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Photos from St. George’s Day in Peel 2016

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

About 400 members were in Peel Sunday for the Island’s St. George’s Day celebration. It was a beautiful, sunny day. As the Island Chaplin, Ian Faulds, joked during the service, “The sun always shines  in Peel.”

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The Sun Shines on St. George’s Day

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

12994406_10206578142474083_6858188077091165708_n About 400 members were in Peel Sunday for the Island’s St. George’s Day celebration. It was a beautiful, sunny day. As the Island Chaplin, Ian Faulds, joked during the service, “The sun always shines  in Peel.”

The groups paraded along the prom led by the Ellan Vannin Pipes & Drums to Peel Castle for the service.

The England Chief Commissioner, Alex Peace-Gadsby, visited the Island for the day to attend the service. The ECC presented three St. George’s Day awards during the service. Julian Ashcroft and Gillie Salway both were awarded the Silver Acorn which is awarded “In Recognition of Specially Distinguished Service”. Peter Kelly was awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn in “Recognition of Further Specially Distinguished Service”. 12983361_10153418363905685_7960183708323373757_oCongratulation to each of you.

After the service each section enjoyed their own activities:

  • Beavers built their own Peel (sand) Castle on Peel Beach
  • Cubs hiked up Peel Hill where they had a picnic lunch
  • Scouts chose from kayaking, coasteering and a navigation challenge around Peel
  • Explorers had a 30 meter climb (just to give them a challenge) up from the South end of Peel Beach

Everyone had a great time.

To see more photos from St. George’s Day in the gallery.

 

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1st Douglas Buggane Beavers win the Ten Pin Bowling Competition

Posted on March 20th, 2016 by admin

P1020580 (Copy)The annual Beaver Scouts’ ten pin bowling competition was held at the Surestrike bowling alley in Ramsey on Sunday 28th February 2016. Beaver Scouts from 1st Ballaugh, 1st Douglas Buggane (Monday), 1st Douglas Loaghtan (Thursday), 1st Laxey, 2nd Onchan (Tuesday), 2nd Onchan (Thursday), 3rd Peel and 1st Rushen took part and they all had a great time.

For some Beavers it was their first competition since joining their Colony and for some their first experience of ten pin bowling. For several Beavers it was the first time they had to bowl without the aid of the chutes. This all led to some very interesting bowling techniques!

The number of Beavers from each Colony was not restricted, so, as there were different numbers of participants from different Colonies, to decide the winner the average score for each Colony was calculated. 1st Douglas Buggane (Monday) won the competition last year and repeated the victory this year. They achieved the best average score of 67.0 which won them the Bowling Shield and Bowling Pin. In second place was Rushen and third was Onchan Thursday.

There were also trophies for the highest scoring Beavers. Jennifer Mordue, of 1st Douglas Buggane, won the trophy for the highest individual score for a Beaver aged under 7 , with a score of 95. The 7 and over trophy was won by Daniel Critchley of Rushen with a score of 94.

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Scouting in The Isle of Man has over 10% growth in 2016

Posted on March 19th, 2016 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 10.4%. 2016 is the 5th  consecutive year of growth and the largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from just under 950 in 2015 to 1,047 making it the largest number of young people and adults in Scouting in The Isle of Man this century.

“This is fantastic news,” said Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “It is down to the hard work and dedication of our leaders.”

Again this year more girls  than boys have become Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18 years).  In fact more than 1 in 10 young members in all sections Scouting on the island (for girls and boys aged 6-25) are girls.

What is worrying is that the census also shows an increase in the number of young people on waiting lists due to the shortage of adults.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, recently spoke about volunteering in Scouting. “One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

Find out how you can join the adventure by visiting manxscouts.com/get-involved/.

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Young Citizen of the Year 2016 – Nomination Deadline 20th March

Posted on March 6th, 2016 by admin

The Isle of Man Newspapers’ Young Citizen of the Year Awards is being held again for the second year and the nomination deadline is drawing near.

Voirrey Barron, Marketing Communications Manager at Manx Telecom, said:

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Who are you going to nominate?

“The inaugural Young Citizen of the Year Awards was a fantastic initiative, and the awards presentation evening was an emotional occasion which showcased the vibrant community spirit that plays a vital role in making the Isle of Man such a great place to live and work. As the Island’s leading telecoms provider, and a major employer, we take our role in the community very seriously and are therefore delighted to continue our support of the Young Citizen of the Year Awards. It’s an excellent initiative, and a great way to reward and celebrate the contribution which young people are making to Island life. We’re confident that this year’s award winners and nominees will once again inspire and encourage the next generation of young citizens to follow their example.”

