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Peace Light of Bethlehem 2017

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

The Peace Light service this year is at St Georges Church, Douglas on Saturday, 23rd December at 11.00 am.

This year the service will be shorter, there will be carols rather than hymns, one reading only by scouts and beavers and rainbows are singing a carol. Much of the formalities have been omitted. Please support this worth while global event.

Leaders and Scouts of all sections are to come in uniform.

Lets see every group, section and unit represented.

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Welcome to the Manx Scouts Future Survey

Posted on January 10th, 2018 by admin

We have made 4 short targeted surveys designed to ask you about Scouting in the Isle of Man. Whether a Beaver actively involved in Scouting, or someone who has never had any exposure to the Scouting movement, you’re answers to these questions will really help!

By knowing what people, like and dislike about Scouting, and what would get more people involved, we can develop the Movement on the Isle of Man to make Scouting better than it already is!

Please click on the survey link below which best relates to you:

You’re 6 to 25 years of age and are presently involved with Scouting (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Network).

You’re 6 to 25 years of age, but are not presently involved with Scouting (General members of the public who have never been or are not currently members of the Scout Association) NEW

You’re an Adult volunteers presently involved in Scouting (Leaders, Managers, Commissioners,Committee members or Members of the public who volunteer their time for Scouting).  Not parent helpers.

You’re an Adult not presently involved with Scouting (Parents of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network members or members of the General Public). NEW

If you need any help with completing one of the surveys, or would like to request a paper copy, please contact Alex Armstrong, our survey coordinator, who will be happy to assist. He can be reached at: or via 07624 412462.

Thank you for your help and make sure you enter our prize draw to win one of four Amazon vouchers, each worth £20!

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Gang Show

Posted on November 27th, 2016 by admin

gangshowNews is spreading fast about the Gang Show and some groups are becoming activily involved. May I ask all Group Scout Leaders who have yet to express their groups interest to contact Gil Salway.
This is a one off opportunity for Manx Scouts to be involved in a fantastic NW event, please dont sit on the fence and do nothing, contact Gil with your intrest

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Invitation to the Peace Light Service

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 by admin

peace-light-badge-invitation-2016All young people, leaders, parents (and everyone else) are invited to the Service of Distribution of the Bethlehem Peace Light. The service will be at St Matthew’s Church, North Quay, Douglas at 2:00 pm.
It will be conducted by the Reverend Father Bob Boyle in the presence of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and Tim Kidd, Chief Commissioner of Scouting UK.

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St. George’s Day

Posted on October 30th, 2016 by admin

May I ask for constructive comments, your views and help that can be discussed at the forthcoming GSL/AIC meeting.St George and the Dragon

For many years St Georges Day has been organised by a few leaders from many groups  who succeeded very well in maintaining a great scouting tradition. One year 2nd Onchan organised the event which was also a great event which included the tradition of a parade and group made banners.

Every year there is criticism for one reason or another.

May I ask all leaders to contribute and send me an email of their thoughts  so that GSL/AIC at their meeting can discuss and come to a conclusion of the event

May I also ask those that have strong views or interesting ideas to help us and join the committee


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£5,000 Donated to Manx Scouting

Posted on September 8th, 2016 by admin

We have been donated £5,000.00 to be spent as required on less fortunate children. This was mentioned by me at the last executive meeting. I would envisage that any applications for support would be submitted by email from the GSL to our AIC Special Needs Daveen Taylor who would in turn submit to myself and our Treasurer. I would expect the grant would cover 50% [comments please] of the cost of uniform, Island camps, events and anything else you can think of except off Island events.

Please can we make this very generous donation work for us.


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Outdoor Activities

Posted on September 1st, 2016 by admin

Various outdoor activity centres provide a range of activities that are used by youth members and leaders of the Scout Association Isle of Man.

These activities include both water and land based activities including kayaking, climbing, shooting, archery, hill walking etc.

POR is clear and precise and it is the responsibility of all leaders proposing to undertake any adventurous activity to ensure that the external service provider is qualified to the appropriate minimum standard eg. BCU Coach [level dependent on waters], SPA/CWA depending on venue, Range Conducting Officer, Archery GB, HML/ML depending on terrain and that the external provider has full insurance.

The activities offered by the centres may change from time to time and indeed at certain times of the year they may employ staff with additional qualifications so when booking any activity you will need to check their qualifications every time.

A number of leaders have a T1 hill walking permit and 2/3 leaders a T2 permit. Again, POR is clear. Only leaders with a T1 [or T2] permit may take youth members above 500m thus Snaefell, Beinn y Phott and North Barrule to Clagh Ouyr are out of bounds. Other rules also apply such as ratios, number of permit holders etc. Please be mindful of these rules when organising letterboxing etc. and remember a full risk assessment needs to be prepared.

If in doubt ask Stephen Hearnden (AIC Activities) or myself.


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We’re looking for an honorary auditor

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by admin

The Scout Association Isle of Man is seeking to appoint an honorary auditor. Our honorary treasurer considers that it would take between one and two days to audit our accounts, once a year.

Please ask within your groups asking as many of your members and parents as possible if they would consider this important role.

Guy Thompson
Island Commissioner – Isle of Man

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Posted on June 21st, 2016 by admin

Dear Leaders

We are all volunteers and have jobs and families to look after. The time that you devote to scouting is well above and beyond the call of duty.

We tend sometimes to ignore emails or speed read them and only glance at Facebook messages.

There is so much going on in Island Scouting that major events and activities are sometimes missed. Attending Island events such as Island Camps, Tynwald Day, Peacelight, St George’s Day, walks etc is part of our heritage. There are now so many Leaders dedicated to the interests of Island Scouting, just ask.

Please, always send your young people to these events.

Our methods of communication may not always be the best but even I have access to Facebook and our website.

When I email our GSLs and ESLs I really do trust my emails are forwarded on to section leaders……I wonder….prove me wrong!


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Climbing Wall Award training – part of our new training budget

Posted on May 17th, 2016 by admin

cwa1[1]Dear all

At a recent meeting of the Scout Association Isle of Man Executive Committee the sum of £15,000.00 has been ear marked spread over 5 years for leader training in adventurous activities

This year and next we intend to concentrate on the Climbing Wall Award and also kayaking. The CWA is a NGB qualification and training and assessment will take place in the UK and the requirements are briefly as follows:


  • You need to be a climber and have a interest in delivering the activity to our groups at Hot Rocks (subject to Executive approval we hope to construct a 3 route wall at Mullin ny Carty one route being higher than Hot rocks)
  • You must have climbed on at least 3 different walls including a major wall (if you lack the experience please don’t worry we will train you locally in preparation for the formal training with the formal training next year).


  • You must register with Mountain Training Association and fill in a log


  • There is two full days of training and one evening completed on one visit


  • Three to six months of further training to develop new ideas and skills


  • This is for a full day and evening
  • Have recorded a minimum of 30 visits to at least 3 different walls
  • Have led a minimum of 40 climbs

As you can see this is a demanding course and much practice will be required and we are looking for 4 leaders to undertake this course. Upon completion with a pass the leader will have a additional role, County Assessor and be able to recommend permits to suitably trained leaders.

Please express your interest with Steve Hearnden – AIC Activities.


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