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.

NORJAM 2018

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The Isle of Man will be sending a Contingent of Scouts and Explorer Scouts to NORJAM in 2018. NORJAM is an International Scout & Guide Camp which is taking place between the 11. – 18. August 2018 and will be based at the Norfolk Showground near to the historic town of Norwich.

NORJAM looks as if it will be a fantastic camp and an excellent opportunity for Manx Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders to take part in an international experience, joining in a wide range of activities, meeting Scouts from around the world and making new friends.

2nd Onchan hope to be a big part of the Manx Contingent and it would be great to see our Scouts taking part.

If you would like to be part of the adventure, please return the slip from the letter you can download here  together with a £50.00 deposit by the 6. October 2017. A confirmation letter and payment card will be sent out to all participants soon after the closing date. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me – Ash.

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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

Chief Scouts Gold Award

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Four Scouts with the Phoenix Troop were presented with their Chief Scouts Gold Awards on Sunday 30. April 2017, the highest award in the Scout Section. Over the weekend Archie, Conor, Max and Ethan (Team Acme) completed their Expedition Challenge, their final Challenge Badge, which involved a two night hike camp from Glen Wyllin to Peel and finally to Marown School, carrying full kit.

We wish them well as they continue their Scouting with Onchan District Explorer Scouts.

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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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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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