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St. George’s Day & The Victor Kneale Trophy

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by admin

Details for the Parade and Service are being finalised and should be out by the end of February.

The Parade and Service for 2017 will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017 (which is the last Sunday of the Easter School Holidays). We are Parading from Victoria Road School, Castletown (leaving at 2:30 pm) to King William’s College. The Service is due to start at about 3:00 pm and Parent Pick Up will be approximately 4:00 pm.

These details are just for your information – full confirmation of timings will be issued in due course.

The Victor Kneale Trophy

The Victor Kneale Trophy is for an annual Arts and Crafts Competition open to all Scouting Sections on the Isle of Man. This year’s competition will be judged on Sunday 23 April 2017, which is the day of the Island St. George’s Day Parade. All entries will help form part of the Parade. The Competition this year is to design a Flag or Banner.

Download complete information here Victor Kneale Competition 2017

 

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Woodbadge Training Saturday, 14 January

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by admin

Modules 8 (Skills of Leadership) & 14 (Supporting Young People)

Even if you already have your Woodbadge, come down for a refresher.

As usual venue is:
1st Douglas Scout Hall,
Demesne Road,
Douglas
 
13:00 Registration and coffee
13:15 Module 8 – Skills of Leadership
15:30 Module 14 – Supporting Young People
17:30 Finish

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The first Skills ‘n’ Chills newsletter available

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by admin

The first Skills ‘n’ Chills newsletter is available on the North West Scouts website. Come and join other adult volunteers in the North West at the Regional Skills ‘n’ Chill weekend!

Over 115 leaders (incl. 2 from the IOM) have already registered to come to the Isle of Man 28th April to 1st May (bank holiday weekend). You can register from the website.

This fantastic weekend will be a great opportunity for you to do some activities you’ve never done before, meet people from around the Region and have you own adventure! The weekend is yours with your drop-in activity sessions, so make the most of it!

 

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Reminder of training on Saturday, 10 December

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 by admin
A reminder of the training session on Saturday, 10 December for module 12a & b. Session will be at 1st Douglas at 1:30-3:30. It’s open to all, no one on the island has these modules validated. Modules’ focus is programme planning & reviewing, incorporating youth led scouting and #YouShape.
 
They will be running two groups in the session, one for Wood Badge and one for the management modules.
Module lead by Izzy Dorman, Island Youth Commissioner.

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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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One Minute Scout Leader

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by admin

Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson’s bestselling book The One Minute Manager concentrates on brief, focused management through goal setting, encouragement and correction. One minute methods work well for Scout Leaders: (adapted from an essay by Winston R. Davis, author of Men of Schiff)

There was a bright young man looking for a really good Scout Leader.

He wanted to work for one.  He wanted to become one.

He found some who said: “I keep my Scouts in line! If you let up on them, they just get in trouble. We make ’em shape up!” Their troops were usually impressive:  good uniforming, behavior and skills. But the Scouts in their troops didn’t seem to be having much fun.  The only ones having a good time were just like their Scout Leaders. They said: “We know how to make these kids behave. We don’t let ’em get away with a thing!”

There were others he found who  were easygoing and likable, friendly and quiet.  Many said,  “Oh, life is too short to hassle these kids. I let them pretty much decide what they want to do. That’s the patrol method. They know what they need.” The Scouts in their Troops didn’t appear doing anything that was in their Scout books.  Hardly any complete uniforms. Lots of goofing around and having a great time. Troop activities were noisy and looked like fun, but not everybody could participate. Younger Scouts seemed confused and unable to get any help.

The young man wasn’t happy with what he had seen.

He knew a good Scout Leader would run his troop so that the girls and boys would have a good time and learn some things. There wouldn’t be a lot of time wasted on noisy confusion. They could get right down to the business of doing exciting and interesting things. Scouts would earn a lot of badges, win a lot of contests and have fun doing it.

He began hearing wonderful things about a Scout Leader who lived not far from him; he found the One-Minute Scout Leader.

