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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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Birkenhead Gangshow Coming to the Isle of Man

Posted on July 7th, 2016 by admin

Since the first show in London in 1962, productions have been organised around the world from Ireland, Europe, Canada, America and as far as New Zealand and Australia… but more importantly the Gang Show is coming to The Isle Of Man in 2017!

In 1967 the Birkenhead Gang Show cast came over to the island and performed at The Gaiety Theatre. 150 of them! They stayed for a week in Scout Huts and home hospitality. In February 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary they are doing it all again – this time bigger and better AND this time you can join them on stage!

So, what is a Gang Show ? . . .

A Gang Show is a theatrical performance including a number of comedy sketches, dances and musical items in a fast moving show and it’s based on the original idea of Ralph Reader CBE. It is performed by all members of The Scout and Guide Associations. Some Gang Shows have leaders of Scouts and Guides on stage as well. Leaders, youth members and parents help behind the scenes. The aim is, through performance, to empower young people to make a positive contribution to society and have a fantastic opportunity to perform on stage.

The production team and crews plan, write, compose, choreograph, build scenery and props, make costumes and rehearse for several months. A typical show requires 3 to 6 months of rehearsals, with 12 months of planning. Every show does it differently, depending on its size.

YOU can be part of it. All you have to do is contact Colin or Janet on the email or phone numbers, provided on this flyer. Post the flyer in your Scout hall and spread the news.

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Scouts help out the TT/MGP Association for 2016

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by admin

TTBagPack20162 On Sunday morning Scouts, Explorers and parents were at the TT grandstand helping with the preparations for this years TT races by packing the Marshals ‘goody bags’.

A production line was set up and the ‘packers’, after picking up a plastic bag, walked the length of the table placing each different item in the bag before handing it to the ‘box filler’ at the end. When the box was full a Scout would then load it into the associations van. In this way just over a 1,000 bags were filled, boxed and loaded in 1 hour 28 minutes.

A brilliant and worthwhile job done by everyone which was greatly appreciated by the TT Association. Without the Scouts help it takes them about a week to do the same job along with all the other things they have to do.

TTBagPack20161To keep keep the insanity at bay it was worked out that by the time the Scouts had packed all the bags they had walked the same distance as the TT start line to Quarter Bridge.

The Scouts then had a picture taken on the winners podium.

On finishing their work the Scouts were all given a goody bag of their own with TT Beeny hat and insuated mug along with other items.

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‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers go on the defensive

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

DSCF0827_1843x1382 The regular Monday evening meeting at Mullin ny Carty was taken by a guest speaker (and do-er) Mr. David Birtles. David was himself a few years ago a Southern Explorer Scout.

He holds a black belt at, and instructs in, the Korean martial art of Taekwando which translates to “the art of hand and foot fighting”. He also has a black belt at Karate and studies Winchun and Ju Jitsu.
To the Explorers surprise when they asked him how to deal with a threatening person he said the best option was if possible “To run away, because no one gets hurt.” However the point of the evening was to show the Scouts how to block an attack or escape if grabbed which would then give them the opportunity to, ‘run away’.  The Explorers worked in pairs and went through the moves under supervision.
I would like to thank my adult helper Henry Dorman for being the ‘willing’ volunteer when more ‘energetic’ demonstrations were required and Scout mother Suzzane Shimmin for her assistance. Everyone had a fun evening and learned that you don’t have to be built like Arnold Schwarzenegger to survive.
More photos of the evening is in the gallery.

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