generation to witness and experience this vital part of our history. We had such a memorable day there. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the Scouts, and we even acknowledged the significance of the day, by Investing a youth member in the actual Museum, another first for both the Museum and we ourselves as a group. It is apt that Straide are now in the running for Pride of Place, because we as Scouts were certainly very proud to be part of that place on the day we visited, as the above photo perfectly illustrates.  

Community Involvement:

Another event Scouts are privileged to be involved in is the Annual Boylo Run. The Boylo Run is a 10km Charity Race that takes place in Foxford every year in memory of a local young man, Martin Boyle. The Cub Scouts are involved in preparing the water stations and then handing out the water to the athletes. They also do a litter pick along the route of the run afterwards to pick up any cups and bottles discarded in the course of the run. We also invite our younger Beaver Scouts to take part in the Kids run on the day. By taking part in this event, the Scouts learn the value of helping out and giving back something to their community.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem :

7th Mayo Foxford Scouts were honoured this year to bring the inaugural Peace light to Foxford, in December 2018. The Peace light is a live flame, taken from the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and is transported & distributed live by Scout Troops across the world. It was warmly welcomed by Fr. Padraig Costello and Rev. Andrea Willis into St. Michaels Church in Foxford on December 21st in a beautiful Ceremony, open to all, and the ceremony was appreciated and enjoyed by all who attended. A number of Groups came together to make this event possible, again reinforcing the local bonds within our community, including, The Brass Band in Foxford, Ballina Scouts, Local Photographer, and music teachers in the local national school, all made this day very memorable for us, as the picture below illustrates.

Other activities and outings:

Scouting takes place primarily in the out of doors where possible, so the Scouts keep it as local as we can to promote and enjoy all our area has to offer including: We climb Braid Hill in Foxford, Hike in Drummin Woods, we attended our first JOTT , by walking from Castlebar to Turlough on the Greenway, We do Archery, Light Campfires, learn Pioneering Skills, partake in local loop walks, and last but not least, we went Camping, this year to Westport.

We have also had two great Day Trips, one to the Arigna Mines in Co. Roscommon, which was very educational and enjoyable, and to the Eagles Flying Experience, in Co. Sligo, where  we thoroughly enjoyed the wonder of Birds of Prey and other animals, really up close.

 7th Mayo Foxford Scouts wish Straide the very best of Luck in the Pride of Place Awards.