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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St. George’s Day Parade

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.

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Family Bingo Night

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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!

Join us at the Gang Show

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Gang Shows are fun filled, fast moving shows for the whole family. They consist of a series of choral numbers, comedy sketches & dance items all performed by a cast of approximately eighty Scout members aged from 8 – 80.  This year the Birkenhead Gang Show is coming to the Isle of Man on the 24. February 2017.

Gang Shows are famous worldwide and have been performed for over fifty years.  In the UK, the Birkenhead Gang Show is classed as one of the best – An amateur production with a professional finish. They have performed in Liverpool, Birkenhead, London’s West End and of course at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas 50 years ago!

2nd Onchan are going to make a block booking for our Cubs and Scouts for the Gang Shows evening performance. We will be meeting outside the Gaiety for 6.30pm (10pm finish). We would like members to be in uniform.

If you book through us, you get a special 2nd Onchan only Discount of £3.00 per ticket, which brings the price for under 16’s down to £7.00, adults £12.00 and seniors £7.00.

Full details here.

Snaefell Cubs at Ardwhallan

 

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Snaefell Cubs were at Ardwhallan over the weekend 18th – 20th November 2016, we all met on Friday Night after a quick briefing, we headed out on our first activity a night hike.  We headed towards St Luke’s Church then followed the millennium way for a couple of miles before taking the road back to Ardwhallan.   Once we had arrived back we headed to the longhouse for a campfire and toasted marshmallows and had supper in the long house.  It was getting late so once we got back to the house everyone made their way to bed.  It did take a while for the Cubs to get to sleep, however they did eventually.

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The next morning the Cubs were woken by Leaders, after breakfast we went for a walk to the reservoir and did a treasure hunt around the grounds at Ardwhallan.  The activities for the morning were backwoods cooking (skinning rabbits) and on the low ropes course.  All the Cubs took part in the activities – proper scouting.  After lunch we did more backwoods cooking and Archery, well done to Lee who was the best archer and did get a very impressive score.  The final activity was timed laps on the assault course, the assault course has been done up recently and all the Cubs thought the new design and layout of the assault course was epic. Saturday evening we spent inside the nice and warm building, we did a few trails (I’m a celebrity get me out of here), watched a film and chilled in front of the TV.  All the Cubs had a good nights sleep and were in bed fairly early.

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Sunday morning, the Cubs were woken up to the smell of the Leaders cooking bacon, Sunday activities were games at Nobles Park & swimming at the NSC.  All Cubs had a great time and we were thankful that the weather remained nice for us.

Manannan Cubs at Ardwhallan

Over the weekend 21st – 23rd October 2016, 12 cubs from the Manannan Pack embarked on our annual camp to Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre in East Baldwin. On the first night all Cubs were very excitable and in a vain effort to tire them before bed the first activity of the camp was a hike up to St. Luke’s church to play some manhunt games.

After an hour of running around in the dark everyone seemed suitably tired so we headed back to the Ardwhallan site, where Mark had prepared a fire and hot chocolate in the viking-style longhouse to warm everyone up.

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The next morning Cubs were woken up at 7:30am for breakfast, as they had a busy day ahead of them and we needed to start early. For the first part of the day Cubs were split into two groups and took part in either backwoods cooking (cooking bread twists & chocolate bananas on an open fire) or orienteering, before swapping activities later on.

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After stopping for a gourmet lunch of pasty and spaghetti hoops Cubs stayed in their groups for the first of the afternoon’s activities, which were a blindfold trail/team games and the low ropes course. Everyone competed fiercely in both activities to gain all-important points which would be added to their total score for the weekend.

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Cubs then had a brief juice & biscuits break before taking part in a treasure hunt, where they competed for individual glory rather than team points. Cubs were tasked with finding as many lollipop sticks they could that had been hidden around the site half an hour earlier. During this activity we had a quick visit from Top Gear star Matt Le Blanc, but unfortunately he couldn’t stay for long – and none of the Cubs recognised him anyway, making the leaders feel old.

After the results of the treasure hunt had been counted it was time for the assault course, a test of balance, skill and the ability to crawl through thick mud. After a practice run, then a timed run which counted towards their points, the Cubs lined up for a third go with a nice surprise at the end…

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It was then time for dinner (which hardly saw the plate) before a few more outdoor games, during which there was a spectacular meteor shower for anyone who wasn’t chasing around trying to grab glow sticks. There was then just enough time for hot chocolate and a couple of movies, after which some Cubs were so tired they had to be carried upstairs to bed because they’d already fallen asleep (which doesn’t happen very often!!).

The next morning saw a delicious breakfast of bacon baps & toast before heading to Nobles Park in the minibus for a run around, and a swimming session at the NSC to substitute for all the showers that were missed over the weekend.

There was then only time to head back to Ardwhallan to pack away & tidy up before a quick lunch of pizza and hotdogs. After this Cubs were taken home… apart from some with far too much energy who then went to compete in football matches straight after the camp.

Remembrance Sunday

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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).

Fireworks Activity Night

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On Friday 4. November 2016, we are holding a Group Fireworks Activity Night for all 2nd Onchan Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Further details here.

Beaver Scouts

Please meet at the Scout Hall for 19:00. Beavers will be taking part in games at the Scout Hall. Please be in uniform and bring a coat as you will be going outside to watch the fireworks.

Cub Scouts

Cubs will be meeting at the front entrance of Bemahague School (St. Ninian’s Lower School) for 19:00. Top half of uniform to be worn. Bring a coat, hat and gloves. Bring a working torch.

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 drinks at the Scout Hall before watching a small Fireworks Display outside. Finish time will be about 20:30 and collection is at the Hall.

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

The event will proceed if wet.  Further details here.

New 2nd Onchan Activity Wear

tshirthoodieA new clothing range for members of 2nd Onchan Scout Group is now available. This isn’t uniform, but is intended for use as activity wear, during camps, hikes and other activities and we have both T-Shirts and Hoodies available. The garments are digitally printed in full colour, the T-Shirts on the front and the Hoodies front and back. All feature our ‘Second to None’ slogan. A T-Shirt is on display in the Scout Hall for you to view.

As we do not keep stock, we will place two orders per year with the manufacturers, so make sure you don’t miss the order deadline. Please ensure that your order is placed by no later than the 31. May or the 31. October. Delivery to you should be about three weeks from the order deadline.

Further info here.