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Beavers, Bees and Butterflies

This week Beavers were learning about pollinators, bees and butterflies in particular. After learning what a pollinator is, they had a quiz about bees to learn some interesting facts.

Then they set about creating a mini wildflower meadow in some new planters out in the scout yard. They decorated bees and butterflies to bring some colour to the area while we wait for the wildflower seeds to grow.

Then they finished up with a bee themed team game. Collecting one pollen ball at a time from the yellow โ€œflowerโ€ to bring back to their โ€œhiveโ€ and then tag their next team member. It was a a close race with red, green and blue lodges all collecting 66 pollen balls and yellow lodge out in front with 82!!

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Scouts yard tidy up

Scouts worked hard this week. They were removing weeds around the building and yard, dismantled rotten old planters, collected rubbish and painted the front fence. There were also some branches to saw up for firewood. Well done everyone and we hope you enjoyed your ice creams.

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Beavers Visit Cornfield Project

This week Beavers met at the cornfield project, in Coleraine. The Cornfield Project is an amazing regeneration concept that has taken a previously abandoned and unloved area of land and turned it into a thriving nature zone with widespread environmental activity.

They answered some quick quiz questions and then set off to explore the area ticking off their spotter sheets and picking litter as they went.

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Scouts Raft Regatta

Scouts spent some time building stick rafts this week. After a variety of styles of rafts were created, they walked to the trim trail to test them out. Once the scouts were in the river and lined up, the rafts were released. The winning raft was HMS Noah. Unfortunately the net we stretched across the river failed to catch all the rafts and it was up to a leader and YLs to run downstream to retrieve them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Beavers Sports

A rainy Tuesday evening didnโ€™t stop our Beavers from completing their sports badge. Over our past few meetings weโ€™ve had sports day games, netball and badminton tasters, and this week was football skills. Well done Beavers ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Scouts Exploration

After a couple of planning sessions our eldest Scouts, and some Explorers who previously missed out due to covid, completed their exploration of the North Down Coastal path. Travelling by train to Holywood, then hiking the rest of the way to Crawfordsburn Scout Centre (leaders shadowing and checkpoints) for an overnight stay, before continuing on foot to Bangor the next day. They had Crawfordsburn all to themselves so made good use of the lidโ€ฆplaying badminton, rounders and cooking sheltered from the rain. Saturday evening we were entertained by lots of singing and dancing scouts/explorers on the stage. Well done everyone ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

Thanks to Dave (Crawfordburn scout centre warden) for opening the country park gates to allow us to visit Tesco.

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Wandering, foraging and campfire cooking

This week scout section visited Downhill forest. We walked around the forest trail adding 1.6 miles to our Platinum Jubilee Challenge (to walk 70 miles before the Jubilee bank holiday). Up on Dungannon hill, scouts foraged for wild garlic to make garlic butter. They used this to make garlic toasties on the campfire. They also made some campfire cones with marshmallows and chocolate buttons. Young leaders ran a quick game of rounders to finish up.

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Scouts Earth Day Hike

This weeks meeting took place on Earth day, so we took scouts on a hike from Portballintrae to the Giants Causeway to appreciate the scenery. As its St Georgeโ€™s Day weekend, we renewed our promises on the main Causeway stones. Itโ€™s also National Jelly bean day so everyone got a pack of Jelly beans to enjoy before returning to Portballintrae as the sun was setting.

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Scouts Survival Camp

Scouts visited Waterfall caves at the weekend to take part in a survival camp. After hail stones the day before we couldn’t believe our luck with the lovely spring sunshine on arrival.

We had backwoods cooking, different types of survival bags/shelter and how to use them, natural shelter team competition, lots of time for scouts to play wide games or hang out, campfire with hotdogs, sleeping under tarps in survival bags (in temps down to 2 degrees) and an early morning walk around the lake at Binevenagh and up to the viewpoint. It was great to see the more established scouts leading and mentoring our younger scouts. Well done to all our scouts (especially the 1st time campers) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Beavers Sports Night

Beavers were working towards their sports badge this week. After a warm up they split into lodges and sat on their riverbanks (mats). Then they took part in a variety of races, first competing against their lodge members and then the winners represented their lodge in an attempt to earn lodge points. We had sprint, bean bag, space hopper and egg and spoon races. All lodges won points in the finals and each participant received mini bubbles at the end of the evening. Great to get outside now the nights are lighter.

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Scouts night at the Port

With such a great spell of weather this week, we decided a trip to the coast was in order. On arrival at Portrush the group split in half to complete the 1st activities. Lighting tuna can stoves on the beach with flint and steel to toast marshmallows and keep warm while the other half were practicing their phonetic code on walkie-talkies, then swap.

Then we had some games and races on the grassy area above the beach before a final stroll along the promenade.

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Scouts Camp Planning and Archery


This week scouts were challenged to come up with a 2 night camp in their patrols. They had to choose the venue, decide how to get there, plan the camp programme, plan the menu, figure out what equipment they would need to take and calculate a rough cost for the weekend. At the same time, each patrol had a go at soft archery in preparation for the upcoming County archery competition. At the end of the evening the patrols presented their camp plans. Some interesting plans and a useful guide to leaders when planning future camps.

