Categories
Camps News Scouts

Scouts Night hike & BIVI

This weekend, scouts completed a hike from Coleraine to Downhill forest. That’s almost 6 miles carrying their gear for an overnight Bivi, in the dark with even the youngest managing to keep up!

Along the way they were able to locate their position at a number of stops on an OS map and provide 6 figure grid references. Of course, these stops were also a chance for a short rest and some snacks.

On arriving at Downhill, they were welcomed by a warm fire with soup gently warming. While waiting for soup, they built their shelters (tarps) which would protect them from the rain which arrived overnight. Back to the campfire and soup and rolls to fill up hungry bellies. Another burst of energy and still no sign of sleep at midnight!

Eventually the last scouts awake were reminded to get some rest and joined those already bedded down in shelters for the night.

It wasn’t long before leaders went to bed, with some in more luxurious accommodation than others (ahem..Jonny..ahem)

The morning was cool, but the campfire was lit in no time. Everyone enjoyed breakfast…beans cooked on the campfire, bacon and eggy bread cooked on the stoves. Finally, tarps and supplies were packed away, rucksacks repacked and a leave no trace litter check completed and it was time for tired, smoky scouts to go home

Well done to everyone!

Categories
Camps News Scouts

Scouts Winter Camp

The scouts had their winter camp on the north coast this year, staying at the Peter Thompson hall, Castlerock. On Friday night they played in the main hall with space hoppers and balls. The Wii was set up in the minor hall where they had Just Dance. After the fun the scouts had a bit of chill out time with some pizza.

Up early for Survival Saturday with shelter building, fire starting, learning how to purify water and cooking bacon and egg baps for lunch. When they got back to the hall some of the scouts went to the scout room and chilled out, listening to the radio while others played the Wii. It was then time for the chefs to cook dinner (Nathan, Aoife and Joe). Very tasty 😋 After dinner, time to clean up then off to the Jet Centre for ten pin bowling and mini golf.

On Sunday the tired scouts had the opportunity to try some skills, ironing their shirts and hoovering the floor, before heading back home.

Unfortunately there weren’t many photos from the weekend as we were too busy having fun 😄

Categories
Camps Cubs News

Cubs Halloween Harry Potter Camp

On Saturday 20th October 2018 the cubs set off to Ballylough House (renamed Hogwarts for the weekend).  Once all the tents were set up they had a quick lunch and lessons began.  This involved carving pumpkins which were used at night to light up the campsite and we all walked through the Forbidden Forest to collect the materials to make their brooms who were used later for a Qudditch competition. I am glad to say the competition ended in a draw!!
After dinner we set off on a night hike which threw up a few scary surprises. Apologies to all who were scared. The cubs then proceeded to the campfire where Hagrids hot chocolate was consumed in copious amounts.  They were all ready for bed by this time so off they all toddled and snuggled down for the night.
Sunday morning dawned wet and windy so in the rain so they bravely struggled and succeeded to get the tents packed away.
After the award ceremony where all the cubs were given their end of term reports the parents arrived to take some very tired but hopefully happy cubs back to Muggle land.  A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers without whom we could not have coped and to Shere Khan for his backroom help.

Categories
Camps News Scouts

Scouts Autumn Camp/Mud Run

Hi
Recently scouts visited picturesque Dungannon Park for their Autumn Camp.  The sun was shining when we arrived on-site and proceeded to set up camp.
It was a laid back camp with orienteering, capture the flag and lots of free time. Scouts used their free time to relax, explore the park, play football and visit the cafe for ice cream, slushies and other goodies. Later we headed into Dungannon town to do a grocery shop and pick up some takeaways for dinner (we even managed to score a free pizza 🍕 😃).
Back to the camp site and scouts were very happy to see that the play park was free of the general public, so of course they had to have a go on all the equipment. When it got dark it was time for a torchlight scavenger hunt (organised by our young leader). Eventually it was time for snacks and to seek refuge from the chilly night in their tents in order to get some rest for the next day.
An early rise on Sunday morning…dressed, breakfasts, washing up and breaking camp all before 9:45!!  Quite an achievement for a group of teenagers 😂.  Then it was over to Parkanaur forest for most of the scouts to take part in the mud run while the rest cheered them on. Well done to all who completed the course.  Muddy fun! Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch before getting back on the bus and heading home.

