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MGP Marshal Bags Prepared by Manx Scouts

Posted on August 13th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday Scouts, Explorer Scouts, members of Scout Network, Scout Active Support, Leaders and Parents prepared the info bags for the MGP marshals. Over 20  people, representing Manx Scouting from across the Island, spent a couple of hours stuffing info, hats and lanyards into bags to be distributed to the marshals.

Special thanks to all from Roger Birtles. “It’s the best turnout in the 5 years we’ve been doing this.”

Many hands definitely made short work of the around 1,000 bags.

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3rd Peel Warrior Scouts

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by admin

3rd Peel Scout Group became ‘Warrior Scouts’ to attend Peel Carnival on Sunday. Despite the rain there was a good turnout.   This was the 4th consecutive year entering and their theme was Vikings and Celts.

Their committee also had a stall on the promenade with a very successful and popular ‘Play your Cards right’ game.

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Help Needed to Pack Marshal Information Packs

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by admin

TT/MGP Association have asked for help to pack the Marshal’s information packs. This will take place in the press centre which is in the grandstand tower.

Meet at the rear of said tower at 09:45 am Sunday 13th. August. No uniform except your Scarf. If there are enough bodies we will be done in time for lunch say 12:00 – 12:30ish.

This is open to Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Parents are welcome to along to as well.

Please make the effort to come as this is helping our community and the MGP in particular. Please text Roger Birtles, or emails him at roger.birtles@sch.im, with your name (his phone doesn’t recognise numbers) that you will be attending.

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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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Our new Scout Ambassadors are…

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by admin

Some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce that five well-known figures will be joining the Scout Ambassador team, to raise awareness of our invaluable work helping young people develop skills for life.

They are Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, and adventurer Megan Hine. They join current Scout Ambassadors, including Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury, as positive role models for young people.

Along with our current ambassadors and volunteers, I know they will champion our Scout values and support us in growing the movement, helping more young people develop skills for life.

In addition to introducing our new ambassadors, I’m pleased to announce that Bear Grylls has accepted an offer to remain as Chief Scout until 2020, following a full consultation with the Council of The Scout Association, and a recommendation from the Board of Trustees.

Due to time commitments, local requests for appearances cannot currently be met. Find out more about all our Scout Ambassadors, and what being an ambassador for Scouting means to them.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SCOUT AMBASSADORS

Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner

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Scouting is not an Organization

Posted on March 7th, 2017 by admin

It is a movement, because it moves forward. As soon as it stops moving, it becomes an Organisation, and is no longer Scouting.

– Baden-Powell

Organizations serve the Scouting movement, but they are not Scouting itself.

There’s a tense relationship between the creative, visionary force behind great ideas like Scouting and the formal organizational framework that facilitates their application.

Movements have an emotional heart. Movements require leaders energized by an idea, a vision. Movements are very hard to stop and are more likely to bring change to the world.

A movement survives events that kill an organization. A movement can skip a generation or two, break into autonomous groups, morph, split and then reunite.

Our first loyalty is the movement not the organizations that contain it. Organizations are vulnerable to error and weakness, they have a lifespan; they are not eternal. Organizations need to be challenged, it’s the only way they can remain faithful to their underlying philosophy.

During the occupation of Poland in WWII the Polish Scouting Organization was outlawed. The Poles didn’t miss a beat. They carried the Scouting movement into the ghettos, the concentration camps, and finally into the diaspora of Poles all over the world. Polish Scouting stayed alive through six decades of Nazi and communist governments.

When Poland was freed from communism the Scouting movement grew into several competing organizations all vying for official recognition; but the movement had survived.

When we keep ourselves centered on Scouting, when we remain faithful to the movement, the troubles and trials of the organization are less unsettling.

If Scouting is valuable it will remain so – there’s really no way to kill it. The organizations formed around it may come and go but the movement at it’s heart will remain strong.

No organization cares about you. Organizations aren’t capable of this …
People, on the other hand, are perfectly capable of caring. It’s part of being a human. It’s only when organizational demands and regulations get in the way that the caring fades.

– Seth Godin

Organizational demands and regulations are rarely flexible enough to answer individual needs without losing organizational identity or purpose.

Most of the tensions and conflicts in any organization spring from bringing the program to the individual; in our case a Scout.

Scouters individualize Scouting by delivering the promises of Scouting to individual Scouts; that is the process of caring.

If organizational demands and regulations become our focus the caring fades.

We cannot comprehend the vision of Scouting by knowing the policies; it is quite the other way around. We first have to catch the vision for the policies to make sense.

All too often our training focuses on adherence to policy and misses the vast, inspiring vision that they frame.

We need organization, we need definition, we need guidance – but they are dead without the vision and inspiration of a movement.

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Successful First Aid Course Finished at MYC

Posted on February 19th, 2017 by admin

A very successful 16 hour first aid course was run last weekend. There was one day at St. John HQ and one day at MYC for a practical session in an outdoor setting.

16 leaders completed the course and Norman includes a thank you to all the Leaders for giving up their time to attend the course. He wanted to give a special thank you to William Hearnden and Alex Mercer who were our young casualties for the afternoons practical scenarios.

 

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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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