St. George’s Day Parade

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St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and each year Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from all over the British Isles get together in their Counties and Districts to take part in Parades and Services to celebrate Scouting’s National Day.

Here on the Isle of Man, we at 2nd Onchan, will be joining with all the other Island Scout Groups on Sunday 17. April 2016, at the St. George’s Day Parade, which this year is taking place in Peel, with the service being held inside Peel Castle (if wet in Peel Cathedral). Being one of the most important dates in the Scouting Calendar, all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders will be renewing their Beaver, Cub and Scout Promises, during the Service.

As you may know, 2nd Onchan is the largest Scout Group on the Isle of Man and as such, we will be expected to have the biggest and most likely, the smartest turnout on the Parade.

I would ask that every member of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, from the youngest Beaver Scout to the oldest Explorer Scout takes part, to support not only their Section, but also the Group and Scouting on the Isle of Man, by attending the St. George’s Day Parade and Service. Parents are also welcome to attend the service.

Full Uniform is to be worn, including Scout Activity Trousers and School Shoes. I would also suggest that a coat is brought by everyone, just in case of inclement weather.

We will be meeting at the old Swimming Pool end of Peel Promenade for no later than 1.30pm (parents are asked to park in the field on the Headland – see map below). Please assemble with other members of 2nd Onchan. The Service in the castle grounds will finish at approximately 3.15pm. There are afternoon activities for Beavers and Scouts, who wish to take part in them, further details of which will be sent out by your child’s Leader.

In the event of inclement weather, the Service will take place in Peel Cathedral; announcements will be made on Manx Radio and added to our Facebook Group.

This Parade should be the largest ever gathering of 2nd Onchan Scout Group Members so far this year, please help ensure that it is.

Click here for the letter.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach–Day Trip

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On Saturday 21. May 2016, we are holding a Day Trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for all members of the Group and members of Onchan District Explorer Scouts. We will be travelling to Liverpool on the 07:45 Seacat to Liverpool from where we will get a coach directly to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. Everyone will have around five hours at the Pleasure Beach before we travel back to Liverpool where we will catch the 19:15 Seacat back to the Island arriving at around 22:00.

The cost of the trip will cover Seacat fares, coach travel, fully inclusive ride band for the Pleasure Beach and a voucher to buy lunch in the Pleasure Beach. Not included is personal spending money and tea on the way back (bring a packed tea or purchase something on the Seacat).

Full details can be found in the letter here.

Closing date is the 31. March 2016.

Group Bingo Night

imageThe Group is holding our Family Bingo Night on Friday 26. February 2016. This very popular event is open to all members of 2nd Onchan and their families.

The night includes a Baked Potato Supper, which always goes down well. We will be playing ten games of Bingo with prizes for a winning lines and a full house. Tickets sell out fast so please get yours as soon as possible.

Tickets are available from Section Leaders and are just £2.00 each.

Download the Bingo Night flyer here.

2016 Summer Camp–Beaudesert Park

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Apologies for being a little late with our 2016 camp details. It’s taken a little longer than expected.

For our 2016 adventure we are planning a week long camp at a site we haven’t used before, it’s called Beaudesert Park and its located in Staffordshire. The site is a giant 132 acres in size and is used by Scout Groups and other youth organisations. We have booked the Lodge, which will provide comfortable indoor accommodation during our stay.

There are a wide range of activities on site including: Climbing, Raft Building, Pedal Go Karts, Low Ropes Course and many more, which we will be taking part in.

We also intend to do plenty of off site visits too, those we are planning include: Alton Towers, RAF Cosford, Black Country Museum and Waterworld.

Full details here.

Badge Records

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We have added a new feature to our website, which shows the badges our members have gained and are currently working on. The information is always up to date as it takes the information directly from Online Scout Manager which most of our Sections use. No personal Information is shown other than a surname and initial for each member. At the moment we only have one Section active (Phoenix Scout Troop) but hopefully our other Sections will soon join in.

You can access the Badge Records in the top menu or by clicking here.

2015 Group Camp

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Over the weekend of the 25. – 27. September 2015, we held our Group Camp at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey. Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived on the Friday evening, with the Explorers working as Service Crew during the weekend. After everyone had got themselves sorted out, we held Flag Break and then the Cubs and Scouts headed off into the woods behind the camp site for a ‘Hunt the Flag’ game. Once they were back on site supper was served and then it off to the Camp Fire for an hour of songs and sketches, before heading off to bed.

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On Saturday morning, everyone was up pretty early (some a little too early). Breakfast, as all meals were, was eaten outside, as we had been blessed with a sunny weekend. Kit and tent inspection followed and then the days activities started. The Scouts headed off to the Venture Centre for abseiling and gorge walking while the Cubs visited the Wildlife Park for the morning. Lunch was pastie and beans, which went down well.

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After lunch we were joined by our Beaver Scouts who had travelled by tram from Douglas. The Beavers joined with the Cub Scouts for an afternoon of challenge bases on the camp site while the Scouts were taken by minibus up into the hills for a five mile hike along part of the Millennium Way back to the Camp Site. Tea was a barbeque and afterwards everyone went swimming at the local pool in Ramsey. Back on site supper was served, there were more songs and ketches around the camp fire. Beavers headed off to bed, quickly followed by the Cubs, while the Scouts held a short wide game. By 11:30 the whole site was quiet.

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On Sunday, sausage sandwiches were served for breakfast in addition to the usual cereals and toast. After kit and tent inspection, everyone was split into two groups with both groups taking part in a quiz around Ramsey town and an hour of ten pin bowling. Lunch was baked potatoes with various fillings and after lunch, kit was packed away and tents taken down. The site was tidied and Flag Down held, before everyone headed off home mid afternoon.

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Awards Night Nominations Now Available

The Nominations for the various trophies that will be presented at the Groups Awards Night on the 9. October 2015 have now been released. The Awards Night is open to all members and their families and even those who haven’t been nominated this year are encouraged to attend.

We will also be showing a slide show of what the Group has been up to over the last twelve months.

The Awards Night takes place at our Scout Headquarters on School Road, Onchan and starts at 7.30pm on Friday 9. October 2015.

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