Tents situation for Limerick scouts resolved with donation after theft

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Croom Scouts giving Vango the thumbs up, as they inspect one of their brand new tents donated by the company. Vango reps read the story of the theft on www.limerickleader.ie and got in touch to offer

Croom Scouts giving Vango the thumbs up, as they inspect one of their brand new tents donated by the company. Vango reps read the story of the theft on www.limerickleader.ie and got in touch to offer

THEY say ‘it’s always darkest before the dawn’, and now one group of Limerick scouts are about to learn just that, when they sleep under the stars in a set of new - and very special - tents.

The Croom Scouts were left devastated last October when, after a break-in, around €3,000 worth of high-tech tents were stolen.

The tents taken included three by outdoor brand Vango and a bungalow five mess tent, which is an open style tent for meal and activity use.

The theft of the equipment would mean that after the winter weather had subsided, the scouts would be unable to go camping.

But after the story appeared on the Limerick Leader website, Vango contacted the scouts with a very charitable offer. The Scottish brand sent three tents to Croom, free of charge, to allow the young outdoors enthusiasts to get back to work this spring.

“Vango and The Scouts are intrinsically linked; we both encourage people to get outdoors and find their spirit of adventure,” said Robert Birrell, head of marketing at Vango.

“We were more than happy to send the Croom troop new tents – I wish them many an adventure in their Vango tents.”

Group leader of Croom Scouts, Anne Marie Meehan, said that the group is delighted to be back up and running with their two new Stanford 800XL and an Iris 600, tents to the value of over €1,500 to buy in a store.

“37th Croom Scouts are extremely thankful to Vango for their very generous donation of three Vango tents, and to the Limerick Leader for their article on our stolen tents which was published in November 2017,” she said.

“The Beavers, Cubs and Leaders look forward to their camping events during the summer months and for many years to come.”

Despite the good news, it certainly looks like the scouts will have to wait to use the tents, with bad weather this weekend set to hamper plans nationwide.