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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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Developing Friendship 

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by MarkIOM

The ‘Jamboree Blues’ are over

It’s now over a year since I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, in Japan. With just over 40,000 scouts and guides on site there was plenty chance to interact  and understand different faiths and cultures; geographical and social borders were non existent over the three week period.

Making friendships while I was at the jamboree was amazing, giving me memories that will last a lifetime but, inevitably time moves on and so do people. Unit 56 from Merseyside of whom I travelled with are a close-nit bunch who still all keep in contact via social media.

Unit 56 on the Bullet Train

I don’t think I’ll ever experience freindship like this again with both my peers and the leaders involved. After the jamboree finished we have had many meetings such as camps and meals; It’s clear to see that the friendship is still strong. As our leader Rich would say “It’s quality”.

The jamboree doesn’t necessarily end when it officially ends. In the words of the late Freddie Mercury ‘the show must go on’. I’m a firm believer that friendship can take many forms and start from all sorts of places. Perhaps one person I’ve formed a close freindship with is Frankie.

On the jamboree site

On the jamboree site

It’s a scary thought that if I never applied for the jamboree, I would have never met some of the soundest people ever!

“Friendship knows no boundaries”

Walks to the Lake District

I’ve been on many adventures with Frankie; mountain climbing to mowing the lawn – the list seemingly endless. I loved every minute and I hope for future Jamboree participants that they can have amazing freindships that I’ve been lucky enough to have.

Mark


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Helpers and Supporters Not Covered by Scout Insurance

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by admin

If the helpers are injured in an accident themselves, they will not be covered under the Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme (as with any member of the public involved in a Scouting activity).

Unity, Scout insurance service, recommends that Scout Groups buy extra cover for individuals who help out by adding them to the Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme, and can arrange this for you.

This can cover non-members associated with your Group, such as helpers and instructors.

There are no differences in terms of the cover or level of benefits for Members and non-members covered under their separate policies.

Benefits are payable if an insured helper sustains bodily injury as a result of an accident which results in permanent injury or death. In addition to this, benefits are also provided if a member or insured helper sustains temporary disability as a result of an accident or illness contracted and diagnosed whilst staying away from home at any organised camp.

Cover is also provided for medical expenses as a result of an accident and cover for up to two relatives or friends who, on medical advice, are required to travel to and remain with the member or insured helper if they are hospitalised away from home.

Visit Unity’s website https://www.scoutinsurance.co.uk/cover_personal_accident.html where you can find details of the additional coverage recommended.

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Peace Light Returns To the Island

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by admin

Once again The Peace Light is being brought to the Island. This year the Lieutanant Governor and Tim Kidd (the new Chief Commissioner of the UK (The Scout Association)) will be attending.

Peace Light BadgeRepresentatives of The Scout Association and Guiding in the Isle of Man will be travelling away and bring the Peace Light back to the Island. We are looking for 1 Scout, 1 Sea Scout, 1 Explorer, 1 Guide and 1 Senior Section.

We will travel out on Monday 12th December and return on Wednesday 14th December.

There is no cost involved, but refundable deposit of £50 is required which is returned on Sunday 18th December IF they attend the bag pack in the big Shoprite in Peel to raise money for the trip.

The young people picked will have the honour of representing the Island and receive an Island scarf, special woggle, hoodie and T-shirt.
They are expected to sell candles in St. Helens, return the Light via the Steam Packet and have several duties at the Service at St. Matthews, Douglas.

The young people must be aged 13+ and will enjoy an evening bowling at a local amusement arcade with local Scouts plus a day in Liverpool before their official duties begin.

The trip is classed as a school visit so no absences are recorded from school.
Please forward nominees to Julie Leece ASAP so the selection process can begin.

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New Scout Troop at 1st Santon

Posted on July 16th, 2016 by admin

SantanScoutsActivityNight1st Santon is excited to be starting a brand new Scout section to the group. Starting September 1st Santon Scouts will be starting at Kirk Braddan Church.

Thursday, 28 July there will be an activity/parent information night at 6:30 to 7:30. Come on down and find out about us and some of the plans for our first year.

Join the Adventure

Download the information flyer.

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Birkenhead Gangshow Coming to the Isle of Man

Posted on July 7th, 2016 by admin

Since the first show in London in 1962, productions have been organised around the world from Ireland, Europe, Canada, America and as far as New Zealand and Australia… but more importantly the Gang Show is coming to The Isle Of Man in 2017!

In 1967 the Birkenhead Gang Show cast came over to the island and performed at The Gaiety Theatre. 150 of them! They stayed for a week in Scout Huts and home hospitality. In February 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary they are doing it all again – this time bigger and better AND this time you can join them on stage!

So, what is a Gang Show ? . . .

A Gang Show is a theatrical performance including a number of comedy sketches, dances and musical items in a fast moving show and it’s based on the original idea of Ralph Reader CBE. It is performed by all members of The Scout and Guide Associations. Some Gang Shows have leaders of Scouts and Guides on stage as well. Leaders, youth members and parents help behind the scenes. The aim is, through performance, to empower young people to make a positive contribution to society and have a fantastic opportunity to perform on stage.

The production team and crews plan, write, compose, choreograph, build scenery and props, make costumes and rehearse for several months. A typical show requires 3 to 6 months of rehearsals, with 12 months of planning. Every show does it differently, depending on its size.

YOU can be part of it. All you have to do is contact Colin or Janet on the email or phone numbers, provided on this flyer. Post the flyer in your Scout hall and spread the news.

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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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