Over the 22. – 24. March 2013, we are holding a Hike Camp Weekend, open to all the Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo Troop and the Phoenix Troop. We will be using 1st Rushen Scout Headquarters as indoor accommodation, which has excellent facilities for overnight stays including showers.
Further details can be found in this letter.
On Friday 7. December 2012, the Phoenix Troop visited the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service at Peel Road, Douglas. During the visit the Scouts were shown round the station and the various Fire engines and Rescue Equipment. Everyone also got to go up the Bronto Skylift, which can go up to 32 metres in height. One Scout was even ‘rescued’ from the training tower, using the skylift.
At the end of the evening new member Matthew R. was invested as a Scout up in the air on the Skylift.
A big thank you to ‘Red Watch’ for looking after us. They had to dash off on a call, just as we were finishing our visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts assisted by members of 2nd Onchan’s Phoenix Scout Troop manned the St. Johns Feeding Station during the Isle of Mans End to End Mountain Bike Challenge, which took place on Sunday 9. September 2012. Around 1,700 competitors took part in the event and the Scouts were on hand to give them water and energy bars are they went past.
The Phoenix Troop are holding a weekend camp at Eary Cushlin over the 19. – 21. October. There are fourteen places available on the camp and we will be running a wide range of activities. Full details can be found in the letter which you can download here.
Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Leaders and Dogs took part in the Millennium Way Hike over the weekend of the 21. – 22. July 2012. Due to other commitments some Scouts were only able to do the one day, but seven Scouts and two Explorer Scouts managed to complete the whole 26 miles, some with pretty sore feet at the end. Well done to everyone who took part. The Millennium Way in one part of the Three Legs Challenge.
Leaders will soon be taking names of Scouts who wish to help out at this years Manx Grand Prix Races and work on the Grandstand Scoreboards. Race Days are on the 25. 27. 29. 31. August 2012. Please let your Leader know if you want to be involved.
Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo and Phoenix Scout Troops attended the Island Scout Camp which was held over the 29. June to the 1. July 2012, at the Crossags Camp Site in Ramsey.
There was a very good attendance from most Island Scout Troops and an excellent turn out of Explorer Scouts working as Young Leaders and so many Scout Leaders, it was sometimes difficult to find them all a job.
Friday night was spent setting up tents and getting organised and then the whole camp hiked up to the Albert Tower where Flag Break as held. Back on site there was supper and a briefing, before everyone headed off to bed.
Saturday saw the Scouts doing various activities which included Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Raft Building, Pioneering, Backwoods Cooking, including the skinning of freshly killed rabbits. Axe and Saw Skills, Assault Course, Archery and loads more. In the evening the Scouts took part in an orienteering exercise, before siting down to the camp fire, full of Scouting songs and skits. After supper everyone watched a movie in the giant ‘Ark’ building.
On Sunday it was overcast and there was a light drizzle After breakfast it was decided to send the Scouts off swimming or Ten Pin Bowling, while the Explorers and Leaders dropped all the tentage as the rain had died off and the wind soon dried the canvas.
After lunch it was a case of packing up gear and transporting badly packed rucsacs and the Scouts down to the collection point ready to head off home.
The weather is looking just as bad this weekend as it was last weekend, so the Millennium Way Hike is being postponed again. We are going to try to complete the hike on the 21. – 22. July 2012. all other details remain the same. Amended letter can be found here.
All members of the Phoenix Troop and the Moddey Dhoo Troop are invited to take part in the Millennium Way Hike over the 16. – 17. June 2012.
We will be meeting at Sky Hill Car Park (Grid Reference 433 944) which is on the A3 about a mile outside Ramsey, for 10:00 on Saturday 16. June. You will need suitable gear for walking in the hills, including waterproofs and hiking boots. You also need to bring a packed lunch contained in a daysac.
We should be finished for the days walking at St. Lukes Church (Grid Reference 360 823) for about 15:00 (any different and we call your parents when we are about an hour away).
On Sunday 17. June, we will be meeting at St. Lukes Church for 10:00 and finishing in the main square at Castletown for about 15:00 (any different and we call your parents when we are about an hour away). Again you need suitable gear for walking in together with waterproofs and a packed lunch.
Saturday walking is mostly walking over the hills while on Sunday it’s mainly roads and footpaths.
Hope to see you there.