 
 

Categories
Camps News Scouts

Simply Scouting (Einfach Pfadfinden)

Recently eight of the Ballymoney Scouts teamed up with other scouts from the county to go on an international summer camp to Königsdorf, Bavaria in Germany.
On arrival at camp we were warmly welcomed by our German host scout group, St Margaretha.  Weather was just a tad warmer than what we are used to ☀️☀️☀️
During our time on camp scouts helped German scouts to build a hut, tie-dyed neckers, carved woggles, spoons and cups. Everyone completed various tasks to earn junior wood badge, including building a water wheel, milking a ‘cow’ (County commissioner Paul Meikle), taking group selfies, sleeping under the stars and designing board games.  They enjoyed a day trip to Munich, where they spent the day hopping on and off underground trains, trams and buses while searching for Mr X!    When things got too hot, we cooled off by eating lollies, drinking slushies, having water fights, getting hosed down by firefighters and paddling in the River Isar.
We took part in a few international nights and international camp fire.  During these evenings there was singing, dancing, necker swapping and tasting different foods. There were scouts from Jordan, Luxembourg, South African and Germany (of course).
Final night campfire was very emotional for our young people as they had become very good friends during their time at camp.
A huge thank you to our German hosts who kept us fed and watered, made us feel really welcome and treated us like good friends from start to finish.
Finally, a special thanks to the county team and other leaders that made this possible. Paul, Stephanie, Pamela and Caitlin, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Categories
Beavers Camps Cubs News Scouts

End of Year Group Camp

Ballymoney Scout Group had their first ever all section group camp in June.   The Scouts and Cubs went horse riding on Friday night before getting some bounce time on the inflatable assault course.  This was followed by a camp fire and s’mores toasted on the fire.  After a few songs it was off to bed.
Up bright and early for breakfast on Saturday and then the Scouts were off to Glenariff Forest Park for a hike and some photography work.  The Cubs then had their outing to Rosepark farm, who just happened to be having birthday celebrations! When the Scouts got back they had some free time and the option to go to play volleyball or play on the inflatable before the Beavers came on site for their camp.  Some of the Scouts and Beaver parents assisted in  leading the Beavers on their horse riding session.  When the Beavers had finished their horse riding it was time for the BBQ.  After dinner the Scouts setup and ran the camp fair for the Beavers and Cubs to play.  Another campfire, s’mores and songs and a very tired group headed to bed.
Sunday morning and those awake early enough enjoyed watching the horses being brought in from the field – they counted 30 horses passing by. After breakfast time it was time to pack all the gear away into rucksacks. Beavers and Cubs then made creative pool noodle ponies while Scouts worked hard breaking camp.
Parents arrived, group camp badges were distributed and many tired young people and leaders were ready to head to the comforts of home.
Many thanks to all at Sheans horse farm for helping our young people with the horse riding and the use of their facilities for camp. Also, thanks to Dr Walker for running the volleyball, Rebecca for cooking the BBQ and all the other leaders who made camp possible.

Categories
Beavers Camps Cubs Scouts

Group Camp Kit List

group camp activity form beavers
Group Camp Kit List beavers
Group Camp Kit List cubs1
Group Camp Kit List scouts

Categories
Camps Cubs News

Cubjam NI Kitlist

Hi, heres the kitlist for the upcoming camp!
kitlist

Categories
Camps News Scouts

County Patrol Camp

Scouts attended the annual county patrol camp over the bank holiday weekend.  The weather was fantastic, not a drop of rain! The scouts worked well together pitching their tents on Friday night.  On Saturday morning, after cooked breakfast provided by chefs Daniel, Adam, Megan and Ella, it was time to take part in a number of scouting activities.

The activities included backwoods cooking, orienteering, knife, axe and saw, fire lighting and sharing youth shape ideas.

After dinner (bolognese/savoury mince) most of the scouts prepared entertainment for the campfire.

The next morning after packing up, 5 scouts were awarded their Chief Scout Gold award and the close of camp.  Well done Laura, Alex, Matthew, Nathan and Robyn.

Finally a get well soon wish to Kurt who had to leave camp a day early as he was unwell.
Thanks to Colin and the team for organising the event
 

Categories
Camps Scouts

County Camp

Categories
Camps Cubs

2018 CUB JAMBOREE

2018 Cub Jamboree

1000 Cubs, Tents, Activities – what else could you need??


Following the Success of Cubjam in 2014 its running again.

