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Phoenix at Watertrough

Scouts and Leaders from the Phoenix Troop spent two nights at Watertrough Cottage over the 23. – 25. May 2014. After settling in the Scouts gathered wood for the stove and were shown how to use an axe properly. After that it was a hike around South Barrule Plantation, before we held a wide game around the cottage. After Supper it was time for bed and the Scouts were all quiet just past midnight.

On Saturday morning everyone was up pretty early and after breakfast and kit inspection, we spent 2 1/2 hours running round the plantation doing Laser-Mayhem, which was great fun. After lunch it was across the road for another 2 1/2 hours this time on Ape-Mann. Everyone managed to go around both the low and high level courses.

After tea of burgers and hot dogs, the Scouts spent a bit of time building bivouacs and preparing a fire pit for a camp fire, the rain however soon put a stop to this. Luckily it cleared after a couple of hours and we were able to sit around the camp fire for an hour or two. It was a long day and the Scouts were all fast asleep by eleven.

On Sunday morning after breakfast, kit was packed away and the cottage was given a good tidy before we all headed off home.

Phoenix Scouts Watertrough Cottage Camp


Over the weekend of the 23. – 25. May 2014, we are holding a Camp at the Groups Bunkhouse, Watertrough Cottage, which is located at South Barrule, near Foxdale.

The Camp runs from 19:30 on Friday 23. May to 10:00 on Sunday 25. May 2014. During the Camp we will be spending the morning at Laser Mayhem and in the afternoon at Ape-Mann,
which will include their new High Level Ropes Course, as well as the Zip Wire, Climbing, Go-Karts and Low Level Rope Course.

Scouts can choose to either sleep in the Bunkhouse, or if they wish they can bring their own Hike Tent to sleep in, in the grounds surrounding Watertrough Cottage.

Further details in this letter.

Hike Camp Weekend


Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo and Phoenix Scout Troops took part in a Hike Camp Weekend over the 21. – 23. March 2014. The camp was based at 1st Rushen Scout Group Headquarters in Port Erin.

Once everyone had settled in, we spent an hour doing map work. The intention then was to go for a short hike followed by a Wide Game but as it was pouring down outside we stayed inside instead, so had some games followed by supper and a movie.

imageOn Saturday after breakfast, inspection and the Scouts making their packed lunches, we headed off on the hike, which took us up Bradda Head, along the headland and down a very steep and slippy hill to Fleshwick, we then wound our way to Gansey Bay and followed the Raad Ny Foillan to Castletown. The day started a bit wet, but it soon cleared up and we had sunshine for most of the hike. At Castletown everyone was treated to an ice cream or cold drink, before the Scouts spent an hour in the swimming pool. The bus took us back to Port Erin which was a relief to some Scouts. After tea the Scouts played outside before it got dark, then we settled down to a movie.

On Sunday it was a case of packing up gear, giving the hall a tidy up before heading off home.

Island Remembrance Sunday

A little late as we have only just received the photos.

One of our Scouts Mark O. represented all Manx Scouting at the Island Remembrance Day Service at St. Johns on the 11. November 2013. Mark attended with the Island Commissioner Guy Thompson and carried the Association Flag.



Phoenix Troop at Ardwhallan


Over the 22. – 24. November 2013, eighteen Scouts and five Leaders from the Phoenix Troop spent the weekend at Ardwhallan Outdoor pursuits centre in West Baldwin. After everyone had arrived, sorted out kit and had a quick briefing it was out onto the hills for an evening wide game, before hot hot chocolate and biscuits in the Viking Longhouse, which everyone came out of later smelling of wood smoke. The Scouts were all fast asleep by midnight.


On Saturday after breakfast and room inspection the morning activities started. Cheese Crane, Low Ropes and the Assault Course kept everyone busy. In the afternoon it was archery, backwoods cooking and the various challenge bases until we ran out of day light. Another Wide Game in the evening was followed by a movie, before heading off to bed.

imageOn Sunday, the smell of cooking bacon eventually got the Scouts out of bed (with a little persuasion in a few cases). After breakfast and inspection, one group of Scouts went on a twelve mile cycle hike, while the other Group hiked part of the Millennium Way. Back at the centre and after lunch a quick orienteering exercise was held, after which kit was packed and the house tidied, before we headed off home.

We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed fine for the whole weekend.