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St.George’s Day memorial hike

Posted on May 7th, 2017 by admin

On the 23rd. April 1945 a few short weeks before the war in Europe ended, a Boeing B17-G of the 534th. Bombardment Squadron of the United States 8th. Army Air Force was flying from its base at RAF Ridgewell, Essex carrying 31 passengers and crew for a weeks leave in Northen Ireland.
In thick cloud it crashed into the hillside of North Barrulle, Isle of Man. All 31 occupants of the aircraft were killed instantly.

On Sunday 23rd. April 2017 a small group of Manx Scouts from ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st. Malew Scout Group and ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorer Scout Unit, leaders and parents hiked up to the crash site.

The Hike was organised by Malew Scout, Carter Melnick. Carter is from the United States and was formerly with BSA Troop 39, Forest Hill, North Carolina. He is now living in the Isle of Man with his family.

Whilst living in the Isle of Man Carter is still working towards his Eagle Scout Award (The American version of the Queen’s Scout Award)  To this end he researched the history of the event and did a presentation to fellow Scouts. He also planned the hike route.
At the crash site the Scouts raised a new American flag after which Carter then read out the names of the 31 casualties before ending the remembrance with the poem,

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers, cook with ‘live food’

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by admin

The ‘Wolf Packs’ regular Monday meeting at Mullin ny Carty found them with a blind food cooking challenge.

After being put in teams they tossed a coin to see which of the ‘food boxes’ they were going to cook without seeing what they were getting.  Each box contained real ingredients, utensils and a recipe to follow. The three options ranged from a traditional meat stew to a Scandinavian dish of dauphin potatoes with smoked salmon, onion and dill to a vegetarian option of Pasta a la Christian, which was tagliatelle with blue soft cheese and creme fresh.

Lessons learned:

  1. Some meals take more time to cook than others.
  2. Cutting root vegetables eg: potatoes, onions, carrots into small bits cooks faster but, too small and you end up with soup!
  3. Taking a few minutes to discuss who is going to do what, when saves on gas and  burned or under cooked ingredients.
  4. Getting the Trangias etc. clean after use also takes longer than you might think
All told a tasty and experience gathered evening. Taste wise the salmon dish came out on top but without the dill and using black pepper instead. 

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St. George’s Day & The Victor Kneale Trophy

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by admin

Details for the Parade and Service are being finalised and should be out by the end of February.

The Parade and Service for 2017 will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017 (which is the last Sunday of the Easter School Holidays). We are Parading from Victoria Road School, Castletown (leaving at 2:30 pm) to King William’s College. The Service is due to start at about 3:00 pm and Parent Pick Up will be approximately 4:00 pm.

These details are just for your information – full confirmation of timings will be issued in due course.

The Victor Kneale Trophy

The Victor Kneale Trophy is for an annual Arts and Crafts Competition open to all Scouting Sections on the Isle of Man. This year’s competition will be judged on Sunday 23 April 2017, which is the day of the Island St. George’s Day Parade. All entries will help form part of the Parade. The Competition this year is to design a Flag or Banner.

Download complete information here Victor Kneale Competition 2017

 

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers finsh the job

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by admin

dscf1110-1On Sunday The Explorers of the “Wolf Pack’ finished the construction of their equipment locker. They now have a safe, dry place to store all their camping and ancillary equipment. This is due to the kindness of one of the units feeder Scout Troops. 1st Malew, based at Ballasalla, have given up a corner of their loft storage space for the Explorers use.

To ensure each section’s equipment doesn’t get mixed up the Explorers constructed a cage and shelving. The vast majority of the timber used was obtained from the Port Erin re-cycle centre. The door hinges, screws and door bolt were recycled from ESL Roger’s garage spares box. The most expensive part of the construction was buying the ‘chicken wire’.

A big ‘Thank You’ to 1st. Malew.

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Birkenhead Gang Show – 24th February 2017

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by admin

 Gaiety Theatre

Please pass the information to any leaders who:
– are not on Facebook
– do not read the manxscouts.com website
– were not represented at the recent GSL meeting
The producers & directors of the Birkenhead Gang Show spoke with a group of leaders recently and they started rehearsals in Birkenhead recently. Although they have a plan of what the Isle of Man cast members will be doing it will greatly depend on how many cast members there are. Although they could work with 2 or 3, more performers would give them much more scope. They would be in the opening and closing numbers as well.
 
