Snaefell Cubs at Ardwhallan

 

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

clip_image002

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.

clip_image004

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.

clip_image006

clip_image008

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…

image

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.

Phoenix Troop at Ardwhallan

image

The Phoenix Troop spent the weekend at Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre over the 4. – 6. March 2016.

After settling in the evening was spent doing orienteering, followed by a wide game and then supper around a fire in the Viking Longhouse.

image

On Saturday morning, activities included the Low Level Rope Course, Cheese Crane, Archery and Backwoods Cooking. After lunch, around half the Troop went on a mountain bike hike while the other half did a normal hike. After tea, we held another wide game before finishing the evening with a video.

image

On Sunday morning, the Scouts were given an extra half hour lie in. We visited the NSC for swimming. After lunch the house was tidied up and there was a bit of free time before parents arrived to collect the Scouts.

We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed dry and sunny all weekend.

image

Manannan Pack at Ardwhallan

image

Over the weekend 14th – 16th November, the 2nd Onchan Manannan Cub pack held their Cub Camp at Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre in West Baldwin.  The theme for the entire weekend was the Simpsons and once the Cubs were split into Groups and also shown where they would be sleeping it was time for the first activity, a night hike up to St Luke’s Church, it was a lovely clear night and it didn’t take that long to hike up to the Church.  Once up at the church the Cubs worked in their Groups and did a treasure hunt around the grounds of the church before heading up the hill for a small fireworks display to start the Cub Camp in style. 

imageAfter the display it was a very quick walk back to Ardwhallan for cake and juice before the Cubs were tasked to find as many lollypop sticks around the grounds of Ardwhallan as they could (there were about 200 scattered around). Once the majority of lollypop sticks were found we had a camp fire in the Viking Longhouse and toasted marshmallows around the fire, all the Cubs told a joke around the fire and a couple of the Cubs told us some really scary ghost stories.  It was getting late, so we headed back to Ardwhallan for Supper before going to bed, the last of the Cubs finally got to sleep around 3am (much to Akela’s delight).

imageOn Saturday it was an early start for the Leaders, however most of the Cubs were still asleep even by 7.30am, so a wakeup call was needed for some of the Cubs, after breakfast & inspection the Cubs were split up into their Groups to do the following activities; backwoods cooking, archery & low ropes / cheese crane.  For the backwoods cooking Guy Thompson (Island Commissioner) visited us and showed and assisted the Cubs in showing us how to skin and prepare Rabbits, the Cubs really got involved with this and really enjoyed this activity, we also had a chicken and a duck as well, the Cubs made a Rabbit, Duck and Chicken stew and this would form part of Saturday’s dinner.  The Archery was another activity the Cubs loved, working with Akela and Dan the Cubs all shot as many arrows as they could and tried to score as many points as they could, to make the activity more enjoyable the Cubs were tasked to blow up their balloon and try to shoot it.  The final activity for the morning was the Low Ropes and cheese crane, all Cubs had to navigate their way around the low ropes without falling off and then they had to work as part of a team on the cheese crane.

imageIt was then time for lunch and a break, for lunch it was pasty and baked beans which went down very well with all the Cubs, after lunch the Cubs were split into 2 Groups, one of the groups did some orienteering around Ardwhallan and the other group worked on the Challenge Bases around the grounds of Ardwhallan, after the hour had passed we swapped round so all Cubs had a go on each activity.  It was then time for the final activity of the day, the assault course, the Cubs were split into pairs and had to race each other and to try and get the fastest time around the assault course, all Cubs did really well and enjoyed this activity and there was some really fast Cubs going round the assault course.

