We have confirmed some dates of Group Events which you might wish to make a note of in your diaries:
- 9. March 2012 – Group Bingo Night.
- 18. May 2012 – Group Quiz Night.
- 14. July 2012 – Onchan Village Fair.
- 12. October 2012 – Group Awards Night.
All these dates and Section activities can be found in the Group Calendar here.
Subscriptions from all youth members in the Group will be due in January 2012. This term covers the period from the 1. January to the 15. April 2012. We ask that parents ensure Subs are paid by no later than the 31. January 2012. Subs Forms will be available in the Scout Hall and can also be downloaded here.
All the Leaders in the Group would like to thank everyone who has bought them a Christmas Present this year. While we don’t expect presents from our members at Christmas time (just a thank you is enough), they are all very much appreciated.
We now have a Fan Page on Facebook. It can be found here.
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WORLD SCOUTING – 8 DECEMBER 2011
Beaver Scouts need to learn about World Scouting as part of their Global Challenge Award. This week Steve Karran, our Beaver Scout Leader, showed the Beavers a Scout Thailand uniform which his son brought back when he went to Thailand in 2003 for the 20th World Scout Jamboree. There were an amazing 30,000 Scouts from all over the world attending the Jamboree. The Beavers were very keen to hear all about his adventures and to see some of the memorabilia he brought back.
BEAVERS MOVING-ON – 8 DECEMBER 2011
This Christmas we say goodbye and good luck to two Beavers who are moving on to Cubs in the New Year. Joshua M. will join Manannan Cubs and Lewis L. will join Snaefell Cubs. We will miss them at Beavers, but we know they will enjoy making new friends and having lots of new adventures in Cubs.
CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD
This week three of our Beavers gained their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This prestigious Award can only be achieved by Beavers who have completed all six of their Beaver Scout Challenge Awards (Promise, Friendship, Fitness, Creative, Global and Outdoor). It can take up to two years to complete these challenges and these Beavers have worked hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. So massive congratulations to Joshua M, Luke C and Thomas H.
Thursday Beavers have recently visited The Original Manx Fudge Factory in Ballasalla. There was much excitement, even before the trip began! The visit started with a demonstration of fudge making – the Christmas Fudge – which included almonds, cranberries and cinnamon as well as the sugar, cream, butter and condensed milk – I think! The Beavers were then invited to sample some of the different types of fudge produced in the factory – the parents and Leaders seemed to enjoy this part too! Favourites included the Belgian Dark Chocolate and the Manx Butter and Cream. We also tried some Manx Mint Cake which was particularly nice.
Once the tasting session had finished the Beavers were able to see chocolate lollies being made and everyone had their own lolly to take home. After some juice the Beavers went shopping and brought some boxes of fudge, bars of Mint Cake and some more Chocolate Lollies. We then headed back to the Scout Hall – luckily not to giddy on sugar!
At the end of 2011, all members must remove the 50 Year Badge from their uniform. Please don’t throw it away, sew it onto a rucsac or keep it safe as a memento of our 50th Birthday.
2012 is the Queens Diamond Jubilee and to celebrate this, the Scout Association have produced a special badge which will be worn by all members during 2012. This badge is worn in exactly the same place as the 50 Year Badge and will be given out during your first meeting of 2012.
2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers recently took part in the Island Beaver Five-A-Side Football Competition. A total of nine teams entered, including two from 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers. Each team played a total of eight matches – with each match lasting four minutes. It was a tiring but an enjoyable and exciting afternoon for the Beavers. Our A Team fought hard to win their games and finished in an admirable joint 4th position. Team B played very well too finishing a little further down the leader board. Lee was disappointed not to have reclaimed the Trophy this year, but we were all very proud of how well everyone played. Very well done to both teams.