2015 Group Camp

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In 2015 we are holding our Group Camp in the UK. We are planning to stay in indoor accommodation at Linnet Clough Scout Activity Centre, which is located near Stockport in Cheshire. The Camp will run from the 1st August to the 8th August 2015. You can find out more about Linnet Clough Scout Camp here: http://www.linnetclough.co.uk/

imageWe have at least 35 places available on the camp and it is open to 2nd Onchan Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Minimum age for attendance is 10 on the 1. August 2015.

imageEveryone wishing to attend this camp must have taken part in a previous camp of at least two nights beforehand. All those attending must also have the approval of their Section Leader.

We will be running a full programme of activities during the camp and we will be making use of on and off site activities. Obviously it is still early days and the programme has yet to be arranged, but activities may include, climbing, archery, orienteering, swimming, high & low ropes & much, much more. We are also hoping to spend a day at the Trafford Centre in Manchester and a visit to Old Trafford.

Further information & Booking Form

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Blackpool Day Trip

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Scouts from both our Troops and members of the Onchan District Explorer Unit, took a trip to Blackpool on Saturday 14. June 2014. It was an early start, with everyone meeting at the Sea Terminal for 06:30. The Seacat arrived in Liverpool on time and we were soon on the coach on our way to Blackpool. We arrived at the Pleasure Beach, just before 11:30, day passes were fastened to wrists and the Scouts split into Groups and then they spent the next four hours going round the various rides. Unfortunately the Pepsi Max, which is a really tall roller-coaster, wasn’t working which was a shame, but there were plenty of other rides to keep everyone busy.

At 15:30, we met up and all went on ‘Valhalla’ together and everyone got a soaking. It was then time to head back to Liverpool and we were back on the boat for about 18:00. Everyone was fed before the seacat left just after 19:00. There was a short break in the trip, while the captain tried to free the boat from a fishing net, but we still arrived back on the Island for 22:00. We were very lucky with the weather as it was warm and sunny all day and the sea crossings were flat calm.

A good day out for all involved. We will have to think about doing the same next year.

Super, Scout Super Splash

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The annual Scout Super Splash event was held on Saturday 12. April 2014. Both our Packs and Troops entered teams and everyone had a great night.

Congratulations to the Manannan Pack’s B Team who won the Cub Section category and the Moddey Dhoo Scouts who came second in the Scout Section. A big well done to everyone who took part, you were all a credit to the Group.

Click on the picture below for full results.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach Day Trip

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On Saturday 14. June 2014 (please note change of date), we are running a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for all Scouts in the Moddey Dhoo and Phoenix Scout Troops, members of the Onchan District Explorer Scouts and any Leaders in the Group.

We will be travelling to Liverpool on the 07:30 Seacat to Liverpool and then by coach to Blackpool. Time in at the Pleasure Beach will be around five hours, before we travel back to Liverpool for the 19:15 Seacat to the Island, arriving home at about 22:00.

The cost per person is £60.00, which includes, ferry and coach travel, an unlimited rides wristband for the Pleasure Beach and a meal on the Seacat when heading home.

Further details can be found in this letter.

2014 Summer Camp

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Details are now out for the 2014 Summer Camp. This camp is open to all Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Cub Scouts who will be ten years of age when the camp starts. The Camp will be a week long and will be based at Peel. The dates are the 2. – 9. August 2014. Further details can be found in the Camp Brochure.

The Brochure will also be available in the Scout Hall. Closing date for booking a place on the camp is the 31. March 2014.

Phoenix Troop at Ardwhallan

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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.

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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.

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Remembrance Sunday

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A big thank you to all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders who attended the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service on the 10. November 2013. We know a lot of you sacrificed other activities to attend this very important parade. There are more photos on our Facebook Page here.

We also had a 2nd Onchan Scout attend the Island Remembrance Sunday Parade at St. John’s representing Island Scouting.

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2015 World Scout Jamboree

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In 2015 tens of thousands of Scouts will converge on Kirara-hama, Japan, the venue for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. The theme of the Jamboree will be ‘Wa’, which has many meanings including harmony, unity, friendship and peace. ‘Wa’ also stands for Japan.

  • Date: The Jamboree itself will run from Tuesday 28. July to Saturday 8. August 2015
  • Location: Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

The Isle of Man will be sending three Manx Scouts and one Leader to the Jamboree as part of the Merseyside & Isle of Man Unit. To be able to take part as a participant, you need to have been born between the 28. July 1997 and 27 July 2001.

Are you interested in attending this event of a lifetime? If so then download this Leaflet & Application Form.

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