Thieves make off with scouting gear

by Ian Begley

THIEVES have stolen more than €5,000 worth of camping equipment from the storage container at the scout den beside St Mary’s School, affecting more than 270 of Lucan’s young people.
Scout leaders were shocked to discover that the majority of their camping equipment was taken while preparations for this year’s camping season were under way.
The specific date and time of the break-in is not yet known, but according to scout officials the incident occurred between Sunday evening, March 1, and Wednesday afternoon, March 4, when the discovery was made.
The items taken include Vango dome tents, Camping-Gaz gas lanterns, Icelandic ridge tents, pots and pans, gas bottles and cast iron gas cookers.
As three scout groups share their storage, more than 270 young people will be directly affected.
Scout troop leader Brian Smith told The Gazette: “This is a massive blow to the preparations for this year’s camping season, which will kick off at Easter, and will severely impact on the level of scouting provided for all scouts, from the youngest six-year-old beaver scout to the oldest 17-year-old venture scout.
“While some of this equipment is new, most of it has been well used by the young people of Lucan for years. Initial estimates are that it will cost in excess of €5,000 to replace this vital camping equipment, but the thieves will get much less than that if they try to sell it on.
“In the past we’ve had a bit of trouble with young lads breaking our locks and taking a few things, but this incident is on a much greater scale.
“The kids themselves are very disappointed, but their parents are really shocked at this incident because it has put our programme under threat.
“We have since had a very good response from the local community who will, hopefully, get behind us and help us to acquire new equipment for our scouts. Our first camp is planned for the week after Easter so we’ll have to borrow stuff from other groups, but it is still a big inconvenience for us,” said Smith. The theft has been reported to gardai, who confirmed to Lucan scout officials they are investigating the burglary.
Anyone with any information regarding the missing equipment is asked to email or phone Lucan Garda Station on (01) 6667300.
The scouts are setting up an online donation page for anyone who would like to help out at

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