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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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Manx Leader Appointed to National UK Scouting Role

Posted on July 26th, 2015 by admin
Izzy Dorman has been appointed UK Network Commissioner

Izzy Dorman has been appointed UK Network Commissioner

The Scout Association announced this week that Manx Scout Izzy Dorman has been appointed UK Scout Network Commissioner. Izzy will be reporting directly to the Deputy UK Commissioner for Programme (14-25) and will be responsible for shaping, organising and promoting Scout Network projects and activities.  ‘Giving all 18-25 year old’s in scouting opportunities and adventures. Whether they are leaders or have never been members, live in rural Scotland or inner city Manchester (or even on an Island like ours),’ Izzy said.

Izzy has been a Scout since she was 11, and says she fell in love with Scouts as soon as she walked into her Scout Hut! She has since gone on to be Beaver Scout Leader and Assistant Scout leader for 1st Malew, and is a member of the Ellan Vannin Scout Network. It ‘is run by our Island Network Commissioner Adam Killip. Being 22 myself, I am still in the Network age bracket and Ellan Vannin Scout Network gives me the opportunity to be a member and leave all the hard work to Adam!’

She explains: ‘The UK Scout Network gives even more young adults like me the opportunity to join in and have exciting adventures, international experiences and the opportunity to give something back. It will be the base for some of the bigger projects as well as being somewhere Network members from all over the country can join together to achieve awards and have adventures. Network provides the opportunity to achieve awards, such as the Queens Scout Award and the Explorer Belt, gain valuable skills and join with others to have some incredible adventures. ‘

Scout Network is just one of five sections for girls, boys, men and women aged 6 to 25. There are groups all over the island, but unfortunately most groups and sections have waiting lists because of a shortage of volunteers.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, ‘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 people here and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.’

‘I encourage anyone in the age bracket to give Scout Network a go,’ says Izzy. ‘The opportunities to be gained are incredible!’ Visit and find out about the Ellan Vannin Scout Network. Come and join the adventure.

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Two Ways to get involved with the Douglas Carnival

Posted on July 14th, 2015 by admin

There are two urgent request for Manx Scouting to get involved with the Douglas Carnival

Represent Manx Scouting in the parade

It would be great to see as many members of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Active Support and leaders as possible joining in the parade in full uniform and showing the Island how fantastic Scouting is.

We need to meet 6 15pm on Sea Cliff Road in Onchan (White City).

Julie Leece would also appreciate help in decorating in the float if anyone is available on Saturday morning.

Island at War – Vintage Buses

The Isle of Man Transport are taking 9 vintage buses on the Douglas carnival procession this Saturday. One bus dedicated to Island at War.  The bus is being driven by Tim Vaughan (in uniform) with others riding as passengers.

If you wish to come along and join in the carnival fun, simply turn up at Banks Circus by 5:45pm for a 6pm start. We will take the buses up to the Port Jack end of the prom and join with all the floats for the parade along the prom at 7pm.

The bus should be back at Banks Circus for 8pm.

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Manx Scouts membership grows by over 8% in the last year

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 8.6%. The largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from 873 in 2014 to 948 in 2015. Membership is the largest it has been this century.

Emily Curphy from 1st Arbory learning knife skills at the Scouting skills training day

Emily Curphy from 1st Arbory learning knife skills at the Scouting skills training day

To accommodate this growing need the Scout community has opened two new Explorer Scouts in the last year alone.

Growth has been strong in the teenage age range with more girls joining this year than boys

Allana Wade (14) from the Rushen Explorers in Port Erin said “I really enjoy taking part in all the adventurous activities such as camping, bushcraft, climbing and hiking and I love the challenges that Explorers has to offer. Explorers means a lot to me and teaches me a skills that I wouldn’t normally learn in everyday life.”

Steve White, an Explorer Scout leader from Onchan said “I love volunteering with the Explorer Scouts. It keeps me young and active and I get just as much fun out of it as the Explorer Scouts”

This weekend, to accommodate the ever rising numbers of Scouts, Manx Scouting has put on a skills training day where leaders learn the basics of camp skills, climbing and experiencing the challenge of river waking. 20 new adults spent the day at the Island training camp called Mullin ny Carty. Niomi Phillips from Ballaugh said, “The river walk was the highlight of the day for me. I not only conquered my fears, but I now able to share it with the young people in my group.”

For more information about helping even more young people join Manx Scouting please contact Julie Leece at 264499 or visit

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Tynwald Day Car Parking

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin

The Clerk of Tynwald has again asked the scouts if we can look after the car parking for Tynwald Day on Monday 6th July.

Scout Active Support and Ellan Vannin Scout Network will again lead this process but we need plenty of volunteer help.  Adults from any Scouting role and Explorer Scouts are welcome (aged 14+ please).

In return for an early start (we meet at approx. 7.30 am), and lots of arm waving, you will be rewarded with a free lunch and a donation to the Scout Section of your choice.  You should be all done and fed by 2.00 pm latest (hopefully earlier).

To volunteer please Colin Brew via email (, phone/text (469464)  or contact him on Facebook.

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