Thursday Beavers: THREE LEGS CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2016

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Well done to all our Beavers, Parents, Siblings, Dogs and Leaders who turned up for the Three Leg Challenge (Leg 2) – Crosby to St John’s – a distance of 5.44 km or 3.38 miles. It was a dry, pleasant afternoon and Thursday Beavers led the way from the start. Callum and Ben have now completed all three legs of the Challenge, so have received their special Three Legs Challenge badges. Bo, Sean and Harry have all completed their first Hike and received their Hikes 1 Badges. Well done boys J Rob also got a certificate from Big Beaver Bev – a congratulations on his recent investiture!

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Thursday Beavers Update

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT at the ARBORETUM – 17 SEPTEMBER

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Thursday Beavers had a great time at the Arboretum. We managed to dodge the showers as we explored the Arboretum in St John’s. There was lots of interesting things to see, but the trees were a definite favourite for Beavers and young Leaders! It is nice to see Alex settling in as an Assistant Beaver Leader in only this, his second week. He even managed a cheer from the Beavers and seems to have a good sense of order and control and they lined up for their biscuits!
Was lovely to chat to some of the new Beavers and their parents – thanks for coming along and staying to support the event. Well done everyone – a fun night!

THREE LEGS CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

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We were very fortunate and the rain held off for the afternoon! Eight Beavers turned up at Braddan for our next Leg of the Beaver Three Legs Challenge. This was the final Leg for Joshua, Juan, Patrick, Samuel, Rowan and our Leader Rob Clynes – very well done to all you guys. You will all receive your Three Legs Challenge Badge when we are next in the Scout Hall. Well done also to Joe, Sam and Oliver for completing your first Leg of the Challenge from Braddan to Crosby! You have gained your Hikes 1 Activity Badge.

It was also a winning performance this afternoon as we completed the Leg ahead of other Colonies for the first time (we can usually be found wandering along at the back)! It was an open road ahead, and I think the threat of rain helped, along with Patrick’s determination to get there first – so extra well done to Patrick, Rowan and Oliver – the first Beavers to finish the walk!

MAIZE MAZE – 24 SEPTEMBER

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The clouds threatened, but the odd shower didn’t spoil our fun at the Maize Maze. The Beavers, Leaders and parents had a great time trying to find the centre of the maze. Despite rumours that it was easier this year, a few participants struggled to reach their goal and some crafty short-cuts were required! Another fun evening, and another activity ticked-off the new Beaver – My Adventure Challenge!

GROUP CAMP – BEAVER DAY TRIP & SLEEPOVER – SATURDAY/SUNDAY 26/27 SEPTEMBER

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Twelve Thursday Beavers and 9 Tuesday Beavers arrived at the Douglas Tram Station on Saturday ready to start their journey up to Ramsey to join the Cubs and Scouts at the 2nd Onchan Group Camp! We were blessed with a warm, sunny day and some very happy and excited Beavers embarking on their first sleepover adventure.

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We were greeted at the Ramsey Tram Station by the Camp Organisers and two minibuses, which took the Beavers to the Crossags Campsite just past Ramsey Grammar School. There was no holding back as the Beavers went off to explore some parts of the campsite. The Onchan Explorers provided seven activity bases for the afternoon – this covered the requirements for the new Beaver Camp Craft Activity Badge. There was bivouacking, blind trail, minefield, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, putting up a tent and first aid. Then there was time for a quick game with the Cubs before burgers and sausages for tea. The day visitors were then collected by parents and those staying for the sleepover (5 from the Thursday Colony and 5 from the Tuesday Colony), grabbed their swimming kits and headed off in the minibus to Ramsey Swimming Pool. Still not tired – they spent an hour splashing around in the pool before heading back to camp. The Beavers then set up their beds, collected their cups for hot chocolate, cake and biscuits, and later joined the Cubs and Scout around the campfire for some songs and scary stories (but not too scary for Beavers)! Then it was time for bed! After some torch shining, visits to the bathroom and general excited-ness, the Beavers dropped off to sleep one by one, and all was quiet by 11pm! Not a single tear at bedtime from any of the Beavers!

