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Polar explorer Dwayne Fields announced as new Scout Ambassador

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by admin

We’re delighted to announce that Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has been appointed as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador.

Best known for being the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.

Born in Jamaica, Dwayne arrived in London at age six. He grew up in north and east London and was a victim of knife and gun crime, narrowly escaping a street shooting before deciding to forge a new path in life.

‘I re-evaluated who I was, I looked at what I wanted to achieve and I asked myself what would make my great grandmother proud,’ says Dwayne.

He went on to complete a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole.

In 2013, Dwayne was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He hopes he can use his position to encourage more inner city young people to get out into nature: ‘Getting people outdoors brings people together and together they learn interpersonal skills, teamwork skills and planning skills. We spend so much of our lives online or immersed in our work or just segregated, that we’re losing crucial skills. Scouting can offer young people all of these skills’.

Dwayne is joining Chief Scout Bear Grylls along with the other Scout Ambassadors: Ellie Simmonds, Tim Peake, Helen Glover, Anita Rani, Steve Backshall, Megan Hine, Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury to help promote Scouting nationally.

‘I’m so proud to welcome Dwayne Fields as our newest Scout Ambassador,’ says Chief Scout Bear Grylls. ‘Dwayne has shown huge integrity, passion and commitment in all he does – all the qualities we prize so highly in Scouting. As an explorer, he has proved himself over and over again, and as a campaigner for the outdoors and young people, he understands the transformative power of adventure. A former Cub Scout, Dwayne believes in how Scouting’s can give young people of every background confidence and belief in themselves while helping them develop skills for life. Welcome on board, Dwayne, you’re such a valued member of our Scouting family.’

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Peace Light of Bethlehem 2017

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by admin

The Peace Light service this year is at St Georges Church, Douglas on Saturday, 23rd December at 11.00 am.

This year the service will be shorter, there will be carols rather than hymns, one reading only by scouts and beavers and rainbows are singing a carol. Much of the formalities have been omitted. Please support this worth while global event.

Leaders and Scouts of all sections are to come in uniform.

Lets see every group, section and unit represented.

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Scouts selected to represent the Island at the World Scout Jamboree

Posted on November 5th, 2017 by admin

After a rigorous selection process, in rather damp conditions, the nine Scouts who will represent the Isle of Man at the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 have been selected.

The nine Scouts will represent the Island, led by Island leader Alex Armstrong, at this major international event that will see between 30,000 and 50,000 Scouts and Leaders from over 150 different countries gather for two weeks of international bonding, promoting friendship, sustainability and adventure. The Jamboree aims to unite the world’s young people to promote peace, mutual understanding and respect in a warmly embracing Scouting experience.

The Scouts now have 18 months of hard work o train, meet the rest of their unit from he UK and fund raise for the event.

Pictured are Archie W, David C, Matthew R, Vannin C, Ethan Q, Alex (Unit Leader), Tom B, Conor C, Izzy C and Amy G.

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One giant leap for Scouting…

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by admin

We thought you’d like to be the first to know that we’re announcing European Space Agency Astronaut, Major Tim Peake as a Scout Ambassador today. Best known for spending 186 days on the International Space Station and running a marathon in space, he is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life. The announcement is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Scouting – so please share our social media content far and wide!

 

This announcement comes ahead of World Space Week (4 – 10 October), and we will also be launching new resources for leaders to use with their section from the UK Space Agency during the week. More details will be available in Friday’s Scouting+.

 

Kind regards,

Tim Kidd

UK Chief Commissioner

Matt Hyde

Chief Executive

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Another successful Island at War

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by admin

Over the weekend of the 22 August Scouts and leaders from Malew and Ballaugh plus ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers and Northern Explorers invaded the Island to participate in this years Steam Railway Island at War event.

Several activities were run for the information and amusement of rail passengers and visitors alike. These included, tea and cakes, a Teddy bear hospital, a ‘Give old Adolph one in the eye with a wet sponge’, a test your knowledge of WW2 and a “How much do you think a weeks ration was”?

Many Scouts and leaders were dressed up in 1940’s uniform to add to the wartime feel and everyone had a good (if a bit wet) day.

See more photos of the weekend in the event’s photo gallery.

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MGP Marshal Bags Prepared by Manx Scouts

Posted on August 13th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday Scouts, Explorer Scouts, members of Scout Network, Scout Active Support, Leaders and Parents prepared the info bags for the MGP marshals. Over 20  people, representing Manx Scouting from across the Island, spent a couple of hours stuffing info, hats and lanyards into bags to be distributed to the marshals.

Special thanks to all from Roger Birtles. “It’s the best turnout in the 5 years we’ve been doing this.”

Many hands definitely made short work of the around 1,000 bags.

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