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‘Wolf Pack’ at work

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by admin

At the ‘Wolf’s Lair’ at Mullin y Carty the pack practicing their Trangia cooking skills in preparation for the forthcoming camping season and taking part in their favourite activity namely, eating! Some of the newer members had never had to assemble a Trangia & gas conversion before so it was a learning curve for them and a refresher for the rest.

I am pleased to report that the pancakes came out well.

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North West Region Scavenger Hunt

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by admin

The NW Region Scouts Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, 13th May in Liverpool. It is open to Cubs, Scouts & Explorers.

Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless through natural disaster and conflict.  ShelterBox works to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families who have lost their homes as a result of disaster, they’re transforming despair into hope.

Who’s it for?

The North West ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt is open to teams of six Cubs, six Scouts or six Explorer Scouts. All Cub and Scout teams must be accompanied by a responsible adult, Explorer Scout teams may be accompanied or supervised remotely (the leader must be in the vicinity and in contact with the team). This promises to be a popular event and is available on a first come first served basis.

Event Information

The event will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018. Registration will open at 09:30 and teams will start the Scavenger Hunt from 10:00. All teams are expected to return by 15:30 and the event will close at 16:00.

Each team will be charged an entry fee of £25.00 which will cover the costs of hiring venues and purchasing the equipment required to run the event safely and successfully.

The event will take place on the streets of Liverpool City centre, starting and finishing at the Black-E centre located at just downhill of the Anglican Cathedral, on Great George Street, Liverpool
L1 5EW, approximately 5 minutes walk from the city centre and next to the Chinatown gateway.

For More Information

Download the 2018 Flyer

Visit the event’s website for information and to register your team


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Beavers’ Challenge 2017

Posted on February 12th, 2018 by admin

The 2017 Challenge was based on the Manx Monopoly board and the aim was to ‘collect’ tokens and sets of the same type.

This could be done in one of three ways:

  • visit the place/token
  • invite a speaker to talk about the place/token
  • carry out some activity associated with the place/token

Three Colonies completed the challenge during 2017; 2nd Onchan Thursday, 1st Douglas Buggane and 1st Douglas Loaghtan.

Read details of how the three Colonies completed the Challenge:

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Beaver Scouts’ Five-a-Side Football Competition 2018

Posted on February 11th, 2018 by admin

Beaver Scouts from eight Colonies namely Ballaugh, 1st Douglas Buggane, 1st Douglas Loaghtan, Onchan Tuesday, Onchan Thursday, Peel Tuesday, Peel Friday and Ramsey took part in the five-a-
side football competition held on Sunday 21st January at the Tommy Clucas Sports Hall in Peel.

Some Colonies entered more than one team, so in total there were eleven teams. These were split into two leagues with each team playing all the others in its group. There were some very exciting games and over the course of the afternoon 43 goals were scored despite some fantastic saves from some of the goalkeepers. The winner in each league qualified for the final.

Before the final a penalty competition was held. Aaron Rumney, a young Leader from Onchan, agreed to be the goalkeeper and every Beaver Scout took turns to try to score a penalty against him.
Those who were successful went through to the next round to try to beat the goalie again. Two Beaver Scouts tied for first place. They were Henry from Onchan Tuesday and Aidan from

Peel year 3 and Onchan Thursday ‘Bulls’ topped their leagues so went on to play each other in the final. Both teams played brilliantly and at full time the score was 1 – 0 to Onchan.


All the Beavers in the final were awarded medals as were the two Beavers who won the penalty contest. The winners, Onchan Thursday ‘Bulls’, were presented with the Football Shield and a replica
and Peel received a runners up shield.


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AIC Explorers visits the ‘Wolf Pack’.

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by admin

The Assistant Island Commissioner (Explorers), Steve White, was welcomed to the lair of the ‘Wolf Pack – Southern Explorers at Mullin ny Carty on Monday evening.

During his visit he presented ‘Messenger of Peace’ badges to Izzy S. and Rhys E. for their participation in the Bethlehem Peace Light project. The Messenger of Peace badge was originated by the Boy Scouts of America and is open to Scouts worldwide.

After the presentations the Explorers did their programme work of designing and fabricating their own woggles. ESL Roger has put up a prize for the best effort and the competition will be judged in March.

