Blackpool Day Trip


On Saturday 21. May 2016, seventy four Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders plus a few parents from 2nd Onchan, went on a day trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We met at the Sea Terminal for 06:30, the Seacat left at 07:30, straight into some rough sea, quite a few of our younger members were sea sick, so several Leaders were kept busy sorting this out. The sea calmed down as we approached Liverpool and once off the boat we were quickly on a couple of coaches heading towards Blackpool. Heavy rain followed us all the way up the motorway and after around an hours drive we arrived at the Pleasure Beach, just as the rain stopped and the sky began to clear.


We quickly booked in and All Ride Wristbands were fastened around everyone’s wrists and we were soon in the park. The Scouts and Explorer Scouts were allowed to go around by themselves in small Groups, while the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts went around the park with Leaders and parents.  The weather stayed fine for our four and a half hours at the Pleasure Beach and everyone had a brilliant time going on as many of the attractions as possible. At 16:15 we all met up again and fifteen minutes later we were back on the coach heading back to Liverpool. Luckily the crossing back home was a lot smoother and only one Scout suffered a bit of sea sickness.

A successful trip which everyone seemed to enjoy, we will be planning another in the future.

More photos in our Facebook Group page.



Manannan Cubs @ Malew March 2016


Over the weekend 18th – 20th March 2016, Manannan Cub pack held a weekends Cub Camp at 1st Malew Scout Hall.  We all met on Friday at the Scout Hall and after dropping of the bags in the Scout Hall, we walked to Polsoum Park in Castletown along the millennium way.  Once we had arrived at the park, we played a few games in the park and played a game on man hunt.  It was getting late, so we hiked back for hot chocolate and a late film which finished around 12.00.  It was then time for bed and after a few hours most of the Cubs were asleep. 

On Saturday we were up early for breakfast, we had time to play football and cricket in the local primary school before heading to Laser Mayhem for the mornings activities.  Once we had arrived at Laser Mayhem we split into 2 teams for the morning, the winning team was the Blues (4-3), everyone had a great time and the Leaders also joined in the activity as well.  After we had ran through the plantation, shooting our team mates with the laser guns it was time for lunch, everyone was glad to sit down and have a peaceful lunch.  We had time to do some bivouac building in the plantation, and split into 3 times to make some bivouacs, all the Cubs did really well with this.  In the afternoon we headed to the NSC for a couple of hours of swimming, even after the swimming some of the cubs were still not clean, however they had a good time in the pool.  It was time for dinner so we headed to McDonalds which went down very well with the Cubs.  In the evening we played some games at the Scout Hall before settling down for a movie, all the Cubs were asleep by 10.30pm so the Leaders were able to get a decent night’s sleep too.

Sunday was another early start for the leaders and the cubs, after Ruby & Lola (Akela’s Dogs) had woken everyone up, it was time for breakfast and packing up the gear.  After we had breakfast we travelled to Archallagan for a morning of Orienteering & Geocaching, we managed to find a few orienteering markers but no success in the geocaches, however the Cubs had a good morning.  We had lunch at the local school before heading back for a game on non-stop cricket before heading home for the day.

This camp was a success and the comments from parents always help, I would like to thank the Leaders for the help during the weekend (Rob, Dan & Mark).  The weather was dry which helped with the activities and we had a good bunch of kids what more can we ask for.


CSL Manannan Cubs





St. George’s Day Parade


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


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.



Happy New Year to all our members and here’s to another active year for the Group.

Subscriptions are now due for the current term. Leaders usually email out the Subs Form to our members parents, but you can also download the form from this website (link top right) and we have paper copies available in the Scout Hall.

We would be grateful if parents can make sure their child’s subscription is paid by no later than the 31. January 2016.

Thursday Beavers – December Update


This year, as part of their 2015 Challenge, 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers decided to start collecting USED STAMPS for the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) who are based at the Manx Blind Welfare Society in Onchan. We managed to raise a fantastic 2.26kg!

