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.

Subs

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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

RNIB – 10 DECEMBER

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.

CHRISTMAS PARTY & PRESENTATIONS – 17 DECEMBER

MOVING ON TO CUBS

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.

 

 

LODGE POINTS AWARD


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.

BEAVER CHALLENGE 2015


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.

Thursday Beavers Update

DOUGLAS HEAD – 1 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers picked a beautiful evening for their visit to Douglas Head. The Beavers split into two groups and spent time at the viewing point looking over Douglas Bay and also walked round to the Manx Wildlife Trust Marine Coastal Viewing Site, just by the entrance to Marine Drive. They found out some interesting facts – that Choughs like ants and the Minke Whale likes fish!

This visit will go towards the new My Skills Challenge and My Outdoors Challenge Badges.

AWARDS & INVESTITURES – 8 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers met back in the Scout Hall for an evening of games and Awards! We invested our five new boys who started with the Colony in September – Vinnie, Oliver, Samson, Joe and Lowian. I am delighted they have all decided to stay, and on Thursday they made their Promise and were presented with their scarfs, badges and certificates and officially became a 2nd Onchan Thursday Beaver! Congratulations and well done to you all.

It was a night of Awards as we were also very proud to present four Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards. This prestigious Award can only be achieved by Beavers who have completed all six of their Beaver Scout Challenge Awards (Promise, Friendship, Fitness, Creative, Global and Outdoor). It can take up to two years to complete these challenges and the boys have worked hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. These are the final few of the old badge scheme and were presented to Nicholas, Fynn, Ben and Joshua by our Assistant Group Scout Leader – Steve White. So massive congratulations to the boys and many thanks to Steve for presenting the Awards.

 

HOT ROCKS – 15 and 22 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers split into two groups over two weeks, spending one week in the Hall working on their Collectors, Hobbies and Sports Badges, and the other week at Hot Rocks for an evening of climbing. Hot Rocks proved a great success on both weeks!

After some clear safety instructions the Beavers and our parent helpers got kitted up ready for climbing and belaying. First to give it a try were Rowan, Samuel, Nicholas, Callum and Joseph. All the boys had a great evening, and I was really impressed by their confidence, ability and bravery.

The following week Fynn, Alex, Oliver, Ben, Joe, Sam, Caleb, Patrick and Vinnie also had a great time on the climbing walls. There was some excellent climbing and really good efforts all round. Once again I was impressed by their confidence and ability.

Many thanks to all our parent helpers for your assistance with the belaying and your encouraging words.

HOP TU NAA – 29 OCTOBER

We finished October and another half term with a Hop Tu Naa Fancy Dress Evening. There were some scary guests and festive treats and we also had a special visitor – Vikki Orwin – a local children’s author and illustrator, who came along to meet the Beavers and read them her new story – Jetmalew’s Island Adventures. The Beavers were enthralled and had lots of questions to ask and some questions to answer.

We finished the evening by presenting a Chief Scout’s Bronze Award to Callum – so our congratulations go to Callum, and extended congratulations go to Callum’s family who are now the proud owners of a baby boy and future Beaver – Alfie.

Coming up next month we have Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 8 November and we will be defending our title in the Island Beaver Football Competition on Sunday 29 November from 1pm to 5pm at the Tommy Clucas Hall in Peel!

 

Bayr Ny Skedden

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Over the weekend of the 10. – 11. October 2015, Cubs and Scouts from the Group walked the Bayr Ny Skeddan (Herring Way) from Peel to Castletown, a distance of about fifteen miles. The Cub Scouts hiked over two days, stopping at the Round Table on the Saturday afternoon and starting again on the Sunday morning. The Scouts completed the hike in just one day. Well done to all those who took part.

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