As it was approaching dinner time, the Cubs made their way inside for dinner of Stew & Spaghetti Bolognaise (most of the Cubs tried the stew and some even had seconds).  After dinner the Cubs settled down to watch a couple of films before heading off to bed.  It was quite an early night for the Cubs and Leaders which is a rarity (however this was a good thing).

imageThe next morning was an early start again for the Leaders and some Cubs as they were wide awake, however the smell of bacon through the house enticed some of the Cubs to wake  and make their way down for breakfast, after inspection the Cubs and Leaders went for a very quick walk to the reservoir and the Cubs had great fun sliding down the bank near the reservoir, after 30 minutes around the reservoir we walked back to Ardwhallan and played some man hunt games before doing a very wet assault course, all Cubs and Leaders got soaked but had a really great time.  After everyone had done a few trips on a very wet assault course everyone got changed and packed their gear away and then it was time for lunch and a debrief before playing a game of Danish Longball and then it was time to head home.

The weekend was a great success and all Cubs had a great time, the weather remained dry for us which also helped towards the weekend.  Thanks to all those Leaders who helped during the weekend and to Guy for helping in the Backwoods Cooking.

image

Phoenix Troop at Ardwhallan

image

Over the 22. – 24. November 2013, eighteen Scouts and five Leaders from the Phoenix Troop spent the weekend at Ardwhallan Outdoor pursuits centre in West Baldwin. After everyone had arrived, sorted out kit and had a quick briefing it was out onto the hills for an evening wide game, before hot hot chocolate and biscuits in the Viking Longhouse, which everyone came out of later smelling of wood smoke. The Scouts were all fast asleep by midnight.

image

On Saturday after breakfast and room inspection the morning activities started. Cheese Crane, Low Ropes and the Assault Course kept everyone busy. In the afternoon it was archery, backwoods cooking and the various challenge bases until we ran out of day light. Another Wide Game in the evening was followed by a movie, before heading off to bed.

imageOn Sunday, the smell of cooking bacon eventually got the Scouts out of bed (with a little persuasion in a few cases). After breakfast and inspection, one group of Scouts went on a twelve mile cycle hike, while the other Group hiked part of the Millennium Way. Back at the centre and after lunch a quick orienteering exercise was held, after which kit was packed and the house tidied, before we headed off home.

We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed fine for the whole weekend.

image

Manannan Cubs at Ardwhallan

image

Over the weekend 15. – 17. November, Manannan Cubs invaded Ardwhallan.  On Friday night after all the Cubs had arrived, we set off on a small hike to St Luke’s Church and did a treasure hunt around the Church Grounds all the Cubs imageappeared to still have lots of energy so we decided to take the long way back to Ardwhallan (we didn’t tell the Cubs this).  Once we were back at Ardwhallan, we watched some of the football on the TV and then watched Mr Bean before the Cubs went to bed.  Saturday morning was a nice and early start, after breakfast and inspection, the Cubs were split into 3 groups to do the following activities; archery, low ropes & challenge bases once all the Cubs had a go at all the activities we stopped for lunch.

imageAfter lunch the Cubs were split into 2 groups to do the following activities, orienteering and backwoods cooking, all the Cubs managed to do really well making their bread sticks.  After this we completed some challenges on the Assault Course, and then finished the afternoon with some Man Hunt games.  After tea it was a Movie night where most of the Cubs fell asleep during the film.

Sunday was a drizzly day, so unfortunately we were unable to do our planned activities and decided to go swimming instead at the NSC, all the Cubs spent about two hours in the pool before returning to Ardwhallan for lunch and prizes.  After this it was a quick tidy up at Ardwhallan before everyone returning home.

Lots more photos on the Pack Facebook Page

image

Moddey Dhoo Scouts–Ardwhallan

image

The Moddey Dhoo Scout Troop are off to Ardwhallan over the 24. – 26. February 2011.

During the Camp we will be running a full programme of activities, some on site and some off. On site there is a brilliant Assault Course and the new Low Level Rope Course, which we will be making full use off. There is also an Outdoor Cooking Area. Activities during the camp will include – a Night Hike, Problem Solving, Wide Game, Assault Course, Rope Course, Mini Pioneering and as many other activities as we can fit in the during the weekend.

Places are limited so download the Booking Form and get it sent in as soon as possible.