Cub scouts from all over NI, ROI and further afield will descend upon Crawfordsburn Scout Centre in May to have an action filled weekend.  This only happens every three or four years and is a fantastic experience for your young person.
We will be staying in tents in our groups and will take part in loads of different activities, adventures, skill building and badge work.
The cost for the camp is £75 – this covers all activities, food, camping, transport, badges, tee-shirts and so much more.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

LEADERS: Akela – 07542808014, Kaa & Raksha, Shere Khan and Cypress Beaver

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, TBC 25th May 2018 (Friday)

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, TBC 27th May 2018 (Sunday)

The total cost is £75 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST – NAMES ON EVERYTHING!

Full uniform for travelling
Group polo / hoody (if you have one)
Socks                                                                                                                        x 4
Trousers (Joggers / activity trousers etc (not jeans)                   x 3
Underwear                                                                                                          x 4
Shirt / T-Shirt             (no football or sports tops)                             x 4
Warm Jumper / Group  Hoody                                                               x2
Jammies / onesie                                                                                           x2 (wear and a spare)
Outdoor (waterproof) Coat  / jacket                                                   x1
Waterproof Trousers                                                                                  x1
Towel (small)                                                                                                    x2
Boots (walking)                                                                                             x1
spare shoes (will get clarried / wet)                                                 x1
Head Torch (spare batteries sent please)                                   x1
Hand Torch (small, spare batteries sent please)                     x1
Beanie hat / gloves
Mug, Bowl, Plate, Knife, Fork, Spoon. 
three plastic carrier bags
wash bag (toothbrush,tooth paste, soap, flannel etc)
(all above should be packed in one medium rucksack!)
Daysack
Sandwich /  Freezer Bag Containing ¼ packet of wipes
Packet of Hankies / Freezer Bag with several lengths of Toilet Roll
Sleeping bag  
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Roll Mat 
Teddy or stuffed friend
Wide mouth drinks bottle
(should all fit in the daysack)
 



KIT NOTES

I cannot stress the importance of labelling / naming everything.  Cubs will be in tents, they will pull their ruckackcontents out and mix it up.  They will leave stuff lying around in the wrong places. Other cubs will have headtorches and other things that look the same……  sharpie markers and labels…. saves a lot of arguing.
DO NOT SEND PHONES OR GADGETS!  They will be confiscated if seen and probably get broken if not.  Phones add to homesickness and the home contact (Intouch system) will be in place.  Other electronic gadgets will get broken, run out of batteries, mixed up etc…  They will not need anything like this.
 
Did i mention labelling everything?


PAYMENT – you can pay full amount or deposit (non refundable as we will have to pay a deposit) and then pay in parts.  Deposit in by last week of february and final payments all in by end of march please (if this causes problems speak to Akela)

We use Paypal to process our payments to ensure your security. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account to make a payment.

It is essential that when making this payment you make sure you note the members name and “CUBJAM18”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the GSL: gsl@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk




 


Questions? Don’t delay

text akela or email

gsl@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk


Categories
Camps News Scouts

Scouts Survival Bivi Night

The Scouts went out on a chilly survival night and made their shelters for sleeping under.


Some of them practiced their knife skills while the rest had a go at using different types of cooking equipment. After boiling the water on the trangia’s they had their cupasoups/mugshots to warm them up.

Breakfast rations were given out before heading out to light the camp fire. Fire lit and spirits high as they sang camp fire songs.



Some time and laughs later they all went to bed and the leaders went into their hammocks.


After a long lie in until after 8 am 😮 it was time to light the camp fire and have breakfast.




After breakfast they had some free time to explore the woods and climb trees. Time for camp tidy up with some help from cookie the dog and dismantle the shelters.

Scouts then had to light a fire to cook a hobo’s lunch (mince beef, potato’s and carrot wrapped in foil).

The Scouts and myself would like to thank Catherine for letting us use her grounds. Also thanks Akela and Alphie (Explorer YL) for much appreciated help.

Categories
Camps Scouts

Scouts Bivi Camp

Kit List

Wear Warm Clothes (Lots of Layers) + Warm Socks

Full Change of Clothes (Scouts will be Sleeping in Original Clothing)
Outdoor Coat
Hat and gloves
Waterproof Trousers
Wellies or Hiking Boots
Head Torch or Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping Bag
Camp Mat
Plastic Bags (for wet clothes, for storing boots over night and rubbish)
Baby Wipes and Antibacterial Gel
Spoon and Mug
Survival Bag
Wash Bag Tooth Brush
Sachet- Snack such as Cup-A-Soup or Cup-A-Noodle
Survival Tins
Rucksack for all the above
Pen Knifes may be brought by scouts that have completed the training (Knife must be given to the leader until it’s needed on camp and returned to the leader after the activity)

