Manannan Cubs Scouts at Malew


Over the weekend of 17 March to 19 March, 16 Cubs and 4 Leaders from 2nd Onchan’s Manannan Cub Pack went camping at Malew Scout Hall in Ballasalla.

On the Friday evening we settled into the Hall before heading out for a short hike and some wide games near Port Soldrick. Managing to avoid the wet weather we headed back after several games, and Cubs losing shoes in the mud! Back at the Hall, we had some supper and hot chocolate and watched a film before bed whilst the Leaders made sandwiches for the next day’s lunch. All Cubs were fast asleep by 1am, which the Leaders were impressed with!

imageAn early start the next day and following breakfast and inspection we headed out for some games and free time before walking to Mullin Ny Carty for Abseiling and Archery. All Cubs really enjoyed these activities and many faced some fears stepping off the abseiling platform but everyone was filled with the sense of achievement when they made it to the bottom and those who had initially been scared wanted to go again! We did some fire lighting and volcano kettles before lunch and then a quick trip back to the Scout Hall to change out of muddy clothes.

Unfortunately we were late for our swimming session at Castletown pool and it was already full but the Cubs did learn that when Akela says 10 minutes, he means 10 minutes! Instead we headed to the NSC for some swimming there and a go on the slides!

Back at the Scout Hall the Cubs had some free time before a delicious dinner of Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread and then lots and lots and lots of cake and custard for pudding. We headed out for a couple of games at the local school field whilst the Hall was set up for our movie night. Back inside, the Cubs got into their sleeping bags and picked their spot for the movie. With hot chocolate and biscuits I think most lasted maybe an hour before they were fast asleep!

On Sunday we had sausage sandwiches for breakfast alongside our cereal and toast before tidying up all our belonging and inspection. After that we hopped in the minibus and headed up to Ape Mann Adventure Park for a morning’s activities on the lower high ropes course and the monkey tree. It was a bit damp on Sunday, okay a lot, but this didn’t seem to dampen any spirits as we all attempted to conquer the course.

It was then back to the Hall for lunch, a final tidy up and a feedback session on the weekend before heading home.

All Cubs seemed to have a very enjoyable weekend doing new activities they have not done before, we were fortunate with the weather and got a lot less wet than initially anticipated. Thanks to all the Cubs and other Leaders for the weekend… now onto planning the next one!


Cub Scout Leader (Akela)



Manannan Packs Maughold Camp


Over the 23rd-25th May Manannan Cubs help a camp in Maughold, camping in a field by the Venture Centre. On the Friday night cubs battled the rain to put up their tents before going on a short walk to the beach before heading up to Ramsey Scout Hall to watch a film. We then braved the night in the tents as the rain had cleared.


Saturday morning, a nice early start saw us head to the scout hall for breakfast before a playing in Mooragh park. We then headed back to the venture centre for the day’s activities. Before lunch everybody had a go at the assault course and on the zip wire. A few cubs got a soaking in the tunnels by Akela so it was then time to dry off before some hot dogs and soup for lunch. The afternoon started by everyone abseiling down the wall first and then the brave ones (including Mark!) tackling the tree. After this we split into 2 groups to do air rifle shooting and archery. Following the full day of activities it was time to head for our BBQ tea (even though it was raining!!!). After lots of burgers and sausages had been consumed we played a few more games and watched some more films. Lots of tired cubs fell asleep during the films so we headed back to our tents and fell asleep listening to the heavy rain outside.

Sunday morning started off much nicer with the weather though it was the day the cubs were going to get wet on the lake kayaking and canoeing anyway! After a later breakfast it was time to head out onto the lake, where cubs went around the lake and onto the island in the middle as well as playing some games in their canoes and kayaks. There were a few capsizes and falling in but good fun was had by all! After lunch it was time to head back to the campsite to pack away and take down the tents. After the site was clear the sun decided to come out so cubs had a good game of football together and then we headed back to Mooragh park where parents picked up lots of tired and happy cubs!

