On Saturday 26. January,the Manannan Pack were supposed to be doing a letterbox hike around the area of Snaefell, unfortunately this could not happen due to the mountain road being closed due to the Snow. Instead we all met at the Creg Ny Baa and walked down the footpath towards the reservoir, it was a nice pleasant walk and was just starting to rain when we arrived at the reservoir. We were going to do a treasure hunt but as it was raining we decided to carry on walking and make our way to the Scout Hall. Once at the Scout hall we played a couple of games before we had a chippy dinner, after dinner we then played some more games before watching a couple of films before going to bed. The next morning was a very early start with everyone awake by round 07:00, we had breakfast and finished the short weekend by playing a a few final games before everyone went home.
Over the weekend 16. – 18. November 2012, the Manannan Cubs along with the Leaders invaded Ardwhallan for a weekend of adventure and awesomeness. On Friday night we all met at Ardwhallan and after a brief talk, telling the Cubs what groups and rooms that they would be in and unpacking our bags it was time for the first activity. We all walked up to St Luke’s Church where we did a graveyard quiz and the Cubs had to answer the six questions correctly. Only one group managed to answer five questions. As it was getting late, we headed back to Ardwhallan, where we played a couple of Man Hunt games, we finished the evening with hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows around the open fire in the Viking Longhouse. Shortly after this it was time for the Cubs to go to bed, it did take longer than usual for the Cubs to fall asleep with the last couple of Cubs finally getting to sleep around 4am.
Around 7.30am it was still quiet, most of the Cubs were still asleep as were a couple of the Leaders, it didn’t take too long before everyone was up and having breakfast. After Inspection we split into three Groups, and did some Archery, Low Ropes & Challenge Bases. It was then time for lunch which went down very well by all the Cubs and Leaders, after lunch we split into two groups and did some orienteering and backwoods cooking, followed by some races on the assault course and there were some pretty impressive times for some of the Cubs. We then decided to stay in for the rest of the night, the Cubs watched the Simpsons while we cooked some dinner, after dinner the Cubs watched a couple of movies before heading to bed. All Cubs were asleep by 11pm (yay) followed by Leaders going to bed soon after.
Sunday Morning and the Sun was already out, the Cubs woke up to the smell of bacon baps, and Akela giving the Cubs a wakeup call too. The bacon baps went down very well and everyone really enjoyed them. We decided to go for a nice gentle walk and as it was a lovely day, we decided to go up Snaefell, it didn’t take long at all, only took about 40 Minutes to get the top, we took a couple of photos before we headed back down again. Once back at Ardwhallan we had hot chocolate and marshmallows, once everyone had their energy back, the Cubs worked in there groups and navigated their way around the Assault Course backwoods & they all did very well and showed good teamwork. It was then time for lunch, & to pack all the kit and gear away, it was a record for our Cub Camp as we only have 2 bits of lost property left over. The Ardwhallan Camp was another great success, due to the brilliant weather we had (it didn’t rain) and the fact all the Cubs were well behaved. A massive thanks to all the Leaders who helped over the weekend, I couldn’t off done it without you: Rob, Mark, Charlotte and Richard.
On Sunday 21. October 2012, Manannan & Snaefell Cub Scouts joined forces and took part in the first leg of the Three Legs Challenge. We all met at Glen Maye at 10.30am on a glorious sunny Sunday morning. There was a good turnout from both Packs, the route took us along the Raad Ny Foillan towards Peel, the path was quite muddy towards the end with a couple of the Cubs nearly getting stuck in the mud and one Leader nearly losing one of their hiking boots. We stopped for lunch at Fenella Beach, which was a well deserved break for everyone. We then followed the Heritage Way footpath to St John’s where we finished just after 3pm, well done to all those Cubs who completed this rather challenging and difficult walk. We could have not asked for better weather for this days hike which made the day more enjoyable for everyone involved.
On Monday 15. October 2012, we invested the new members into the Manannan Cub Pack, they all did very well and all remembered their Promise & Law. We also handed out Chief Scout Challenge Silver Badges & Certificates to five Cubs (Harry, Alex, Conor, Ethan, Joseph). Well done to all those Cubs for their hard work throughout the last couple of years.
Manannan Cubs entered two teams into the Island Cub Five-a-Side Football Competition this year, with the event being held at Laxey AFC. Both teams started really well, with the teams beating all their opponents in the group stages. Having done this we progressed to the Quarter Finals, again both of the teams did really well and beat the other teams with ease. We then made it through to the next round, however we met each other (surprisingly) in the Semi – Finals. Both teams played fantastically against each other with the final score being 2-1 to the B team who made it through to the final. Unfortunately the A team lost, but then played in the play offs beating the 1st Arbory Cubs. Well done to the A team for coming 3rd.
The final was against 1st Rushen Cubs, both Packs played really well, but simply the Manannan Cubs were too good and they all played with class and skill and beat the Rushen Cubs 4-0. We have now won the trophy for a second year in the row. A huge congrats must go to all the Manannan Cubs for their huge effort, and all the leaders were thrilled to have the Barry Kelly trophy back in the 2nd Onchan Trophy Cabinet.