Categories
Camps Scouts

Scouts Autumn Camp

Kit List

Socks x 3
Trousers (not Jeans) x 1 or 2
Underwear and base layer x 2
Shirt / T-Shirt x 2
Warm Jumper / Hoody x 1
Outdoor Coat
Hat and gloves
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Boots
2nd pair of shoes
Head Torch or Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag
Camp Mat
JimmyJams or onesie
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Plastic bag (for wet clothes and rubbish)
Cutlery, crockery etc (knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl and mug)
Survival bag
Rucksack for all the above

Categories
Camps News Scouts

Ballymoney scouts at NIJAM 2017

Our scouts teamed up with Castlerock scouts to become Ballyrock troop at NIJAM 2017. The groups integrated well and new friends were made. Days were filled with a variety of scouting activities and trips, and further fun in the form of themed discos, campfires and crafts in the evenings. A great time was had by all, even the rain couldn’t dampen their spirits.

Categories
Camps Cubs Explorers Scouts

2017 Cubs and Explorers Summer Camp

As June pulled to a close, it was time for a few members of Ballymoney Scout Group to head north to attain their International Badge, as well as working towards their own unit Badges.

 


CUBS

Cubs were all geared up for the international trip.  Once we landed and got camp set up Supper was the order of the day, with Kaa on the pots and pans.  All sections and leaders had a pleasant evening in jammies and onesies before getting an early(ish) night for a busy day.
The next day, Horse riding, archery,Team building games were all undertaken with gusto.  Upon their return after the big trek the explorers, scouts and cubs all took part in a mud run.  Only word for it – Madness! One explorer undertook the challenge in his pajamas…. Mud baths and warm power-hosing then   an evening in the cafeteria building with Skip on drums and Akela and Rudi having a go at guitars made up for the lack of campfire (weather was not clement!)
Camp clean up and pack up and back into the bus for the trip home.  A fun trip for all…


SCOUTS

Dragged along by their parents, two scouts joined the group to provide help and also have a go at being explorers for the day, joining the Explorer Unit in a hard trek over the Urris Hills.


EXPLORERS

 

The Views were rewarding

Working on the Explorer Hikes Away Badge, the Unit took advantage of the lift going north and accompanied the Cubs on their Summer sojourn. Proving useful  to help with the set up and running of the camp 🙂 We also took advantage of Inishowens well developed trails network to explore the Urris Hills. An area well known to modern day adventurers. We had a fantastic experience, and with many more adventures to be had in the locality we’ll be sure to be back.

 

Categories
Beavers Camps Cubs Explorers News Scouts

Ballymoney food bank

All scout sections have been collecting food to donate to the food bank during the month of June. Today we delivered it to the food bank to Julie, a volunteer for the food bank, who was kind enough to give up her time to receive the groups donation.  We hope that this raises awareness within the group that a food bank is such a vital part of every day life for some families in our local community.

Categories
Camps Explorers

May Explorer Expedition

binevenagh

May EXPLORER EXPEDITION

We will be hiking, bushcrafting and camping in the vicinity of Binevenagh Mountain and Forest.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

EXPEDITION LEADER: David Hoy – 07516590708

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Saturday 27th May at 11:00 am.

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 28th November at 11:00 am.

The total cost is £7 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Socks x 4
Trousers x 2
Underwear x 2
Shirt / T-Shirt x 2
Warm Jumper / Hoody
Outdoor Coat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Hiking Boots
Head Torch
Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Anti Midge Spray / (Head Net if you’re feeling fancy)
Sandwich /  Freezer Bag Containing ¼ packet of wipes
Packet of Hankies / Freezer Bag with several lengths of Toilet Roll
Small Bottle of Antibacterial Gel (super cheap at the checkout in Lidl 😉
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  + Liner if needed (It’ll be needed if you are using a 2 season bag or are a cold sleeper)
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Roll Mat or Self Inflating Mattress (Let me know if you need one, I know where we can borrow some if needed.)
Plate, Knife, Fork, Spoon. (Maybe even a Spork? Whatever floats your boat.)



KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.
If bringing a mobile phone, fully charge it, ensure it is in a suitable case and make sure that a ‘find my phone’ app is installed, active and the phone owner understands how to operate the app. (I’d rather they were left at home, but that’s against the grain of modern scouting. Note the emphasis on the case – if it’s not cased it’s getting broke where we’re going.)


