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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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Wolf Pack’s refugee challenge

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by admin

DSCF0804_1843x1382The ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers had their regular Monday meeting at Mully-Ne-Carty.

The weather was perfect for the event in that it rained heavily for most of the day. Surprised by the last statement perhaps?

The Explorers, plus two Scouts from 1st Malew ‘Viking’ Troop, were trying to appreciate the problems faced by refugees around the world. They had to imagine their home had been bombed and they had to make a shelter with what they could find around them, make a fire and prepare a basic meal of bread and stew using very basic ingredients.

The stew was all vegetables and the bread was cooked using an old fire ash box as an oven. They were spoiled in that they had a pot of double cream which after vigorous shaking in a jam jar and the adding of a little salt yielded enough butter to put on the bread rolls. I am pleased to say it all tasted very good especially as we were all a bit damp at this stage. The warmth of the fire (despite the smoke) was also welcome.

Whilst eating we discussed other problems that might arise from being in the plight of a refugee namely clean water supply, sanitation and finding a way to stay mud free.

DSCF0802_1843x1382Lessons learned:

The basic Scouting skills of shelter building, fire lighting, cooking on a wood fire etc are primary skills everyone should have. How difficult (not to say uncomfortable) it would be to be forced to spend any great length of time living under these conditions.

Also, how very, very lucky we are to live in this Island!

For more photos from the evening see the gallery.

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Photos from The ‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers eat out

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by admin

The regular meeting of the ‘Wolf Pack’ at Mullin ny Carty found the Explorers tasked with producing an edible chocolate orange sponge.

As it should be with Explorers they were told what needed doing and provided with the ingredients and left to, ‘get on with it’.  They then sorted themselves into working teams to prepare the fire place, chop wood, light the fire, prepare the oranges & cake mixture and all meet at the by now glowing embers to bake the puddings.

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‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers eat out

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by admin
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From preparation…

The regular meeting of the ‘Wolf Pack’ at Mullin ny Carty found the Explorers tasked with producing an edible chocolate orange sponge.
As it should be with Explorers they were told what needed doing and provided with the ingredients and left to, ‘get on with it’.  They then sorted themselves into working teams to prepare the fire place, chop wood, light the fire, prepare the oranges & cake mixture and all meet at the by now glowing embers to bake the puddings.

Just over half an hour later everyone had a tasty pudding to eat everyone having played their individual roles admirably! They even washed the utensils and put everything away – even more admirable!

Enjoying

Enjoying

Lessons learned –
Some milk chocolate chips would have made the mix even better as would using the juice from the scooped out oranges instead of water to make the cake mix.

Next time culinary perfection!

For more photos of the night see the gallery.

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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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