Swimming Badges

https://members.scouts.org.uk/images/content/badges/2015as-st-swm1.pngWe have booked Ballakermeen School Swimming Pool to enable our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to gain one of the five staged swimming badges. This is taking place on Saturday 8. April 2017. There are different start times depending what badge members are going for.

Full information can be found in this flyer. Badge requirements can be found here.

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.

Thursday Beavers–December 2016

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As we came to the end of another busy term, it was time to say goodbye to some of our older Beavers who were MOVING ON to CUBS. A small Ceremony was held for Rowan, Oliver and Bo. Rowan and Bo are joining Snaefell Pack (Wednesday) and Oliver is going to Manannan Pack (Monday). Rowan has completed 2 full years in Beavers and has been one of our most enthusiastic and giggly Beavers! Rowan was nominated for Most Enthusiastic Beaver in our Group Awards this year – a well deserved nomination. Oliver also bounded into Beavers, full of enthusiasm 18 months ago, and was also nominated for Most Enthusiastic Beaver in our Group Awards. He has grown into a helpful Beaver, setting a good example as a Lodge Leader. Bo has just completed a year at Beavers, and was nominated for the Best Beaver Award in our Group Awards. Bo has grown in confidence during his time at Beavers and sets a positive example to others with his good behaviour. It is always a sad time – these boys have come such a long way in Beavers, but it is also an exciting time as the Beavers continue their Scouting Adventure in Cubs.

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We also had the pleasure this month of presenting a new Award – the Beaver Leader’s COMMENDATION MEDAL – to two of our Beavers. This is in recognition of the many positives these two young people have achieved during their time in Beavers. The Awards went to Joe and Sean. Joe – not only an enthusiastic and happy Beaver, but he decided to give up Beavers, shortly after his brother had moved on to Cubs. With a little bit of encouragement from Leaders and his parents, he came back and has just gone from strength to strength – and now he is a Lodge Leader. Good perseverance. Sean – another enthusiastic and happy Beaver. Always comes to meetings with a huge smile on his face. Sean has set an excellent example during Beaver Ceremonies week after week, and has just become Yellow Lodge Leader. An excellent role model. Well done both of you.

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We finished the year with a joint CHRISTMAS PARTY with our friends at Tuesday Beavers!! A lovely evening, the Beaver all enjoyed themselves, as did the Leaders – and exceptionally tidy shoes – don’t think I have ever seen that before, but Rob was in charge of shoes!!

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…….and a really LOVELY CARD to finish a really lovely year! Rob, Charlotte, Alex and I look forward to doing it all again in 2017!!

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Thursday Beavers–November 2016

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In November we pushed the boat out and had a NIGHT HIKE round the Conrhenny Plantation! Well done Rob for not letting me wimp out of the walk. The weather stayed dry and it wasn’t too muddy underfoot. Well done to all the Beavers and of course the parents who came along – we couldn’t have done it without your help. Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk and it was particularly lovely to see the lights of Douglas from the edge of the plantation.

We then had a great night celebrating 30 YEARS of BEAVER SCOUTS in our Colony – party games, party food, writing birthday cards to send to Beavers in the UK and Canada, and the birthday cake!!!

 

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Thursday Beavers–October 2016

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INVESTITURES are one of the best things about Scouting – particularly with Beavers – it is the start of hopefully, a great adventure. Our three new Beavers were very excited and very cool!! They recited their Promise perfectly and were presented with their 2nd Onchan scarf, badges & Investiture Certificate. So a warm welcome & congratulations to Mila, Louis & Jack, we hope you enjoy your time in Thursday Beavers!

imageWe also awarded two CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARDS in October. This is the highest badge that can be achieved in Beavers. It can only be gained after Beavers have completed all six of their Challenge Badges – so it can take up to two years to complete all six! So massive congratulations to Patrick and Rowan for gaining their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award! This badge can also be worn on your Cub uniform!

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We then held a HOP TU NAA – THEMED NIGHT. With Charlotte as Choir Leader, we started with a lovely rendition of one of the many versions of the Hop tu Naa song. It really was fantastic singing, learnt in such a short space of time! Then it was on to apple bobbing (always great fun) and we finished off with some spooky story telling by torchlight. Well done to Joe, Beaver of the Night, for his terrifying clown story!

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We finished the half term with the ISLAND BEAVERS BIRTHDAY PARTY, to celebrate 30 years of Beaver Scouting!!! Thirteen Beavers from the Thursday Colony joined over a hundred other Beavers from around the Island and tried out a number of activities including; indoor skiing, paper plane making, hockey, an agility activity and a fun first aid centre! To finish off they had a giant game of Pass the Parcel which we seemed to do rather well at!! As they left each Beaver was presented with a special celebration cake and a 30th Birthday Woggle.

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Thursday Beavers–September 2016

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Thursday Beavers started the Autumn Term with a TREASURE HUNT in MOLLY QUIRK’S GLEN. It was a lovely evening and the Beavers all seemed to enjoy the walk. The following week our Group Scout Leader showed the Beavers how to tie some KNOTS. The Beavers learned three different knots and were sent home with a length of cord to practice with!!

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Also in September, Thursday Beavers took part in the ISLAND BEAVERS THREE LEGS CHALLENGE. This ‘Leg’ of the Challenge went from Bradden School to Crosby, and took place on a Sunday morning. Well done to the ten Beavers who completed the Hike, along with one older brother and two parents!! Even though it’s not a race, it was good to see a contingent of Thursday Beavers finishing first!

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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.