Now here is an interesting fact – for every kg of UK stamps the RNIB receive £10, and for every kg of Overseas stamps (which includes IOM, Channel Island and ROW) they raise £15 per kg. We had a mixture of the UK and Overseas stamps so am guessing raised nearly £30 for the RNIB – and all for tearing off a stamp! The equipment they can buy with this money, to make life easier for the visually impaired, is truly amazing – adapted Monopoly, packs of cards, scrabble, talking watches, alarms for every need, large print books, magnifying glasses and state of the arc magnifying gadgets, Braille tape measure – the list is endless.

It was a great experience for the Beavers to visit Julie and Tanya at the Centre, and hand over our stamps. As well as explaining how the stamps are used, Julie and Tanya and her guide dog Bailey, took the Beavers on a tour of the premises and showed them some of the fantastic gadgets and equipment they have. Julie also invited everyone to try on a pair of visually impaired glasses – sight problems come in many different forms and it was interesting to understand the different ways in which people can and cannot see.
Our huge thanks to Julie, Tanya and Bailey. I think we were all inspired to continue collecting used stamps for the Centre – particularly over the Christmas period when we will be receiving lots of cards. If anyone would like to help in collecting their stamps – just to tear off your stamps (about 1cm around each) and save them in an empty chocolate tin or spare envelope over the coming weeks – we would be most grateful. I am hoping, now we have been inspired, that we can triple the weight of stamps for December 2016. So please start saving your stamps tomorrow – spread the word to family members and into the work place. I will put the Blue Stamp Box back in the Den at the Scout Hall. Many thanks.



It is always a sad time, saying goodbye to Beavers as they move on to Cubs. After two years in Beavers they are definitely ready for a new adventure. We see some amazing changes in their characters and their confidence, and we hope that we have done what we can to spark their passion for their Scouting journey. We wish Jack, Joshua, Nicholas and Alex all the very best in Cubs – we will miss you all – what fantastic boys – our very own Thursday Beaver Champions!! Our thanks go to Andrew and Rob from Manannan and Snaefell Cubs, who came along during the evening to help present the Moving On Badges.




This term we started awarding Lodge Points, to encourage good behaviours, friendship and, teamwork. The Lodge with the most points were awarded with our new Points Trophy, which they get to share for a term, before returning for the next winning Lodge. This term the winners were Red Lodge! Well done to all the boys – Nicholas (Lodge Leader), Samuel (Assistant Lodge Leader), Rowan, Lowian and Callum – a great effort – keep up the good work.


This year, Island Beavers were set a number (12) of challenges by Big Beaver Bev. Thursday Beavers have been working hard to complete these challenges over the year. Here is a summary of what we have achieved:
OUR WORLD – Nature Scavenger Hunt – St John’s Arboretum
OUR WORLD – Science Night – Experiments
OTHERS – International Theme – Burns Night
FAME – Parents Activity Night – Games Evening
FAME – a picture in the newspaper
OUR WORLD – Help the Environment – Bug Hotel
OURSELVES – Try Something New – Disability Awareness Badge
OTHERS – Joint Meeting with Colony or Pack – Group Camp
OTHERS – Good Good Turn – Used stamp collecting for RNIB
Log – create a Log of the Challenges
OURSELVES – A Meeting with a Crazy Theme – Water Evening

We finished the Challenge at our Christmas Party, when we were able to sing our Colony Song (OURSELVES) for Big Beaver and Tuesday Beavers. Many thanks to Charlotte for organising and orchestrating the song. Considering it was the first time Thursday Beavers had all sung it together, I thought it sounded fab. Well done boys!
Big Beaver then presented the Beaver Challenge Trophy & Certificates to Samuel – who represented all the Thursday Beavers.
It was the perfect end to what has been a fantastic year at Thursday Beavers. We have all worked really hard – Leaders and Beavers – and achieved some amazing things this year, not least two Island Trophies!! We can’t promise more trophies next year, but we will have another fun packed year.