The OMSL believes that boys who feel good about themselves do good things.  He knows that “Goals begin behavior; consequences maintain behavior.”  For that reason, he uses one-minute goal setting, one minute praising and one minute reprimands.

Scout-age girls and boys thrive on the one minute concept: they are not fond of too much abstract thinking, lengthy goal making or evaluation.

They know when they mess up, and expect to be corrected, but they can do without a lecture. They like goals that are succinct, understandable, reachable and measurable. If they don’t buy into the goals, they won’t be too excited about making them happen.

Naturally there will be mistakes. The one minute reprimand is only given for a significant mistake. It  is short, unemotional, specific. It emphasizes that the leader realizes the girl or boy is a good person capable of better things. The behavior is criticized, not the Scout.

The OMSL actively looks for opportunities to make one minute praisings. As with the reprimand, a girl or boy is told specifically what it was that he did to earn the praise, and how really good that makes the OMSL feel. Both praising and reprimanding are “up close and personal,” looking the Scout directly in the eye.

The young man attends one of the OMSL’s Troop meetings. He finds lots of girls and boys in Scout uniform engaged in some fun pre-opening activities. There are adults around, but they don’t seem to be involved in the action.

A sharp-looking thirteen year old introduces herself as Ronda, the Senior Patrol Leader. “So, you’ve met the Old Man,” she says.

“Yeah, the One-Minute Scoutmaster.  That’s a lotta bunk, isn’t it?”

“No way,” Ronda replies.  “Everybody thinks that at first, though!”

“Well,” responds the young man, “I guess you guys will have to prove it. What happens when the adults take charge of the meeting?”

“They don’t, the patrol leaders and I, along with some of the others run the meeting. Except in emergencies the adults never step in unless we ask or for one-minute praisings. He’ll have a time at the end of the meeting to leave us with a final thought. It’s . . . ”

“Don’t tell me it’s a One-Minute Scout Leader’s Minute!”

“You got it!  He never takes more than about ninety seconds to speak his piece.  He says if you can’t say it in two or three minutes, you haven’t thought enough about what you want to say,”  was the girl’s reply.

“Yeah, but he must have a lot to say to the boy leaders after the meeting, right?” the young man suggested.

“Not really,” Ronda said.  “There is a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting after every meeting. A short one. But we do almost all the talking. We review the meeting, note any foul-ups and check plans for the next meeting or activity. The Old Man only talks if he needs to give a One-Minute praising.”

“Aha!” said the young man.  “Or, no doubt, a One-Minute reprimand?”

“Those happen only in private.  He never reprimands us in front of each other because it makes you feel humiliated and resentful. The only reason for the reprimand is to get us to behave differently in the future.  He only criticizes the thing we did and not us and, since the reprimand ends with a praising . . . ”

“Just a minute.  He reprimands and praises you?  How does that work?”

The young man saw he still had a long way to go. “After he finishes telling you exactly what you did wrong, and how it makes him feel, and giving you a moment to feel how it feels, he tells you what a great person you are and how much he likes you, and you know it’s over.” Ronda’s admiration for the man showed in her face. “I only wish we could get the Old Man to teach all our teachers to do the same thing. A lot of them use what he calls the ‘gunny sack’ approach. They save up a lot of frustration–and boy do they get a lot of frustration–until they have enough to fill a sack! Then they just dump it all over everybody. The guilty and the innocent get punished or yelled at all together.

The young man was still puzzled. “Okay, let’s go back a minute. If you all do everything without the SL’s guidance, how do you know what to do at meetings and activities?”

“I thought you’d want to know that.” Ronda grinned. “It’s really simple. We know because we all sit down together and plan everything. We mostly come up with the program plan, but he provides the materials and some suggestions. But everybody has to agree on what we’re going to do, and everything we agree to gets written down. Everybody keeps a copy so that there’s no doubt later of who agreed to do what.

