Thursday and Tuesday Beavers took part in the Island Beaver Sports Day on the 30. June 2013, at Gymn’s FC. Conditions were good, although rain threatened. Nine Beaver Colonies took part in the Sports Day, and events included running races, egg and spoon races, sack races, skipping races, ball and cup races and space hopper races. There were also two relay events, the running relay and the infamous water relay.
Thursday Beavers are the reigning Champions and holders of the Sports Day Trophy. We had a good turnout of eleven boys, only four of whom had competed last year. We also undertook the usual two weeks of training prior to the event. We are delighted that not only did Thursday Beavers win the Trophy for yet another year, they won in style – with fifteen first places out of a total of thirty races! They also won the running relay, despite a fall at the start which put them at the back of the field, and they won the water relay, in spite of the small jug and bucket!
All those who took part finished in the top three in at least one of their races – a remarkable result, so very well done to Harry, Ryan, George, Oscar L, Luke, Alex, Lee, Fergus, Evan, Charlie & Oscar N!
Thursday Beavers finished the afternoon with 317 points and in second place came Tuesday Beavers with 186 points. All round a great afternoon for 2nd Onchan Beavers. The competition continued in the Leaders’ egg & spoon race with Lee beating Jane to the post, however it was noticed that there was some cheating going on!
Thursday Beavers had a visit from their Group Scout Leader – Ash last week. Some of the Beavers were trying to complete their Outdoor Challenge Badge, so set about learning two knots – the reef knot and the figure of eight – under the careful instruction of Ash. The Beavers were very attentive and diligent and did a fantastic job at learning this new skill. Some even managed to tie the knot behind their back!
Last week we invested Fergus W into Thursday Beavers. Fergus, following in his brother Rowan’s footsteps, has settled in very quickly and was really excited about getting invested and receiving his badges and 2nd Onchan scarf. Welcome to Fergus – we hope you enjoy your time with Thursday Beavers and 2nd Onchan Scout Group.
Last week we invested two new boys into Thursday Beavers – they were Charlie M and Finley M. The boys have settled in very quickly and they were both really excited and looking forward to getting invested and receiving their badges and scarves. Welcome to both our new starters – we hope you enjoy your time with Thursday Beavers and 2nd Onchan Scout Group.
Last week Thursday Beavers worked on their Beaver Agent Cards. We weighed and measured the height of each Beaver and recorded these details on their cards. We then tried to find which Beaver was the closest to the length and weight of a ‘real’ beaver. Beavers can grow as long as 120cm and weigh up to 20kg. Two Thursday Beavers matched these measurements perfectly – Thomas M and Kian L!
Thursday Beaver meetings always start with a game of Ship Shore. This Term we are keeping a record of the top three Beavers in each game. At the end of the Term we will award a Trophy for the overall winner. Good Luck Beavers!
ST GEORGE’S DAY PARADE & SERVICE
Thursday & Tuesday Beavers had a great turn out at this year’s St George’s Day Parade and Service. For many it was their first Parade, and the Beavers all looked very smart and walked nicely down to the Service in Onchan Park. Both Colonies produced fantastic Banners for the occasion. Well done Beavers!
Thursday Beavers have been enjoying some dry and sunny weather and the opportunity to play outdoors. Last year we managed to hold one Beaver Meeting outside, this year (believe it or not) we have had two already. The Beavers have enjoyed playing a ‘fun’ game of Bulldog!
CHIEF SCOUT’S VISIT
Thursday Beavers were so excited about our visit from the Chief Scout – Bear Grylls. We had a fantastic turnout for the day and lots of help from parents – thank you! As well as the opportunity to meet their hero, our Beavers were also taking part in JOTT – Jamboree on the Trail. JOTT is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together – towards a better future through Scouting! JOTT is held on the second Saturday of May each year. The Beavers walked from Peel Headland to the beach. Once on the beach the Beavers began constructing their sandcastles for the Sandcastle Competition. Thursday Beavers produced two amazing sandcastles – well done boys!
THREE LEGS CHALLENGE
Tuesday Beavers and Thursday Beavers have just completed the 3rd leg of the Three Legs Challenge 2012/13. There was a great turnout of Beavers from both Colonies for the walk from Crosby to Braddan School. The weather was good and the terrain was not too muddy, despite the rain the day before. Lots of mums and dads and dogs joined us for the walk and we completed the challenge in under an hour and a half – a great effort! Well done to Evan W. from the Thursday Colony who has now completed all three legs of the 2012/13 Challenge.
CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD
Last week George C. from Thursday Beavers gained his 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 George has worked hard to make this happen, completing activities at home when necessary. So massive congratulations go to George.
Last week we had a visit from the Manx Electricity Authority. The Beavers were very interested and excited to see how electrical circuits could be connected and broken using themselves in the process! Some of the Beavers even managed to make a circuit by touching noses! Ian from the MEA also explained to the Beavers about the sub-stations on the Island and showed them the different types of electrical cables they used.
ST GEORGE & THE DRAGON REHEARSALS
Rehearsals have been going well for our St George and the Dragon re-enactment. All the actors took part in a recent dress rehearsal and we are looking good for the final performance at the St George’s Day Parade and Service on Sunday 21 April 2013, starting at 2.15pm at the Onchan Community Centre.
There will be an on-site rehearsal on Saturday 20 April at 2.00pm in Onchan Park for all actors and narrators. Please meet near the hut at the top of the Pitch and Putt Course. Thank you to all those involved for your continued support and involvement.
Rowan W. from Thursday Beavers moved up to the Snaefell Cub Pack last week. Rowan unfortunately missed his last Beaver meeting, so Jackie presented him with his Moving On certificate and badge at the end of his first Cub meeting on Wednesday. We have really enjoyed having Rowan in Beavers. He has been enthusiastic and well behaved, winning the Best Beaver Award at our Beaver Sleepover last year. We will miss Rowan, but wish him all the very best at Cubs.
CHIEF SCOUT’S BRONZE AWARD
This week two 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 Bradley K and James H.
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. Aaron C, Bradley K and James H all received their Moving On certificate and badges, and are all going to Manannan Cubs. We have really enjoyed 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 recently visited Onchan Elim Church. This visit, as well as forming part of their Faith Activity Badge and Promise Challenge, was also an opportunity to meet new people and see new places in their local community.
The Beavers had a fantastic time. The Reverend John Powell made everyone feel very welcome. He explained a little bit about the Pentecostal Church and the different types of things that they do at the Church – from ceremonies to youth groups. The Beavers enjoyed looking at all the different flags in the Church, each one representing the country of the members of the Onchan Elim Church congregation. I believe there were 26 different flags! The Beavers were able to go downstairs and see the rooms which are used by the Playgroup and the Youth Club. They finished the evening with juice and a couple of sweets.
Three new boys joined Thursday Beavers in the New Year, and were recently invested. They were Harry C, Alex C and Lee C. The boys have settled in very quickly and they were all really excited and looking forward to getting invested and receiving their badges and scarves. Welcome to all the new starters – we hope you enjoy your time with Thursday Beavers and 2nd Onchan Scout Group.