2017 Group Camp

Over the weekend of the 22. – 24. September 2017, we are holding a Group Camp for all members of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts. The camp will be held at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey.

We have an action packed weekend of activities planned for our members and this will be a great get together for the Group, something we only do once every two years.

Below are links to the camp letters which contain full details, one for Beaver Scouts and the other for Cub Scouts and Scouts. Please note that the closing date for getting the Booking Form and payment in is the 15. August 2017 at the latest, late forms will not be accepted.

Beaver Scouts Letter

Cub & Scouts Letter

Thursday Beavers Update

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT at the ARBORETUM – 17 SEPTEMBER

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Thursday Beavers had a great time at the Arboretum. We managed to dodge the showers as we explored the Arboretum in St John’s. There was lots of interesting things to see, but the trees were a definite favourite for Beavers and young Leaders! It is nice to see Alex settling in as an Assistant Beaver Leader in only this, his second week. He even managed a cheer from the Beavers and seems to have a good sense of order and control and they lined up for their biscuits!
Was lovely to chat to some of the new Beavers and their parents – thanks for coming along and staying to support the event. Well done everyone – a fun night!

THREE LEGS CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

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We were very fortunate and the rain held off for the afternoon! Eight Beavers turned up at Braddan for our next Leg of the Beaver Three Legs Challenge. This was the final Leg for Joshua, Juan, Patrick, Samuel, Rowan and our Leader Rob Clynes – very well done to all you guys. You will all receive your Three Legs Challenge Badge when we are next in the Scout Hall. Well done also to Joe, Sam and Oliver for completing your first Leg of the Challenge from Braddan to Crosby! You have gained your Hikes 1 Activity Badge.

It was also a winning performance this afternoon as we completed the Leg ahead of other Colonies for the first time (we can usually be found wandering along at the back)! It was an open road ahead, and I think the threat of rain helped, along with Patrick’s determination to get there first – so extra well done to Patrick, Rowan and Oliver – the first Beavers to finish the walk!

MAIZE MAZE – 24 SEPTEMBER

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The clouds threatened, but the odd shower didn’t spoil our fun at the Maize Maze. The Beavers, Leaders and parents had a great time trying to find the centre of the maze. Despite rumours that it was easier this year, a few participants struggled to reach their goal and some crafty short-cuts were required! Another fun evening, and another activity ticked-off the new Beaver – My Adventure Challenge!

GROUP CAMP – BEAVER DAY TRIP & SLEEPOVER – SATURDAY/SUNDAY 26/27 SEPTEMBER

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Twelve Thursday Beavers and 9 Tuesday Beavers arrived at the Douglas Tram Station on Saturday ready to start their journey up to Ramsey to join the Cubs and Scouts at the 2nd Onchan Group Camp! We were blessed with a warm, sunny day and some very happy and excited Beavers embarking on their first sleepover adventure.

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We were greeted at the Ramsey Tram Station by the Camp Organisers and two minibuses, which took the Beavers to the Crossags Campsite just past Ramsey Grammar School. There was no holding back as the Beavers went off to explore some parts of the campsite. The Onchan Explorers provided seven activity bases for the afternoon – this covered the requirements for the new Beaver Camp Craft Activity Badge. There was bivouacking, blind trail, minefield, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, putting up a tent and first aid. Then there was time for a quick game with the Cubs before burgers and sausages for tea. The day visitors were then collected by parents and those staying for the sleepover (5 from the Thursday Colony and 5 from the Tuesday Colony), grabbed their swimming kits and headed off in the minibus to Ramsey Swimming Pool. Still not tired – they spent an hour splashing around in the pool before heading back to camp. The Beavers then set up their beds, collected their cups for hot chocolate, cake and biscuits, and later joined the Cubs and Scout around the campfire for some songs and scary stories (but not too scary for Beavers)! Then it was time for bed! After some torch shining, visits to the bathroom and general excited-ness, the Beavers dropped off to sleep one by one, and all was quiet by 11pm! Not a single tear at bedtime from any of the Beavers!

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The next morning it began again with breakfast of toast and sausage and cereals. There was time to pack their bags and go exploring round the campsite – looking at the building where the Cubs were sleeping and the Scout tents which were being inspected. Then it was a walk to Sure Strike Bowling with a quiz on the way, a minibus then took us back to the campsite for a baked potato lunch with cheese, beans and /or spaghetti hoops followed by choc ices. Just time for a tidy up and flag down, before the bags were taken to Ramsey Grammar School and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts walked down the lane to be re-united with parents!

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Thursday Beaver of the Camp without a doubt – Samuel C. Often overlooked as he quietly gets on with things, but his name was rarely spoken over the camp for all the right reasons – so a clear winner. However I must say Cale and Rowan (both only 6) triumphed on this their first camp – full of confidence and smiles. Fynn and Joshua both loved to explore and had a great time, and will be ready for the challenges of Cub Camp, I am sure, when they move up over the next couple of terms.

Our thanks to Steve and Will and the Onchan Explorers for organising the camp and activities – what a way for these Beavers to start their Scouting adventure, and how promising to see Beavers from the 2011 Group Camp now camping as Scouts!

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2015 Group Camp

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Over the weekend of the 25. – 27. September 2015, we held our Group Camp at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey. Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived on the Friday evening, with the Explorers working as Service Crew during the weekend. After everyone had got themselves sorted out, we held Flag Break and then the Cubs and Scouts headed off into the woods behind the camp site for a ‘Hunt the Flag’ game. Once they were back on site supper was served and then it off to the Camp Fire for an hour of songs and sketches, before heading off to bed.

