Thursday Beavers – July Update

ONCHAN WETLANDS – 9 JULY

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Last week Thursday Beavers met with Dawn from the Manx Wildlife Trust at Onchan Wetlands. It was a lovely evening and the Beavers were all interested to hear about the Wetlands and see some of the wildlife living there. There was a chance to observe some pond dipping and for the Beavers to take to the boardwalk.

The visit enabled some of our Beavers to complete their Global Challenge Awards, the final step in a series of challenges, and go on to earn their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.

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CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD – 16 JULY

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Ash, our Group Scout Leader, presented three of our Beavers with their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This is a highly prestigious Award, and 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 Beavers have to work hard to make this happen, often completing activities at home when necessary. So our massive congratulations go to Juan, Joseph and Sam. Many thanks to Ash for presenting the Awards and very well done boys!

Mullin-Ny-Carty Camp

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Scouts from Viper and Phoenix Troops and members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts spent the weekend at the Scout Associations own Camp Site at Mullin-Ny-Carty (MNC), over the weekend of the 10. – 12. July 2015.

On arrival the Scouts et up camp, erecting their own hike tents and helping set up the cooking and eating areas, there was then a short briefing as to what the Scouts were to expect over the weekend. It was then off down Silverdale Glen for an hour of wide games before heading back to the camp site for supper and a camp fire. It started raining as soon as we got the fire going, so as it was starting to get late, the Scouts were pretty happy to head off to their tents.

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On Saturday morning, some Scouts were up pretty early, while others enjoyed a lie in until 07:30. After breakfast and our usual Tent and Kit Inspection and a bit of time for a game of Danish Long Ball, activities started with Abseiling and use of Axes and building Camp Fires, these were done in two groups with a change over after an hour. Lunch was a build yourself a sandwich, with pies, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, crisps and chocolate biscuits filling everyone up. After lunch again in groups we did Backwoods Cooking including preparation and cooking of trout and a Scavenge Hunt around Silverdale Glen, which resulted in everyone ‘winning’ an ice cream.

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Later on in the afternoon, as one big group everyone did a river walk up the Silverburn river, which lasted a good hour. Tea was a barbecue, which went down very well. We decided to give the camp fire another go, but as soon as it was lit the rain came in again, so we set up a movie in the on site building which most Scouts watched, a few braved the elements and stayed around the camp fire. Most Scouts were ready for bed by 10pm and after a quick supper round the fire (the rain had just about stopped) they headed off to their tents.

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On Sunday, sausage sandwiches went down well for breakfast. Inspection was followed by a rope traverse across the river. Some Scouts thought it would be quite easy, but it was actually pretty difficult and times ranged from just over thirty seconds to two minutes to make it across the river and back again.

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Everyone then got their bikes out and cycled into Castletown for an hour at the Swimming Pool. Back at MNC lunch was served and then the Scouts took their tents down, equipment was packed away and the site given a litter sweep and tidy. As always at the end of a camp we had a debrief where the Scouts could say what they liked and didn’t like and any other comments they wish to make about the camp. We then gathered in together to formally dismiss the camp, during which one of our ex scouts was invested into Explorer Scouts.

Thanks go to those Leaders who gave up parts of their weekends to run some of the activities for us.

 

Thursday Beavers Update

CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD – 18 JUNE

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Many congratulations to Alex H-B on gaining his Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.
This is a highly prestigious Award, and 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 Alex has worked really hard to make this happen, often completing activities at home when necessary. So our massive congratulations go to Alex – well done!

TEAMWORK – 18 JUNE

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The Teamwork Challenge Badge forms part of the new badge scheme which has been launched this year. We will be looking for helpful team members, those who are willing and eager to take on being a team leader or captain and Beavers working together to complete a challenge or activity.
Thursday Beavers were recently challenged to build a tower or structure using spaghetti and marshmallows! They completed these in their Lodges, working as a team! There was some good team work going on, and especially team leadership from Alex, and there was also some individual work happening too. Well done to all the Lodges for your magnificent structures and teamwork.

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE – 25 JUNE

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As part of the 2015 Beaver Challenge – Beavers were asked to hold an evening on a Crazy Theme. We asked the Beavers what they would like the theme to be – crazy hair, crazy water, crazy dance – were just a few of the ideas. After a vote – you guessed – crazy water won!
We started the evening with pass the balloon (and be careful not to burst it)! Then the Beavers had a bit of practice for sports day and had to fill a jug with water using a plastic cup with holes in the bottom! Unfortunately most of the water ended up on the two Cubs who were helping out by holding the jugs! The Cubs got their own back and emptied some of the water over the Beavers.
The evening finished with the water gun fight – where most of the Colony ended up with a good soaking!

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ISLAND BEAVER TRAIN TRIP & FUN DAY

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Island Beavers took the Steam Train to Castletown, had lunch and a play in the park, and took the Steam Train back to Douglas. Despite the overcast start to the day, the sun came out and it was a lovely day for the trip. Eleven Beavers, one Scout, two parents and two Leaders from Thursday Beavers took part in the event. The boys were all well behaved on the train and enjoyed a picnic in Poulsom Park on their arrival. This was followed by games of cricket and football, and playing around the skate park and bmx track. After a couple of hours we packed up and headed back to the station to catch the train home. It was a lovely trip and the Beavers all seemed to have a great time. Our thanks to Big Beaver – Bev for organising the trip, our parent helpers and Leaders and well done to Thursday Beavers.

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MGP

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Cubs and Scouts from the Group have the opportunity of working on the Scoreboards during this Years MGP Races. Leaders will be taking names of those who wish to be involved over the next few weeks, so anyone who wants to take part, make sure your Leader knows.

Bottles and Jars Wanted

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The Group will be running a Bottle Stall at the Onchan Village Fair on the 11. July 2015 and we are looking for donations of Bottles and Jars to fill our table. Anything that is unopened and within date will be accepted, whether it is a jar of jam, a bottle of shampoo or even that jar of picked walnuts that has been sat at the back of the cupboard since Christmas. All donations will be gratefully accepted. If we get at least one jar or bottle from each member of the Group, we will really fill our table and make some much needed funds for the Group.

Donations of Bottles and Jars can be bought along to any Section Meeting up to the 10. July 2015.