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‘Vikings’ complete their pioneer badge

Posted on June 19th, 2016 by admin

DSCF0919 (Copy)On Thursday night 1st Malew ‘Viking’ troop were throwing everything (dry peas actually!) at completing their Pioneering activity badge by constructing mini catapults.

After completing their catapults there was a competition to find who could fire their ‘pea’ the furthest down the Scout hall.

After three attempts each, Tom Y came out on top with a distance of 37 ft 6 in. An unnamed scout managed to register a negative throw by somehow firing his pea 1 ft. 6 in. back over his shoulder!

To obtain their badge the Scouts in the preceding weeks had learned knots and lashings, bridged the Silverburn river, built large catapults and constructed stiles over the wall surrounding the hall. All their efforts were tested by Leader Roger (except for standing in front of the large catapults!).

See photos from the evening in the Photo Gallery.

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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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The ‘Vikings’ take to the water or ‘Bridge over the Silverburn’

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by admin

The Scouts were split into two teams, one each side of the river with an equal amount of rope, poles and crates. Their objective was to construct a VikingBridge2bridge to get their leader Roger from one side to the other dry shod (or else!).

The Scouts set to with a will and came up with a different construction method apiece. This was reminiscent of the film ‘Apollo 13’ where to help the astronauts the ground staff had to come up with a way to make a square filter fit a round hole and still work. They did it, and I bet there were a few ex-Scouts among them!VikingBridge5

The bridge faced its ultimate challenge and Roger got across without getting wet although it was touch and go towards the middle.

The Scouts did a great job bearing in mind they only had just over an hour and a half to get all the gear the 100 yards from Scout hall to river, unload, build, use it, dismantle it, load and get the gear back into store.

More time would have made a much more solid construction and less of a panicked expression on Roger’s face!

For more photos of the challenge see the photo gallery.

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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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