Moddey Dhoo at Watertrough


imageOver the weekend of the 21st February, Moddey Dhoo Tuesday Night Scouts enjoyed a two night camp at the Watertrough cottage.

After picking sleeping spaces, unpacking roll mats and settling down, the Scouts hiked to the back of South Barrule Plantation. On the way we stopped to look at the stars as it was an especially clear night and offered a great view of more stars than many of the lads had ever seen. After a further short walk the Scouts took out the Trangia Stoves they were carrying and boiled water to make Tesco Value cup a soups. Unfortunately the scouts did not appear to particularly enjoy the budget supper with many asking if they could have Heinz!


After a good night’s sleep the Scouts all got up at 7am on Saturday morning to eat breakfast before the Venture Centre picked them up and took them to Maughold. What followed was a day of air rifle shooting, archery, abseiling, the assault course and a crate stacking challenge. David H. was the best shooter while Alex R. was the best crate stacker coming first and second after taking part twice.

Upon returning to cottage the Scouts ate a dinner of spaghetti bolognaise and went out for a team wide game. In between rounds of the game the camp fire was prepared and the Scouts roasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate.

Once it was too dark and cold to stay outside the Scouts retreated to the cottage to play cards and go to bed.

On Sunday after another good night’s sleep, the scouts went to Ape Mann to take part on a low rope course and zip line. Following more hot chocolate the scouts packed their bags, built bivouacs and went home.

The camp was designed for the Scouts and so I have left the scouts to outline their highlights below.

imageDavid H. On the Watertrough Cottage Camp I enjoyed going to Ape Mann as it was a bit challenging and something new. Unfortunately I did hit my back on the second time around the course which made me feel a bit ill, this made me not want to go on the zip line as it would not be pretty and the hot chocolate, a lot better than Tesco Value soup also made a bit more like a hot watery cup.

When we went to the Venture Centre I enjoyed the air rifle shooting. I liked that they had new air rifles; they were actually calibrated this time, which meant I got a good score of a disputed 72-74 points out of a possible 80. The assault course was fun and the wide games we played at the hut (which had no electricity) was a bit uncomfortable when I had a rock sticking into my side the entire 15 minutes we were hiding. When I got caught hiding in my combat jacket and trousers the second round of hiding I went and roasted some starburst which was surprisingly nice. The worst thing about the camp was the sleeping conditions. I had to lie on a hard roll mat and my pillow was wet so I had to go without it. I thoroughly enjoyed the camp but next time I need to remember to bring some hand warmers and not to forget to bring a new roll mat, also bring some Heinz beans, I am not as happy with Tesco Value beans but they are ok but Heinz are better.

I give the camp 9/10. Laser Mayhem… you are ALWAYS busy it seems.

Tom J. On the camp I expressly liked the Venture Centre, the Ape Man and THE BEANS. Also the coal fire was warm also I loved my Jaffa’s. The soup was mank, Marks cooking made Tesco taste like M&S. I slept quite well. I enjoyed the camp.

Sam N, This camp was fun. We did lots of fun actually for instance on Friday night we went for a hike and cooked some horrible soup on a Trangia. On Saturday we went to the Venture Centre to do air rifle shooting, archery, assault course, abseiling, climbing wall & crate stacking.

On Sunday we went to Ape Mann to go on the course, zip wire and go up a tree. There was hot chocolate. We slept on shelves and it was reasonably warm. We also played tons of cards. The bad thing was we spent two days going to a portaloo.

Magnus B. My favourite part was at the venture centre and Mann Ape although Luke made me fall it was fun.

Adam C. On the camp we had a ton of fun like the venture centre and wide games and food like bolognaise and really bad Tesco Value soup

Luke S. It was fun. I enjoyed Go Ape. I also enjoyed playing Blackjack. The cottage was freezing until we lit the fire.

