Our Beavers headed to Ashbourne, Co Meath to Tayto Park, a little bit of a journey which the kids decided to cheer along with the chant of “Boring Bus”. The park was anything but boring and we were lucky enough not to have any rain interruptions on the day. The day started with an introduction to our guide for the day (Thanks James!) and a very quick bite amoung some totem poles, followed by a fascinating visit to where they make Taytos – rivers of crisps went by our eyes.. no wonder they keep the visitors behind glass. They showed us their stockroom packed with 22,000,000 bags of crisps, a supply that would keep them about 10 days, impressve stuff! Next we went to see some animals, including a very angry turkey (I don’t think he liked being called “Dinner” by a bunch of Beavers very much). There were albino wallabies, racoons, a skunk, tiny cute little foxes, otters, a father and son pair of spider monkeys, pot belly pigs, emus, goats, meerkats, mountain lions, a pair of critically endangered leopards and a herd of bison (and more than I remember). An Indian chief set the Beavers the task of finding his lost horse, but they didn’t have any luck. Lunch in the lodge was lovely and then it was off to the activities; rock climbing, super sliding, water cannons, bungee trampolining and a buffalo rodeo. After the tickets were spent the Beavers got to run off the last of their energy (HA!) in the playground before boarding the bus for the return journey and their bags of well earned Taytos. Thumbs up all round from the Beavers for a great day in a great Park.
On Saturday 24th March the Beavers took a day trip to the Log Cabin, Kinnitty where our scouts were staying for the weekend. It was a gorgeous day, with plenty of messing in water and a mountain to climb before getting down to the serious task of learning about trail signs and really discovering what it means to have a Buddy system on the blind man’s trail. Beavers had a great time and the scouts did a fantastic job on getting the trails set up and helping and entertaining the Beavers through the day. (Well done scouts, we’re very proud of you!)
The Beavers went to Lough Boora Parklands for their annual Duck Picnic in May 2o11. All the Beavers need to bring a packed lunch for themselves and one for the very appreciative ducks, swans and geese in Lough Boora!
The Beavers made a trip to Dublin Zoo in June of this year. Here are some photos from the trip. Looking forward to the next one ….