On Friday night scouts got dressed in Halloween costumes and completed a 2 mile night time walk around Springwell Forest. Families were invited to join us too. Afterwards everyone was offered s’mores, hot chocolate/tea/coffee and donuts (thanks Joy). It turned out dry after an initial drizzle and we were treated to some lovely starry skies at times. Well done to all that took part, especially the younger siblings.
Beavers completed 3 experiments in their lodges to gain their badge. They made lava lamps, candle in a glass and oobleck
They learned that a fire needs oxygen to burn and when the oxygen runs out a vacuum pulled water into the glass. Those who lit the candle also ticked off part of their skills badge.
They also learned via our Lava lamps that the Carbon dioxide released from alkaseltzer tablets carried water through the oil and once reaching the surface the CO2 bubble popped meaning the water blob returned to the bottom.
Then they had lots of messy fun with oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid which acts like a solid when hit, but a liquid when held)
Tonight, after a game of “bean bag” scouts were assigned patrols. Patrol leaders and assistant Patrol leaders were selected and then they were given 4 challenges.
1. Create an outfit and hat out of paper. Leaders judge best outfit. Some very creative scouts, maybe some fashion designers of the future.
2. Make a paper aeroplane, whoever’s flies furthest wins.
3. Make a paper cup, no cello tape allowed, to hold water for a minute
4. Tallest free standing tower, only using cello tape and paper.
Patrol points awarded, scouts chose their patrol names (Tiger, panther, wolf and Kingfisher), tuck shop and then a couple of games of dodgeball to finish off.
2nd week back and we are still getting to know our colony of Beavers
Everyone started off telling Benny (our Beaver Mascot) what their name was and their favourite meal. Lots of McDonalds!! Don’t worry, camp meals will sort that out 😂😂😂
Some parachute games to see what we have in common and then inside for lodge assignments. Each Beaver was assigned a lodge and they will be challenged throughout the year to complete lodge challenges. They’ll earn points depending on how well they complete the tasks.
We pride ourselves in listening to our young people, whether Beavers, Cubs or Scouts. Tonight Beavers were asked to write their name and a game they would like to lead, which was then put into our youth led box. Every week we will pick a game at random 😄 We also had a 3 dot vote so that Beavers could decide which badge they would like to work towards
Beavers met in the car park for some fun.
First up, we had Benny the Beaver mascot help us introduce each beaver and leader, telling us their name and something they like to do.
We had Beaver friendship bingo, a beavers movement game and the old favourite “foxes and rabbits”
For our last meeting of summer term we invited cubs moving on to scouts to come along for some fun. Team work and communication were very important for the team games. We had team skis, gutter ball and blind obstacle course. We finished up with some hotdogs (cooked by the scouts on trangias) and popcorn.
Scout section met early on Saturday to embark on a trip to Rathlin Island and a 9 mile hike. A drizzly, grey start but the sun eventually made an appearance. On the way to Rathlin we were treated to a fabulous display from a dolphin pod 🐬
After a 4 and a half mile hike, dodging the puffin bus, a herd of sheep and free roaming cows we reached our destination 😁
A quick lunch break and we briefly visited the sea bird sanctuary/upsides down lighthouse after our lunch break. Another 4 and half miles back to the harbour. Well done to Scouts for walking uphills and jogging downhills to catch the Ferry home 👍🏻😂
Back to Ballycastle for some ice cream and playing in the park.
Get those naturalist booklets and a poster with 3/4 facts finished to earn your badge 👏🏻👏🏻
This weekend scouts hiked up Binevenagh, guided by Heather (Pulse Fitness). The hottest day of the year so far didn’t stop our Scouts from completing the route. Lots of refreshment breaks, we hiked almost four miles, some very steep inclines and descents, with uneven ground underfoot. We are very proud of our Scouts achievement today.
Beavers had their last meeting of the year this week. They had lots of funfair games to play and prizes for each game they played. There was Duck, Duck, Shoot, Plinko, Ring toss, Whack-a-pacman, hook-a-duck, mini golf, hungry horse, tin can alley and tomahawk throwing. This was followed up with some tasty food (thanks Shere Khan). Thanks to Cub section leader Bagheera for coming along to meet next years Cubs.
At end the meeting we gave out lots of badges. A huge well done to the 6 Beavers who managed to complete their Chief Scout Bronze over a difficult year. They managed to do so by continuing to scout throughout lockdowns by joining lots of zoom meetings, completing challenges at home and taking part in virtual camps. Well done to them all 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Good luck to our Beavers moving to Cubs in September. You’ll have lots more fun and adventures there. We’ll miss you. Looking forward to returning in September and seeing all our Beavers again 🦫 ⚜️
Scout section were on the River Roe today taking part in some water activities…canoeing/kayaking/giant SUP and silly games in between 😂😬
Two weeks break and then we’ll be back for more fun together
This week we wanted to assess our scouts fitness level, so we planned a mini hike. We met at the promenade and walked along the coastal path to Mussenden Demense.
A wee sit down with drinks and snacks, followed up with a game of kick the can in the Demense.
Back to Castlerock along the Mussenden Road. Well done Scouts.
This week Beavers completed their Explore activity badge. We visited Runkerry Beach and Dunes, Portballintrae. The sun shone throughout. ☀️
To help Beavers with their exploration they had to work together to complete an A-Z of things spotted on their exploration.
The 3 groups did really well, some thinking outside of the box to get the tricky letters 😉
Scouts met on the West Strand, Portrush this week.
A game of beach volleyball to start. Hands sanitised and onto rocket stoves 😃
Each pair were given a pre-drilled piece of fence post. They were provided with a fire lighting kit. Their challenge? To light the stove fully and then boil eggs in tin cans. Pleased to say almost all eggs were edible 👍🏻 Well done Scouts
This week Beavers went a walk around town practicing their green cross code. We split into 2 groups and started off on our walks. We also had a scavenger hunt as we walked. Finally a game of what time is it Mr Wolf when we returned to the car park.
Last weekend all sections joined groups from the county and beyond, taking part in another virtual camp. This time we had the benefit of being able to meet up for part of the camp too 😃
Beavers met at the hall first, watched the camp opening live, made our camp pictures, played games and completed the straw rocket craft. Eight new beavers were invested and the whole colony made their promise ⚜️ They went home with badges recently earned and resources to make their bee pegs.
Scouts met in the afternoon, took a trip to the local park for some footgolf (set up and ran by YLs), attempted Da Vinci Bridges and then lit campfires and had s’mores (kids brought their own) back at the hall. We also invested 2 new scouts and a leader ⚜️
Cubs had an evening session, practicing knots, making kites, dancing, s’mores (kids brought their own) and invested new cubs and leaders.
All sections were busy at home with their families completing a variety of challenges over the weekend. Well done to all Ballymoney Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, YL’s and leaders 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