ITINERARY 

We will head out to the Mountain in the group Minibus, decide which campsite we should use based on local conditions, explore the area for resources and when happy make lunch.
Following Lunch we’ll take in one of Binevenagh’s fine walking routes. If we’re lucky and have a dry day we’ll go for this epic adventure. Failing that we’ll take in some of the more sheltered routes through the forest. This will of course be judged at the time taking into account everyone’s fitness / preparedness / willingness.
On return to base we’ll build a simple tent & hammock camp and then proceed to have a Braai on the Hill. (Wood fire + Meat, Marinades and Salads 🙂
In the morning we’ll have a healthy(ish) breakfast, break camp and return to base.


MENU

Lunch

Fresh Bakers Baguettes stuffed with: Cheese / Ham / Salad / Tuna

Dinner

Butchers Sausages  / Skips Ballymoney Beef Burgers  / Nut & Bean Burger  Served with  Mexican Rice, Pitta Pockets and Dips.

Breakfast

Skips Tropical Porridge / Raw Toast (Bread)  / Bacon

Water / Tea / Coffee / Fruit Juice will be available throughout.

(Please ensure leaders are up to date on any specific dietary requirements)

 


PAYMENT

We use Paypal to process our payments to ensure your security. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account to make a payment.

It is essential that when making this payment you make sure you note the members name and “MAYEXP”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk




 


Questions? Don’t delay

Call Skip Now:- 07516590708

skipper@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk


Categories
Camps Scouts

2017 County Scout Camp – Pics & Vids

Bank Holiday weekend 2017
Ballymoney, 1st Castlerock, 1st Roe Valley, 1st Cookstown and 1st Portstewart Scout Troops came together for a weekend of fun and scouting activities.  A fanstatic weekend – see if you can spot a frown!
Thanks to everyone for sending pics and videos. (they’re not all Ballymoneys..)
Pics


 
Vids.
https://youtu.be/6F671K52Tq8
https://youtu.be/IboFqiZV1jE
https://youtu.be/uj9GF9wWVSo
https://youtu.be/R2rCGx7Rq4Y
https://youtu.be/D5I8F2EHfhA
https://youtu.be/EXDgkDaguLs
https://youtu.be/p3YpXlHA3No
https://youtu.be/3AVF-A83sJI
https://youtu.be/yasTp0kCwHs
https://youtu.be/JEIq9FgUThU
https://youtu.be/6pXfd9dffI4
https://youtu.be/tNG9NnvxPNk
 

Categories
Camps Cubs Explorers Uncategorised

Summer Camp- BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Summer Camp!

This Year Cubs and Explorers are teaming up to go to the Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre in  Co. Donegal for our Summer camp under canvas weekend.

DATES: Friday 23rd June until Sunday 25th June – Tullagh Bay, Inishowen.

There will be a range of activities throughout the weekend with the Explorers going off and doing Explorer things in the mountains and Cubs doing programmes in the centre. Evening entertainment will be joint on the beach with our communal camp kitchen, campfire and music!

As its Co. Donegal this will count as an International Camp and All participants will get their international badges (amongst others…)

 


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

LEADERS: Akela – 07542808014 Skipper: 07516590708

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Friday 23rd June at 6.00pm.

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 25rd Juneat 3pm.

The total cost is £75 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Socks x 4
Trousers (not Jeans) x 3
Underwear x 4
Shirt / T-Shirt x 4
Warm Jumper / Hoody x 2
Outdoor Coat
Hat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Boots or old shoes
2nd pair of shoes
Head Torch or Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  
Camp Mat
JimmyJams or onesie
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Several plastic bags (for wet clothes and rubbish)
Cutlery, crockery etc (knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl and mug)
Rucksack for all the above
 

KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.
Please – SEND NO GADGETS OR ELECTRONICS. No phones or games or similar, they will get broken, damaged or confiscated.



PAYMENT

We use Paypal to process our payments to ensure your security. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account to make a payment.

It is essential that when making this payment you make sure you note the members name and “summercamp”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO  PAY THE £30 DEPOSIT NOW
AND MAKE FOLLOW ON PAYMENTS:

MAKE A PAYMENT


Questions?

Call Akela Now:- 07542808014

GSL@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

Categories
Camps Cubs

REVISED – Cubs Christmas Camp!

 

Cubs Christmas Camp

We will be taking the weekend 9th – 11th December and holding our annual Chrimbo Camp.

This will be an indoors camp from Friday to Sunday, There will be a range of activities including Clip & Climb in Dundonald, W5 and the winter express and climbit, Fort Building, Cinema Nights, Shere Khans patented Xmas games, Joint activities with the Castlerock Cub pack and much much more.
112
 


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


CAMP LEADERS: Akela, Shere Khan & Kaa

CAMP START: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Friday 9th December at 9pm.

END PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 11th December at Noon.

The total cost is £40 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

Deposits £25 by 19th November please, remainder by 2nd December to allow us to get all resources booked and bought.

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

santa 3 31


REVISED! KIT LIST


As always – Please arrive in Full Uniform, including Necker / Scarf!
Socks x 3
Trousers x 2
Underwear x 2
Pyjamas / Onesie
Teddy?
Shirt / T-Shirt x 2
Warm Jumper / Hoody Outdoor Coat
Hat
Light Towel
Indoor Trainers and spare shoes.
Head Torch
Sleeping bag  + Roll mat
Plate, Knife, Fork, Spoon. 
3 x Plastic Bags.



KIT NOTES


All belongings should be clearly labelled with your Cubs Name.
DO NOT bring electronic items such as mobile phones, MP3 Players or games. They will get broken and / or confiscated.


ITINERARY 


Friday Evening – outline of activities, games, cinema night, Midnight hike, planning of Forts….
Saturday – Dundonald for Clip & Climb and Lunch, W5 Trip with winter train…, , Castlerock for joint activities,  Fort building, Games and activities at hall – Cinema Night.
Sunday – Weather dependent – morning trip and games.
 
 


PAYMENT


We use Paypal to process our payments to ensure your security. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account to make a payment.

It is essential that when making this payment you make sure you note the cubs name and “cubxmas”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk




Medical Consent Forms for events can be downloaded from the resources page on our website.


Questions? Don’t delay

Call / Text Akela :- 07542808014

GSL@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk


Categories
Camps Explorers

November Explorer Expedition

binevenagh

NOVEMBER EXPLORER EXPEDITION

We will be hiking, bushcrafting and camping in the vicinity of Binevenagh Mountain and Forest.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

EXPEDITION LEADERS: David Hoy – 07516590708 Scott Moore: 07821411843

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Saturday 5th November at 10:00 am.

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 6th November at 11:00 am.

The total cost is £15 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Socks x 4
Trousers x 2
Underwear x 2
Shirt / T-Shirt x 2
Warm Jumper / Hoody
Outdoor Coat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Hiking Boots
Head Torch
Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Anti Midge Spray / (Head Net if you’re feeling fancy)
Sandwich /  Freezer Bag Containing ¼ packet of wipes
Packet of Hankies / Freezer Bag with several lengths of Toilet Roll
Small Bottle of Antibacterial Gel (super cheap at the checkout in Lidl 😉
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  + Liner if needed (It’ll be needed if you are using a 2 season bag or are a cold sleeper)
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Roll Mat or Self Inflating Mattress (Let me know if you need one, I know where we can borrow some if needed.)
Plate, Knife, Fork, Spoon. (Maybe even a Spork? Whatever floats your boat.)



KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.
If bringing a mobile phone, fully charge it, ensure it is in a suitable case and make sure that a ‘find my phone’ app is installed, active and the phone owner understands how to operate the app. (I’d rather they were left at home, but that’s against the grain of modern scouting. Note the emphasis on the case – if it’s not cased it’s getting broke where we’re going.)


ITINERARY 

We will head out to the Mountain in the group Minibus, decide which campsite we should use based on local conditions, explore the area for resources and when happy make lunch.
Following Lunch we’ll take in one of Binevenagh’s fine walking routes. I scouted the High Teeth Pass on Sunday past in anticipation of fine weather, if we’re lucky and have a dry day we’ll go for this epic adventure. Failing that we’ll take in some of the more sheltered routes through the forest. This will of course be judged at the time taking into account everyone’s fitness / preparedness / willingness.
On return to base we’ll build a simple tent camp and then proceed to have a Braai on the Hill. (Wood fire + Meat, Marinades and Salads 🙂
Ballymoney GSL, Akela and County Londonderry Commissioner Paul will joining us so the craic around the fire will be top class, expect Scottish Scouting Songs,  Cuban Drumming, Cajun Guitar and of course buckets of the dry (read: arid) humour we’re known for.
In the morning we’ll have a healthy(ish) breakfast, break camp and return to base.


MENU

Lunch

Fresh Bakers Baguettes stuffed with: Cheese / Ham / Salad / Tuna

Dinner

Butchers Sausages  / Skips Ballymoney Beef Burgers  / Nut & Bean Burger  Served with  Mexican Rice, Pitta Pockets and Dips.

Breakfast

Skips Tropical Porridge / Raw Toast (Bread)  / Bacon

Water / Tea / Coffee / Fruit Juice will be available throughout.

