On 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Subs are now due from all our Youth Members for this term. Subs can be paid by cheque, cash (ask for a receipt) or by BACS.
You can find the latest Subs Form here.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
We announce our annual Awards Night Nominations. Leaders have had a difficult time selecting four nominations for each award as we have so many brilliant members in the Group.
The Awards Night is on Friday 14. October 2016 and starts at 19:30 at the Scout Hall Hall. Everyone is welcome, not just those nominated, but all members of the Group and their families.