Remembrance Sunday

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On Sunday the 13. November 2016, it’s Remembrance Sunday, the day we remember all those who gave their lives defending their Country and the way of life we enjoy.

Our Beaver Colonies, Cub Packs and Scout Troops together with the Onchan District Explorer Scout 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 be held.

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.

Note: Those Scouts on camp that weekend will be taking part in Remembrance Sunday; we have transport arranged to get you there and back (with swimming afterwards).

Fireworks Activity Night

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On Friday 4. November 2016, we are holding a Group Fireworks Activity Night for all 2nd Onchan Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Further details here.

Beaver Scouts

Please meet at the Scout Hall for 19:00. Beavers will be taking part in games at the Scout Hall. Please be in uniform and bring a coat as you will be going outside to watch the fireworks.

Cub Scouts

Cubs will be meeting at the front entrance of Bemahague School (St. Ninian’s Lower School) for 19:00. Top half of uniform to be worn. Bring a coat, hat and gloves. Bring a working torch.

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 drinks at the Scout Hall before watching a small Fireworks Display outside. Finish time will be about 20:30 and collection is at the Hall.

Members must not bring their own fireworks to this event. There is no charge.

The event will proceed if wet.  Further details here.

New 2nd Onchan Activity Wear

tshirthoodieA new clothing range for members of 2nd Onchan Scout Group is now available. This isn’t uniform, but is intended for use as activity wear, during camps, hikes and other activities and we have both T-Shirts and Hoodies available. The garments are digitally printed in full colour, the T-Shirts on the front and the Hoodies front and back. All feature our ‘Second to None’ slogan. A T-Shirt is on display in the Scout Hall for you to view.

As we do not keep stock, we will place two orders per year with the manufacturers, so make sure you don’t miss the order deadline. Please ensure that your order is placed by no later than the 31. May or the 31. October. Delivery to you should be about three weeks from the order deadline.

Further info here.

 

Awards Night Nominations

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We announce our annual Awards Night Nominations. Leaders have had a difficult time selecting four nominations for each award as we have so many brilliant members in the Group.

The Awards Night is on Friday 14. October 2016 and starts at 19:30 at the Scout Hall Hall. Everyone is welcome, not just those nominated, but all members of the Group and their families.

SUMMER TERM 2016 – THURSDAY BEAVERS

BLACKPOOL – SATURDAY 21 MAY 2016


Four of our Thursday Beavers had a fantastic time at Blackpool with their dads. Although it was a bit of an unsettled start on the boat and it poured with rain on our journey from Liverpool to Blackpool – it was dry when we arrived at the Pleasure Beach and the day just got better and better!

Well done to Patrick, Bo, Callum and Rowan. Thanks to Bo for sharing the Ghost Train with me – I was too scared to go on my own, and Patrick for sharing the big dipper with me (which I was told was actually a little dipper) – I don’t know I kept my eyes shut the whole time!

A great day out, and hopefully one that will be repeated in a couple of years – when all our current Beavers will be in Cubs!

DOUGLAS BEACH – THURSDAY 23 JUNE 2016


What a good night on Douglas Beach!

The Beavers started with a sand race – a little more training for the forthcoming Sports Day!  Then they began working towards their Teamwork and Skills Challenge Badges – so in their Lodges they were tasked with creating a sandcastle or sand sculpture. Despite some rather wet sand – they all came up with some very creative ideas!  The evening finished with some gold digging – by far the most fun – and the lucky winner who found the gold envelope (buried in the sand) won a gold bar of chocolate!

ISLAND BEAVERS TRAIN TRIP – SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2016


Despite the promise of heavy rain, 14 Thursday Beavers arrived at Douglas Train Station, along with other Island Beavers for a Train Trip to Poulsom Park. There was much excitement as we located our carriages and set off on our journey.

We played games and shared some sweets on the journey down, the time passing really quickly. Unfortunately it was too wet for our picnic in the park, so we headed to Castletown Scout Group for our lunch and a couple of games – Bingo and Heads or Tails, followed by a sing song.

The before we knew it, it was time to head back to the train station and start out journey back to Douglas. More sweets and games on the journey home.  The Beavers were really well behaved, despite the constraints of the weather, and all seemed to have a really good time. So well done everyone – a great success!

CIVIC SUNDAY – SUNDAY 10 JULY 2016


Well done to the Beavers who turned out today for the Onchan Civic Sunday Parade & Service. All very well behaved, a bit fidgety in the Church, but it was quite a long Service! Thank you for your support. A special well done to our flag bearer Patrick – great job!

ISLAND BEAVERS SPORTS DAY – SUNDAY 17 JULY 2016

Champions SIX YEARS running!!

Massive congratulations and a huge thank you to all the Beavers who turned up for Sports Day (and to those who helped with the training, but couldn’t make it on the day) – Harry, Evan, Corben, Sean, Bo, Patrick, Oliver, Dylan, Samson, Ben, James, Callum, Joe and Rowan.  Special thanks to Dylan and Samson who both agreed to help Tuesday Beavers, as they were low in numbers. It also meant that the two boys got to take part in more events – so thank you for that – you are still part of this winning team!!  Thank you also to our amazing parents and siblings who turn up and support these events. You all get involved, cheering on, helping with the Beavers, getting drinks, supplying cakes (thank you Roberta – delicious), helping with biscuits and sweets (thanks Sam and Rosie) and offering to wash t shirts – to name but a few things – you really make our job easier and so much fun 🙂

It was a truly fantastic performance, each Beaver trying their absolute hardest!!  The pressure is over for another year – I am not sure I can cope!!