Alex R. The camp was great. We did so many fun things, like high ropes, crate stacking and cards. It was fun because we were on bunks and there was a big ladder. I liked everything even the Jaffa’s.

Elliot N. On this camp we had a blast going to the Venture Centre and we learnt how to play Blackjack. I’d prefer it if we didn’t have Tesco Value.

The forest was good even when I fell in the river. The Jaffa Cakes were awesome.

Archie S. I enjoyed the wide games and the car games. I also enjoyed the ape Mann and the venture centre. The cottage was warm when the fire was going.



Manannan Cubs – Ramsey Camp


Over the weekend 24th – 26th May, Manannan Cubs held a Cub Camp in Ramsey.  We all met on Friday Night at Ramsey Grammar School and walked up to Albert Tower, it was a lovely sunny Friday evening.  It did not take long to get to the top and once we reached the top of the hill, we stopped for a juice break.  After 10 minutes or so we started to walk down into Ramsey, along the way we stopped and played a couple of Man Hunt games.  We arrived back at the Scout Hall around 9.30pm and then decided to watch a film.


Saturday Morning all the Cubs were up nice & early, after Breakfast, we went and played in the park before having a game of Danish Longball.  The main activities for the day were at the Venture Centre which consisted of abseiling, air rifle, archery and the assault course.  All the Cubs had a fantastic time.  Once we got back into Ramsey we had a swim / paddle in the sea (it was very cold) and then played Danish Long Ball before having a BBQ Dinner, followed by Football and more Danish Long Ball.  We then walked back to the Scout Hall where we watched a film before going to bed.


Sunday Morning and the sun was out again, we were kayaking and canoeing this morning, all the Cubs got wet but that made the activities more enjoyable.  Once everyone had got dried we, had lunch and then played Danish Long Ball for the final time before everyone heading home.  All the Cubs had smiles all round and was a fantastic Cub Camp.


North West Patrol Leaders Camp


Four members of Scout Network Ellan Vannin, will be leading a contingent of twelve Scouts to the North West Regional Patrol Leaders camp, between 12-14th of July.

The camp will be held over 3 days at Waddecar Scout centre, Lancashire and will consist of various fun competitions and challenges and will give the patrol leaders the opportunity to interact with 500+ Scouts for across the North West of the UK.

Selection weekend for this trip will be held on Saturday 16th March 2013.

Further details can be found on this leaflet.

Manannan Pack Hike & Camp


On Saturday 26. January,the Manannan Pack were supposed to be doing a letterbox hike around the area of Snaefell, unfortunately this could not happen due to the mountain road being closed due to the Snow.  Instead we all met at the Creg Ny Baa and walked down the footpath towards the reservoir, it was a nice pleasant walk and was just starting to rain when we arrived at the reservoir.  We were going to do a treasure hunt but as it was raining we decided to carry on walking and make our way to the Scout Hall.  Once at the Scout hall we played a couple of games before we had a chippy dinner, after dinner we then played some more games before watching a couple of films before going to bed.  The next morning was a very early start with everyone awake by round 07:00, we had breakfast and finished the short weekend by playing a a few final games before everyone went home.

Manannan Cubs Sixers & Seconders Camp


Over the weekend 13. – 14. July 2012, some of the Sixers and Seconders from the Manannan Cub Pack visited Watertrough Cottage. Everyone arrived by 7pm, and after a quick briefing we went on a small hike up South Barrule, all Cubs and Leaders made it without any problems and after a very quick decent down, we played some Man Hunt games in the plantation followed by roasting Marshmallows on a open fire. After this we have supper and went to bed.


The next morning was an early start, after breakfast we all travelled to Peel where we did some Coasteering with Adventurous Experiences, all the Cubs had a really good time and even Akela and Mark joined in the activity as well. It was very tricky and the Sea was a bit rough but all the Cubs managed to cope with everything that was thrown at us. After some lunch in Peel, we travelled back to Watertrough to finish off the Promise Challenge Badge work before heading off home. Well done to all the Cubs who were there over the weekend, and a special thanks must go to Kieron and George for the Coasteering and not forgetting all the thousands of Midgies at Watertrough Cottage.