There will be eight award categories:

  • advocacy
  • arts and culture
  • environmentalism
  • leadership
  • peer support
  • perseverance
  • volunteerism
  • sportsmanship

All nominees must be under the age of 18 at the start of the 2015/2016 academic school year which began on September 1st, 2015.  Winners of the awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony on Thursday April 14.

Download the Latest Nomination Form.

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Joint Founder’s Day/Thinking Day a Great Success

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by admin

flagsAbout 100 young people from all sections of Scouting and Girlguiding  on the Isle of Man gathered on Sunday at St. George’s Church in Douglas.

“All 5 sections of Scouts were represented together with many leaders and parents. Lots of standards were presented making a lovely colourful parade.”, said Scouting’s Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “VIP guests attended, it all raises the profile of Scouting and Guiding on the Island.”

One of the organisers of the service was Julie Leece, a leader of both Scouts and Rainbows  (the youngest section in GirlGuiding). “It was great to see Beavers through to Active Support there.” 

Thank you to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Network, Active Support and Leaders that attended on what turned out to be a very wet day. Special thanks to the many standard bearers and those who took part in the service. You all made Manx Scouting proud.

 

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New GSL Appointment for 1st Arbory Scout Group

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by chil@manx.net

1st ArboryI have great pleasure in announcing that Chris Ramsay is the new Group Scout Leader at 1st Arbory.

Chris takes over the role from Mike Bates who, along with his leaders, has done a fantastic job in developing 1st Arbory into one of the Island’s leading groups.  Chris will bring to the group many new skills and ideas.

Sonya is to be the new AGSL as well as Cub Leader and I am sure that Chris, Sonya and the other leaders, executive committee and supporters will make a great team.

Chris will remain as AESL at Douglas Explorers.

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Watch the National #YouShape event Saturday

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by admin

If you’re not attending the National #YouShape event on Saturday watch the live stream to catch up on what’s going on, and to understand what Young People are passionate about in Scouting in the UK in 2016. This may help you in your lines of work. Young people will also be making pledges at the event on what they will go back and do in their local areas to improved Youth Shaped Scouting.

#YouShapeWhat is YouShape?

YouShape is a platform to empower young people to shape their Scouting at a national and local level. Youth Shaped Scouting isn’t a new concept; empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own programme and experiences is what Scouting really does well but we do want to ensure that this continues and is embedded in all that the movement provides.

Activities such as youth forums can be a great way of empowering young people, improving the Scouting experience, learning new skills and ensuring we are all working in partnership. It’s up to you how you get involved…spend from 10 minutes at your weekly Beaver meeting to a whole weekend at a county youth forum and wear your YouShape badge with pride. You can order them here.

Hannah (the UK Youth Commissioner) , Jay and Jagz (the Deputy UK Youth Commissioners) will be using the outcomes of YouShape week and the national event to influence UK Scouting – however the programme (particularly of the national event) has been designed in a way that it will not add any further pressure or workload to current lines of work nationally. They have tried to fit it in with current  project remits, allowing more opportunity to consult and create ideas with young people, whilst also giving young people the tools to innovate and influence change on a local level through skills sessions woven into the programme sessions.

 

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Onchan Thursday Beaver Colony complete ‘The 2015 Beaver Challenge’

Posted on December 28th, 2015 by admin

Beaver Challenge 2015 photoAt the start of the year Beaver Colonies on the Island were given information regarding ‘The 2015 Beaver Challenge’. This challenge consists of twelve mini challenges to be completed at any time from 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2015. The twelve challenges are split into four sections: ‘Ourselves’, ‘Others’, ‘Our World’ and ‘Fame’.

On Thursday 17th December, Onchan Thursday and Onchan Tuesday Beavers held their Christmas party at the Fun Barn in Onchan. The Beavers had great fun at the party and towards the end of it Onchan Thursday Beavers sang the Colony song they had composed for one of the twelve challenges. This was the last one they had to do. Having completed all twelve they were then presented with individual Beaver Challenge certificates and a trophy for the Colony. Samuel Corkill received this trophy on behalf of the Colony from Bev Hewson (AIC Beaver Scouts).

One of the other challenges was to complete a log of the various activities undertaken. Onchan Beavers took part in some great activities which are described in their log.

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