Thursday Beavers: MOVING ON – THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2016

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We finished our last evening of the term with a Moving On Ceremony for those Beavers who are due to join Cubs after Easter – Joseph, Juan, Sam, Samuel and Fynn. Sam is joining Snaefell Pack (Wednesday) and the other four boys are going to Manannan Pack (Monday). It is always a sad time – these boys have come such a long way in Beavers (and taught us a few things too), but it is also an exciting time as the Beavers continue their Scouting Adventure in Cubs. They will all have a fantastic time and we wish them all the very best.

As a Beaver Scout my work is done,
So look out Cub Scouts here I come.
Across the river now I swim,
Held by a rope to pull me in.
So help me Cub Scouts, help me do,
Pull me across to be with you.

GOOD LUCK

Thursday Beavers: MAD HATTERS EASTER PARTY – THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2016

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Thursday Beavers finished the term with a Mad Hatters Easter Party and a game of Uni-Hockey. Beavers were asked to wear a hat for the occasion – it could be a favourite hat or one they specially made. There were 1st and 2nd prizes for the most creative hats, and our Group Scout Leader – Ash had the difficult job of deciding who the winners were. Well done to everyone – the hats were amazing!!! Well done to Samuel on winning best hat of the night, and Corben for a very worthy second place!

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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: WHAT A BLAST! SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016

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We had loads of fun at Laser Blast with our Lodge Leaders and Assistant Lodge Leaders. Not only was it strangely rewarding shooting the opposition, there were some lovely teamwork moments too. Special thanks to my Minion Joe for covering my back – what a team we were! THE BLAST RESULTS – There were some stand out performances, in particular the three Beavers who made it to the podium twice – Ben, Fynn and Samuel. Fynn took first place in the first game and Ben managed to steal the first spot in the second game. Team performances were equally as tense – the Blues winning the first game – Rob, Fynn, Joseph, Patrick and Juan (well done guys) and a very close second were the Reds – Jackie, Joe, Samuel, Callum and Ben. The second team game was more easily won by the Reds, this time the team were – Rob, Fynn, Joseph, Callum and Samuel. Nevermind Blues – Jackie, Joe, Patrick, Ben, and Juan – better luck next time. A fun morning – well done everyone J

Thursday Beavers: ROB’S INVESTITURE – THURSDAY 10 MARCH

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It was a very special night for our Assistant Beaver Leader Rob Clynes. Rob joined Thursday Beavers a year ago, almost to the day – with his son Patrick. We had just lost one of our Leaders to the UK, and Rob answered a plea for help! He hasn’t looked back since – an epic year! Our new Beavers usually get invested into Scouting after about 5 weeks, for Leaders it can take a lot longer to complete all their necessary training – so it was great news when Rob got confirmation that his training was complete. Ash came along to invest Rob into the 2nd Onchan Scout Group – thanks Ash and many congratulations to Rob.

Beavers Sleepover

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Thursday and Tuesday Beavers held a joint Sleepover on Friday 4 March. Twenty seven Beavers arrived at 7pm and 25 Beavers stayed the night. After a couple of games, to let of some excess excitement, a supper of hot chocolate and biscuits – thanks Juan’s mum for the shortbread, it was time for the Movie – Lego Star Wars!
At 11pm it was lights out and the all important sleep – after some giggling and snorting and shuffling around (and that was just the Leaders) things started to quieten down. At 1.30am there were still a couple of Beavers awake, and Leaders – but I am guessing by about 2pm we must have all dozed off.
Some of us awoke, a little chilly at about 5.38am (to be exact)! A relatively good night’s sleep for a Sleepover! By 7am most of the Beavers were awake and it was time for a breakfast of cereal and Nutella on toast!
After tidying up bags and bedding, there was just time for a few games before parents started to arrive.
Very well done to all the Beavers and Leaders – and really lovely / successful Sleepover and a great adventure, and £86.80 raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind Isle of Man – so well worth giving up a few hours sleep for.

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Thursday Beavers: NEW BADGES

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Over the last term Thursday Beavers (along with Rob – our Assistant Beaver Leader) have worked hard on their Space Activity Badge – some attending the Stargazing (cold) Nights in Onchan Park. We have awarded nearly 20 badges.

We have also introduced the Lodge Leader and Assistant Lodge Leader Labels to be worn on the right sleeve of their uniform. The responsibilities that go with these roles, work well towards the Teamwork Challenge Badge.

