Blackpool Day Trip

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On Saturday 21. May 2016, seventy four Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders plus a few parents from 2nd Onchan, went on a day trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We met at the Sea Terminal for 06:30, the Seacat left at 07:30, straight into some rough sea, quite a few of our younger members were sea sick, so several Leaders were kept busy sorting this out. The sea calmed down as we approached Liverpool and once off the boat we were quickly on a couple of coaches heading towards Blackpool. Heavy rain followed us all the way up the motorway and after around an hours drive we arrived at the Pleasure Beach, just as the rain stopped and the sky began to clear.

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We quickly booked in and All Ride Wristbands were fastened around everyone’s wrists and we were soon in the park. The Scouts and Explorer Scouts were allowed to go around by themselves in small Groups, while the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts went around the park with Leaders and parents.  The weather stayed fine for our four and a half hours at the Pleasure Beach and everyone had a brilliant time going on as many of the attractions as possible. At 16:15 we all met up again and fifteen minutes later we were back on the coach heading back to Liverpool. Luckily the crossing back home was a lot smoother and only one Scout suffered a bit of sea sickness.

A successful trip which everyone seemed to enjoy, we will be planning another in the future.

More photos in our Facebook Group page.

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JOTT 2016

imageMany of our Group were out on Saturday 14. May 2016 taking part in JOTT (Jamboree on the Trail). Beavers walked from St. Johns to Peel, Cubs were up in Ramsey and Scouts who were on Camp at Mullin-Ny-Carty hiked to Castletown.

Everyone who took part in JOTT gets a special badge which can be worn on uniform.

St. George’s Day Parade

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St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and each year Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from all over the British Isles get together in their Counties and Districts to take part in Parades and Services to celebrate Scouting’s National Day.

Here on the Isle of Man, we at 2nd Onchan, will be joining with all the other Island Scout Groups on Sunday 17. April 2016, at the St. George’s Day Parade, which this year is taking place in Peel, with the service being held inside Peel Castle (if wet in Peel Cathedral). Being one of the most important dates in the Scouting Calendar, all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders will be renewing their Beaver, Cub and Scout Promises, during the Service.

As you may know, 2nd Onchan is the largest Scout Group on the Isle of Man and as such, we will be expected to have the biggest and most likely, the smartest turnout on the Parade.

I would ask that every member of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, from the youngest Beaver Scout to the oldest Explorer Scout takes part, to support not only their Section, but also the Group and Scouting on the Isle of Man, by attending the St. George’s Day Parade and Service. Parents are also welcome to attend the service.

Full Uniform is to be worn, including Scout Activity Trousers and School Shoes. I would also suggest that a coat is brought by everyone, just in case of inclement weather.

We will be meeting at the old Swimming Pool end of Peel Promenade for no later than 1.30pm (parents are asked to park in the field on the Headland – see map below). Please assemble with other members of 2nd Onchan. The Service in the castle grounds will finish at approximately 3.15pm. There are afternoon activities for Beavers and Scouts, who wish to take part in them, further details of which will be sent out by your child’s Leader.

In the event of inclement weather, the Service will take place in Peel Cathedral; announcements will be made on Manx Radio and added to our Facebook Group.

This Parade should be the largest ever gathering of 2nd Onchan Scout Group Members so far this year, please help ensure that it is.

Click here for the letter.

Phoenix Troop at Ardwhallan

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The Phoenix Troop spent the weekend at Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre over the 4. – 6. March 2016.

After settling in the evening was spent doing orienteering, followed by a wide game and then supper around a fire in the Viking Longhouse.

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On Saturday morning, activities included the Low Level Rope Course, Cheese Crane, Archery and Backwoods Cooking. After lunch, around half the Troop went on a mountain bike hike while the other half did a normal hike. After tea, we held another wide game before finishing the evening with a video.

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On Sunday morning, the Scouts were given an extra half hour lie in. We visited the NSC for swimming. After lunch the house was tidied up and there was a bit of free time before parents arrived to collect the Scouts.

We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed dry and sunny all weekend.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach–Day Trip

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On Saturday 21. May 2016, we are holding a Day Trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for all members of the Group and members of Onchan District Explorer Scouts. We will be travelling to Liverpool on the 07:45 Seacat to Liverpool from where we will get a coach directly to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. Everyone will have around five hours at the Pleasure Beach before we travel back to Liverpool where we will catch the 19:15 Seacat back to the Island arriving at around 22:00.

The cost of the trip will cover Seacat fares, coach travel, fully inclusive ride band for the Pleasure Beach and a voucher to buy lunch in the Pleasure Beach. Not included is personal spending money and tea on the way back (bring a packed tea or purchase something on the Seacat).

Full details can be found in the letter here.

Closing date is the 31. March 2016.

Group Bingo Night

imageThe Group is holding our Family Bingo Night on Friday 26. February 2016. This very popular event is open to all members of 2nd Onchan and their families.

The night includes a Baked Potato Supper, which always goes down well. We will be playing ten games of Bingo with prizes for a winning lines and a full house. Tickets sell out fast so please get yours as soon as possible.

Tickets are available from Section Leaders and are just £2.00 each.

Download the Bingo Night flyer here.

Subs

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Happy New Year to all our members and here’s to another active year for the Group.

Subscriptions are now due for the current term. Leaders usually email out the Subs Form to our members parents, but you can also download the form from this website (link top right) and we have paper copies available in the Scout Hall.

We would be grateful if parents can make sure their child’s subscription is paid by no later than the 31. January 2016.