Explorer Scouts Christmas

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The Onchan District Explorer Scouts held their Christmas Camp over the 15. – 16. December 2012. The Explorer Scouts spent the day hiking to Eary Cushlin in two groups from both Douglas and near Kirk Michael. At the isolated outdoor centre they were joined by Assistant Island Commissioner for Explorer Scouts Mike Southall, for a full Christmas Dinner laid on by their Leaders. After the meal Mike, was presented with a surprise birthday cake for his 70th birthday, which is in a few days time. After a movie, the Explorer Scouts headed off to bed.

On the Sunday morning the Explorer Scouts were woken up to Bacon and Eggs for breakfast, before gear was packed away and everyone jumped in the minibus to head off home.

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Phoenix Scouts at Eary Cushlin

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Fifteen Scouts from the Phoenix Troop took part in a weekend camp at Eary Cushlin over the 19. – 21. October 2012. Once the Scouts were settled into the centre, we did our traditional Night Hike to the Summit of Cronk Ny Arry Laa. At the top there was low cloud, so we didn’t have much of a view. Back at Eary Cushlin  the Scouts had  a Wide Game before supper and bed.

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On Saturday morning after breakfast and room inspection it was off to the local plantation to do bivouac building for a couple of hours. Back at the house, the Scouts worked on route planning for the next days hike. After lunch we headed off to Ramsey for swimming and ten pin bowling. In the evening after tea, the Scouts had another wide game before settling down to a movie before bed.

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On Sunday the Scouts were woken to the smell of bacon cooking, as bacon sandwiches were being prepared by the Leaders. After breakfast and room inspection again, the Scouts hiked in two separate groups following different routes to Glen Maye, where they were checked in by the Leaders before continuing their circular routes back to Eary Cushlin. After lunch the house was cleared and everyone was ready to head off home at 3pm.

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We have heard that the Department of Education wont be renewing the Lease on Eary Cushlin when it runs out in January 2013. The property will go back to Manx National Heritage, whether they will keep Eary Cushlin going for use by youth groups we don’t know, it will be a real shame if it isn’t.

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Manannan Cubs at Eary Cushlin

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Over the weekend 9th – 11th March 2012, 16 Cubs from the Manannan Cub Pack along with Leaders and Young Leaders and 1 dog attended Eary Cushlin. We all met at Eary Cushlin on Friday night and after a very brief talk, we hiked up Cronk Ny Arrey Laa, unfortunately once we reached the summit it was very misty and we couldn’t see much. We stopped for a drink before walking back down to Eary Cushlin. Once we arrived back at Eary Cushlin, we had supper and played a few games in the lounge before settling for the night.

Saturday morning was a very early start for all Cubs & Leaders, after breakfast the Cubs were given free time before we headed to Ramsey to play bowling, all Cubs enjoyed the bowling alley with some very good scores from the Cubs and Leaders. We had lunch in Mooragh Park, and played in the park. We then headed to Ballakermeen High School swimming pool where we did some kayak training, played water polo, held swimming races and used some of the equipment at the pool. We were at the pool for over 2 hours which surely would tire the Cubs out (not really). After everyone was showered, we headed back to Eary Cushlin for dinner. Dinner went down very well and all the Cubs appeared to enjoy it. As it was a lovely evening we spent the next hour playing Wide Games, where Cubs had to find Leaders and finished with a traditional game of Kick the Bottle. It was time for Supper and a movie, a few of the Cubs fell asleep during the movie and after it had finished all Cubs went to bed.

The traditional lie in on a Sunday morning was again forgotten about and all Cubs were up and awake by 7am, much to the leaders delight. Inspection was held before breakfast and all the rooms appeared to be tidy and clean, after we had breakfast, we did some Bivouac Building in the nearby plantation followed by a treasure hunt around the grounds of Eary Cushlin. After lunch we packed all the gear away and played Danish Longball before heading home. A very good camp and all those who went had a fantastic time, see you next year Eary Cushlin.

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Phoenix Troop Indoor Camps

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Two Indoor Camps have been arranged for the Phoenix Troop during 2012. The first will be at Ardwhallan over the 13. – 15. April and the second will be at Eary Cushlin over the 19. – 21. October.

The date for the Island Camp has also been confirmed as the 13. – 15 July 2012.

All these dates have been added to the Group Calendar which can be found here.

Phoenix Scouts at Eary Cushlin

Misty at the top

Fourteen Scouts and three Leaders from the Phoenix Troop held a weekend camp at Eary Cushlin Outdoor Pursuits Centre over the the 11. – 13. November 2011.

After settling in, we hiked to the summit of Cronk Ny Arrey Laa, there was a lot of mist so we didn’t get much of a view.

Bivouac building at Watertrough Cottage

On Saturday morning after breakfast and room inspection, we had a short period of map and compass work before heading off to Watertrough Cottage for a couple of hours Bivouac Bivouac building at Watertrough Cottagebuilding. At Watertrough we were visited by the Island Commissioner Peter Young and North West Regional Commissioner Chris Harris, who was over on the Island for the day. After lunch we travelled up to Ramsey for a game of Ten Pin Bowling before joining with some Island Scout Leaders who were on a training course. Our Scouts took part in a session about taking Scouting Forward to 2018 and three of the Scouts reported back with their findings. After tea back at Eary Cushlin, we had wide games outside, before settling down to a movie.

Bivouac building at Watertrough Cottage

Scouts on ParadeOn Sunday we were all up bright an early and after breakfast and room inspection and with everyone in full uniform, we travelled back to Onchan to join the rest of our Scouts and Cubs for the Remembrance Sunday Parade. After the Parade the Scouts went swimming for an hour at the NSC. Back at Eary Cushlin it was a bit of a rush to get lunch prepared and the house tidied before the parents arrived to pick the Scouts up at 3pm.

We were pretty lucky with the weather and it stayed dry for us all weekend, where other parts of the Island had heavy rain at times.

Dogs on Camp