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On Saturday morning, everyone was up pretty early (some a little too early). Breakfast, as all meals were, was eaten outside, as we had been blessed with a sunny weekend. Kit and tent inspection followed and then the days activities started. The Scouts headed off to the Venture Centre for abseiling and gorge walking while the Cubs visited the Wildlife Park for the morning. Lunch was pastie and beans, which went down well.

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After lunch we were joined by our Beaver Scouts who had travelled by tram from Douglas. The Beavers joined with the Cub Scouts for an afternoon of challenge bases on the camp site while the Scouts were taken by minibus up into the hills for a five mile hike along part of the Millennium Way back to the Camp Site. Tea was a barbeque and afterwards everyone went swimming at the local pool in Ramsey. Back on site supper was served, there were more songs and ketches around the camp fire. Beavers headed off to bed, quickly followed by the Cubs, while the Scouts held a short wide game. By 11:30 the whole site was quiet.

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On Sunday, sausage sandwiches were served for breakfast in addition to the usual cereals and toast. After kit and tent inspection, everyone was split into two groups with both groups taking part in a quiz around Ramsey town and an hour of ten pin bowling. Lunch was baked potatoes with various fillings and after lunch, kit was packed away and tents taken down. The site was tidied and Flag Down held, before everyone headed off home mid afternoon.

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Group Camp – Final Info

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It’s only a few weeks now until the Group Camp at the Crossags in Ramsey. Below you will find letters for Cubs and Scouts and a separate letter for Beaver Scouts who are either coming for the day or staying overnight.

The Medical Form must be completed and bought along by all those who are staying overnight. The Kit List is for those who are also staying overnight.

Scouts bringing their own tents, if they wish can come along to the Crossags Camp Site on the Thursday evening (24. September) between 19:30 and 20:00 to set up their tents. Leaders will be in attendance.

2015 Group Camp

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We will be holding a Group Camp over the weekend of the 25. – 27. September 2015, based at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey. The Camp is open to all our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and members of Onchan District Explorer Scouts.

We are planning an action packed weekend of activities to keep everyone busy and having a great time.

Letters will be available in the Scout Hall from tonight, but you can also download them below.

We are giving plenty of notice about the camp, so please get your Booking Form and Payment in before the closing date of the 22. August 2015.

Letter for Beaver Scouts.

Letter for Cub Scouts, Scouts & Explorer Scouts.

Thursday Beavers News

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imageThursday Beavers have had a fun start to their Autumn Term. We have enjoyed an evening at the Fun Farm Maize Maze and we didn’t lose any Beavers! Six Thursday Beavers took part in the Island Beaver Three Legs Challenge – walking the first leg from Peel to St John’s.

Last month seven Beavers – along with Beavers from Tuesday – joined the Group Scout Camp in Ramsey. We had five boys sleeping over and gaining their Nights Away 1 Activity Badge. For some it was their first time away from home, but you wouldn’t know it – they were fantastic.

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Last week we invested five new boys into Thursday Beavers – they were Jacob H., Matthew H., Oscar W., Morgan B. and Harry J. The boys have all settled in very quickly and they were really excited and looking forward to getting invested and receiving their badges and scarves. Welcome to all our new starters – we hope you enjoy your time with Thursday Beavers and 2nd Onchan Scout Group.

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Group Camp Report

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The Group Camp was held over the weekend of the 27. – 29. September 2013, at the Crossags Camp Site on the outskirts of Ramsey. This years camp was organised and ran by our AGSL Steve White and members of the Onchan District Explorer Unit.

Cubs and Scouts arrived on the Friday night and were soon organised into tents or the Giant ‘Ark’ Building and the first activity took place, which was a hunt in a local plantation in small groups looking for laminated flags of various countries, which had been hidden amongst the trees. Once back on site it was time for supper around the camp fire before heading off to bed.

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imageOn the Saturday after breakfast and inspection, the Cubs spent the morning at Mooragh Park Kayaking and Raft Building, while the Scouts travelled to the Venture Centre for Archery, Shooting and a go on the Assault Course. After a lunch of baked potatoes with various fillings, we were joined on site by our Beaver Scouts who had travelled up on the tram.  Some of the Beavers we going to be with us just for the afternoon while thirteen were going to camp over night.

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The Beavers and Cubs joined forces and rotated around eight different bases with a variety of challenges. In the meantime the Scouts were transported to the Tholt-y-Will Road, below Snaefell and hiked back to the Camp Site along the Millennium Way, a distance of around 6.5 miles.

We had a barbeque tea, followed by a Scavenger Hunt, the Cubs and Beavers then had a Beetle Drive in the ‘Ark’ while the Scouts enjoyed a Wide Game on the camp site. After supper round the camp fire, everyone watched a movie in the ‘Ark’, with most of the Cubs fast asleep by the time it finished.

imageOn Sunday, as a treat bacon Sandwiches were served at breakfast and after inspection the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts spent the morning doing a Treasure Hunt around Ramsey and either going swimming or Ten Pin Bowling, while the Explorer Scouts helped to take down tents and clear and tidy the site.

After a picnic lunch, we held Flag Down and the campers walked down to the Ramsey Grammar School to be collected by parents.

We were very lucky with the weather, a little windy at times, but it stayed dry and the sun came out a few times too.

A big thank you to Steve, his Explorer Scouts and Leaders who all did a fantastic job over the weekend and without them the camp wouldn’t have been possible.

More photos to follow.

Group Camp – Final Info

Final Information Letters, together with Kit Lists and Medical / Activity Forms are available for the Group Camp from today. Letters for both Cubs and Scouts and a separate letter for Beaver Scouts will be available from the Scout Hall. You will find the Kit List and Medical / Activity Form on the back of each letter. They can also be downloaded here:

We will not be able to take any further Camp Bookings which aren’t received at 10, Sycamore Close by the 3. September 2013.