A fantastic weekend at Ventact!

About 20 IGG members took part in this year’s Ventact South camp. Here Aishling McCarthy of Bandon Senior Branch describes the weekend:

Hundreds of Senior Branchers, Rangers, Rovers and Venture Scouts arrived at Kilcully Campsite in Cork on Friday 6 September for what can only be described as a fantastic weekend and, for many, a highlight of their summer.

Ventact is an annual event organised by the Joint Committee of Scouts and Guides in Cork. I signed up as staff for the weekend and can gladly say I enjoyed it just as much as the participants. The theme for this year’s Ventact was ‘Disney’ – a fitting theme with the recent remakes of some classic Disney movies.

Friday night’s activities included a campfire, a movie (Disney, of course!) and the infamous madness that is the swapping of activity tickets. For those of you who have attended Ventact in the past, you know what I’m talking about!

On Saturday we were woken by Robin William’s ‘Good Morning Vietnam’, another Ventact tradition. After the raising of the flags, we headed for the bus pens to head off for the day to our activities in Cork city and county. This year some of the activities included Ballyhass Lakes, West Cork Secret, Zip It, Dragon Boats, Awesome Walls, water skiing … and that is just to name a few.

As staff, we accompanied the participants to these activities and were free to join in any activity, if we so wished. So I headed off to Cobh for the day where we headed out on ribs around Cork Harbour – a first for me, even though I live in Cork, and I’m so glad I got to do it!

The participants then completed a WhatsApp Challenge around Cobh in the afternoon. We returned to Kilcully for a jam-packed evening, including music from Rebel Brass, Ventact’s Own, a fire display and a disco, where we saw some fantastic Disney costumes on display.

On Sunday morning we woke to the sound of ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ again, although not quite as early as Saturday morning. Some of the morning’s activities included a tug-of-war and the water slide before everyone on site gathered to create a drone image of Ventact ’19 before striking camp.

A great weekend was had by all. Don’t forget to keep an eye out in January for the Ventact 2020 announcement!