The plan is for the director to come to the island for a weekend in December (date to finalised). Please contact Colin Brew, Janet McCabe or Gil Salway with the list of cast members or if you have any questions.
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What is required:

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Cast

A minimum of 2 members of each group, Cubs or Scouts, but can be more if they are keen to be part of it (Sorry no Beavers) and 2 Explorers per Unit.
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Crew

6 x Backstage – leaders/network members (over 18s only)
5 x Runners – these could be Explorers (we have 1 volunteer so far)
4 x Adult Dressers – female preferably (we have 3 volunteers so far)
6 x Front of House per performance (these could be Active Support members)
6 x Make Up
4 x Chaperones (over 18s only)
 
This is the desired numbers, they can work with a few less and they can always find roles for more if necessary. However they would prefer to sell any extras tickets and make the audience even bigger!
 
Cubs or Scouts who take part in the show as cast will qualify for their Entertainer Badge, any Explorers who are in the cast will get the Performing Arts Badge.

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UK Chief Commissioner’s visit & Christmas party

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by admin

As you may know the UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd, will be visiting the Island for the Peace Light Service on the 17th December. In the evening we will be having a Christmas party for all Leaders, Supporters, Network members and Explorers. This will be a great opportunity to chat with Tim as he is really keen to hear your views and what you get up to. It will also be a great opportunity to meet up with fellow leaders and celebrate another great year of Scouting on the Island.

Date: Saturday 17th December, 7:30pm
Location: 1st Malew Scout Hall, Mill Road, Ballasalla.

Please can everyone bring a plate of food for the buffet and if you would like to join in with Secret Santa bring a long a small gift, maximum £3, that would be suitable for anyone (remember there will be under 18s present).

I am keen for Tim to see how amazing Scouting is on the Island so I challenge Explorer Units and Network (and even Leaders if you want) to make a short video entitled – ‘Why i.Scout’. Think outside the box for this one, there will be a prize for the best video!

Look forward to seeing you there,

Izzy Dorman
Island Youth Commissioner

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Peace Light Returns To the Island

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by admin

Once again The Peace Light is being brought to the Island. This year the Lieutanant Governor and Tim Kidd (the new Chief Commissioner of the UK (The Scout Association)) will be attending.

Peace Light BadgeRepresentatives of The Scout Association and Guiding in the Isle of Man will be travelling away and bring the Peace Light back to the Island. We are looking for 1 Scout, 1 Sea Scout, 1 Explorer, 1 Guide and 1 Senior Section.

We will travel out on Monday 12th December and return on Wednesday 14th December.

There is no cost involved, but refundable deposit of £50 is required which is returned on Sunday 18th December IF they attend the bag pack in the big Shoprite in Peel to raise money for the trip.

The young people picked will have the honour of representing the Island and receive an Island scarf, special woggle, hoodie and T-shirt.
They are expected to sell candles in St. Helens, return the Light via the Steam Packet and have several duties at the Service at St. Matthews, Douglas.

The young people must be aged 13+ and will enjoy an evening bowling at a local amusement arcade with local Scouts plus a day in Liverpool before their official duties begin.

The trip is classed as a school visit so no absences are recorded from school.
Please forward nominees to Julie Leece ASAP so the selection process can begin.

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Southern Explorers out hunting

Posted on August 28th, 2016 by admin

The last regular meeting before the Summer holidays found the members of the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers out hunting.

Working as a team (which all successful Packs do ) they set to to make a variety of different small game traps. In the limited time available and using mostly what they had around them they constructed a dead fall trap and a spring snare.

Both traps were then tested out by our resident small prey namely ‘Furry Fred’. As can be seen, Fred fell foul of both designs and, had Fred been a rabbit he would have ended up over a wood fire!

Lessons learned:

  • If we had to forage and catch our own food we would all be a lot slimmer!
  • If you are laying traps always inspect them regularly to minimise any suffering caused.
  • When leaving an area, always remove any traps laid.

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