Chief Scouts Visit

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Chief Scout Bear Grylls, made a brief visit to the Isle of Man on the 11. May 2013. He arrived by helicopter at Peel Hill, jumped onto a mountain bike and rode with a couple of Explorer Scouts down hill to meet the Scouts at Fenella Beach who were getting ready to do Coasteering, Kayaking, Climbing and Backwoods Skills. He then walked across the footbridge to meet the Beavers and Cubs who were busy building sandcastles on the beach. The Chief was soon back in the air heading off to his next stop. It was a brief and chaotic visit, with lots of the general public following Bear around, but our members seemed to really enjoy meeting the Chief.

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Hike Camp Weekend

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Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo and Phoenix Scout Troops took part in a Hike Camp Weekend over the 3. – 5. May 2013. We were based at 1st Rushen Scout Headquarters, in Port Erin for the two nights and after a short introduction and briefing we walked to Milner’s Tower on Bradda Head and had a great view of Port Erin in the darkening skies. The Scouts enjoyed a Wide Game on the headland, before heading back to the Scout HQ for supper followed by bed (distance walked: three miles).

On Saturday after breakfast and kit inspection, the Scouts made their packed lunches and we headed off on the days hike at 10:00. The route followed the Raad Ny Foillan from Port Erin, to the Sound and up to The Chasms where we had lunch. We then walked into Port St. Mary and onto Gansey, before finishing back in Port Erin for around 15:30, a total of just over nine miles.

The Scouts still had plenty of energy so we headed down to the beach, where some Scouts actually swam in the sea (for a few seconds). Back at the Scout Hall we had tea followed by a few games outside and then settled down to a movie before bed.

On the Sunday after breakfast kit was packed up and everyone was ready to head off home for 10:00.

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Chief Scouts Visit – Scouts Info

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The Chief Scout Bear Grylls, will be making a short visit to the Isle of Man on the afternoon of the 11. May 2013. The Scout Section will be running an afternoon of activities at Peel, with the chance to see the Chief. Further details are in this flyer.

Two of the activities (Coasteering and Kayaking) will require parental permission, If you want the chance to do either, you must bring along the completed Consent Form.

Scout Super Splash Success

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The all Island Scout Super Splash was held at Ramsey Swimming Pool on Saturday 27. April 2013. The Phoenix Troop and both our Cub Packs entered Teams. Whilst Manannan Pack came second in the Cub Scout Section, the Phoenix B Team came first in the Scout Section and the Phoenix A Team came joint second. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the many parents who supported us.

It’s a shame that not all Island Groups take part in this event, we hear that one Group down south doesn’t like water.

St. George’s Day Parade

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The annual all Island St. George’s Day Parade & Service was held on Sunday 21. April 2013. This year the event was organised by a small team of 2nd Onchan Leaders. The centre of Onchan came to a standstill as around 700 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders led imageby Onchan Silver Band paraded down School Road, along Main Road down Royal Avenue and onto Royal Drive, where they passed the saluting base manned by the Island Commissioner, the Island President and the Patron of the Scout Association – Isle of Man the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood. Once in  Onchan Park, the Service was held in front of invited guests and hundreds of parents. A short play depicting the story of St. George and the Dragon was put on my member of 2nd Onchan and the prayers were also led by the Group. All members of the Association renewed their Promises during the Service. The many Banners were judged by the Governor and the winners of the Victor Kneale Trophy were 1st Ballaugh. After the parade everyone got to go on the parks attractions at reduced prices courtesy of Onchan Commissioners.

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As organisers we would like to thank all Island Groups for a fantastic turn out. The Scout Band who played so well, the members of the Group who who performed or read prayers, the local police for running the rolling road closure, Onchan Silver Band who provided the parade music, Onchan Explorer Scouts for doing so much and off course the Leaders of 2nd Onchan who have been working so hard to make the day a success.

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Waddecar – Update No. 1

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We have thirty Cubs, Scouts and Explorers going on the Waddecar Camp, along with seven Leaders. Over the past few weeks we have been busy finalising the programme and booking activities. Some of the off site activities we have booked include two hours of skiing at Rossendale Outdoor Ski Centre (don’t worry if you can’t ski, instructors are provided). Two hours at climbing at the Preston Climbing Centre and two hours of Laser Tag with Pennine Battlefield Live.

Transport from the ferry to Waddecar and to all the offsite activities has been booked with a local coach company. We will be taking one vehicle with us, which will mostly be used for food shopping, but it’s always handy to have a vehicle on site.

We have extended our visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach into the evening, which means we will have about nine hours in the park. Everyone will be provided with a Full Park Wristband, which will allow them to go on all park rides as many times as they wish.

During the camp everyone will be divided into different Patrols and each day we will have a different Duty Patrol to help the Leaders where necessary, such as preparing meals and tidying as required. Being in the days Duty Patrol, won’t mean any activities are missed.

Full payment of the camp is due by the end of May 2013, quite a few payments towards the camp have already been made, some in full. Please ensure that the Payment Card is sent in with any payment, so that a correct record can be made.

Final information including Medical / Activity Permission Forms, Kit Lists, etc., will be posted out to everyone mid June.

Hike Camp – Postponed

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We have been keeping a close eye on the weather over the last few days. This morning’s forecast has said that the snow expected tomorrow could get down to low level rather than stay on the hills as in previous forecasts. This could make even getting to Port Erin difficult for some of you.

We have therefore taken the decision, before we go out and buy the supplies for the weekend, that the camp is being postponed, not cancelled. The new date is the 3. – 5. May 2013, which is the earliest we could do. All other details are unchanged.

If you are unable to make this date, please let me know and you will be given a full refund.

If you weren’t on the camp this weekend, but are now available for the new date, please let me know and I will send you a letter. 2ndonchan@manx.net

Ash