(Please ensure leaders are up to date on any specific dietary requirements)

 


PAYMENT

We use Paypal to process our payments to ensure your security. You DO NOT NEED a paypal account to make a payment.

It is essential that when making this payment you make sure you note the members name and “NOVEXP”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk




 


Questions? Don’t delay

Call Skip Now:- 07516590708

skipper@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk


Categories
Camps Cubs News

Cubs October Camp! Breckenhill

This year we decided to sneak in an extra canvas camp for the cubs.  We headed off to Breckenhill Activity Centre in Doagh.
The cubs, most of whom are new this year and relative novices took to the camp lifestyle with absolute gusto.  We landed in the rain and Mr Dave and Miss Henry from Breckenhill had them feeling right at home and away doing activities from the get go.
Archery, Earth-ball, Trike relays, traversing walls, Splatmaster, Low ropes courses, Giant Catapults, orienteering, night-lines filled the day, and evening and the next day we had more archery as well as some team building inside games.
Campfires, smores, songs, snacks and meals made up the weekend.
A few of the cubs had never camped before and went straight at it and slept all night, the sixers were excellent at helping out and Wade, our new  Senior Sixer, showed exactly what a scout is all about.
Facilities where fantastic, cubs had a ball and even though the weather could have been better everyone of them wants to go back.  Even Dustbin Beaver our Young Leader / explorer cracked a smile.
Akela and Shere Khan even spent the night in Hammocks.  Many thanks to Skip from Explorers for throwing a couple of Hammockinn customs them up to us.
As always – many thanks to Shere Khan, Kaa and Cypress Beaver for their help at making it such a great camp. Kaa’s spag bol was welcomed on Saturday night and Mrs Akela’s brownies ended the camp in chocolately style.
Many thanks to Mr Dave and Miss Henry – we’ll see you at Easter!
20161016_131516 20161016_131517 img_0745 img_0742 img_0737 img_0738 img_0739 img_0736 img_0729 558b2eb6-dbf6-44df-b709-c1d8a6d572d8 20161016_125904 20161016_114246 20161016_114244 20161016_114241 20161016_111208 20161016_102650 20161016_102633 20161016_102428 20161015_231858 20161015_224358 20161015_224236 20161015_224233 20161015_223816 20161015_220309 20161015_215454 20161015_170232 20161015_170103 20161015_164336 20161015_164257 20161015_162843 20161015_162748 20161015_161214 20161015_161212 20161015_160828 20161015_160708 20161015_160717 20161015_160704 20161015_160641 20161015_160615 20161015_160617 20161015_160614 20161015_160557 20161015_160450 20161015_160405 20161015_160341 20161015_160256 20161015_155933 20161015_155934 20161015_155935 20161015_160032 20161015_160112 20161015_160143 20161015_160249 20161015_155831 20161015_155724 20161015_155641 20161015_155524 20161015_155512 20161015_155521 20161015_155447 20161015_155418 20161015_155304 20161015_153532 20161015_153439 20161015_150932 20161015_145241 20161015_143737 20161015_143734 20161015_142838 20161015_142836 20161015_142834 20161015_142829 20161015_142815 20161015_142812

Categories
Beavers Camps Cubs

Coleraine District Camp 2016

Following on from the Successful District camp in 2012 the District Team held a great weekend camp for all sections at Dunluce High School.  Fantastic programme of activities and Ballymoney had members from Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers there.  Trains, water, inflatables, Nerf wars, demolition wars, a trip to the Giants Causeway and much more where the order of the weekend.
 
dscn2089dscn2055dscn2049dscn2037dscn2017dscn1962dscn1947IMG_5233IMG_5201IMG_5135IMG_5119IMG_5113IMG_5088IMG_0465IMG_0448IMG_0446IMG_0443IMG_0442IMG_0440dscn2121dscn2105dscn2102dscn2100dscn2083dscn2073dscn1951dscn1947dscn1947 dscn1951 dscn2073 dscn2083 dscn2100 dscn2102 dscn2105 dscn2121 IMG_0440 IMG_0442 IMG_0443 IMG_0446 IMG_0448 IMG_0465 IMG_5088 IMG_5113 IMG_5119 IMG_5135 IMG_5201 IMG_5233 dscn1947 dscn1962 dscn2017 dscn2037 dscn2049 dscn2055 dscn2089

Categories
Camps Cubs

Cubs Centenery Camp 1916-2016

Happy Birthday Cubs!  A cracker weekend in Dunluce high school for the County Cubs Centenary Camp. Akela, BAlloo and Shere Khan joined 15 other packs for an activity filled weekend.  UK Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt also dropped in to pay a visist.
Shelter building, crafts, Pirates, camp-fires, stunts, fairs, trails, backwoods cooking, pioneering, gadgets etc. where all amongst the activities on offer.
 