Lastly we have just finished a new badge for us at Thursday Beavers, the Navigator Staged Activity Badge (1) – again, thanks Rob. We have awarded about 10 badges and are just waiting on some final pieces of work to award the rest.

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Thursday Beavers: BOWLING COMPETITION – SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2016

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Very well done to all 13 Thursday Beavers who attended the Bowling Competition at Sure Strike in Ramsey – all on very good behaviour and some excellent bowling – very difficult with such little fingers.

Here are our Colony results, and our Lane Winners – well done to you all.

Sam – 81 – Over 7 – Lane Winners (pictured); Joseph – 81 – Over – 7 Lane Winners (pictured); Juan – 78 – Over 7 and Samuel – 63 – Over 7.

Rowan – 88 – Over 7 – Lane Winner; Callum – 60 – Over 7 ; Oliver – 59 – Over 7  and Ben – 51 – Over 7.

CM – 63 – Under 7 – Lane Winner; Sean – 59 – Under 7; Patrick – 57 – Under 7; Corben – 57 – Under 7 and Harry – 57 – Under 7.

Rowan was the overall Thursday Beaver winner and finished an amazing 3rd in the Island individual scores – well done J

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Thursday Beavers: INVESTITURES – 5 FEBRUARY 2016

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A huge welcome and congratulations to our four new Beavers – Dylan, Bo, Corben and Harry, who were invested into 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers. They have all settled in really well and are making new friends and having a good time. Thank you also for the fantastic turnout of parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and aunties who came along for the investiture – it was lovely to see you all and we look forward to getting to know you over the next two years. It was a lovely Investiture Ceremony, they all remembered their Promise perfectly – and we had the added bonus of a couple of solo performances – so very well done to you all. This is just the start of your adventure in Scouting!

Thursday Beavers Update

DOUGLAS HEAD – 1 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers picked a beautiful evening for their visit to Douglas Head. The Beavers split into two groups and spent time at the viewing point looking over Douglas Bay and also walked round to the Manx Wildlife Trust Marine Coastal Viewing Site, just by the entrance to Marine Drive. They found out some interesting facts – that Choughs like ants and the Minke Whale likes fish!

This visit will go towards the new My Skills Challenge and My Outdoors Challenge Badges.

AWARDS & INVESTITURES – 8 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers met back in the Scout Hall for an evening of games and Awards! We invested our five new boys who started with the Colony in September – Vinnie, Oliver, Samson, Joe and Lowian. I am delighted they have all decided to stay, and on Thursday they made their Promise and were presented with their scarfs, badges and certificates and officially became a 2nd Onchan Thursday Beaver! Congratulations and well done to you all.

It was a night of Awards as we were also very proud to present four Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards. 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 the boys have worked hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. These are the final few of the old badge scheme and were presented to Nicholas, Fynn, Ben and Joshua by our Assistant Group Scout Leader – Steve White. So massive congratulations to the boys and many thanks to Steve for presenting the Awards.

 

HOT ROCKS – 15 and 22 OCTOBER

Thursday Beavers split into two groups over two weeks, spending one week in the Hall working on their Collectors, Hobbies and Sports Badges, and the other week at Hot Rocks for an evening of climbing. Hot Rocks proved a great success on both weeks!

After some clear safety instructions the Beavers and our parent helpers got kitted up ready for climbing and belaying. First to give it a try were Rowan, Samuel, Nicholas, Callum and Joseph. All the boys had a great evening, and I was really impressed by their confidence, ability and bravery.

The following week Fynn, Alex, Oliver, Ben, Joe, Sam, Caleb, Patrick and Vinnie also had a great time on the climbing walls. There was some excellent climbing and really good efforts all round. Once again I was impressed by their confidence and ability.

Many thanks to all our parent helpers for your assistance with the belaying and your encouraging words.

HOP TU NAA – 29 OCTOBER

We finished October and another half term with a Hop Tu Naa Fancy Dress Evening. There were some scary guests and festive treats and we also had a special visitor – Vikki Orwin – a local children’s author and illustrator, who came along to meet the Beavers and read them her new story – Jetmalew’s Island Adventures. The Beavers were enthralled and had lots of questions to ask and some questions to answer.

We finished the evening by presenting a Chief Scout’s Bronze Award to Callum – so our congratulations go to Callum, and extended congratulations go to Callum’s family who are now the proud owners of a baby boy and future Beaver – Alfie.

Coming up next month we have Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 8 November and we will be defending our title in the Island Beaver Football Competition on Sunday 29 November from 1pm to 5pm at the Tommy Clucas Hall in Peel!