BY Rose Barrett
Porterstown Scout Den – a former church members have called home for nearly 90 years – is badly in need of renovation and upgrading.
Scout leader Michael Moore told Dublin Gazette: “The heating system needs replacing at a cost of €6,200, the ceiling needs to be redone due to blistering – cost €5,950, and the floor needs replacing due to wear and tear at a cost of €12,971.20.
“Owing to the Covid restrictions, we’ve been unable to undertake our normal means of fundraising. So a GoFundMe page has been set up with a target of €20,000 to complete the necessary works.”
Scouting Ireland is now fairly evenly mixed with boys and girls, stated Michael, with 200 scouts and adult volunteers in total at Porterstown Scout Den in D15.
He added: “They learn a wide range of skills while interacting socially with friends and fellow members. They also learn the history of scouting, backwoods cooking and pioneering– the building of structures from wood.
“Girls and boys alike enjoy the challenges. Established in 1932, next year we will celebrate our 90th anniversary at Porterstown.
“During Covid, we had a Facebook page set up, and we ran online challenges every week varying from making mini structures out of pasta and marshmallows to pioneering activities.
“While the den is still usable, we replaced the boiler last winter but the plumber has warned the piping was corroded and needs urgently to be replaced. We really need to get the upgrades done quickly.”