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The Great 2nd Onchan Corona Virus Lockdown Challenge

Whilst our face to face Scout meetings are suspended, we have launched the Great 2nd Onchan Corona Virus Lockdown Challenge. A set of 100 different tasks, challenges and skills for all ages which you should be able to complete at home. Many of these challenges link with badges and things we would cover at normal meetings so this is a great opportunity to continue to keep your Scouting active as well as work towards some badges.

All of these challenges are designed to be completed by all age groups, most can even be completed if your family is forced to self-isolate and will require no specialist equipment other than perhaps some means of access to the internet or a camera and a few bits and pieces most people should be able to find around the home. Google and YouTube are definitely your friends for a lot of these challenges.

Please make sure you take photos or videos and post them to our Facebook group so we can see what you are getting up t and to inspire others to join in.

If you complete 50 challenges and receive our Bronze Award, 60 for Silver, 70 for Gold and 80 for Platinum and a special prize!!

Download the challenge list below – good luck!

Corona Virus – Suspension of Scout Meetings and Activities

To all Members, Parents, Guardians and Supporters

Dear all,

Re:- Corona Virus – Suspension of all Scout Meetings and Activities

It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that, with immediate effect, all Scout meetings, events and activities are to be suspended in response to the global Corona Virus Pandemic.

This decision has been made by Scout Association headquarters, the body which 2nd Onchan and Scout Association – Isle of Man are a part of, who oversee all Scouting in Great Britain, including the Isle of Man. It was announced by UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd, at 20:35 this evening.

The decision has been made in light of the current UK Government advice over Corona Virus. I, and all Leaders at 2nd Onchan and on the Isle of Man, are disappointed that this decision has been made at a national level, rather than at a local level, especially when noting that the position in the Isle of Man, and the advice of the Isle of Man Government, is different to the UK.

That said, we are a part of the UK Scouting family and must therefore follow its instructions and policies.

This means that with immediate effect no weekly Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer meetings will take place. All other Scouting events or activities, including the Bingo Night, Camps, Supersplash competition, Hikes, Parades and our Day Trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach are unfortunately cancelled. For those registered to attend Peak 2020, further information will be provided by the organisers.

For those who have made payments for upcoming Camps and Blackpool, we shall be contacting you to arrange for a refund of any payment. Please do allow us time to set this in motion.

As for our Bingo Night, due to take place this Friday, we will offer refunds for those that request them, however, we would ask you to consider donating the cost of any ticket towards our current fundraising efforts to carry out building works on the Scout Hall – this fund being the intended beneficiary of all proceeds from the night had it gone ahead.

At this time, we do not know when face to face Scouting will recommence – this will not be until after the Easter Holidays at the earliest. However, Leaders may try to offer some Scouting activities in the interim which you can do at home – virtual Scouting almost – allowing members to still work towards badges. Section Leaders will reach out with any such proposals.

This news is a shock to us and upsetting for our Leadership team. It is not something we want to do, but we must stand with our Scouting family in helping to try and overcome this pandemic.

I shall keep you updated on developments and let you know more information when I have it. In the first instance please make sure you are a member of your child’s section’s Facebook Group and also the general 2nd Onchan Group facebook.com/groups/2ndonchan

These are uncertain and rapidly changing times but we will be back! In the interim I can but wish you and your families well and encourage you to follow the latest Government advice to be found at gov.im/coronavirus

Yours in Scouting,

Alex Armstrong
Group Scout Leader

Blackpool Day Trip 2020

On Saturday 16 May 2020, we are once again running our Day Tip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The trip is open to all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts, as well as parents of members. The cost of the trip is just £70.00 for each member and this includes boat travel, coach transfer, Pleasure Beach entry and a £6 meal voucher to spend in the Park.

The closing date for returning forms is 5 April 2020.

More information is contained in the following letter.

Bingo Night 2020

On Friday 20 March 2020, we will be holding another of our popular Bingo Nights at the Scout Hall. All our members and their families are invited to attend.

Tickets are now on sale at just £3.00 each and this includes a Baked Potato Supper, tea, coffee and juice.

Please support our Social Events, as all proceeds go to our Hall Refurbishment Appeal.

Subs Due (Spring 2020)

Subs for the Spring Term are now due. We would be greatful if parents could ensure their child’s subs are paid by the end of January at the latest, but Scouting is for everyone and if you have any difficulties paying this please contact your section leader in confidence. Non payment of subs without informing the section leader could result in membership being cancelled.

You can download the latest subs form here.

Fireworks Night & Rememberance Sunday 2019

On Wednesday 6th November 2019 2nd Onchan will be holding our annual fireworks night. The enitre group will end the night at the Scout Hall with a fireworks display and hot dogs, but please check with your respective sections for start times and locations as each section will be doing something different before the display.

The next big event shortly after this is Remembrance Sunday on 10th November 2019. Please do your very best to attend this event; it is important and attendance is noted for awards and promotions within your section.

Please see a copy of the letter for further details, or download a PDF copy below.

Awards Night Nominations 2019

Nominations for our annual Awards Night have now been released. Well done to all those nominated.

The winners will be announced at our Annual Awards Night on 15 November 2019 at the Scout Hall starting at 7:30pm. All Welcome!

Tombola Prizes

As part of our fundraising scheme for developments to the Scout Hall we recently announced that we will be holding a Grand Tombola. The tickets will be drawn on 16th December 2019.

Prizes

PrizeCompany / Place
1iPad(Anonymous)
2Voucher for car plus 2 peopleIsle of Man Steam Packet
3Voucher for Sunday Brunch for 4 peopleBest Western
4Nintendo Switch Lite (Anonymous)
5[Another] Nintendo Switch Lite (Anonymous)
6One dozen bottles of wine (Anonymous)
7£40 voucherRobinsons
8Christmas hamperShoprite
9Chocolate making experience for 6 peopleDavidsons
10Grandstand tickets for 2 people (1st Race Day 2020)TT Motorsports
11M&S voucherProperty Wise
12Family of 4 voucherApe Mann
13HamperA-Z Plumbing
142 x VIP Hospitality tickets for Classic TT 2020 (Saturday 29th August 2020)Department of Enterprise
15Bottle of RumKarran Family
16Hair – Cut and FinishClaire
17Hair – Blow dry or hair upClaire

Subs Due (Winter 2019)

Subs for the Winter Term are now due. We would be greatful if parents could ensure their child’s subs are paid by the end of September at the latest, but Scouting is for everyone and if you think you will have any difficulties paying this please contact your section leader. Non payment of subs without informing the section leader could result in membership being cancelled.

You can download the latest subs form here.

We have updated the subs form to comply with current GDPR regulations.

Grand Tombola

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As part of our fund raising for our Scout Hall Building Fund, we are holding a Grand Tombola, with loads of fantastic prizes, we will have a full list on this website soon. We are launching the Tombola and tickets go on sale at the Onchan Village Fair at Onchan Park on Saturday 13. July 2019.

We hope that all parents and supporters of 2nd Onchan will give our Tombola their full support. We will soon be providing info on how you can get tickets to sell on to family, friends and work colleagues.

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