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The ‘Wolf Pack’ go Scandinavian

Posted on December 17th, 2017 by admin

This type of ‘cooker’ has been used in Scandinavia since time immemorial, and is an alternative to other forms of camp cooking over a conventional type of fire.

Although seeming relatively simple fuel economical way of cooking/heating water it does require an understanding of the fire triangle of ‘oxygen, fuel and flame’.

In the Scandinavian countries the predominant wood is, of course pine trees. Pine being a very resinous wood will burn whether seasoned or fresh cut. Other woods need to be seasoned to work well.

Lessons learned:
Communication and team work, who is doing what and when is essential.
Ensure your log is round enough to sit your kettle/pan on.
Make sure the base of the log is secure (you don’t want to spill your stew!)
Make the cross-cut deep and wide enough to allow air circulation.
Prepare your fuel before lighting anything.

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Polar explorer Dwayne Fields announced as new Scout Ambassador

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by admin

We’re delighted to announce that Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has been appointed as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador.

Best known for being the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.

Born in Jamaica, Dwayne arrived in London at age six. He grew up in north and east London and was a victim of knife and gun crime, narrowly escaping a street shooting before deciding to forge a new path in life.

‘I re-evaluated who I was, I looked at what I wanted to achieve and I asked myself what would make my great grandmother proud,’ says Dwayne.

He went on to complete a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole.

In 2013, Dwayne was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He hopes he can use his position to encourage more inner city young people to get out into nature: ‘Getting people outdoors brings people together and together they learn interpersonal skills, teamwork skills and planning skills. We spend so much of our lives online or immersed in our work or just segregated, that we’re losing crucial skills. Scouting can offer young people all of these skills’.

Dwayne is joining Chief Scout Bear Grylls along with the other Scout Ambassadors: Ellie Simmonds, Tim Peake, Helen Glover, Anita Rani, Steve Backshall, Megan Hine, Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury to help promote Scouting nationally.

‘I’m so proud to welcome Dwayne Fields as our newest Scout Ambassador,’ says Chief Scout Bear Grylls. ‘Dwayne has shown huge integrity, passion and commitment in all he does – all the qualities we prize so highly in Scouting. As an explorer, he has proved himself over and over again, and as a campaigner for the outdoors and young people, he understands the transformative power of adventure. A former Cub Scout, Dwayne believes in how Scouting’s can give young people of every background confidence and belief in themselves while helping them develop skills for life. Welcome on board, Dwayne, you’re such a valued member of our Scouting family.’

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Can the ‘Wolf Pack’ Southern Explorers light a fire?

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

A dark and damp Monday evening found the Explorers of the “Wolf Pack” facing an outdoor challenge.

Having been warned to dress for the weather and bring a knife and torch they were paired up then given a paper bag which contained the following:

  1. A cotton wool ball
  2. One stick of dry wood
  3. A box of matches with only five matches in
  4. Two individual sachets of hot chocolate
  5. Two polystyrene cups
  6. Two small plastic spoons
  7. Two empty bean tins

They then had to go into the darkness and get a fire going and make a hot drink. Simple? But not as easy as you might think.

Object of the activity: To demonstrate how difficult it can be to get a fire going when conditions are not perfect and to give an idea as to what extra kit to pack on expedition.

  1. Lessons learned:
  2. That in ‘the wild’ one member of the group should carry a small axe
  3. Another member should carry a lightweight ‘tarp’ to rig a shelter
  4. Also having a film container with a fire lighter in it or candle stub would help damp wood to get going
  5. Depending on the weather, the amount of time required to set up camp + fire before night fall should be extended

The use of natural fire enhances such as pine resin was also discussed. All in all quite a few lessons were learned.

Find more photos in the photo gallery here.

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Annual Kayak Polo Competition a great success

Posted on November 7th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday, 15th October, 15 teams competed in this year’s Annual Kayak Polo at Western Swimming Pool in Peel. Each team of 4, controlling their kayaks without the benefit of a paddle, using only their hands.

The competition this year was the most successful in its history with about 60 Scouts and Explorers for around the island.

Thanks to Ash and his team for a great afternoon. Everyone had a fantastic time.

For more photos check out the events photo gallery.

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