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The 45th Mount Argus Scout Unit was founded on the 9th September 1929 by Rev. Fr. Cronin C.P. with Mr. William Foley as the Scoutmaster. In fact, the scout troop existed for a number of years beforehand as an independent troop of "Baden Powell" scouts, but it was in 1929 that the unit received its official charter, its unit number, and became a fully fledged troop of the newly formed Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland (C.B.S.I.).

Since that time the 45th Scout troop has played a major role not only in the development of the lives and skills of young people in the Mount Argus area, but also in the growth and success of the scout movement in Ireland. From the very start, the Mount Argus scout troop took an active part in scout activities, attending both the national scout pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1931 and the national scout pilgrimage to Rome in 1934.

With the outbreak of the Second World War, civic duties were much more to the forefront. In the years 1939 - 45 45th Scouts served with the A.R.P. (Air Raid Precaution), and acted as couriers for L.S.F. (Local Security Force). They also served with the headquarters division of the Red Cross Society and were mentioned with honor by the Department of Lands and Forestry for activities in prevention of forest fires on various occasions.  During this time the outdoor life was never far away, and the 45th earned an early reputation for scout skills, winning the Dublin Diocesan scout shield in 1935, 1944, & 1945.

The 1950s saw the formation of the C.B.S.I. amateur boxing club, which was initially founded as a section of the Mount Argus troop, and was maintained for ten years by leaders and scouts from the troop. It was this strong association with the boxing club that earned the troop the nickname "The Fighting 45th".  In this vein, leaders from the 45th also set up other scout troops to cater for the needs of "new" areas in the expanding city of Dublin. Among these was the scout units in Rathfarnham as well as Crumlin and Walkinstown.

Outdoor activities have always played a big part in the 45th. The troop attended the very first "Jamborette" in Listowel in 1948, and since then has attended Jamborees in Luxembourg (1963), Lismore (1967), and Woodstock (1977). More recently, the troop took part in the Jamborees to Portumna (1985) and Ballyfin (1993). In 1995 the 45th received the National Outdoor Award for maintaining a quality outdoor program.  Recent years have also seen the troop maintain its reputation for scout skills. As winners in both the St Patrick’s Regional Shield and the Dublinia Scout County Patrol Challenge, the troop has been a very able representative of the Region & County in the National Scoutcraft Competitions, the Melvin Trophy and The Phoenix Challenge. In these tough competitions between the 60 top troops in Ireland, the 45th has achieved places in the top 10, and has won the National Cooking Trophy.

Naturally, training plays a very large part in all the troop activities. All scouts in the troop aspire to the highest degree of scout skills. These skills have been recognized over the years by the awarding of the Chief Scouts Award to ten of our Scouts. This is the highest award available to a young person in scouting and encompasses not only traditional fieldcraft, navigation, and mountaineering skills, but also social awareness, conservation, and personal development.

The 45th continues to move with the changing times. Although we still take part in ‘traditional’ activities, the programme has been adapted to suit the present day using computers, mobile phones and whatever other forms of modern technology we can access.  The troop still takes an active part in the growth and expansion of the association, particularly in the area of mountain activities. Scouts from the troop regularly take part in the national Mountain Pursuits Challenges - challenging weekend activities set in the remotest mountain ranges around the country. Leaders are frequently called upon to act as staff in these activities, and in this way the tradition of loyalty, independence, and friendship, as well as the vast range of skills required, is passed on from leaders to scouts under the harsh eye of nature.Since its very foundation the 45th Mount Argus has been one of the most active troops, and we can be sure that it will continue as such for the foreseeable future.

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