Phoenix at Watertrough

Scouts and Leaders from the Phoenix Troop spent two nights at Watertrough Cottage over the 23. – 25. May 2014. After settling in the Scouts gathered wood for the stove and were shown how to use an axe properly. After that it was a hike around South Barrule Plantation, before we held a wide game around the cottage. After Supper it was time for bed and the Scouts were all quiet just past midnight.

On Saturday morning everyone was up pretty early and after breakfast and kit inspection, we spent 2 1/2 hours running round the plantation doing Laser-Mayhem, which was great fun. After lunch it was across the road for another 2 1/2 hours this time on Ape-Mann. Everyone managed to go around both the low and high level courses.

After tea of burgers and hot dogs, the Scouts spent a bit of time building bivouacs and preparing a fire pit for a camp fire, the rain however soon put a stop to this. Luckily it cleared after a couple of hours and we were able to sit around the camp fire for an hour or two. It was a long day and the Scouts were all fast asleep by eleven.

On Sunday morning after breakfast, kit was packed away and the cottage was given a good tidy before we all headed off home.

Phoenix Scouts Watertrough Cottage Camp


Over the weekend of the 23. – 25. May 2014, we are holding a Camp at the Groups Bunkhouse, Watertrough Cottage, which is located at South Barrule, near Foxdale.

The Camp runs from 19:30 on Friday 23. May to 10:00 on Sunday 25. May 2014. During the Camp we will be spending the morning at Laser Mayhem and in the afternoon at Ape-Mann,
which will include their new High Level Ropes Course, as well as the Zip Wire, Climbing, Go-Karts and Low Level Rope Course.

Scouts can choose to either sleep in the Bunkhouse, or if they wish they can bring their own Hike Tent to sleep in, in the grounds surrounding Watertrough Cottage.

Further details in this letter.

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.



Beavers at Watertrough Cottage


Thursday and Sunday Beavers held a joint meeting at Watertrough Cottage, near the South Barrule Plantation. The Beavers had a great time exploring the cottage and the surrounding area. We then set out on a hike around the plantation with Group Scout Leader Ash. The weather stayed dry and everyone enjoyed the walk. The Beavers returned to the cottage for hotdogs, crisps and a drink.


Six Thursday Beavers are due to Move On to Cubs so we finished the evening by presenting certificates and badges to Rhys, Adam P., Billy, Samuel, Cameron & Oliver. We would like to wish these Beavers the very best of luck in Cubs.


Special Olympic Badges were also presented to all those Beavers who took part in the Olympic Themed Sports Day – which Thursday Beavers won! Beavers can wear these badges until the end of 2012.


2nd Onchan Beaver Leaders would like to thank all their Beavers and parents for their continued support over the year. We wish you all a great Summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September for some more Beaver Scouting!

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.


Watertrough Cottage


Nine Scouts and two Leaders from the Phoenix Scout Troop stayed overnight at Watertrough Cottage on the 24. February 2012. Watertrough Cottage is the Group’s Bunkhouse located in South Barrule Plantation. The Scouts used Volcano Kettles had a Wide Game and did a Night Hike before supper and a good nights sleep. On Saturday morning after breakfast the Scouts planted 40 trees around the cottage, including Cherry, Apple, Rowan, Birch and a Royal Oak, all provided by the Woodlands Trust in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.