It takes a lot of work for us, but we get to do what we want to do, not what a bunch of adults think we should.”

“But you don’t get to do just anything do you?”

“Definitely not! Whatever we do  we have to convince the Old Man that it could be done without compromising health and safety standards, is consistent with the goals we have set and  that it was what everyone in the troop wanted and not just us.”

Ronda looked thoughtful. “I don’t think there’s any idea we couldn’t at least talk about. And when the talking was over, we would know whether it was a good idea and exactly why it was or wasn’t.”

These methods will go a long way towards maintaining a dynamic, happy Troop.

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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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Beaver Scouts’ 30th Anniversary Party

Posted on November 13th, 2016 by admin

Over one hundred Beaver Scouts from 1st Ballaugh, 1st Douglas Buggane, 1st Douglas Loaghtan, 1st Laxey, 2nd Onchan Tuesday, 2nd Onchan Thursday, 3rd Peel Tuesday, 3rd Peel Friday and 1st Santan joined together for a party to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the start of Beaver Scouting. This was held at Cronk Y Berry school on Sunday 23rd October.

During the afternoon the Beavers took part in various different activities such as paired indoor skiing; hockey penalties; ‘a Beaver in a reasonably priced car’; hoopla; whack the longtail; throwing bean bags into a beaver’s mouth; first aid and crafts. There were also games of head it catch it; the tube game; agility games and a bowls game.beaver30party-94

In addition, photos of Colonies and individual Beavers were taken alongside Shaun the Sheep which had been loaned for the afternoon by the Isle of Man Post Office.

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What’s a birthday without cakes

After a refreshment break, the Beavers gathered together in one very large circle for a massive ‘pass the parcel’ game where several parcels were passed around simultaneously. After this there was a game of musical statues. Adam, a member of 5th Douglas Scouts provided the music for these games.

Everyone had a great time and the afternoon finished with every Beaver Scout and Leader being presented with a special 30th Anniversary Beaver woggle. All Beavers, Leaders and helpers also received cupcakes which were decorated with 30th Anniversary designs. These had been created by Debbie Cubbon a former Beaver Leader at 1st Marown. In addition each Colony collected specially designed cards which had been very kindly produced by the Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the Anniversary. These cards will be written by the Beavers at future Colony meetings and then posted to someone to share the Anniversary celebration.

For lots of photos from the party visit the photo gallery.

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Scouts Rescue Dogs 

Posted on November 12th, 2016 by MarkIOM

Who let the dogs out…

Baden Powell once said “The good turn will educate the boy out of the groove of selfishness, and it could be said that his words are still ringing true to this day.

Yesterday I attempted an excavation for a key that was behind the sofa for an old bike lock, however, I’m not sure that’s what Lord Baden was referring to exactly. Earlier this weekend a group of 2nd Onchan scouts were hiking across Baldwin as part of their camp at Ard Whallin. The 8 scouts came acrosss two Golden Retriever dogs, Taffy and Nala whilst hiking over the baron terrain.

The dogs were clearly on their own. With no tags and no owner in sight the scouts decided the best thing to do was take them back to Ard whallin for the evening. Upon arriving back at the campsite the scouts quickly went about contacting the dogs owners from a Facebook appeal.

At this point,  I think my quest for the bike key became redundant.

Andrew, a leader, described the pair as “lovely, friendly and the scouts loved them.” Taffy and Nala were reunited with their owners the same night; all thanks to the scouts ingenuity.


It’s events like this that shows Baden Powell’s legacy still lives on throughout all levels of scouting. Society can learn that if we show care for each other, a good deed in a day can make for a better individual in the long run. A recent study by the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow found that adults with a Scouting background were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life. Scouting teaches young people resilience and respect: skills which can be used throughout adulthood. Whether it’s rescuing dogs or a Beaver on their first night away from home, we can all take something from ‘Baden Powells legacy’

Now, I think I’ve lost that key again…
Mark O’Connor

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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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