Island Scout Camp


Scouts from both the Moddey Dhoo and Phoenix Scout Troops attended the Island Scout Camp which was held over the 29. June to the 1. July 2012, at the Crossags Camp Site in Ramsey.


There was a very good attendance from most Island Scout Troops and an excellent turn out of Explorer Scouts working as Young Leaders and so many Scout Leaders, it was sometimes difficult to find them all a job.image

Friday night was spent setting up tents and getting organised and then the whole camp hiked up to the Albert Tower where Flag Break as held. Back on site there was supper and a briefing, before everyone headed off to bed.


Saturday saw the Scouts doing various activities which included Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Raft Building, Pioneering, Backwoods Cooking, including the skinning of freshly killed rabbits. Axe and Saw Skills, Assault Course, Archery and loads more. In the evening the Scouts took part in an orienteering exercise, before siting down to the camp fire, full of Scouting songs and skits. After supper everyone watched a movie in the giant ‘Ark’ building.


On Sunday it was overcast and there was a light drizzle After breakfast it was decided to send the Scouts off swimming or Ten Pin Bowling, while the Explorers and Leaders dropped all the tentage as the rain had died off and the wind soon dried the canvas.

After lunch it was a case of packing up gear and transporting badly packed rucsacs and the Scouts down to the collection point ready to head off home.


Island Cub Scout Camp

Over the 15th, 16th and 17th of June Island Cub Camp was held at St John’s Football Club. Over 150 Cubs from all Packs over the Island were due to attend the event. Unfortunately the weather over the week had been poor and on Friday it continued to rain heavily. A decision was made by the organisers to postpone the start of the camp and Cubs were told to stay at home that night and come along to the campsite early Saturday. A couple of the Leaders braved the weather and watched the England match in the clubhouse with a takeaway.

On the Saturday morning the Cubs arrived and dropped their bags off in the clubs changing rooms before bacon baps and a briefing for the weekend. After this they were assigned to their groups and leaders before beginning the wet weather plan activities. Over the course of the day the Cubs did a number of activities including sumo wrestling, key ring making, zumba fitness and skipping and a couple of Olympic themed activities including javelin and discus making. That evening the Cubs all gathered in the Marquee to present their work and food from the different countries that they had been assigned. The Cubs were able to taste foods from a number of different countries, all who will be participating in this years Olympics. Whilst the Leaders cleaned up, the Cubs had some free time before we moved to the Camp fire. We were very lucky to have Justin Cowan with us who organised and ran a fantastic camp fire with the help of the explorers from all around the Island. After this the Cubs were very tired and went to get some supper before heading off to bed.

On Sunday morning the weather improved and the sun began to shine through the clouds and for a while is was quite warm. The Cubs were up early, as expected, and after breakfast had to tidy all their belonging away for tent inspection. Once all the tents were inspected we began the task of taking them down and packing them away. Luckily they had all dried out by this stage. 2nd Onchan were the fastest and most efficient of all groups in taking down their tents, not that we were racing. And once all the tents were packed away we began a treasure hunt around the camp. Before lunch an all Island 5 a side Olympic football competition was organised. 2nd Onchan had two football teams and both did incredibly well. After a picnic style lunch the Cubs gathered around the Olympic rings for Scouts Own. Once the Cubs had reflected on the weekend it was time to announce the results. In the football competition 2nd Onchan came joint first. Snaefell and Manannan were equal winners. Before being collected all the Cubs were presented with a special Cub Olympics Medal and a certificate.

Despite the weather the weekend was a fantastic success and the organisers would like to thank all the leaders and explorers for their help and organisation and especially the cubs for being so well behaved.

A slide show of pictures from the weekend can be viewed here: