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 Beavers – July Update

ONCHAN WETLANDS – 9 JULY

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Last week Thursday Beavers met with Dawn from the Manx Wildlife Trust at Onchan Wetlands. It was a lovely evening and the Beavers were all interested to hear about the Wetlands and see some of the wildlife living there. There was a chance to observe some pond dipping and for the Beavers to take to the boardwalk.

The visit enabled some of our Beavers to complete their Global Challenge Awards, the final step in a series of challenges, and go on to earn their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.

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CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD – 16 JULY

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Ash, our Group Scout Leader, presented three of our Beavers with their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This is a highly prestigious Award, and 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 Beavers have to work hard to make this happen, often completing activities at home when necessary. So our massive congratulations go to Juan, Joseph and Sam. Many thanks to Ash for presenting the Awards and very well done boys!

Thursday Beavers Update

CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD – 18 JUNE

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Many congratulations to Alex H-B on gaining his Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.
This is a highly prestigious Award, and 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 Alex has worked really hard to make this happen, often completing activities at home when necessary. So our massive congratulations go to Alex – well done!

TEAMWORK – 18 JUNE

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The Teamwork Challenge Badge forms part of the new badge scheme which has been launched this year. We will be looking for helpful team members, those who are willing and eager to take on being a team leader or captain and Beavers working together to complete a challenge or activity.
Thursday Beavers were recently challenged to build a tower or structure using spaghetti and marshmallows! They completed these in their Lodges, working as a team! There was some good team work going on, and especially team leadership from Alex, and there was also some individual work happening too. Well done to all the Lodges for your magnificent structures and teamwork.

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE – 25 JUNE

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As part of the 2015 Beaver Challenge – Beavers were asked to hold an evening on a Crazy Theme. We asked the Beavers what they would like the theme to be – crazy hair, crazy water, crazy dance – were just a few of the ideas. After a vote – you guessed – crazy water won!
We started the evening with pass the balloon (and be careful not to burst it)! Then the Beavers had a bit of practice for sports day and had to fill a jug with water using a plastic cup with holes in the bottom! Unfortunately most of the water ended up on the two Cubs who were helping out by holding the jugs! The Cubs got their own back and emptied some of the water over the Beavers.
The evening finished with the water gun fight – where most of the Colony ended up with a good soaking!

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ISLAND BEAVER TRAIN TRIP & FUN DAY

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Island Beavers took the Steam Train to Castletown, had lunch and a play in the park, and took the Steam Train back to Douglas. Despite the overcast start to the day, the sun came out and it was a lovely day for the trip. Eleven Beavers, one Scout, two parents and two Leaders from Thursday Beavers took part in the event. The boys were all well behaved on the train and enjoyed a picnic in Poulsom Park on their arrival. This was followed by games of cricket and football, and playing around the skate park and bmx track. After a couple of hours we packed up and headed back to the station to catch the train home. It was a lovely trip and the Beavers all seemed to have a great time. Our thanks to Big Beaver – Bev for organising the trip, our parent helpers and Leaders and well done to Thursday Beavers.

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Thursday Beavers Report

THURSDAY BEAVERS VISIT BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH, DOUGLAS

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imageThursday Beavers had a visit recently to Broadway Baptist Church in Douglas. The Minister (Bill) made the Beavers very welcome. They were all very excited and interested to see inside the Church and the big bath or Baptistery! Bill talked a little about what happens in his  church, then tested to see if the Beavers had been  listening by setting them a little Quiz.  Luckily they had been listening and managed to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Beavers then learnt a new song (with Jack’s mum helping with the actions – thanks Yvonne).

Bill also set a little relay race for the Beavers which involved crawling through the chairs – luckily they all  managed to squeeze their way through and were naturally very pleased with themselves.

The Beavers were finally allowed in the Baptistery at the end of the meeting where we finished the meeting with our usual prayer.

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THREE LEGS CHALLENGE & JOTT

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imageEight Beavers took part in the third leg of the Three Legs Challenge & JOTT (Jamboree on the Trail) on Saturday 9 May. The Beavers, along with other Colonies, completed the section of the Heritage Trail from St John’s to Peel. The Beavers were given a Quiz to complete on the way, which meant the walk took a bit longer, but it added lots of interest and discussion along the way, and has definitely been one of my favourite walks. All the Beavers taking part on the day will receive their JOTT Badge, and Matthew and Jack – who have completed their final section of the Three Legs Challenge – will be awarded their Three legs Challenge Badge next week. Well done boys, and well done to all those who took part on the day – excellent behaviour and commitment.

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News From Thursday Beaver Scouts

SHIP SHORE / HEAD & CATCH CHAMPION SPRING 2015

imageWe have just completed another Ship Shore Competition for the Winter/Spring Term of 2015. This Term we changed the format slightly and alternated Ship Shore with Head & Catch – which requires a bit less running, but a bit more skill. Once again the scores were close. In fourth place were Nicholas, Sam, Freddie & Alex. In third place was Harry J. In second place was last term’s Champion – Oscar W, and our Ship Shore / Head & Catch Champion for Spring 2015 is Samuel C! The first three places all received a certificate of congratulations and Samuel received a small trophy. Well done Samuel!

MOVING ON

imageThursday Beavers have reached the end of yet another term – and that means it is time to say goodbye to Charlie M who is ‘Moving On’ to Snaefell Cubs after Easter. Charlie was presented with his Moving On certificate, Moving On badge and Two Year Participation badge. We have enjoyed having Charlie at Beavers, always smiling and always well behaved. We will really miss him, but wish him all the very best in Cubs.

LEE

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Lastly it was time to say Thank You to our Assistant Beaver Leader, Lee Rumney. Lee has been with Thursday Beavers for over 10 years and has also been helping out at Tuesday Beavers for the last 3 years. Lee is going to the UK for work, so won’t be around to continue helping and supporting the Beaver Colonies. Lee has brought a wonderful balance of humour, passion and authority to Beavers – he will be very much missed.

We are very fortunate at Thursday Beavers to have Charlotte Unwin (our Assistant Cub Leader for Manannan) and Rob Clynes (a new parent) agree to come along to help out at colony meetings, along with Chris Armstrong (our Assistant Beaver Leader) and myself. I look forward to new and exciting times ahead.

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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.

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NIGHT at the SCIENCE MUSEUM – THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2015

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imageThursday Beavers have been as busy as ever. On Thursday 26 February, sixteen Beavers took part in the Science Night Challenge. They made predictions about objects and items that float or sink; they investigated which materials allowed a magnetic force to pass through them; they watched raisins bobbing up and down in a glass of lemonade and they discovered how washing up liquid can change surface tension!

All the Beavers taking part successfully earned their Experiment Activity Badge. This is the first time Thursday Beavers have been presented with this badge in over five years! Thank you to our Parent Helpers for their much needed assistance on the night, and well done Beavers.

BEAVER BOWLING COMPETITION – SUNDAY 1 MARCH 2015

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imageOn Sunday 1 March, eleven Beavers from the Thursday Colony took part in the Island Bowling Competition. Thursday Beavers finished a very respectable fourth out of the eleven Colonies who took part. Certificates were awarded to all those who took part and additional certificates were presented to those Beavers who got the highest three scores in Thursday Beavers, so well done to Fynn (81); Rowan (68); Jacob (67) & Harry (67). Fynn also got the third best score out of all the Beavers who took part – so very well done.

TYING KNOTS – THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2015

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imageLast week our Group Scout Leader – Ash visited Thursday Beavers and helped the boys learn to tie three different types of knots – thumb, reef and figure of eight. The Beavers managed really well, even those with little fingers. This activity forms part of the Outdoor Challenge Badge and is one of the requirements for the new Beaver Camp Craft Activity Badge. Well done Beavers and thank you to Ash for helping with this activity.

INVESTITURES AND CHIEF SCOUTS’S BRONZE AWARDS – THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2015

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Last Thursday was a very special evening for our three new Beavers who joined us in January – so not quite so new! Lee, Rowan and Freddie were invested into 2nd Onchan Thursday Beavers. They all looked very smart in their uniforms and remembered their Promise really well. Congratulations boys and welcome to the Group.

Finally, it was lovely to be able to present two Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards to Jack and Samuel. Both boys have worked really hard on their Challenge Badges, and with six to complete in total, it can often take up to two years to achieve this prestigious Award. So very well done to Jack and Samuel, and thank you to Ash for presenting the Awards.

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Thursday Beavers – Parents Activity Evening

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On Thursday 5. February 2015, we invited Parents to join us for an evening of Beaver Activities. It was a chance to share some of our games, have some fun and maybe show the kids how it is done (or not)! 

We started the evening with a gentle game of Head and Catch – although not as easy as it looks. There were a few Parents who managed to stay in the game, but the overall winner was our Beaver – Samuel. Well done Samuel. After juice and biscuits, Lee introduced his favourite game to the Parents – Cops and Robbers. This is basically a game of copying exactly what the other person is doing – there were cartwheels, dance moves and funny faces, plus some falling over!

We finished the evening with a Dodgeball Competition (Beavers v Parents). The Parents really came into their own here and won both games. I think they may have been practicing!

It was great to see so many Parents and Siblings joining in the evening. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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Burns Night

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Last week Thursday Beavers celebrated Burns Night. The evening began sharing some delicious shortbread biscuits and Scotch pancakes, kindly made by Joseph’s Granny – thank you so much. 

We talked a little bit about Robert Burns and shared one of his poems. Some of the Beavers brought their poems in to share. They read them out brilliantly, and the poems were all really good.  This one had a Scottish theme to it:

Three Penguins
Three Penguins in the porridge
Swimming all about
I’m not going to eat it
Till somebody takes them out!
By Joshua

All those Beavers who wrote and shared their poem will be awarded with the Beaver Creative Activity Badge this week.

Beaver Scouts Football Competition

 

imageAfter Half Term, Thursday Beavers were busy practising for the Beaver Football Competition. Under the guidance of our Head Coach and Assistant Beaver Leader – Chris, the boys worked hard and our two teams took shape.

Eleven Thursday Beavers took part in this event on Saturday 15. November 2014 (one even having to go for a swimming lesson in between games – well done Joshua). There was a record 18 teams taking part in this year’s competition, which was held at the Community Centre in Onchan. The teams were split into four smaller Leagues with one of the Thursday Team’s winning their League and one of the Tuesday Team’s coming top of their League. The two Onchan Teams took part in different semi-finals, both winning their games by just one clear goal! For a second year running it was a Tuesday – Thursday Final, and after a tightly fought, tense match – Thursday Beavers scored the deciding goal with just seconds to spare. So very well done to all those who took part – Ethan, Harry, Samuel, Oscar and Jack, and to Matthew, Joshua, Joseph, Callum, Fynn and Jacob.

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