To: All Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts
Explorer Scouts & Leaders
From: The Group Scout Leader
On Sunday the 12. November 2017, it’s Remembrance Sunday, the day we remember all those who gave their lives defending our Country and the way of life we enjoy.
Our two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops and the Explorer Unit will be joining with the people of Onchan to Parade from the Manx Arms Hotel to St. Peters Church, where a Service of Remembrance will be held. Afterwards we will be parading to the War Memorial on Main Road, where a short Open Air Service will take place.
We will be meeting behind Elm Tree House, for no later than 09:15. Full uniform, including Scout Activity Trousers and shoes, is to be worn. Please bring a coat with you in case of inclement weather. The Open Air Service at the War Memorial will finish at about 11:15 from where you can be collected.
Please do your very best to attend.
Full details here.
On Tuesday 7. November 2017, we are holding a Group Fireworks Activity Night for all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.
Please meet at the Scout Hall for 19:00. Beavers will be taking part in games at the Scout Hall. Top half uniform to be worn.
Cubs will be doing activities in their Packs outside. As the Cubs will be outside, wellies or boots are recommended. If you have a torch please bring one and a waterproof coat. Top half of Uniform to be worn. Cubs from both Packs are to meet at Ashley Hill School Car Park (the one at the top of Ashley Hill Lane) for 19:00.
Scouts and Explorer Scouts
Please meet at Groudle Beach Car Park for 19:00. We will be hiking to the Scout Hall. Please wear suitable hiking gear and bring a working torch. Top half of uniform to be worn.
At about 20:00 everyone will be fed hot dogs and soup before watching a small Fireworks Display outside. Finish time will be about 20:30, collection for everyone will be from the Scout Hall.
Members must not bring their own fireworks to this event. There is no charge.
The event will proceed if wet.
Full details here.
On Friday 17. November 2017, from 7.30pm, the Group is holding our annual Family Pig Race Night and Supper at the Scout Hall in Onchan. This is a fun evening where you will be able to bet on mechanical pig races and win prizes.
The mechanical pigs are battery operated and have to race each other over a short course. Everyone who bets on the winning pig wins!
During the evening we will be stopping to enjoy Pulled Pork Baps. Canned drinks (50p) and free tea, coffee and juice will be available all evening.
The Pig Race Night will be a great evening for all concerned. All monies raised will go to Group Funds.
All members and their families are invited to attend.
Book your tickets early so you don’t miss out! Download the flyer here.
We have been invited by Onchan District Commissioners, to take part in their Civic Sunday Parade & Church Service, which is taking place on Sunday 17. September 2017. All Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders are asked to take part in the Parade and Service.
We will be meeting on the Grassed Area below Hague Drive, Onchan Park for 14:20 prompt. Full uniform is to be worn, including school shoes. The Church Service is being held at St. Anthony’s, from where youth members can be collected at about 15:45.
As a Group we only attend three Parades a year and they are an excellent way of showing off our Group to the general public. Please support your Scout Group by making sure you attend.
GROUP AWARDS NIGHT – 20. October 2017.
Awards for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at our ‘Oscars’ based Awards Night. The Scout Hall is usually packed so grab your seat early. Doors open at 7pm and the evening starts at 7.30pm.
PIG RACE NIGHT – 17. November 2017
Our popular Pig Race Night is back for 2017. This fun evening is open to all our members, their families and Group Supporters. Tickets will be on sale in October, make sure you get yours before they sell out.
The Isle of Man will be sending a Contingent of Scouts and Explorer Scouts to NORJAM in 2018. NORJAM is an International Scout & Guide Camp which is taking place between the 11. – 18. August 2018 and will be based at the Norfolk Showground near to the historic town of Norwich.
NORJAM looks as if it will be a fantastic camp and an excellent opportunity for Manx Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders to take part in an international experience, joining in a wide range of activities, meeting Scouts from around the world and making new friends.
2nd Onchan hope to be a big part of the Manx Contingent and it would be great to see our Scouts taking part.
If you would like to be part of the adventure, please return the slip from the letter you can download here together with a £50.00 deposit by the 6. October 2017. A confirmation letter and payment card will be sent out to all participants soon after the closing date. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me – Ash.
Over the weekend of the 22. – 24. September 2017, we are holding a Group Camp for all members of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts. The camp will be held at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey.
