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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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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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Supersplash Entry Deadline Nears

Posted on April 17th, 2016 by admin

The annual FUN swimming Gala (Supersplash) will be held at Western Swimming Pool in Peel on Saturday, 30th of April and begins at 5:30pm (be at poolside ready to begin, so arrive by 5:15).

What is the Supersplash?

The event consists of a number of fun novelty swimming races.

Who can enter?

The event is open to Cubs, Scout and Explorer Scouts.

How do I enter?

Simply return the entry form (download entry form here) to Steve White by 9.00 pm on Monday 25th April, along with the entry fee of £7. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.

For all the details see the SuperSplash event in the calendar.

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