Remembrance Sunday

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To: All Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts

Explorer Scouts & Leaders

From: The Group Scout Leader

On Sunday the 12. November 2017, it’s Remembrance Sunday, the day we remember all those who gave their lives defending our Country and the way of life we enjoy.

Our two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops and the Explorer 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 take place.

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.

Full details here.

Fireworks Activity Night

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On Tuesday 7. November 2017, we are holding a Group Fireworks Activity Night for all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Beaver Scouts

Please meet at the Scout Hall for 19:00. Beavers will be taking part in games at the Scout Hall. Top half uniform to be worn.

Cub Scouts

Cubs will be doing activities in their Packs outside. As the Cubs will be outside, wellies or boots are recommended. If you have a torch please bring one and a waterproof coat. Top half of Uniform to be worn. Cubs from both Packs are to meet at Ashley Hill School Car Park (the one at the top of Ashley Hill Lane) for 19:00.

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 soup before watching a small Fireworks Display outside. Finish time will be about 20:30, collection for everyone will be from the Scout Hall.

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

The event will proceed if wet.

Full details here.

Family Pig Race Night

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On Friday 17. November 2017, from 7.30pm, the Group is holding our annual Family Pig Race Night and Supper at the Scout Hall in Onchan. This is a fun evening where you will be able to bet on mechanical pig races and win prizes.

The mechanical pigs are battery operated and have to race each other over a short course. Everyone who bets on the winning pig wins!

During the evening we will be stopping to enjoy Pulled Pork Baps. Canned drinks (50p) and free tea, coffee and juice will be available all evening.

The Pig Race Night will be a great evening for all concerned. All monies raised will go to Group Funds.

All members and their families are invited to attend.

Book your tickets early so you don’t miss out! Download the flyer here.

 

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Civic Sunday

imageWe have been invited by Onchan District Commissioners, to take part in their Civic Sunday Parade & Church Service, which is taking place on Sunday 17. September 2017. All Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders are asked to take part in the Parade and Service.

We will be meeting on the Grassed Area below Hague Drive, Onchan Park for 14:20 prompt. Full uniform is to be worn, including school shoes. The Church Service is being held at St. Anthony’s, from where youth members can be collected at about 15:45.

As a Group we only attend three Parades a year and they are an excellent way of showing off our Group to the general public. Please support your Scout Group by making sure you attend.

Dates for your Diary

GROUP AWARDS NIGHT – 20. October 2017.

Awards for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at our ‘Oscars’ based Awards Night. The Scout Hall is usually packed so grab your seat early. Doors open at 7pm and the evening starts at 7.30pm.

PIG RACE NIGHT – 17. November 2017

Our popular Pig Race Night is back for 2017. This fun evening is open to all our members, their families and Group Supporters. Tickets will be on sale in October, make sure you get yours before they sell out.

NORJAM 2018

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The Isle of Man will be sending a Contingent of Scouts and Explorer Scouts to NORJAM in 2018. NORJAM is an International Scout & Guide Camp which is taking place between the 11. – 18. August 2018 and will be based at the Norfolk Showground near to the historic town of Norwich.

NORJAM looks as if it will be a fantastic camp and an excellent opportunity for Manx Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders to take part in an international experience, joining in a wide range of activities, meeting Scouts from around the world and making new friends.

2nd Onchan hope to be a big part of the Manx Contingent and it would be great to see our Scouts taking part.

If you would like to be part of the adventure, please return the slip from the letter you can download here  together with a £50.00 deposit by the 6. October 2017. A confirmation letter and payment card will be sent out to all participants soon after the closing date. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me – Ash.

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Chief Scouts Gold Award

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Four Scouts with the Phoenix Troop were presented with their Chief Scouts Gold Awards on Sunday 30. April 2017, the highest award in the Scout Section. Over the weekend Archie, Conor, Max and Ethan (Team Acme) completed their Expedition Challenge, their final Challenge Badge, which involved a two night hike camp from Glen Wyllin to Peel and finally to Marown School, carrying full kit.

We wish them well as they continue their Scouting with Onchan District Explorer Scouts.

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Summer Term Subs Due

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Subs are now due for the up coming term. Subs Forms can be downloaded from this website or can be found at the Scout Hall.

We would be grateful if parents can make sure their child’s subs are paid no later than the 15. May 2017.

You will also find our Activity Wear Order Form attached to the download.

New Toilets & New Roof

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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.

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Manannan Cubs Scouts at Malew

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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!

imageAn 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!

Alex

Cub Scout Leader (Akela)

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