Beavers Pony Trekking

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At the weekend Thursday and Tuesday Beavers went Pony Trekking at the Ballahimmin Pony Trekking Centre in Cronk y Voddy. Sixteen Beavers and three of the Leaders’ children took part in the Pony Trekking, situated in the beautiful Little London hills – and the weather was perfect! The Centre is run by a parent of one of Thursday Beaver’s – Bryony Collison. Bryony organised the Beavers into two groups – one to go out riding and one to stay and learn about grooming and care of the ponies.

Tuesday Beavers went out first, most of the boys were novices and had never ridden before, but they all looked very confident on their ponies and all seemed to enjoy the experience. Next out were Thursday Beavers, and despite a few early nerves, the Beavers soon settled down and enjoyed their trek. It was a fantastic morning. The staff at the Centre were amazing and helped to make the experience a positive one for all involved.

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2013 Group Camp

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The Group Camp, open to all 2nd Onchan, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts will be taking place at the Crossags Camp Site over the 27. – 29. September 2013. A full programme of activities is being arranged for the weekend and it should be a great get together for the whole Group. There is one letter for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and another for Beavers. Closing date for getting the permission slip and camp fee in is the 15. August 2013.

Cubs, Scouts, Explorers Letter

Beavers Letter

Beaver Sports Day

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Thursday and Tuesday Beavers took part in the Island Beaver Sports Day on the 30. June 2013, at Gymn’s FC. Conditions were good, although rain threatened. Nine Beaver Colonies took part in the Sports Day, and events included running races, egg and spoon races, sack races, skipping races, ball and cup races and space hopper races. There were also two relay events, the running relay and the infamous water relay.

Thursday Beavers are the reigning Champions and holders of the Sports Day Trophy. We had a good turnout of eleven boys, only four of whom had competed last year. We also undertook the usual two weeks of training prior to the event. We are delighted that not only did Thursday Beavers win the Trophy for yet another year, they won in style – with fifteen first places out of a total of thirty races! They also won the running relay, despite a fall at the start which put them at the back of the field, and they won the water relay, in spite of the small jug and bucket!

All those who took part finished in the top three in at least one of their races – a remarkable result, so very well done to Harry, Ryan, George, Oscar L, Luke, Alex, Lee, Fergus, Evan, Charlie & Oscar N!

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Thursday Beavers finished the afternoon with 317 points and in second place came Tuesday Beavers with 186 points. All round a great afternoon for 2nd Onchan Beavers. The competition continued in the Leaders’ egg & spoon race with Lee beating Jane to the post, however it was noticed that there was some cheating going on!

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BACS Payments

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From September 2013, we will be accepting payments by BACS for Subscriptions. With more people doing their banking online, some parents will find it easier to make a payment through BACS, but we will also continue to take payment by cheque and cash. If it proves successful, in the future we will look at taking payments for activities and camps also by BACS.

Details will be on the Subs Form that goes out in September.

Chief Scouts Visit

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Chief Scout Bear Grylls, made a brief visit to the Isle of Man on the 11. May 2013. He arrived by helicopter at Peel Hill, jumped onto a mountain bike and rode with a couple of Explorer Scouts down hill to meet the Scouts at Fenella Beach who were getting ready to do Coasteering, Kayaking, Climbing and Backwoods Skills. He then walked across the footbridge to meet the Beavers and Cubs who were busy building sandcastles on the beach. The Chief was soon back in the air heading off to his next stop. It was a brief and chaotic visit, with lots of the general public following Bear around, but our members seemed to really enjoy meeting the Chief.

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St. George’s Day Parade

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The annual all Island St. George’s Day Parade & Service was held on Sunday 21. April 2013. This year the event was organised by a small team of 2nd Onchan Leaders. The centre of Onchan came to a standstill as around 700 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders led imageby Onchan Silver Band paraded down School Road, along Main Road down Royal Avenue and onto Royal Drive, where they passed the saluting base manned by the Island Commissioner, the Island President and the Patron of the Scout Association – Isle of Man the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood. Once in  Onchan Park, the Service was held in front of invited guests and hundreds of parents. A short play depicting the story of St. George and the Dragon was put on my member of 2nd Onchan and the prayers were also led by the Group. All members of the Association renewed their Promises during the Service. The many Banners were judged by the Governor and the winners of the Victor Kneale Trophy were 1st Ballaugh. After the parade everyone got to go on the parks attractions at reduced prices courtesy of Onchan Commissioners.

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As organisers we would like to thank all Island Groups for a fantastic turn out. The Scout Band who played so well, the members of the Group who who performed or read prayers, the local police for running the rolling road closure, Onchan Silver Band who provided the parade music, Onchan Explorer Scouts for doing so much and off course the Leaders of 2nd Onchan who have been working so hard to make the day a success.

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Thursday & Tuesday Beavers – Island Ten Pin Bowling Competition

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Over the weekend, Island Beavers took part in a Ten Pin Bowling Competition at Sure Strike Bowling & Leisure Centre in Ramsey. This was the first time the event had taken place in over four years, and 2nd Onchan were the last winners of the trophy – so the pressure was on! There were individual trophies for the Best Beaver – Under 7 and the Best Beaver 7 & Over. There was also a Colony trophy for the highest average score per Colony.

imageEleven Thursday Beavers and 8 Tuesday Beavers took part in the competition. The boys did brilliantly and really enjoyed the morning. Harrison C from Tuesday won the Under 7 trophy with a massive score of 79 – Well Done! Oscar N from Thursday came 2nd in the same category with a score of 74. James H from Tuesday was 3rd in the 7 & under age group, scoring 81 points, and Thomas B from Thursday came 4th with a score of 80 – well done boys!

The overall winner of the trophy – the Colony with the highest average score – was 2nd Onchan TUESDAY Beavers!! Well Done! Their average score was 70.43. Thursday Beavers came 2nd overall with an average score of 65.54. Well done to everyone who took part.