On 11-13 May, the first ever CNI GAISCE Silver Adventure Journey took place. GAISCE is a self-development programme for young people and at Silver Level this involves a minimum of 78 hours of commitment in the following areas: Community Involvement, Personal Skill and Physical Activity. The final and most daunting challenge for us, an 8 strong CNI band of merry men and women, was a three day expedition on the River Barrow in Carlow. A huge thanks to Charlie at Go With the Flow for making this trip possible and so enjoyable. In typical Irish fashion, we started off in glorious sunshine and experienced every season imaginable on a fun filled open canoe adventure. We battled weirs, sun burn, terrible singing; we endured torrential rain, wind, no showers; we cooked under the stars and played Finnish skittles; We picked each other up and we paddled, oh how we paddled. The sight of the beautiful riverside village of Saint Mullins was an awe-inspiring one – it’s done and we have a Silver GAISCE Award for the mantelpiece. Gold beckons but only the fearless may continue.