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Category: From the Commissioner

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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Hill Skills Day

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by admin

Beavers on the Heritage Trail

There will be a skills day on Saturday 23rd January meeting at Mullin ny Carty for a briefing and some indoor work then to St Marks and up South Barrule meeting at 10.00 am finishing at 4.00 pm.

A second hill skills day will be on Saturday 12th March. For those willing to be assessed and pass will be awarded the Bronze level National Navigation Award but all will be awarded their T1 Permit. Details of this day will follow but timing is the same.

A comprehensive kit list will follow but with Christmas coming the following may give you some ideas!

  • Hiking boots
  • Full waterproofs
  • warm hat and gloves
  • Silva type 24 plate compass or similar but with magnifying glass, degrees please NOT mils
  • Flask
  • Day pack with waterproof liners
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket

Let either Jay or I know if you wish to attend by email.

Remember that Snaefell, North Barrule and other Northern hills are out of bounds without the T1 permit if you are participating in a Scout activity.


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Hill Walking T1 Permit

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by admin

IMGP6790wp-150x150[1]We will arranging some training early in the new year in time for the spring for the T1 hills permit (500m-800m). If there’s the demand we will be running a 12 hour course (2 x 6 hours) either on a Saturday or Sunday as would suit. Given that I am presently a provider for National Navigation Awards I will present a Bronze Award for those that complete the course following assessment.

The course will consist of an hour in a hall, another hour or so on a field then hill walking. There will also be a pile of homework to be completed before the second session. Topics will include map & compass, bearings & back bearings, resection, aspect of slope, pacing, route maps etc. To comply with POR we will also cover remote supervision.

The course is for members only, but completion will also aid leaders delivering navigation activities in their halls. That being the case the course will be for all members of any ability so long as they are able to do some hill walking. Younger and fitter leaders will go a different route. Help from our present T2 leaders would be good.

Please express your interest and we will agree some dates.


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Our New Island Youth Commissioner

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by admin

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Alicia Corlett to the role of Island Youth Commissioner.

After advertising this role I asked our Nominated Youth Representative and the Regional Commissioner to hold interviews and make a selection.

Alicia will be taking the lead on one of our core strategic aims – Youth Shaped. This is about ensuring volunteers work in partnership with young people and making sure we listen and support our young people to be a part of our decision making.

I am sure Alicia will have lots of ideas about taking this forward but what I need from you as adult volunteers is support. Youth Shaped is everyone’s responsibility and without your support we will not achieve our national goals.

For more information on Youth Shaped Scouting and what it is all about:

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