St. Oliver's Scout Group is one of Drogheda's largest youth organisation, catering for over 200 members through four different programme sections from 6 year old Beaver Scouts right through to 17 year old Venture Scouts.
We have a leadership team of over 30 trained volunteer adult scouters.
St Oliver's Scout Group is part of Louth Scout County and a member of Scouting Ireland. Scroll down to learn a little more about the history of our group, and check out what we get up to in the video links below:
One Programme The One Programme is a programme which provides consistency in approach and development for all our members. There are four main elements to the One Programme; S.P.I.C.E.S., Adventure Skills, Special Interests and Personal Progression. The One Programme allows our youth members to follow the one path of progression through each programme section.
Our History... In 1907 Major General Robert Baden-Powell (later Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell) took twenty boys on camp to Brownsea Island, near Poole in Dorset. He was trying out an idea that had grown in his mind over many years. At Brownsea Island he saw that his idea of Scouting worked, and in 1908 he published "Scouting for Boys" in fortnightly parts. At once all over England boys took up the idea and formed their own patrols. Then finding that they needed help they asked grown-ups to give a hand, so Scout Troops began to bind these troops together, the Boy Scouts Association was founded in 1908.
Because Royal Charter protected this Association, no other Scout group could be started in Ireland until we got our independence. Though a few individual Scout groups existed in Ireland earlier, it was not until 1927 that the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland was formed by Father Tom Farrell, then a curate in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
On the 24th May 1935 Mr Vincent Dempsey, Senior Member of Knights of St. Columbanus of 7, Sandyford Terrace, Drogheda, wrote to the Secretary of the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland at 87 St Stephens Green Dublin as follows:
Chara, A committee has been formed here and a Scoutmaster and Assistant provisionally selected with a view to establishing a Troop of the C.B.S.I. in the parish of St. Peter's. The project has the enthusiastic support of Rt. Rev. Monsgr. P. Lyons, P.P., V.G., Drogheda, who has called the Committee together. As acting Secretary I have been asked to apply to you for registration and the necessary official permission to form a Troop, and shall be glad to have a reply as soon as possible. "Mise le meas."
Headquarters replied the very next day granting official permission to start the Troop, and so eight years after the founding of C.B.S.I., the 3rd Louth Troop joined the ranks of the Scouting organisation.
Blessed Oliver Plunkett was adopted as the Patron of the Troop and the colour of the neckerchiefs was decided on as scarlet and light purple. The late William (Billy) Martin of 33 Magdalene Street was chosen as Scoutmaster, and William (Billy) Kelly of Rathmullen was chosen as Assistant Scoutmaster.
Since then, St. Oliver's Scout Group has grown from strength to strength, adding to the ranks, the 4th Louth and 6th Louth Troops as well as a Venture Group. As we look forward, we do so with an equal sense of pride and confidence.
St. Oliver's Scout Group, Crushrod Avenue, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland Charity No. CHY3507, Reg. Office - Scouting Ireland National Office, Larch Hill, Dublin 16, Ireland