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The next morning it began again with breakfast of toast and sausage and cereals. There was time to pack their bags and go exploring round the campsite – looking at the building where the Cubs were sleeping and the Scout tents which were being inspected. Then it was a walk to Sure Strike Bowling with a quiz on the way, a minibus then took us back to the campsite for a baked potato lunch with cheese, beans and /or spaghetti hoops followed by choc ices. Just time for a tidy up and flag down, before the bags were taken to Ramsey Grammar School and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts walked down the lane to be re-united with parents!

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Thursday Beaver of the Camp without a doubt – Samuel C. Often overlooked as he quietly gets on with things, but his name was rarely spoken over the camp for all the right reasons – so a clear winner. However I must say Cale and Rowan (both only 6) triumphed on this their first camp – full of confidence and smiles. Fynn and Joshua both loved to explore and had a great time, and will be ready for the challenges of Cub Camp, I am sure, when they move up over the next couple of terms.

Our thanks to Steve and Will and the Onchan Explorers for organising the camp and activities – what a way for these Beavers to start their Scouting adventure, and how promising to see Beavers from the 2011 Group Camp now camping as Scouts!

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Thursday Beaver Colony News

FINGERSPELLING ALPHABET – THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015

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imageThursday Beavers were recently visited by Daveen Taylor who is a Cub Leader on the Island and also an Assistant Commissioner for Special Needs. Daveen has been deaf since about the age of 7, and came along to Thursday Beavers to show us all how to use the British fingerspelling alphabet. The Beavers were captivated and very excited to learn how to spell their name using their fingers. They all picked it up really well and were happily showing off what they could do. Our thanks go to Daveen for finding the time to come and see us.

BAILEY THE GUIDE DOG – THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015

imageimageLast week we were very lucky to be visited by Bailey. Bailey is a Guide Dog and came along to meet Thursday Beavers with her owner Tanya and Tanya’s friend Anne. The Beavers were very excited to learn all about Bailey – how old she was, where she had come from, how long it took to train her and how much it cost to train her. They also had a little quiz to see what they could remember – and they each received a badge for their correct answers. As well as having a chance to pat Bailey, all the Beavers took home a bookmark. Our thanks to Anne, Tanya and Bailey for coming to see us.

THREE LEGS CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2015

imageOn Sunday, Thursday Beavers joined other Island Beavers to complete the second leg of the Three Legs Challenge 2015. Twelve Beavers joined the walk from Crosby to St John’s. The imageweather was pleasant and dry, and the Beavers, along with mums and dads, completed the walk in about an hour and a half – a great effort. Along the way there were many things to see and hear and the Beavers were kept busy recording some of these things. Three Beavers from the Thursday Colony have now completed all three legs of the 2014/15 Challenge – so very well done to Jacob, Joseph and Nicholas who have gained their 3 Legs Challenge Badge. For some of our Beavers it was the first Leg of the Challenge and also meant that they gained their Hikes 1 Badge – so well done to Freddie, Fynn, Joshua and Rowan. We were also pleased to have Patrick join us for his first hike. Patrick is due to start at Thursday Beavers after Easter – so once he is Invested, he will also receive his Hikes 1 Badge.

Beavers Three Legs Challenge

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Last weekend, Tuesday and Thursday Beavers completed the 2nd leg of the Three Legs Challenge 2014. Seven Beavers from each Colony joined other Beavers from the Island for the walk from St John’s to Crosby along the Heritage Trail. The path was wet and very muddy in places, but the sun came out as the walk got underway.

The Beavers – along with mums and dads, grandmas and granddads, brothers and sisters and dogs – walked the route in about an hour and a half. A great effort – well done!

Four Beavers from the Thursday Colony have now completed all three legs of the 2013/14 Challenge – so very well done to Ryan E., Stephen H., Oscar N. and Dylan T. who have gained their 3 Legs Challenge Badge.

Beavers Three Legs Challenge

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Sunday Beavers and Thursday Beavers have just completed the third and final leg of the Three Legs Challenge 2012. Eight Beavers from each Colony joined the walk from Crosby to Braddan. The rain had already started before the walk got underway at 10am and it didn’t stop! The path was wet and very muddy in places – but the Beavers, along with mums, dads, aunties and granddads persevered and completed the walk in about an hour and a half – a great effort. Five Beavers from the Thursday Colony have now completed all three legs of the 2012 Challenge – so very well done to George, Oliver, Vannin, Cameron and James who have gained their Three Legs Challenge Badge. Sunday Colony will be awarded their badges next week.

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