The 2016 Chiefs participants travelling from Lucan, Bray, Edenderry, Bishopstown and Macroom made it safely to our meeting point (Killarney Train Station) at 2:30pm today with smiles on their faces. Nerves and excitement were in the air before they stepped onto a bus to travel to our secret location. After months of preparation the time had arrived to get ready for the biggest challenge of their lives.
Following a 1hr 30min drive along small twisty roads through the beautiful countryside the girls stepped off the bus onto Valentia Island soil. Everyone headed into our base (Ring Lyne, Chapeltown, Valentia Island) to meet Georgina, Clare and I. .
The evening started on a high as everyone received their purple Chiefs t-shirt and yellow Chiefs neckerchief. The girls got the chance to settle in and chat to new faces within the group before they took part in ice-breakers and posed for photos.
Following dinner the girls got the time to ask those last minute questions about the week and what was expected of them over the course of their journey before heading downstairs for the all important gear check. How many pens do you think you really need? Georgina and I also took the time to remind them about the important things like mileage and projects before they headed for bed thinking about their adventure and how they will work together to get to their first campsite.
(Chief Commissioner's Award 2016)