LAST NIGHT – FUN IN THE PARK – THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016


Thursday Beavers finished their year with some Fun in the Park – playing on the swings, the pirate ship and having a game of football!!  We had a little break for ice lollies and finished the evening with some donuts and muffins and juice (thank you Ben’s mum)!

We announced the new Lodge Winners – this is a trophy that the Lodge get to keep for the next term, and is awarded based on points gained for attendance, behaviour, helpfulness, uniform etc, over the previous term – so it is huge congratulations to YELLOW LODGE – Oliver, Sean, Evan, Harry and Samson – a lovely Lodge, prone to a bit of giddyness – but they have worked hard to improve over the term. WELL DONE 🙂

MOVING ON – CALLUM & BEN – THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016


After two years in Beavers it was Callum & Ben’s last night, before moving to Cubs in September. Both boys will be joining Manannan Cubs (Monday).

Callum definitely hit the ground running at Beavers, along with his sidekick Fynn, but over the years he has developed some good behaviours, became a very good Lodge Leader and remained enthusiastic throughout. I don’t recall ever hearing Callum complain – he just seemed to get on with everything that was asked.

Not one for standing still, Ben has been enthusiastic and helpful throughout his time at Beavers. He has been a brilliant Lodge Leader and a good friend to everyone. A bit of a fidget during ceremonies, Ben suddenly turned a corner last year and managed a whole evening without a fidget! He was awarded the Beaver of the Night three weeks in a row for great behaviour – so really well done!

We will all miss you both, but wish you the very best in Manannan Cubs

CHARLOTTE’S WEDDING – SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016

It was a beautiful day as we celebrated Charlotte and Andrew’s wedding.  They both looked amazing, but Charlotte was the star of the day and looked stunning! A few younger members of the Group were invited along to form a Guard of Honour as the newly weds left the church. It was a very special moment – in a day of special moments! Thanks to James, our flag bearer, Patrick, Rowan and Ben for representing the Beaver Section on the day. Andrew and Charlotte were delighted to share their day with some of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and I am sure will treasure these memories in years to come.

Congratulations to you both from the Thursday Beaver Colony!

 

Thursday Beavers April to May 2016

ST GEORGE’S DAY PARADE, SERVICE & ACTIVITIES – SUNDAY 17 APRIL 2016

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What a fantastic turnout from the Thursday Beavers for this year’s St George’s Day Parade, Service and Activities – which was held in Peel. Seventeen Thursday Beavers attended the Parade and Service today – 17!! That is a truly fantastic turnout – well done everyone. Really really pleased to see so many of you there – thank you.
Also it has to be said – very well done to Dylan for helping me with the Beaver Promise – you were much better than me, and I was glad to have your company up there. You did yourself, your family and 2nd Onchan proud. Also well done to Ben for helping to present the Manx Necker to the England Commissioner – great job.
Thanks to all the mums and dads and grandmas and granddads who turned up to support and help us.

We finished the afternoon with some sandcastle building on the beach – but the best of the weather had passed by then and it had started to get a bit chilly – so well done to all those who stayed – and thank you Rosie for the coffee! A most welcoming sight!

INVESTITURES – THURSDAY 12 MAY 2016

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No matter how many years I have been involved in Scouting and Beavers at 2nd Onchan – Investitures are still my favourite thing! It is the beginning of an exciting Scouting adventure. Our 6 to 7 years old often arrive for their first meeting, slightly apprehensive (and some just bound through the door – you know who you are), but the minute they get their 2nd Onchan Necker – their confidence grows and the fun starts. There is no better thing in Scouting.
Congratulations to our five new Beavers who were invested on Thursday – James, Jack, Sam, Evan and Tyler. They have all settled in really well and are making new friends and having a good time. Thank you also for the fantastic turnout of parents who came along for the occasion – it was lovely to see you all and we look forward to getting to know you over the next two years.
The Beavers all remembered their Promise perfectly – and we had the added bonus of a couple of solo performances – so very well done to you all. This is just the start of your journey in Scouting, and you are now officially part of the World Scout Association, and part of the best Group on the Island!

THREE LEG CHALLENGE and JOTT – SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016

imageA fantastic turnout today – 12 Thursday Beavers and 4 Leaders joined the walk from St John’s to Peel, along with 9 Parents and Grandparents and 3 sibling (2 of which were Cubs, also taking part in JOTT). Twenty eight representing 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers – a pretty good turnout.
The walk forms part of the Beaver Three Legs Challenge – Oliver has now completed his third leg and will gain his Three Legs Challenge Badge (well done Oliver) – and also JOTT (Jamboree on the Trail) which is an annual walk made on the second Saturday of May every year, all over the World. There is a special JOTT badge awarded each year which can be worn at the bottom of the sweatshirt.
Well done to everyone taking part – some of us were a bit slower this time – enjoying the quiz and the lovely scenery along the walk!

Subs Due

imageSubs for the upcoming term become due from the 1. September 2016. We ask that parents ensure that their child’s subs are paid as soon as possible and by no later than the 30. September 2016.

You can download the Subs Form here.

We would also like to remind parents (and youth members) what we ask of all members of 2nd Onchan.

What we ask of our members:

We don’t ask a lot of our members, but we do ask the following:

  •  They attend regular weekly meetings.
  •  They wear the correct uniform (details on our website).
  •  They pay their Term Subscriptions before the cut off date.
  •  They attend St. Georges Day Parade (usually in April), Civic Sunday (usually in May or June) and Remembrance Sunday (in November).
  •  They take part in our weekend activities where possible.
  •  They support, with their families, our fund raising and social events.

Further details can be found here.