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Beavers Litter Pick

This week Beavers helped the local community by taking part in a litter pick in the Riverside Park and Trim trail. Well done Beavers!!

Young leaders attempted to keep a log of what type of litter was collected. 119 plastics, 41 tin cans, 30 paper/card and a number of vapes. Numbers were probably higher as kids were super excited to gather litter.

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Beavers ‘mini’ Adventures

Beavers met in the park tonight to complete some adventures on a smaller than usual scale. Mini pioneering catapults from lollipop sticks, mini s’mores, minibeast hunt and mini (low) slack lining.

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Beavers Visit Mountsandel Woods

After a day full of heavy showers the weather brightened up for some Beavers visiting Mountsandel woods. They hiked around the forest stopping at various information points to learn some facts about the woods and Mountsandal fort. YL Katie quizzed them at the end of the walk to see how much they could remember. Well done everyone. A few tired legs tonight.

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Busy Beavers Completing lots of Badges 🌟

Beavers have been completing lots of badgework recently….longer term activity badges such as gardener, collector, cook, health and fitness, as well as some challenge badges. Thanks to one of our longest serving Beavers for assisting with awarding the badges.

Well done to 2 of our Beavers who earned the top Beaver award, the Chief Scout Bronze!! Hopefully some more will complete theirs before we finish at the end of June.

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Beavers Viking Sleepover


Beavers enjoyed a sleepover in Portstewart Scout hall at the weekend with a Viking theme. They were split into 2 teams – Team Odin and Team Thor – for some team competitions during the camp.

They played Tug of war, competed in soft archery, raided treasure and matched runes into pairs with their teams. It was closely matched until Team Thor were pipped at the post during the final game. Well done Team Odin!

They learned how to set up trangias to cook Swedish meatballs and later cooked s’mores on fire in the evening.

We were able to take an evening trip to the nearby park with the lovely weather to burn off some energy. We also spent some time creating our Viking shields before watching How to train your dragon in the “movie room” before bedtime.

They also learned some information about Viking’s, what they wore,their way of life and about their Norse Gods (some recognised the names from a Marvel 😂).

At the end of camp everyone went home with a Viking compass woggle, Viking camp badge and a “dragon egg”.

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Beavers Shelter building

This week Beavers met in Somerset Forest, Coleraine. Healthy snacks distributed, then they headed up to the top of the forest. Once there, they split into 3 groups, each with a young leader in charge. They spent some time working with their team, building natural shelters under the guidance of our fab YLs (leaders assisting ). Before we knew it, it was time to return to the car park for home time. Well done everyone

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Beavers Easter Eggscape Room

This week the Beavers were challenged to complete an escape room style activity which was Easter themed.

Our poor Easter bunny’s treat stash had been locked up by some nasty people and Beavers had to work together in their lodges, solving a number of problems to find the keys to the padlocks.

The challenge started when they cracked/popped their eggs to get their 1st instructions. They had to find eggs, solve the picture puzzle inside, flip it to solve Morse code for the next clue, figure out the lock box code, use compass skills to locate a key to matching fairy doors and use their aim to knock over cups which contained keys. Finally, they had to figure out which four of the twelve keys opened the padlocks on the Easter bunny’s box. She was so grateful for their help that she shared her Easter chocolate and mini eggs with all our Beavers.

After another two beaver collections were shown, our YLs ran a couple of Easter themed games and handed out Easter eggs to take home.

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Early St Patricks activities

Beavers had some Irish themed activities this week as it’s St Patricks day this Sunday. This counts towards their world challenge badge.

We had our fabulous young leader doing some Irish dancing, hot potato game (with a leprechaun handing out some gold coins), blind tasting Tayto crisps to guess the flavour and a code cracking activities for all things Irish. Also another 2 beavers shared their collection with us.

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Beavers baking and YLs take the lead

Last week our YLs ran a team games night, this week we had some baking buns (one for them, one to give to someone they love) and some beavers shared their collections for their collector badge.

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Squirrels, Beavers & Cubs Visit W5

Our youngest 3 sections enjoyed a trip to W5 at the weekend. We visited the lost planet soft play first to burn off some energy, then visited levels 2, climbit and level 4. Lots of exploring the exhibitions and fun with friends. Time whizzed by and before we knew it 5 hours had passed and it was time to travel back to Ballymoney. Everyone received a W5 pencil as a wee souvenir of their day out. Thanks to all our youths for being so well behaved, to our young leaders for their help and our adult volunteers for giving their time.

Check out the video of our visit ⬇️

https://studio.youtube.com/video/w5l2n69fkg4/edit
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Beavers Junk Model challenge 🤖

Leaders and Beavers brought lots of recyclables along to this week’s meeting for a junk model challenge.

Build a robot!! They could use anything on the floor and used cello tape and hot glue to attach pieces. Main rule was if someone already had their hand on an item then they couldn’t snatch it for themselves 😂 321 GO!! Beavers literally launched themselves into the pile of recyclables 🤣🤣

While building we asked what their robot could do to help them…mostly chores, homework and getting them food 😂😂😂 Badge links were builder badge and make a machine (skills challenge badge)

After everyone was helpful tidying up the excess pieces we had a wee game of duck, duck, goose ran by Lotars.

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Pancake day with Beavers

Beaver section met up as usual this half term, playing the ladders game to start and then making pancakes after. Lots of measuring flour, sugar, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt in their groups. Once fried, they had a variety of toppings to choose from…chocolate spread and banana/strawberries were the most popular toppings 😋 Once beavers finished eating they all washed and dried their plates of course.

