Thursday Beavers have been busy working on their Hobbies Badge. So far, fourteen Beavers have taken part and presented their hobbies to the rest of the Colony. We have had some interesting and active hobbies including – Moto X, horse riding, different types of martial arts, football, chess, gymnastics, cycling, star wars and card collecting. Well done!
Thursday and Sunday Beavers held a joint meeting at Watertrough Cottage, near the South Barrule Plantation. The Beavers had a great time exploring the cottage and the surrounding area. We then set out on a hike around the plantation with Group Scout Leader Ash. The weather stayed dry and everyone enjoyed the walk. The Beavers returned to the cottage for hotdogs, crisps and a drink.
Six Thursday Beavers are due to Move On to Cubs so we finished the evening by presenting certificates and badges to Rhys, Adam P., Billy, Samuel, Cameron & Oliver. We would like to wish these Beavers the very best of luck in Cubs.
Special Olympic Badges were also presented to all those Beavers who took part in the Olympic Themed Sports Day – which Thursday Beavers won! Beavers can wear these badges until the end of 2012.
2nd Onchan Beaver Leaders would like to thank all their Beavers and parents for their continued support over the year. We wish you all a great Summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September for some more Beaver Scouting!
On Saturday, Thursday and Sunday Beavers met with other Colonies on Douglas Beach for a Sandcastle and Marble Run Competition. The aim was to build a sandcastle or a marble run. There were many prize categories, including best sandcastle, best sandcastle by a Beaver, and best decorated sandcastle. There were also prizes for the best marble run and the marble run where the marble ran the furthest.
There were some great displays and Sunday Beavers won a prize for their joint display of sandcastles – very well done. Adam & Torin from Thursday Beavers also won a prize for best decorated sandcastle by a Beaver (that is without any adult assistance) – so well done boys.
Some of the dads seemed to be enjoying the afternoon building sandcastles too!
Last week Thursday Beavers had a visit from PC Emily Heaton and PC Graham Best. The Beavers loved finding out about the fantastic job that Emily and Graham do in the community, and they really enjoyed trying on some handcuffs! Most of all the Beavers enjoyed being shut in the Police van – we just hope they never find themselves in one in the future!
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.
2nd Onchan Thursday and Sunday Beavers took part in the Island Beaver Sports Day, held at Gymn’s FC. The Sports Day took on an Olympic theme and each Colony represented a different country. Thursday Beavers were Jamaica and Sunday Beavers were Spain!
Despite some rain showers in the morning, the sun came out, the ground dried up and conditions were near perfect. With a brilliant turnout of 22 Beavers and two weeks of training – 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers came in a fantastic FIRST (out of 11 Colonies)! Beavers took part in running races, the egg and spoon, the sack races, skipping, ball and cup races and the space hopper races, finishing with the running relay and the infamous water relay– it was a great result and all the team did their best!
Just two points behind 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers were 2nd Onchan Sunday Beavers. Sunday Beavers had a turnout of just 7 Beavers meaning they were all kept busy for the afternoon! The final event – the water relay – made all the difference to Sunday Beavers where they came in second place – giving them valuable points and moving them up to second overall position – another great result from 2nd Onchan!
This week five of our Beavers gained their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This prestigious Award can only be achieved by Beavers who have completed all six of their Beaver Scout Challenge Awards (Promise, Friendship, Fitness, Creative, Global and Outdoor). It can take up to two years to complete these challenges and these Beavers have worked hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. So massive congratulations to Rhys N., James C., Adam D., Ben W. & Aaron C., and thank you to Group Scout Leader, Ash for presenting the Awards.
Thursday and Sunday Beavers accepted an invite by Santon Beavers to join them for a Fun Orienteering evening at Port Soderick. It was a glorious evening as excited Beavers gathered in the car park. Beavers were provided with a map of the Glen and were sent off to find 12 letters marked on the map. The letters spelt out the word ORIENTEERING. The Beavers had a fantastic time running around the Glen. They finished the evening with some juice and biscuits. Thank you very much to the Santon Leaders for a great evening.
Thursday Beavers have reached the end of yet another term – which means it is time to say goodbye to some of our older Beavers who have reached the age of 8 and are ready to move on to Cubs. Thomas H. (our Beaver of the Year 2011), Luke C. and Ben C. all received their Moving On certificate and badges, and are all going to Manannan Cubs. There was something for the Leaders too – chocolates, flowers and vouchers – Thank You! We have loved having the boys in Beavers. They have all been well behaved and enthusiastic and we will miss them, but wish them all the very best at Cubs.
Thursday Beavers finished their winter / spring term with a visit to Onchan Library. The library staff prepared some fantastic activities for the Beavers based on an Easter theme. There was story-time and a treasure hunt around the library – during which one of our leaders took the opportunity for a quick snooze! There was also an Easter activity pack which included designing a Humpty Dumpty, making a badge, some word searches and of course a mini chocolate egg. The Beavers had a great time and really enjoyed the visit.