MEMBERS of a Dundalk scout group have returned home from a ten-day expedition in Germany, which saw them build a giant wooden catapult.
The Venturers and Rovers from St Patrick’s Scout Group, who are based on the Castletown Road, travelled to Rieneck, near Frankfurt, for the expedition.
The group of scouts stayed in a 12th Century castle, which is owned by the German Scout and Guide Association, and took part in activities such as Go Karting, swimming, hiking and day trips to a themepark and the cities of Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Nuremberg.
The scouts participated in a medieval Knight’s Tournament, which involved a number of games and challenges including firing crossbows, skittles, horseshoe throwing and jousting.
The local Venturers (aged 16-18) took on the Rovers (aged 18-21) with each team building a Roman Ballista - a giant catapult made out of wood and ropes.
Each team fired a number of water balloons at the opposing team, and in the end it was the Venturers who ended up losing narrowly to the Rovers.
The group also did a two-day 36km canoeing expedition down the River Saale, and were guests of honour in one of the tents at a festival in Rieneck.
St Patrick’s Scout Group has 130 members, which caters for boys aged between six and 21-years-old. The Venturers and Rovers are currently recruiting new members.
Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Scout Group is also in the process of opening a second scout troop on the Castletown Road, which is due to open in mid-October.
The group participates in activities such as camping, hiking, pioneering, abseiling, rock climbing kayaking, archery, caving and survival skills.
If you would like more information or if you would like to get involved telephone 087-9538410 or check out www.stpatricksscoutgroup.ie.