2015 Group Camp

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In 2015 we are holding our Group Camp in the UK. We are planning to stay in indoor accommodation at Linnet Clough Scout Activity Centre, which is located near Stockport in Cheshire. The Camp will run from the 1st August to the 8th August 2015. You can find out more about Linnet Clough Scout Camp here: http://www.linnetclough.co.uk/

imageWe have at least 35 places available on the camp and it is open to 2nd Onchan Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Minimum age for attendance is 10 on the 1. August 2015.

imageEveryone wishing to attend this camp must have taken part in a previous camp of at least two nights beforehand. All those attending must also have the approval of their Section Leader.

We will be running a full programme of activities during the camp and we will be making use of on and off site activities. Obviously it is still early days and the programme has yet to be arranged, but activities may include, climbing, archery, orienteering, swimming, high & low ropes & much, much more. We are also hoping to spend a day at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and a visit to Old Trafford.

Further information & Booking Form

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Super, Scout Super Splash

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The annual Scout Super Splash event was held on Saturday 12. April 2014. Both our Packs and Troops entered teams and everyone had a great night.

Congratulations to the Manannan Pack’s B Team who won the Cub Section category and the Moddey Dhoo Scouts who came second in the Scout Section. A big well done to everyone who took part, you were all a credit to the Group.

Click on the picture below for full results.

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2014 Summer Camp

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Details are now out for the 2014 Summer Camp. This camp is open to all Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Cub Scouts who will be ten years of age when the camp starts. The Camp will be a week long and will be based at Peel. The dates are the 2. – 9. August 2014. Further details can be found in the Camp Brochure.

The Brochure will also be available in the Scout Hall. Closing date for booking a place on the camp is the 31. March 2014.

Remembrance Sunday

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A big thank you to all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders who attended the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service on the 10. November 2013. We know a lot of you sacrificed other activities to attend this very important parade. There are more photos on our Facebook Page here.

We also had a 2nd Onchan Scout attend the Island Remembrance Sunday Parade at St. John’s representing Island Scouting.

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Cub Scouts at Knowsley

imageOn Saturday 13th July over 150 cubs from around the Island met at the Sea Terminal at 6:15 am for a day trip to Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot. 2nd Onchan had 35 cubs attending made up from both our cub packs, and 6 leaders.

After a flat sailing we arrived in Liverpool and began the difficult task of navigating around the Triathlon event that was happening so we could get to our coaches. We some how managed to get all 176 cubs and leaders over the crossing points fairly swiftly and were soon split into three coaches and off to the Park.

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At Knowsley the staff had organised three main bases that the groups rotated around during the day. There was an educational badge work base where the Educational Support Staff at the Safari park ran a session on conservation with us. imageCubs were taken to the woodland area of the park and had to collect dead leaves, branches and other material to stuff into stacked pallets. These “bug hotels” would be great places for the insect population to grow, which would also then increase the bird population. After this the cubs planted a variety of different seeds in the meadow area and learnt how they were working to preserve the local native wildlife. Back in the classroom we had a discussion about conservation and how we can all help to reduce green house emissions and protect endangered species. As a result of their hard work all cubs on the trip completed the requirements for the Global Conservation badge and will receive shortly.

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After lunch and ice-lollies the groups swapped around and it was our turn to enjoy the walk around area of the Safari Park. We were able to see giraffes, elephants, meerkats and other animals and go on the amusement rides including the bumper cars, pirate ship and the miniature railway. We then met up with everyone else for the Sea Lion show at 3pm and were all given chilled drinks at the end to keep hydrated.

imageOur last base of the day was the drive through Safari. We boarded our coach and were each given a Safari guide and brochure before heading off into the enclosures. During this ride we saw many exotic and endangered species including white rhinos, tigers, lions, buffalo, camels, zebra, bongo and many more. We then reached the monkey enclosure. Fortunately for the cubs our coach driver was happy to take the coach through the enclosure and so we headed in. The baboons climbed all over the coach and onto the roof and we were able to see all the cars having various items ripped off them from windscreen vipers to even a wing mirror! Our coach came out intact the other side, though we did have to wait a while as the park staff attempted to move a stubborn baboon sat right in the middle of the roof that they couldn’t reach with a stick.

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On finishing our safari we arrived back at the main entrance and the cubs had some free time to visit the gift shop before returning to Liverpool. The boat journey back was calm and although there was a small issue with the food everyone got fed and was quite content. A big well done and thank you to all 2nd Onchan Cubs, who were well behaved and represented the group well. A big thank you to Knowsley Safari park for organising the bases and helping to cubs achieve their Global Conservation badge, and to Christine Perkins for organising the trip. Finally a massive thank you to all 2nd Onchan leaders who gave up their free time to go on the trip.

Alex Armstrong
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

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