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!
An 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!
Cub Scout Leader (Akela)
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
…….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!!
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!!!
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!
We 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!
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!
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.
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!!
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!