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St. George’s Day & The Victor Kneale Trophy

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by admin

Details for the Parade and Service are being finalised and should be out by the end of February.

The Parade and Service for 2017 will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017 (which is the last Sunday of the Easter School Holidays). We are Parading from Victoria Road School, Castletown (leaving at 2:30 pm) to King William’s College. The Service is due to start at about 3:00 pm and Parent Pick Up will be approximately 4:00 pm.

These details are just for your information – full confirmation of timings will be issued in due course.

The Victor Kneale Trophy

The Victor Kneale Trophy is for an annual Arts and Crafts Competition open to all Scouting Sections on the Isle of Man. This year’s competition will be judged on Sunday 23 April 2017, which is the day of the Island St. George’s Day Parade. All entries will help form part of the Parade. The Competition this year is to design a Flag or Banner.

Download complete information here Victor Kneale Competition 2017


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Birkenhead Gang Show – 24th February 2017

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by admin

 Gaiety Theatre

Please pass the information to any leaders who:
– are not on Facebook
– do not read the website
– were not represented at the recent GSL meeting
The producers & directors of the Birkenhead Gang Show spoke with a group of leaders recently and they started rehearsals in Birkenhead recently. Although they have a plan of what the Isle of Man cast members will be doing it will greatly depend on how many cast members there are. Although they could work with 2 or 3, more performers would give them much more scope. They would be in the opening and closing numbers as well.
The plan is for the director to come to the island for a weekend in December (date to finalised). Please contact Colin Brew, Janet McCabe or Gil Salway with the list of cast members or if you have any questions.

What is required:



A minimum of 2 members of each group, Cubs or Scouts, but can be more if they are keen to be part of it (Sorry no Beavers) and 2 Explorers per Unit.


6 x Backstage – leaders/network members (over 18s only)
5 x Runners – these could be Explorers (we have 1 volunteer so far)
4 x Adult Dressers – female preferably (we have 3 volunteers so far)
6 x Front of House per performance (these could be Active Support members)
6 x Make Up
4 x Chaperones (over 18s only)
This is the desired numbers, they can work with a few less and they can always find roles for more if necessary. However they would prefer to sell any extras tickets and make the audience even bigger!
Cubs or Scouts who take part in the show as cast will qualify for their Entertainer Badge, any Explorers who are in the cast will get the Performing Arts Badge.

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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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Photos from St. George’s Day in Peel 2016

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by admin

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.”

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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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Scouting in The Isle of Man has over 10% growth in 2016

Posted on March 19th, 2016 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 10.4%. 2016 is the 5th  consecutive year of growth and the largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from just under 950 in 2015 to 1,047 making it the largest number of young people and adults in Scouting in The Isle of Man this century.

“This is fantastic news,” said Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “It is down to the hard work and dedication of our leaders.”

Again this year more girls  than boys have become Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18 years).  In fact more than 1 in 10 young members in all sections Scouting on the island (for girls and boys aged 6-25) are girls.

What is worrying is that the census also shows an increase in the number of young people on waiting lists due to the shortage of adults.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, recently spoke about volunteering in Scouting. “One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

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Joint Founder’s Day/Thinking Day a Great Success

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by admin

flagsAbout 100 young people from all sections of Scouting and Girlguiding  on the Isle of Man gathered on Sunday at St. George’s Church in Douglas.

“All 5 sections of Scouts were represented together with many leaders and parents. Lots of standards were presented making a lovely colourful parade.”, said Scouting’s Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “VIP guests attended, it all raises the profile of Scouting and Guiding on the Island.”

One of the organisers of the service was Julie Leece, a leader of both Scouts and Rainbows  (the youngest section in GirlGuiding). “It was great to see Beavers through to Active Support there.” 

Thank you to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Network, Active Support and Leaders that attended on what turned out to be a very wet day. Special thanks to the many standard bearers and those who took part in the service. You all made Manx Scouting proud.


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Yomp is Back

Posted on January 16th, 2016 by admin

Yomp is a hiking challenge during 2016, open to all Isle of Man Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Network Members and Leaders to walk from the Point of Ayre in the North of the Island to the Sound in the South of the Island. The hike will be done in three easy Sections.

  • Point of Ayre to Sulby School
  • Sulby School to Crosby Football Ground
  • Crosby Football Ground to The Sound Café

For full details including dates and a map of the sections go to the Yomp page.

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Our promise to help other people

Posted on October 20th, 2015 by admin

The launch of A Million Hands is a golden opportunity to show the world just what an incredible difference Scouting can make. Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner explains why…

Tackling the issues

With new research commissioned by The Scout Association revealing the need for more opportunities for youth social action, the A Million Hands campaign could not be launched at a more critical time.

This week, we are announcing the results of some startling new research into youth volunteering. With the help of ComRes, we spoke to one thousand 12-24 year olds in the UK. Some 82% of these believe it is important for today’s youth to tackle social issues, which is great news.

And yet only 36% believe that they have the opportunity to do so. This means the UK may be losing out on over 15.4 million hours of youth volunteering time per month. That’s an alarming statistic.

Read all of Wayne’s blog.

Source: Blog | Our promise to help other people | Scouts

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Get involved in YouShape 2016

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by admin

Young people working in partnership with adults in Scouting, has always been something we have been proud of. Youth Shaped Scouting not only improves the way we Scout but also the young people involved. Learning to speak up, be heard and work towards improving something you are passionate about is an incredible learning experience for the youngest Beavers right the way through to our eldest Network members.

Following the success of last year’s #YouShape event we are excited to announce that #YouShape 2016 will be a week long focus on youth shaped scouting from the 1- 7 of February. We want all young people to be involved by having youth forums during the week. The main national event will be between the 5 – 7 of February 2016, not only will 200 young people between the ages of 14-25 be attending this event, but there will be a chance for young people across the movement to follow the conversation online and contribute.

#YouShape Week

We need your help to encourage volunteers to hold youth forums or other activities to engage their young people throughout that week. This could be anything from a county youth forum residential weekend to a 10 minutes log chew at Beavers – it is really up to you. If you already have events on that week then add #YouShape engagement into it as well. It is designed to fit into the programme rather than being and extra thing to do.

To support volunteers we will be releasing age appropriate resource packs to help deliver the forums (to be published soon) Within these packs there be a focus around several national topics you can discuss locally with your young people as well as space for you to add your own relevant topics.With your encouragement and support young people will have the opportunity at #YouShape to engage in a national conversation.

#YouShape 2016

A national residential event will take place at Dearne Valley Activity Centre, Kingswood over the weekend of #YouShape Week (5-7 Feb 2016). We want 2 young people, one aged 14-18 and the other aged 18-25, from every county to attend the event. The applications for this are open now and we are hoping that you will encourage your young people, including your Local Youth Commissioner to apply using this survey. County Commissioners will be given the opportunity to comment on the people that have been selected (with a 2 week deadline). We will also let you know who was unsuccessful so you can support them to get involved in youth shaped scouting locally.

The majority of the cost for this event will be covered nationally, however locally will assist the young people with travel arrangements and a surplus cost of £15 for sustenance. We will plan for the young people to arrive on the Friday evening (between 18:00 and midnight) so they are able to meet fellow participants and engage with various informal activities.

The deadline for young people to register for YouShape 2016 is midnight, 5 November.

For more information make sure to check the YouShape page in Members Resources. If you have any questions please email and don’t forget to keep engaging through social media using #YouShape.


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