On 8 April 2017 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 2nd Onchan Scout Group had the opportunity to complete one of the staged swimmer badges from levels 1 to 5.
The Group were able to hire out Ballakermeen Swimming Pool for the afternoon and using staggered start times the Scouts could pick which level they wanted to go for and turn up at the applicable time. There were lots of members going for every stage of the badges with 3 Scouts going for the gruelling Stage 5 which included a 1,000 metre timed swim using 4 different strokes, 5 minutes treading water with one arm in the air for 3 minutes and a swim in additional clothing.
All Beavers, Cubs and Scouts successfully achieved the level that they individually went for with enough time at the end for some water polo and some fun with the floats and other pool equipment. Well done all!
A big ‘Thank You’ to Alex, Ash, Dan and Rob for running the sessions and to Macklin our lifeguard.
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.
The annual St. George’s Day Parade & Service is taking place on Sunday 23. April 2017 in Castletown. This is the only time all members of the Scout Association from around the Island get together and during the Service everyone will be renewing their Promise to Scouting.
It’s important we get a smart turnout from 2nd Onchan, as the Isle of Man’s largest Scout Group we will be expected to have the largest presence on the parade.
Letters should be going out from Section Leaders but you can also download one here.
2nd Onchan’s annual Family Bingo Night is this year taking place at the Scout Hall on Friday 10. March 2017. This is a very popular event and all our members and their families are invited to attend.
We will be playing ten games of Bingo with some great prizes, included in the £2.00 ticket price is a baked potato supper. We will also be holding a raffle with the proceeds going towards our toilet refurbishment.
Details and form are available here. Tickets available from Section Leaders.
We hope to see you there!
Subs are now due from all our Youth Members for this term. Subs can be paid by cheque, cash (ask for a receipt) or by BACS.
You can find the latest Subs Form here.
As we came to the end of another busy term, it was time to say goodbye to some of our older Beavers who were MOVING ON to CUBS. A small Ceremony was held for Rowan, Oliver and Bo. Rowan and Bo are joining Snaefell Pack (Wednesday) and Oliver is going to Manannan Pack (Monday). Rowan has completed 2 full years in Beavers and has been one of our most enthusiastic and giggly Beavers! Rowan was nominated for Most Enthusiastic Beaver in our Group Awards this year – a well deserved nomination. Oliver also bounded into Beavers, full of enthusiasm 18 months ago, and was also nominated for Most Enthusiastic Beaver in our Group Awards. He has grown into a helpful Beaver, setting a good example as a Lodge Leader. Bo has just completed a year at Beavers, and was nominated for the Best Beaver Award in our Group Awards. Bo has grown in confidence during his time at Beavers and sets a positive example to others with his good behaviour. It is always a sad time – these boys have come such a long way in Beavers, but it is also an exciting time as the Beavers continue their Scouting Adventure in Cubs.
We also had the pleasure this month of presenting a new Award – the Beaver Leader’s COMMENDATION MEDAL – to two of our Beavers. This is in recognition of the many positives these two young people have achieved during their time in Beavers. The Awards went to Joe and Sean. Joe – not only an enthusiastic and happy Beaver, but he decided to give up Beavers, shortly after his brother had moved on to Cubs. With a little bit of encouragement from Leaders and his parents, he came back and has just gone from strength to strength – and now he is a Lodge Leader. Good perseverance. Sean – another enthusiastic and happy Beaver. Always comes to meetings with a huge smile on his face. Sean has set an excellent example during Beaver Ceremonies week after week, and has just become Yellow Lodge Leader. An excellent role model. Well done both of you.
We finished the year with a joint CHRISTMAS PARTY with our friends at Tuesday Beavers!! A lovely evening, the Beaver all enjoyed themselves, as did the Leaders – and exceptionally tidy shoes – don’t think I have ever seen that before, but Rob was in charge of shoes!!
…….and a really LOVELY CARD to finish a really lovely year! Rob, Charlotte, Alex and I look forward to doing it all again in 2017!!
In November we pushed the boat out and had a NIGHT HIKE round the Conrhenny Plantation! Well done Rob for not letting me wimp out of the walk. The weather stayed dry and it wasn’t too muddy underfoot. Well done to all the Beavers and of course the parents who came along – we couldn’t have done it without your help. Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk and it was particularly lovely to see the lights of Douglas from the edge of the plantation.
We then had a great night celebrating 30 YEARS of BEAVER SCOUTS in our Colony – party games, party food, writing birthday cards to send to Beavers in the UK and Canada, and the birthday cake!!!
INVESTITURES are one of the best things about Scouting – particularly with Beavers – it is the start of hopefully, a great adventure. Our three new Beavers were very excited and very cool!! They recited their Promise perfectly and were presented with their 2nd Onchan scarf, badges & Investiture Certificate. So a warm welcome & congratulations to Mila, Louis & Jack, we hope you enjoy your time in Thursday Beavers!
We also awarded two CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARDS in October. This is the highest badge that can be achieved in Beavers. It can only be gained after Beavers have completed all six of their Challenge Badges – so it can take up to two years to complete all six! So massive congratulations to Patrick and Rowan for gaining their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award! This badge can also be worn on your Cub uniform!
We then held a HOP TU NAA – THEMED NIGHT. With Charlotte as Choir Leader, we started with a lovely rendition of one of the many versions of the Hop tu Naa song. It really was fantastic singing, learnt in such a short space of time! Then it was on to apple bobbing (always great fun) and we finished off with some spooky story telling by torchlight. Well done to Joe, Beaver of the Night, for his terrifying clown story!
We finished the half term with the ISLAND BEAVERS BIRTHDAY PARTY, to celebrate 30 years of Beaver Scouting!!! Thirteen Beavers from the Thursday Colony joined over a hundred other Beavers from around the Island and tried out a number of activities including; indoor skiing, paper plane making, hockey, an agility activity and a fun first aid centre! To finish off they had a giant game of Pass the Parcel which we seemed to do rather well at!! As they left each Beaver was presented with a special celebration cake and a 30th Birthday Woggle.
Thursday Beavers started the Autumn Term with a TREASURE HUNT in MOLLY QUIRK’S GLEN. It was a lovely evening and the Beavers all seemed to enjoy the walk. The following week our Group Scout Leader showed the Beavers how to tie some KNOTS. The Beavers learned three different knots and were sent home with a length of cord to practice with!!
Also in September, Thursday Beavers took part in the ISLAND BEAVERS THREE LEGS CHALLENGE. This ‘Leg’ of the Challenge went from Bradden School to Crosby, and took place on a Sunday morning. Well done to the ten Beavers who completed the Hike, along with one older brother and two parents!! Even though it’s not a race, it was good to see a contingent of Thursday Beavers finishing first!
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).