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All Sections Forest Fun

If you go down to the woods today, youโ€™re sure of a big surpriseโ€ฆBeavers, Cubs, Scouts and YLโ€™s all met in Somerset Forest. We were unable to meet at the hall this week due to the main hall floor being repaired. So a bit of outdoor fun was in order ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

A wee walk up to the top of the forest, some refreshments and then time to mix up the sections. Team leaders and scouts helped the younger sections to make shelters. All groups made natural shelters and a few had time to make tarp shelters too. Some great teamwork out in the fresh air.



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Scouts Fitness February & Nutrition

Traditonally February is all about fitness with our Scouts. This year we havenโ€™t been able to do our normal full month of fitness but thanks to Paul Humphreys we covered exercise and nutrition in one night ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

First a quiz to learn how much our scouts knew about nutrition. Some shocking information about sugar followed by a work out with doors open for ventilation

Thanks to Paul for putting the scouts through their paces ๐Ÿ˜„

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Beavers Teamwork

Beavers were working together with their lodges to complete 4 challenges. Points are awarded to each lodge depending on how well they worked together

The team challenges wereโ€ฆ..

  1. Gutterball – transport as many tennis balls to a bucket using pieces of gutter in the time assigned
  2. Jigsaw – complete the jigsaw as fast as possible
  3. Cup stacking – using knots and an elastic band work together to move and stack cups.
  4. Marshmallow and spaghetti towers – tallest free standing tower

Scores were as follows:

Red lodge 11 points, Yellow lodge 10 points, green and blue both got 8 points. Well done everyone ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Scouts Australia Make Contact ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

A few weeks ago scouts wrote postcards to 1st Kempsey scouts, New South Wales, Australia. This week we received a parcel from the group with letters, a typical scout uniform, badges, info on Scouts Australia and the local area and some tasty Aussie treats

Scouts tasted the treats and apricot delights were voted as the best. They were challenged to translate some aussie slang in their patrols Well done to Wolves for earning most points ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


They enjoyed some silly games (elephant ball and kangaroo hop relay) with the Aussie beach balls we were sent and some balloon games too

At the end of the evening all scouts received an australian flag badge, koala carmello, sticker and scoutwired info.

Check the Facebook comments for some silly videos ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Beavers meet William the Paramedic

This week Beavers had visitor at the hall. William, a paramedic, covered all of the emergency aid stage 1 badge. How to get help, calling 999, putting someone unconscious into the recovery position, using bandages to stop bleeding and some CPR skills. To finish up he answered lots of questions ๐Ÿ˜…

Beavers did very well and a huge thanks to William for delivering a great session with the perfect level of detail for a young group. At the end of the evening Beavers were given ambulance service keyrings, rulers and their level 1 emergency aid badge.

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Beavers Chinese New Year

Tonight Beavers were doing more work on their world badge. A Chinese themed evening. We started off with a movement activity to warm up, moving around the hall imitating zodiac animals as they were called out. Some very scary dragons and nice quiet mice.

Then, as itโ€™s the Year of the Tiger, we played catch the tigerโ€™s tail, a tag game where a beaver wears a tigers tail and tries to catch all the beavers. However, if a beaver caught the tigers tail they became the tiger and the chase began anew ๐Ÿฏ

Some Chinese calligraphy and a chopstick challenge. In their lodges they had to transfer as much pasta as possible from small bowls to their large lodge bowl using only chopsticks. Four lodge stars to yellow lodge (73 pasta), 3 stars to red lodge (37), 2 stars to blue lodge (36) and 1 star to green lodge (20)


Lastly, time to taste some Chinese food to finish off the night. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‰

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Scouts Survival Badge

Scout section started their survival activity badge. Four basesโ€ฆmake a survival tin, axe skills, wood burning properties and tuna can stove/mini campfire

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Scouts International Badge – Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Tonight scouts started their international badge. As itโ€™s Australia Day next week we thought this would be a good time to make a start.

Scouts decorated boomerangs in Aborigine style (dots and symbols). Then they wrote postcards (had to explain to many scouts what postcards were!! Feeling old ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚). Weโ€™ll send these to a scout group we have linked with in New South Wales, Australia. Weโ€™ll be sending these, some info about the local area, a few group name tapes and a sample uniform in the next week or so. Once the group receives our package we will get some post back at a later date ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Beavers Help Wild Birds

Some RSPB pictures to colour tonight while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then Beavers made fat balls to feed wild birds around Ballymoney.

They were given some lard in a bag and had to add various tasty bird treats. There were seeds, apples, raisins, oats, meal worms (yum ๐Ÿ˜‚) and cheese.

Lots of squishing and squashing and then rolling of the mixture into balls. Theyโ€™ll put them in the fridge at home to firm up and then place them in their gardens or around the trim trail for the birds to enjoy.