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Category: From the Commissioner


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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Congratulations to our new archery Assessors

Posted on May 15th, 2016 by admin

I am pleased to announce that our leaders, Laura, Douglas Explorers, Sam, 3rd Peel and Kevin 5th Douglas are now our fully qualified archery instructors and SA IOM Assessors through Archery GB having attended a 3 day course in Liverpool. Congratulations to all three.

I have also placed a order for archery equipment as per our assessors recommendations and thus this activity can now be part of our exciting programme. Give our assessors a little time but this activity will be available to all groups. Assessors can also recommend permits issued by me so if any leaders would like to train to have a archery permit please contact Steve AIC Activities and express your interest with him.

We also look forward to kayaking and climbing assessors and much more so interested leaders come forward. Thank you to our forward thinking scout executive committee.

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IOM 3rd in the UK for Growth of Youth Membership

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by admin

From the Northwest Regional Commissioner

A massive well done and congratulations to all on the Isle of Mans for the terrific census growth this year.

Of course I’m delighted that two of the top ten growth Counties are from our Region and that the Isle of Man is number 3 in the UK. Growth doesn’t just happen organically – its the outcome of good programmes and well organised and supported sections – thanks is due to everyone who provides that.

Do pass on my congratulations to all – double digit growth next year?!

Best wishes,

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Well Done Leaders and Supporters

Posted on March 20th, 2016 by admin

thankyouA fantastic thank you to all our leaders, supporters, young people, parents and carers.

This year we have achieved a stunning 10.4% growth compared to a almost equally fantastic growth of 8.6% growth last year.  This represents a increase of 99 new members and our total membership now stands at 1047.

Growth is not just about numbers, its also about delivering opportunities to our young people and leaders through the development of exciting and worthwhile programmes. This last year has seen the issue of literally dozens of adventurous activity permits such as climbing and hill walking not to mention camp site skills, fire lighting and soon axe throwing and our charity continues to invest in the future with more training and equipment.

We are by far the largest co- educational youth organization on the Island and our range of activities is second to none and this is a core objective  if we wish to continue to grow.

Over the coming holiday I will look into the stats more fully and report back to you.

Once again thank you all for your amazing hard work and enjoy your Easter break.


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New GSL Appointment for 1st Arbory Scout Group

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by

1st ArboryI have great pleasure in announcing that Chris Ramsay is the new Group Scout Leader at 1st Arbory.

Chris takes over the role from Mike Bates who, along with his leaders, has done a fantastic job in developing 1st Arbory into one of the Island’s leading groups.  Chris will bring to the group many new skills and ideas.

Sonya is to be the new AGSL as well as Cub Leader and I am sure that Chris, Sonya and the other leaders, executive committee and supporters will make a great team.

Chris will remain as AESL at Douglas Explorers.

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Award for Merit for Doreen Douglas

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by admin

DoreenDouglasAwardsMonday night,  Doreen, an ACSL at 1st Malew, received not only her well deserved Award for Merit in recognition of outstanding service to Scouting, but also her 25 years service certificate. The certificates were presented by our Island President Mr Peter Kelly MBE.

Well done Doreen!

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New Assistant Island Commissioner – Activities

Posted on January 5th, 2016 by admin

manx-kayakingI am very pleased to announce that Steve Hearnden is our new AIC Activities.

Steve replaces Jay Thompson who now has national responsibilities. We must thank Jay for his enthusiasm & vigor for seeing the way forward and developing the role, which has resulted in many leaders having Adventurous Activity Permits.

Steve is a climber, a mountain biker and kayaker with a great interest in the outdoors. Judging by the way he has organized and developed climbing he will make a great asset to our team.

Over the course of the next few months, as Steve finds his feet, extra activities should be available to compliment hills & mountains, climbing, kayaking and bushcraft. I am sure that Steve would welcome any suggestions for other activities.

Please support Steve in this new role and help him to continue forward with our adventurous activities.

More to follow I am sure!

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New Island Training Manager

Posted on January 5th, 2016 by admin

training-logo.009[1]I’d like to announce that Norman Logden has been appointed the new Island Training Manager. Norman, whilst quite new to Scouting comes with a wealth of management experience gained from years in the pharmaceutical industry and is looking forward to this new role. In addition his present role is as Assistant Cub Scout Leader with 5th Douglas.



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