Last week two Beavers from the Thursday Colony gained their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award – Harry C and Ashton Q. 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. Our congratulations go to Harry and Ashton, with many thanks to Ash for presenting the awards.
Thursday Beavers have reached the end of yet another term – which means it is time to say goodbye to some of our older Beavers who have reached the age of 8 and are ready to move on to Cubs. Our twins – Lee C & Alex C, George C, Oscar L and Reece L all received their Moving On certificate and badges, and are all going to Manannan Cubs. Charlie M also received his Moving On certificate and badges, and he is going to Snaefell Cubs. We have really enjoyed having the boys in Beavers and can’t believe it is time for them to go to Cubs already! They have all been well behaved and enthusiastic and we will miss them, but wish them all the very best at Cubs.
CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD
This week one of our Beavers gained his Chief Scout’s Bronze Award – Charlie M. 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 Charlie has worked really hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. So our massive congratulations go to Charlie!
SHIP SHORE CHAMPION 2013
Thursday Beavers always start their meetings with a game of Ship Shore. This term we decided to make it even more competitive and keep score of the top three in each game. Points were awarded and totalled up over the term. In third place was Ryan E, in second place was Harry C, and our first Ship Shore Champion 2013 was Oscar L! All three received a certificate of congratulations and Oscar received a small trophy. Well done Oscar!
As it was our last meeting before the Summer Holidays, Thursday Beavers walked from the Scout Hall to Port Jack Glen, where they enjoyed some chips! It has been another fantastic year of Scouting for Thursday Beavers – our Movie Night/Sleepover and winning the Beaver Football Competition in November 2012, coming runners-up to Tuesday Beavers in the Beaver Bowling Competition in March 2013, taking part in the St George’s Day Parade & Service in April 2013, meeting the Chief Scout Bear Grylls in May 2013 and winning the Beaver Sports Day Competition last month! We have awarded lots of activity and challenge badges which the Beavers have to work very hard for, as well as a number of Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards. Thanks to the lovely weather we have been able to get outside a bit more this year too. Our thanks go to everyone who has helped and supported us through the year. Hope you all have a fantastic summer – Steve, Lee and Jackie.
The annual all Island St. George’s Day Parade & Service was held on Sunday 21. April 2013. This year the event was organised by a small team of 2nd Onchan Leaders. The centre of Onchan came to a standstill as around 700 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders led by Onchan Silver Band paraded down School Road, along Main Road down Royal Avenue and onto Royal Drive, where they passed the saluting base manned by the Island Commissioner, the Island President and the Patron of the Scout Association – Isle of Man the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood. Once in Onchan Park, the Service was held in front of invited guests and hundreds of parents. A short play depicting the story of St. George and the Dragon was put on my member of 2nd Onchan and the prayers were also led by the Group. All members of the Association renewed their Promises during the Service. The many Banners were judged by the Governor and the winners of the Victor Kneale Trophy were 1st Ballaugh. After the parade everyone got to go on the parks attractions at reduced prices courtesy of Onchan Commissioners.
As organisers we would like to thank all Island Groups for a fantastic turn out. The Scout Band who played so well, the members of the Group who who performed or read prayers, the local police for running the rolling road closure, Onchan Silver Band who provided the parade music, Onchan Explorer Scouts for doing so much and off course the Leaders of 2nd Onchan who have been working so hard to make the day a success.
The Group is holding a Quiz Night for all members, Family members and supporters on Friday 10. May 2013. Prizes for the top free prizes and special rounds for younger children. During the evening everyone will enjoy a baked potato supper. Tickets are now on sale from Section Leaders. Full details can be found in this flyer. This event sold out last year so don’t leave it too late to get your tickets.
Our Group Treasurer Jim Burton, after forty plus years, retired last night. Jim was the Groups longest serving member and the contribution he has made to the Group and Scouting has been immense. At a small retirement party held in the Scout Hall, Jim was presented with a special Group Scarf and Made an Honouree Life Member of 2nd Onchan.
We have just placed an order for a new Group Woggle. The Woggles are made out of a special flexible PVC material and are in the Groups colours of black and yellow. They will be available at just £1.00 each and we hope to have stock in about three weeks.
The Group Bingo Night which is on this Friday 22. February, has now sold out. Thank you to everyone who is supporting this event.
Each year on the 31. January, we carry out a census of our members, which is requested by the Scout Association. This year our membership totals 167 and is broken down as follows:
- Beaver Scouts: 34
- Cub Scouts: 62
- Scouts: 51
- Leaders: 20
Below you can see how our membership has faired over the last thirteen years.
- 2013 167
- 2012: 161
- 2011: 157
- 2010: 134
- 2009: 143
- 2008: 156
- 2007: 151
- 2006: 147
- 2005: 133
- 2004: 140
- 2003: 168 *
- 2002: 156 *
- 2001: 158 *
* The years 2001 to 2003 included older Scouts and Venture Scouts, before the new programme came in. Older Scouts and Ventures were formed into an Explorer Unit, which is not part of the Group and therefore don’t count towards our census figures.
A message from the Chief Scout Bear Grylls to all Leaders.