The Phoenix Troop spent the weekend at Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre over the 4. – 6. March 2016.
After settling in the evening was spent doing orienteering, followed by a wide game and then supper around a fire in the Viking Longhouse.
On Saturday morning, activities included the Low Level Rope Course, Cheese Crane, Archery and Backwoods Cooking. After lunch, around half the Troop went on a mountain bike hike while the other half did a normal hike. After tea, we held another wide game before finishing the evening with a video.
On Sunday morning, the Scouts were given an extra half hour lie in. We visited the NSC for swimming. After lunch the house was tidied up and there was a bit of free time before parents arrived to collect the Scouts.
We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed dry and sunny all weekend.
The Phoenix Troop held a weekend Camp based at Rushen Scout Hall in Port Erin over the 8. – 9. May 2015. We only had nine Scouts on Camp, as many of our younger members were off on a five day school trip the day after the camp finished.
It was pretty wet on the Friday Night and after everyone had sorted their kit out, we went out in the rain and watched a bit of the rally that was taking place in Port Erin. We didn’t stay out too long as it wasn’t really that interesting. Back in the hall we did a bit of map and compass work, before heading out to a local glen for a wide game. Later on and after supper, the Scouts were all in bed and asleep well before midnight.
On the Saturday after breakfast and kit inspection, the Scouts made their packed lunched and we headed off to Eary Cushlin by minibus, where we met some more of our members. We hiked from Eary Cushlin down to Glen Maye and back again, a distance of around 8 miles. luckily the weather was fine and warm. This hike qualifies all that went on it for the Jamboree on the Trail Badge (JOTT). Back at Eary Cushlin, we found the road closed due to the rally, so we ended up being stuck for thirty minutes longer that we had originally planned, this however gave the Scouts a bit of time to build some bivouacs in the nearby plantation. Once the road was open we headed into Douglas and after a quick ice-cream, we spent a couple of hours at Hot Rocks Indoor Climbing Centre. Back at Rushen Scout Hall and after tea, it was time for a movie, but after a short time a fault developed on the memory card the movie was stored on and our cinema evening had to be abandoned, so it was outside and more wide games. Everyone was in bed and asleep by just after 11pm.
On Sunday the Scouts were given a lie in until 8am and as a special treat bacon sandwiches were provided with breakfast. We then headed off to Castletown for swimming at the Southern Pool. Back at Port Erin and after lunch, kit was packed away and the hall given a tidy, before we spent and hour with games outside after which the Scouts were collected by their parents.
As part of their Heritage Badge requirements the Phoenix Scouts visited the Isle of Man Railway’s Workshop located behind Douglas Railway Station. The Scouts were shown around the workshop where repairs are carried out on the steam engines and looked at all the machinery that helps the engineers carry out their work.
Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo Troop and the Phoenix Troop took part in the Island Scout Camp over the 11. – 13. July 2014, at the Crossags Camp Site in Ramsey. The Icelandic Tents had been set up by the Explorers the previous night (thank you) so after sorting gear out, we walked down to Poyll Dooey where Flag Break took place and a Wide Game ran.
Back on site it was time for supper, before we walked up the hill behind the camp site to watch a firework display which was being put on for Ramsey Week. It was then time for bed.
On Saturday after breakfast and inspection (some of our Scouts seem to need some practice at tidying their kit) it was a day of activities. These included Gorge Walking, Kayaking, Raft Building, Backwoods Skills and Pioneering. Late in the afternoon a waterslide covered in foam was set up, which the Scouts enjoyed. After a BBQ Tea there was a Scavenger Hunt around the camp site, followed by a Camp Fire and then a Disco in the Ark, complete with foam tent.
On Sunday after breakfast and inspection we managed to get our tents down, once the light rain had died out and the sun and wind had dried the canvas. Then it was off for an hours swimming at the local pool. Lunch was served in front of the cabin and then it was time for Flag Down and a walk down to the meeting point to be collected by parents. A pretty good camp and our thanks go to the organisers for putting it on.
The Phoenix Troop has at long last go its own Facebook Group. This Group is only open to members of the Troop and their parents. All letters that are sent out by email will also be posted in the Group.
You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/phoenixtroop/