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Communication

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!

Guy

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Scouts help out the TT/MGP Association for 2016

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by admin

TTBagPack20162 On Sunday morning Scouts, Explorers and parents were at the TT grandstand helping with the preparations for this years TT races by packing the Marshals ‘goody bags’.

A production line was set up and the ‘packers’, after picking up a plastic bag, walked the length of the table placing each different item in the bag before handing it to the ‘box filler’ at the end. When the box was full a Scout would then load it into the associations van. In this way just over a 1,000 bags were filled, boxed and loaded in 1 hour 28 minutes.

A brilliant and worthwhile job done by everyone which was greatly appreciated by the TT Association. Without the Scouts help it takes them about a week to do the same job along with all the other things they have to do.

TTBagPack20161To keep keep the insanity at bay it was worked out that by the time the Scouts had packed all the bags they had walked the same distance as the TT start line to Quarter Bridge.

The Scouts then had a picture taken on the winners podium.

On finishing their work the Scouts were all given a goody bag of their own with TT Beeny hat and insuated mug along with other items.

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Viking Troop’s catapults are firing

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by admin

viking-catapult3Down in the beautiful South (Ballasalla), ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st Malew Scouts continued with work towards their pioneering proficiency badge by constructing catapults.

Besides the use of the usual square and diagonal lashings a degree of ingenuity was shown by the use of a cardboard tube to provide a roller bearing for the catapult arm to pivot on and a kitchen ladle as the device to put the projectile in.

Leader Roger, having tested the Scouts previous bridging attempts by crossing first however declined their invitation to stand ‘down range’ to test the efficacy of the catapults!

Needless to say they did lob a tennis ball a goodly distance down the field.

To see more photos of the evening visit the photo gallery.

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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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The Sun Shines on St. George’s Day

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

12994406_10206578142474083_6858188077091165708_n About 400 members were in Peel Sunday for the Island’s St. George’s Day celebration. It was a beautiful, sunny day. As the Island Chaplin, Ian Faulds, joked during the service, “The sun always shines  in Peel.”

The groups paraded along the prom led by the Ellan Vannin Pipes & Drums to Peel Castle for the service.

The England Chief Commissioner, Alex Peace-Gadsby, visited the Island for the day to attend the service. The ECC presented three St. George’s Day awards during the service. Julian Ashcroft and Gillie Salway both were awarded the Silver Acorn which is awarded “In Recognition of Specially Distinguished Service”. Peter Kelly was awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn in “Recognition of Further Specially Distinguished Service”. 12983361_10153418363905685_7960183708323373757_oCongratulation to each of you.

After the service each section enjoyed their own activities:

  • Beavers built their own Peel (sand) Castle on Peel Beach
  • Cubs hiked up Peel Hill where they had a picnic lunch
  • Scouts chose from kayaking, coasteering and a navigation challenge around Peel
  • Explorers had a 30 meter climb (just to give them a challenge) up from the South end of Peel Beach

Everyone had a great time.

To see more photos from St. George’s Day in the gallery.

 

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This years ‘Winter National’ competition at Malew

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

DSCF0813_1843x1382Last Thursday at 1st. Malew Scout Hall found ‘Viking’ Troop playing host to Arbory Scouts at the annual ‘Winter national’ sports. The winter themed games competition is usually held during the first meeting after the Christmas holidays but were delayed due to the Scout Hall’s refurbishment.

The Scouts were put into teams of four and the evening commenced with the first themed game called “Avalanche!’. This consisted of each team shouting at the tops of their lungs and the result being measured with a decibel meter.The winning team managed an ear splitting 98 dB’s – this is like standing next to a jack hammer in full flow!

Other events included a ‘sledge race’, slalom skiing, snow shoe race, bob sleigh and ‘snow clearance’.

The last game also known as ‘Leaders revenge’ is where each team has to dispose of a litre of ice cream using tea spoons. Lots of brain freeze. Team ‘Have we lost yet’ where paradoxically the winners of the evening.

I am pleased to report a good time was had by all.

For more photos from the Winter National visit the gallery.

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