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Beavers try Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

A massive thank you to the coaches and young assistant coaches at North Coast Grappling for giving our Beaver scouts a taster session of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. They started off with a game of bear crawl tag, then tried their best to do arm bars, became ninjas jumping over walls and had great fun trying to push each other off the training mats! Lots of fun and laughter 😂😂 Check out their moves in the video below ⬇️

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Beavers Ocean Sleepover

At the weekend some of our Beavers joined us for an ocean themed sleepover at the scout hall. They arrived on Saturday evening to find the hall transformed to an under the sea world with jellyfish overhead and sea creatures all around.

They enjoyed sea life scratch art, a turtle weaving craft, some YL ran sea themed games, a scavenger hunt walk looking for sea life facts around town followed by a quiz about the facts found, then a movie in the loft (finding Nemo) with pizza and popcorn!

After a good nights sleep they enjoyed a decorating shortbread sea animals and learned some map skills with an ocean themed map activity. Finally they had some snacks and chilled out with friends colouring in, drawing and doing puzzles.

Thanks to all leaders (including 2 squirrel leaders) and young leaders for all their help preparing, setting up and running camp. Also a big thank you to our brilliant Beavers who behaved so well for the duration of camp 🦫 🐟 🪼 🦈

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Beavers Global Issues

For the last 2 weeks Chris has been guiding our youths through the global issues activity badge We had log chews on recycling and endangered animals, learned about Fairtrade and tasted some fairtrade goodies. We made water filters and endangered animal masks and played some related games throughout. Well done everyone 😃

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Beavers Halloween fun night 🎃

Beavers enjoyed lots of fairground style games at their Halloween party night. There was mummy bowling using a pumpkin as a bowling ball, pumpkin toss, feeding stick people to the one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater, a pumpkin shooting range, toss the rings onto witches hats and a gross feely box alongside colouring in and tabletop games. Lots of sweet treats won. Finally some party food and balloons.

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Busy Beavers 🦫

Beavers have been very busy recently, earning a couple of badges and starting another!!

Our fantastic YLs planned and ran the experiment badge. Good work guys 👏🏻

Then coach Rob started them off on their Health and fitness activity badge with fitness fundamentals and some fitness games. They also made tasty rice cake fruit faces.

Martin from the ambulance service guided them through the emergency aid level 1. Covering what an emergency is, who to contact in an emergency and teaching the recovery position.

Finally we invested all our new beavers and our newest assistant beaver leader ⭐️ 🦫⚜️

Great work everyone!! Thanks to our guests and YLs for all their help 😊

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Group Camp 2023 @ Lislagan Farm

Ballymoney Scout Group enjoyed an all section camp at the weekend. Smallest squirrels (4 year olds) to our tallest explorers (17 year olds) and leaders/network/executive helpers took part!

Friday – Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived on site and listened to camp rules. Scout sections worked on pioneering wash stands. Explorers discussed DofE for September, cooked and sampled different ration packs on a jet boil. Cubs enjoyed a movie in the Hen Hoose.

Saturday – relaxing morning, then Beavers and squirrels arrived just after lunch time. Phoenix Explorers and some scouts helped to set up camp for the wee ones. Busy day doing crafts, bouncy castle, face painting, laser tag and team games. BBQ for dinner then Squirrels enjoyed a mini campfire before heading home. Main campfire led by our fabulous explorers (renamed Phoenix entertainers by our Beavers) with campfire cones, songs, skits, dancing and singalong!

Sunday – Breakfast then pack up before wacky relay races 😂😂

Well done to all the young people, your behaviour on camp was exceptional!

A HUGE well done to our older sections for all their help and entertainment throughout the weekend. You guys are awesome 😎

Again, massive thanks to Lislagan Farm for allowing us to camp at their farm. Also to all the volunteer leaders and executive. Well done to our newest section leaders (squirrels) for getting stuck in 🌟

Also thanks to #limitless for running laser tag. Thanks to a friend of the group for a donation of £40 towards food.



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Beavers Balloon Games and badges at end of year party 🎉

We had some silly games this week to finish up for the year. Balloons were used for the over and under game, pairs race, balloon hopping race, longest keepy uppie and other fun games. Good work YLs. Then some party foods and social time followed by badge awards.

Well done to 10 of our Beavers who managed to complete their Chief Scout Bronze during their time with us 👏🏻👏🏻

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Beavers Bouldering and make a machine

This week Beavers met at the hall. They enjoyed an ice lolly on arrival before starting into activities. They were working in their lodges to build a machine out of Lego. They discussed their ideas in their lodges, drew their design and then attempted to create them from Lego.

At the same time they took turns in their lodges to conquer our new bouldering wall. Well done to our YL Lotars for running this activity with leaders assisting.

Some very interesting machine ideas, especially the diamond making machine and the teleporter car which send people who are bad to jail and people who are good to their favourite place. Well done to all lodges for presenting their machines at the end of the night to all the other lodges and leaders 👏🏻

Next week is our end of year party and awards and group camp at the weekend 🏕️

Finally we say goodbye to one of our leaders, Ash, who will be missed by all. Enjoy your chocolates 😋

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Beavers teddy bears Pique-nique 🇫🇷

Beavers met at the Riverside park for some fun tonight. After some parachute games ran by our YLs, we had some teddy bear 1st aid to learn how to treat small cuts.

Then they all had a mini teddy bears picnic French style. They learned some French words and sampled some Brie, Camembert and Saint Agur blue cheese on crackers, followed up with some pain au chocolat. Mixed reactions to the cheeses but everyone enjoyed the pain au chocolat.

Finally, time for a nature walk around the trim trail before home time

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Beavers Hike and Firelighting 🔥

Beavers took advantage of another beautiful evening by meeting at Downhill forest. They went for a hike identifying tree leaves and wildflowers. Then once up on the hill they practiced making sparks with fire steel before lighting 4 mini campfires to make s’mores.