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Our new Scout Ambassadors are…

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by admin

Some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce that five well-known figures will be joining the Scout Ambassador team, to raise awareness of our invaluable work helping young people develop skills for life.

They are Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, and adventurer Megan Hine. They join current Scout Ambassadors, including Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury, as positive role models for young people.

Along with our current ambassadors and volunteers, I know they will champion our Scout values and support us in growing the movement, helping more young people develop skills for life.

In addition to introducing our new ambassadors, I’m pleased to announce that Bear Grylls has accepted an offer to remain as Chief Scout until 2020, following a full consultation with the Council of The Scout Association, and a recommendation from the Board of Trustees.

Due to time commitments, local requests for appearances cannot currently be met. Find out more about all our Scout Ambassadors, and what being an ambassador for Scouting means to them.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SCOUT AMBASSADORS

Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner

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St. George’s Day details available

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by admin

Complete details of this year’s St. George’s Day parade & service and the Victor Kneeale Arts and Crafts Competition are available to be downloaded.

If you have any questions or comments to make about the Parade Service, please let Guy know (and copy me Jackie Russell, in case anything needs to be updated).

Many thanks.

Kind Regards

Jackie Russell
on behalf of Guy Thompson, Island Commissioner

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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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Beaver Scouts’ Five-a-Side Football Competition 2017

Posted on February 8th, 2017 by admin

Beaver Scouts from nine Colonies namely Ballaugh, 1st Douglas Buggane, 1st Douglas Loaghtan, Malew, Onchan Tuesday, Onchan Thursday, Peel Tuesday, Peel Friday and Rushen took part in the five aside football competition held at the Tommy Clucas Sports Hall, Peel on Sunday 29th January.

Some Colonies entered more than one team, so there were twelve teams altogether which were split into two leagues with each team playing all the others in its group. The winner in each league qualified for the final. The Beavers had a great time and enjoyed some very exciting games. Some teams were very evenly matched so several games ended in draws. During the afternoon 49 goals were scored.

Before the final a penalty competition was held. Aaron Rumney, a young Leader from Onchan, agreed to be the goalkeeper and every Beaver Scout took turns to try to score a penalty against him. Those who were successful went through to the next round to try to beat the goalie again. Three Beaver Scouts tied for first place. They were Henry form 1st Douglas, Jack from Onchan Thursday and Max from Peel.

Ballaugh and Onchan Thursday ‘Bulls’ topped their leagues so went on to play each other in the final.. Both teams played brilliantly and at full time there was no score. The game continued into extra time and Vinnie Wood scored his tenth goal of the day and the winning goal for Onchan Thursday ‘Bulls’.

The winners, Onchan Thursday ‘Bulls’, were presented with the Football Shield and a replica and Ballaugh received a runners up trophy. All the Beavers in the final were awarded medals as were the three Beavers who won the penalty contest.

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The first Skills ‘n’ Chills newsletter available

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by admin

The first Skills ‘n’ Chills newsletter is available on the North West Scouts website. Come and join other adult volunteers in the North West at the Regional Skills ‘n’ Chill weekend!

Over 115 leaders (incl. 2 from the IOM) have already registered to come to the Isle of Man 28th April to 1st May (bank holiday weekend). You can register from the website.

This fantastic weekend will be a great opportunity for you to do some activities you’ve never done before, meet people from around the Region and have you own adventure! The weekend is yours with your drop-in activity sessions, so make the most of it!

 

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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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Developing Friendship 

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by MarkIOM

The ‘Jamboree Blues’ are over

It’s now over a year since I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, in Japan. With just over 40,000 scouts and guides on site there was plenty chance to interact  and understand different faiths and cultures; geographical and social borders were non existent over the three week period.

Making friendships while I was at the jamboree was amazing, giving me memories that will last a lifetime but, inevitably time moves on and so do people. Unit 56 from Merseyside of whom I travelled with are a close-nit bunch who still all keep in contact via social media.

Unit 56 on the Bullet Train

I don’t think I’ll ever experience freindship like this again with both my peers and the leaders involved. After the jamboree finished we have had many meetings such as camps and meals; It’s clear to see that the friendship is still strong. As our leader Rich would say “It’s quality”.

The jamboree doesn’t necessarily end when it officially ends. In the words of the late Freddie Mercury ‘the show must go on’. I’m a firm believer that friendship can take many forms and start from all sorts of places. Perhaps one person I’ve formed a close freindship with is Frankie.

On the jamboree site

On the jamboree site

It’s a scary thought that if I never applied for the jamboree, I would have never met some of the soundest people ever!

“Friendship knows no boundaries”

Walks to the Lake District

I’ve been on many adventures with Frankie; mountain climbing to mowing the lawn – the list seemingly endless. I loved every minute and I hope for future Jamboree participants that they can have amazing freindships that I’ve been lucky enough to have.

Mark


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Helpers and Supporters Not Covered by Scout Insurance

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by admin

If the helpers are injured in an accident themselves, they will not be covered under the Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme (as with any member of the public involved in a Scouting activity).

Unity, Scout insurance service, recommends that Scout Groups buy extra cover for individuals who help out by adding them to the Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme, and can arrange this for you.

This can cover non-members associated with your Group, such as helpers and instructors.

There are no differences in terms of the cover or level of benefits for Members and non-members covered under their separate policies.

Benefits are payable if an insured helper sustains bodily injury as a result of an accident which results in permanent injury or death. In addition to this, benefits are also provided if a member or insured helper sustains temporary disability as a result of an accident or illness contracted and diagnosed whilst staying away from home at any organised camp.

Cover is also provided for medical expenses as a result of an accident and cover for up to two relatives or friends who, on medical advice, are required to travel to and remain with the member or insured helper if they are hospitalised away from home.

Visit Unity’s website https://www.scoutinsurance.co.uk/cover_personal_accident.html where you can find details of the additional coverage recommended.

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Peace Light Returns To the Island

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by admin

Once again The Peace Light is being brought to the Island. This year the Lieutanant Governor and Tim Kidd (the new Chief Commissioner of the UK (The Scout Association)) will be attending.

Peace Light BadgeRepresentatives of The Scout Association and Guiding in the Isle of Man will be travelling away and bring the Peace Light back to the Island. We are looking for 1 Scout, 1 Sea Scout, 1 Explorer, 1 Guide and 1 Senior Section.

We will travel out on Monday 12th December and return on Wednesday 14th December.

There is no cost involved, but refundable deposit of £50 is required which is returned on Sunday 18th December IF they attend the bag pack in the big Shoprite in Peel to raise money for the trip.

The young people picked will have the honour of representing the Island and receive an Island scarf, special woggle, hoodie and T-shirt.
They are expected to sell candles in St. Helens, return the Light via the Steam Packet and have several duties at the Service at St. Matthews, Douglas.

The young people must be aged 13+ and will enjoy an evening bowling at a local amusement arcade with local Scouts plus a day in Liverpool before their official duties begin.

The trip is classed as a school visit so no absences are recorded from school.
Please forward nominees to Julie Leece ASAP so the selection process can begin.

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New Scout Troop at 1st Santon

Posted on July 16th, 2016 by admin

SantanScoutsActivityNight1st Santon is excited to be starting a brand new Scout section to the group. Starting September 1st Santon Scouts will be starting at Kirk Braddan Church.

Thursday, 28 July there will be an activity/parent information night at 6:30 to 7:30. Come on down and find out about us and some of the plans for our first year.

Join the Adventure

Download the information flyer.

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