The Group is looking at a carrying out some major works to our Scout Hall in the near future. Subject to Planning and Building Regulation approval, we intend to demolish the existing boy’s toilet and build a new toilet block creating two new toilets. One toilet will be fully disabled accessible, whilst the other will also incorporate a shower and a cleaner’s store. The entrance to the Scout Hall will be increased in size and the outside area will be improved.
The building currently has various different flat roof levels and we intend to roof over all of these and create just one sloping roof going from the main hall into the old building.
At the moment we have yet to have the job priced, but it wont be cheap, we will be looking lots of fundraising over the next year or so, once we have planning and building control approvals.
Over the weekend of 17 March to 19 March, 16 Cubs and 4 Leaders from 2nd Onchan’s Manannan Cub Pack went camping at Malew Scout Hall in Ballasalla.
On the Friday evening we settled into the Hall before heading out for a short hike and some wide games near Port Soldrick. Managing to avoid the wet weather we headed back after several games, and Cubs losing shoes in the mud! Back at the Hall, we had some supper and hot chocolate and watched a film before bed whilst the Leaders made sandwiches for the next day’s lunch. All Cubs were fast asleep by 1am, which the Leaders were impressed with!
An early start the next day and following breakfast and inspection we headed out for some games and free time before walking to Mullin Ny Carty for Abseiling and Archery. All Cubs really enjoyed these activities and many faced some fears stepping off the abseiling platform but everyone was filled with the sense of achievement when they made it to the bottom and those who had initially been scared wanted to go again! We did some fire lighting and volcano kettles before lunch and then a quick trip back to the Scout Hall to change out of muddy clothes.
Unfortunately we were late for our swimming session at Castletown pool and it was already full but the Cubs did learn that when Akela says 10 minutes, he means 10 minutes! Instead we headed to the NSC for some swimming there and a go on the slides!
Back at the Scout Hall the Cubs had some free time before a delicious dinner of Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread and then lots and lots and lots of cake and custard for pudding. We headed out for a couple of games at the local school field whilst the Hall was set up for our movie night. Back inside, the Cubs got into their sleeping bags and picked their spot for the movie. With hot chocolate and biscuits I think most lasted maybe an hour before they were fast asleep!
On Sunday we had sausage sandwiches for breakfast alongside our cereal and toast before tidying up all our belonging and inspection. After that we hopped in the minibus and headed up to Ape Mann Adventure Park for a morning’s activities on the lower high ropes course and the monkey tree. It was a bit damp on Sunday, okay a lot, but this didn’t seem to dampen any spirits as we all attempted to conquer the course.
It was then back to the Hall for lunch, a final tidy up and a feedback session on the weekend before heading home.
All Cubs seemed to have a very enjoyable weekend doing new activities they have not done before, we were fortunate with the weather and got a lot less wet than initially anticipated. Thanks to all the Cubs and other Leaders for the weekend… now onto planning the next one!
Cub Scout Leader (Akela)
2nd Onchan held its 50th Birthday Camp at the Crossags Camp Site in Ramsey, over the weekend of the 23. – 25. September 2011. During the weekend we had twenty two Beaver Scouts, thirty five Cub Scouts, thirty three Scouts, six Explorer Scouts and eighteen Leaders on site.
Leaders and Explorers started things early by taking equipment out and setting up the Patrol Tents on Thursday evening. Most Leaders were also out on Site early Friday evening waiting for the Cubs and Scouts to arrive at 19:30. Some Scouts had brought their own tents and in challenging windy conditions set these up. The Cubs were being accommodated in the giant Ark building at the top of the camp site. It was getting dark quite early and Flag break was held in near darkness with just the flag area being illuminated by lanterns. During Flag Break everyone was presented with a special yellow and gold 50th Birthday Woggle to wear and as a keepsake. The Cubs and Scouts then headed off on a short night hike to Albert Tower and back. By the time they were back on site soup was ready and the camp fire was lit. Everyone was in bed for about 23:30 and the site was quiet around midnight. The high winds were still with us and it got worse through the night with the rain starting at about 02:00.
By early morning the wind had dropped but the rain stayed with us for another hour. Breakfast was served in the Ark and Inspection followed. After Flag Break where the day’s instructions were given out, the Cubs and Scouts were set twenty challenges to complete, these included climbing to the top of the mobile climbing tower, making a cup of tea on a Trangia Stove, changing a wheel on the trailer, launching a paper rocket and racing a homemade chariot around the field. The sun was now fully out and the warm weather was with us for the rest of the day. After lunch the Cubs headed off to Mooargh Park where they met up with the Beaver Scouts who had travelled up on the tram from Douglas. They spent the afternoon enjoying the parks attractions, playing crazy golf and on the boats on the lake. The Scouts split into their Troops and had an afternoon hike, with the Moddey Dhoo Troop hiking to Maughold Church and the Phoenix Troop hiking from the Mountain Hut down the Millennium Way back to camp. Everyone was back on site for a barbecue tea around 17:30, which went down very well, especially the specially created black and yellow birthday cake, which we all got a slice of. In the evening some of the Scouts went swimming in the sea, while the Beavers and Cubs had a Scavenger Hunt and games back on the site. We had supper round the camp fire followed by a few wide games before everyone headed off to bed.
On Sunday it was another early start, the weather was still dry but rain was forecast for later in the day. After breakfast, which had the bonus of bacon sandwiches, inspection and Flag Break, the whole camp walked into Ramsey where the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were split into two groups, the first went ten pin bowling and the second did a Treasure Hunt around Ramsey Town. After an hour the groups switched over. In the meantime the Explorer Scouts were kept busy taking down tents and packing the Group’s Trailer for the homeward journey. Everyone was back on site for 12:30, where they were served lunch outdoors. After lunch it was a case of packing up and making sure we left the site clean and tidy. We finished the camp off with a formal Flag Down and prize giving before everyone headed off home just as it started to rain.
A big thank you to all the Leaders who made the camp possible and to our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who made our 50th Birthday Camp so memorable.
We have added three new photo galleries to the Website. They are 2001 Lake District Youth Hostelling Trip, 2003 Wales, Coalbrookdale & Chester Youth Hostelling Trip and 2004 Red Rose International Camp.
We now have over 5,200 photos available to view.
We have started putting photos online and you can now view around 3,000 photos going back to the year 2000.
The website is also being moved to a new host. At the moment the only place to view the galleries is at www.2ndonchan.co.uk rather than at www.2ndonchan.net.
Beavers, Cub and Scouts from the troop took part in the Island St. Georges Day Parade which took place in Onchan on the 13. April 2008.
More photos can be found on the Island Website here.