We have an action packed weekend of activities planned for our members and this will be a great get together for the Group, something we only do once every two years.
Below are links to the camp letters which contain full details, one for Beaver Scouts and the other for Cub Scouts and Scouts. Please note that the closing date for getting the Booking Form and payment in is the 15. August 2017 at the latest, late forms will not be accepted.
Beaver Scouts Letter
Cub & Scouts Letter
THREE LEGS CHALLENGE
A lovely morning – very well done to the 12 Beavers who turned out for the walk this morning, and well done and thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us for the walk – we do appreciate it, and I think the Beavers love having you along! We were able to award some Three Leg Challenge Badges for those Beavers and Leaders who have completed all three walks, so well done to Charlotte, Corben, Evan, James and Samson – you have now walked the entire length of the Heritage Trail!
MOVING ON to CUBS
It is always a sad time when we say goodbye to Beavers, as they Move On to Cubs. These four have had a fantastic journey through Scouting already, and it has been lovely watching them grow in height and confidence!! Patrick has been with us the longest, arriving with his dad in March 2015 – it has to be said – not always easy having your parent as your Beaver Leader – you have to be extra well behaved and turn up to everything!! Good luck to you all as you continue your adventures in Scouting – Patrick, Vinnie, Sean and Jack.
Well done AGAIN to Yellow Lodge who won the Lodge Points Trophy this Term. Excellent work guys – and considering you only have four in your Lodge rather than five, and points are gained from attendance (amongst other things), that is really good going. Very well done!
DUKE OF EDINBURGH STUDENT
Thanks to Robyn, our 13 year old Duke of Edinburgh student who joined us for a 3 month placement this term, and helped us out with a dance activity for the Beavers. We were very impressed with Robyn’s commitment and thought it would be nice to present her with a 2nd Onchan Group scarf to remember us by. We wish her all the very best.
ST GEORGE’S DAY PARADE & SERVICE 2017
Thank you to those Beavers and their parents who were at the St George’s Parade and Service, and special thanks to Dylan and Corben for their part in the Service – you both did really well. Also well done to Sean for carrying the Beaver Flag, and James for carrying our St George’s Flag! You all did really well.
Another brilliant night at the Manx Blind Welfare Society. We delivered our stamps, definitely more than last time and all carefully sorted by the Clyne Family – thank you guys! What a lot of gadgets and pieces of equipment we had to play with?! There was even a game of chess going on……. Well done Beavers, all well behaved, lots of good questions too. Remember to keep a look out for the white sticks, and tell your family what the red marks on white sticks mean!
On their recent visit to the Post Office, the Beavers were given some postcards to send out. This was brilliant timing, as we had been working on our Communicators Badge. We thought it would be nice to send a card to our new UK Chief Commissioner – Tim Kidd, and we were delighted to receive a message back!
CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARDS
Very well done to CM and Sean for completing their CSBA. This is the highest Award to be gained at Beavers, and can be worn throughout Cubs. This Award is gained by getting all six of your Challenge Badges. It has taken CM and Sean nearly two years to achieve this, so really well done to you both.
Thursday Beavers had a great night learning some of the skills, equipment and safety aspects of climbing. Our Island Commissioner – Guy Thompson joined us for the evening, and showed the Beavers how to fit harnesses, he explained the importance of safety helmets, and we also had a few practice scenario climbs -along the floor!!
POST OFFICE – SORTING OFFICE
A great visit to the Post Office – Sorting Office in the Springfield Valley Industrial Park. The Beavers were very excited to be shown round and learnt lots of new things about our letters and parcels, and how they get to sorted and eventually make their way to our letterboxes.
An exciting visit to the Police Headquarters this evening. The Beavers got to try on some of the hats and jackets, learnt about the radios, visited the cells, took fingerprints, tried handcuffs, and got the chance to look inside a police car and van. Thanks again to Rachel Kelly for organising this, and the Police Youth members for making us welcome.
Investitures are one of the best things about Scouting – particularly with Beavers – it is the start of hopefully, a great adventure. Our four new Beavers were very excited and they recited their Promise perfectly! They were then presented with their 2nd Onchan scarf, badges & Investiture Certificate. So a warm welcome & congratulations to Ned, Sam S, Fynlo and Sam C, we hope you enjoy your time in Thursday Beavers!