Snaefell Cubs at Ardwhallan



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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…


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.

Remembrance Sunday

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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).

Fireworks Activity Night


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.

Beaver Scouts

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.

Cub Scouts

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.

New 2nd Onchan Activity Wear

tshirthoodieA 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.


Awards Night Nominations


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.



Four of our Thursday Beavers had a fantastic time at Blackpool with their dads. Although it was a bit of an unsettled start on the boat and it poured with rain on our journey from Liverpool to Blackpool – it was dry when we arrived at the Pleasure Beach and the day just got better and better!

Well done to Patrick, Bo, Callum and Rowan. Thanks to Bo for sharing the Ghost Train with me – I was too scared to go on my own, and Patrick for sharing the big dipper with me (which I was told was actually a little dipper) – I don’t know I kept my eyes shut the whole time!

A great day out, and hopefully one that will be repeated in a couple of years – when all our current Beavers will be in Cubs!


What a good night on Douglas Beach!

The Beavers started with a sand race – a little more training for the forthcoming Sports Day!  Then they began working towards their Teamwork and Skills Challenge Badges – so in their Lodges they were tasked with creating a sandcastle or sand sculpture. Despite some rather wet sand – they all came up with some very creative ideas!  The evening finished with some gold digging – by far the most fun – and the lucky winner who found the gold envelope (buried in the sand) won a gold bar of chocolate!


Despite the promise of heavy rain, 14 Thursday Beavers arrived at Douglas Train Station, along with other Island Beavers for a Train Trip to Poulsom Park. There was much excitement as we located our carriages and set off on our journey.

We played games and shared some sweets on the journey down, the time passing really quickly. Unfortunately it was too wet for our picnic in the park, so we headed to Castletown Scout Group for our lunch and a couple of games – Bingo and Heads or Tails, followed by a sing song.

The before we knew it, it was time to head back to the train station and start out journey back to Douglas. More sweets and games on the journey home.  The Beavers were really well behaved, despite the constraints of the weather, and all seemed to have a really good time. So well done everyone – a great success!


Well done to the Beavers who turned out today for the Onchan Civic Sunday Parade & Service. All very well behaved, a bit fidgety in the Church, but it was quite a long Service! Thank you for your support. A special well done to our flag bearer Patrick – great job!


Champions SIX YEARS running!!

Massive congratulations and a huge thank you to all the Beavers who turned up for Sports Day (and to those who helped with the training, but couldn’t make it on the day) – Harry, Evan, Corben, Sean, Bo, Patrick, Oliver, Dylan, Samson, Ben, James, Callum, Joe and Rowan.  Special thanks to Dylan and Samson who both agreed to help Tuesday Beavers, as they were low in numbers. It also meant that the two boys got to take part in more events – so thank you for that – you are still part of this winning team!!  Thank you also to our amazing parents and siblings who turn up and support these events. You all get involved, cheering on, helping with the Beavers, getting drinks, supplying cakes (thank you Roberta – delicious), helping with biscuits and sweets (thanks Sam and Rosie) and offering to wash t shirts – to name but a few things – you really make our job easier and so much fun 🙂

It was a truly fantastic performance, each Beaver trying their absolute hardest!!  The pressure is over for another year – I am not sure I can cope!!


Thursday Beavers finished their year with some Fun in the Park – playing on the swings, the pirate ship and having a game of football!!  We had a little break for ice lollies and finished the evening with some donuts and muffins and juice (thank you Ben’s mum)!

We announced the new Lodge Winners – this is a trophy that the Lodge get to keep for the next term, and is awarded based on points gained for attendance, behaviour, helpfulness, uniform etc, over the previous term – so it is huge congratulations to YELLOW LODGE – Oliver, Sean, Evan, Harry and Samson – a lovely Lodge, prone to a bit of giddyness – but they have worked hard to improve over the term. WELL DONE 🙂


After two years in Beavers it was Callum & Ben’s last night, before moving to Cubs in September. Both boys will be joining Manannan Cubs (Monday).

Callum definitely hit the ground running at Beavers, along with his sidekick Fynn, but over the years he has developed some good behaviours, became a very good Lodge Leader and remained enthusiastic throughout. I don’t recall ever hearing Callum complain – he just seemed to get on with everything that was asked.

Not one for standing still, Ben has been enthusiastic and helpful throughout his time at Beavers. He has been a brilliant Lodge Leader and a good friend to everyone. A bit of a fidget during ceremonies, Ben suddenly turned a corner last year and managed a whole evening without a fidget! He was awarded the Beaver of the Night three weeks in a row for great behaviour – so really well done!

We will all miss you both, but wish you the very best in Manannan Cubs


It was a beautiful day as we celebrated Charlotte and Andrew’s wedding.  They both looked amazing, but Charlotte was the star of the day and looked stunning! A few younger members of the Group were invited along to form a Guard of Honour as the newly weds left the church. It was a very special moment – in a day of special moments! Thanks to James, our flag bearer, Patrick, Rowan and Ben for representing the Beaver Section on the day. Andrew and Charlotte were delighted to share their day with some of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and I am sure will treasure these memories in years to come.

Congratulations to you both from the Thursday Beaver Colony!