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Beaver Scouts “Olympics”

Posted on August 28th, 2016 by admin

On the afternoon of Sunday 17th July 2016 an Olympics event was held at Gymn’s F.C. ground. This was the annual Beaver Scouts’ sports competition which this year had an Olympics theme. Each of the Colonies taking part had chosen to represent a country:- Ballaugh – China; 1st Douglas Buggane (Monday) – Scotland; 1st Douglas Loaghtan (Thursday) – France; Onchan (Tuesday) – Jamaica; Onchan (Thursday) – Brazil; Peel – Japan. Each Colony had a large flag of their country and the Beavers had made individual small flags too. The event started with a parade of the competitors around the field. This was led by an Olympic flag carried by one of the Beavers followed by the flags of the various countries with their competitors waving their own miniature flags as they joined the parade.

beaversportsday2016-03Apart from the running races, the events were not the typical Olympic ones. Instead there were egg and spoon races, sack races, ball and cup races, skipping races and space hopper races. In addition there was a running relay involving four Beaver Scouts from each Colony and the last race was a water relay where every member of each Colony took part.

The event was great fun for the Beavers. Numerous parents, grandparents, and younger brothers and sisters who had come along to watch and cheer on the Beavers also enjoyed the afternoon.

Points were awarded according to finishing positions in the races and the totals for the countries were compared at the end to determine the final positions. Every Beaver Scout who took part was presented with a medal and each Colony received a certificate. In third place was China (Ballaugh). In second place was Scotland (1st Douglas Buggane) and the winner was Brazil (Onchan Thursday). Onchan’s Beavers were presented with the Olympic flag, the large sports shield to hold for one year and a smaller replica for the Colony to keep.

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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.”

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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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“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.

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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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