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St.George’s Day memorial hike

Posted on May 7th, 2017 by admin

On the 23rd. April 1945 a few short weeks before the war in Europe ended, a Boeing B17-G of the 534th. Bombardment Squadron of the United States 8th. Army Air Force was flying from its base at RAF Ridgewell, Essex carrying 31 passengers and crew for a weeks leave in Northen Ireland.
In thick cloud it crashed into the hillside of North Barrulle, Isle of Man. All 31 occupants of the aircraft were killed instantly.

On Sunday 23rd. April 2017 a small group of Manx Scouts from ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st. Malew Scout Group and ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorer Scout Unit, leaders and parents hiked up to the crash site.

The Hike was organised by Malew Scout, Carter Melnick. Carter is from the United States and was formerly with BSA Troop 39, Forest Hill, North Carolina. He is now living in the Isle of Man with his family.

Whilst living in the Isle of Man Carter is still working towards his Eagle Scout Award (The American version of the Queen’s Scout Award)  To this end he researched the history of the event and did a presentation to fellow Scouts. He also planned the hike route.
At the crash site the Scouts raised a new American flag after which Carter then read out the names of the 31 casualties before ending the remembrance with the poem,

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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‘Viking’ knows which side its’ bread is buttered!

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by admin

TVikingCooking2he Scouts of ‘Viking’ Troop, 1st Malew having completed their pioneering proficiency badge have now moved on to cooking.

They were put into two groups and given a different bread mix to measure, mix and knead. Every scout took a part, especially the kneading, when one got tired another took over. Whilst the dough was put in a warm place to rise they cleared up and then made their own butter.

This is easier than you think.

  • Take a clean jam jar with a good tight lid and half fill it with ordinary double cream.
  • Get the Scouts to shake the jar as hard as possible. We found that 20 seconds was about the limit before handing over the jar.
  • Eventually you will have a jar with a lump of butter + butter milk.
  • Drain the butter milk off and drink it (it’s very nice by the way).
  • Then add a small amount of cold water to the jar and gently rinse the butter.
  • Drain again ( don’t drink this one!) And you have unsalted butter!
  • You can add salt to taste not forgetting that once it is in you cannot get it out so add a small amount mix and sample.
  • Place the butter in the fridge to firm up.

VikingCooking5After a quick game or two the Scouts then got to eat their fresh from the oven white rolls and garlic and cheese bread with home made butter.

A tasty evening all round.

See more pictures of the night see the photo gallery.

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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.

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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!

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