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.

2017 Group Camp

Over the weekend of the 22. – 24. September 2017, we are holding a Group Camp for all members of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts. The camp will be held at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey.

We have an action packed weekend of activities planned for our members and this will be a great get together for the Group, something we only do once every two years.

Below are links to the camp letters which contain full details, one for Beaver Scouts and the other for Cub Scouts and Scouts. Please note that the closing date for getting the Booking Form and payment in is the 15. August 2017 at the latest, late forms will not be accepted.

Beaver Scouts Letter

Cub & Scouts Letter

Time to Return Trophies

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It’s time to return any trophies which are given out at last years Awards Night. We ask that they are returned early as it sometimes takes quite a while to get them all back in!

Those who were presented a Beaver Scout Trophy or a Best Cub Scout trophy, these can be kept (for ever).

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.

2nd Onchan Achieve their Swimming Badges

imageOn 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.

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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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