Here’s to the next 100 Years!
Many Thanks to Jean and Her team for facilitating a great camp!
 
13082660_170449583351552_4775068201760074259_n 13082717_170449806684863_2446497723149375352_n 13094240_169935303402980_2857806443086125269_n 13096240_170449636684880_2607978421629403711_n 13151801_169935096736334_6910344627674141754_n IMG_0368 IMG_0369 IMG_0371 IMG_0372 IMG_0373 IMG_0374 20160430_063842 20160430_064023 20160430_074059 20160430_090307 20160430_101430 20160430_142937 20160430_142947 20160430_143033 20160430_162425 20160430_203702 20160430_212008 20160501_101459 20160501_101502 20160501_101505 20160501_124426 20160429_192414 20160429_192422appy

Categories
Camps Cubs News

Robyn & Shere Khans Xmas Cub Camp!!

This year, for a bit of a change, we decided to do our Christmas Camp in the Hall and practising using our tents.  On Friday Night we started of with a quick Rhythm exercise with Volunteer Dave then the fun began – Craft in the form of Good turns Jars – 12 Christmas Good turns with goodies for mums and dads were lovingly crafted in a hand-painted jar.  Penguin Feeding frenzies, Night walk and hike with Volunteer Roma and then back to the hall for snacks, games and a midnight movie….  Saturday started early with Camp style cereal and then off in the bus to Clip & Climb in Dundonald – Everyone did really well and had a go at everything, we met Olaf and Elsa from Frozen, had balloon animals made and then headed to Indianaland where some more steam was blown off.  The golden Arches got a touch for dinner then back for Pass the pudding,  More games and movies, cookies and brownies and it was bed for night two.  The sunday came with pass the parcel, prizes, pin the carrott on the snowman.  A great weekend.
 
Many Thanks to Shere Khan and Robyn for planning and prep work, Baloo for his input, and Volunteers Roma and Saffie.

Categories
Camps News

Cubs Crawfordsburn Camp

Cubs held their big camp at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre this month.  There were loads of activities including Crate building, Bouldering, assault courses and teambuilding games.
Already looking forward to the next camp!!
WP_20150509_033 WP_20150509_028 WP_20150509_019 WP_20150509_013 WP_20150509_008 WP_20150509_006 IMG_0063 IMG_0040 20150509_155321 20150509_112223 20150509_103058

Categories
Camps News

Cubs Woodhall Weekend

The cubs went to Woodhall Residential centre this weekend and undertook a wide range of activities working towards their challenge awards.
Outdoors they zoomed down ziplines, (Kaa was quickest of the Leaders…) skipped by numbers (much much harder than it sounds!) Did human Jenga on crates (congrats to Baggys team… ) High Ropes…. leading to the leap of faith – Akela had none and bailed at the top of the ladder….And Archery… Robin Hood has nothing on the Ballymunion Cubbies….. Shere Khan and Baggy both made the top and leaped but the tigers tail must’ve been scalded as he did it in record time!
Indoors was game show night, ‘Mang’ Edwards hosted Deal or No Deal where everyone one a prize.. and Blankety Blank was a hit as well… After supper off to dreamland the groups worked on their Ballymoney Cubs Got Talent piece for the morning.
Breakfast down and the talent show began! everyone did their best and thoroughly entertained the judges.
Many Thanks to Aubrey, Janet and John at Woodhall and Baggy, Mang, Shere Khan and Kaa of the Cubs Leadership team – special thanks to Mang for the work that went into the Game shows.
Well done Cubs…. lets get ready for the next one!
dp 3 dp4 IMG_20150228_105044 IMG_20150228_111618 IMG_20150228_112853 IMG_20150228_150248 IMG_20150228_154536 robyn leap WP_20150228_001 WP_20150228_006 WP_20150228_011 WP_20150228_016 WP_20150228_020 WP_20150228_035

Categories
Camps News

Scouts and Explorers Winter Weekend

Last weekend the Scouts and Explorers packed up and headed off in the minibus for their winter weekend away at Dunluce Guide House. Once there, after setting up the hostel and unloading all the goodies brought by the Tesco delivery van, everything was set for a great weekend ahead.
On Saturday the Scouts headed off for various hikes around the North Coast. This allowed all participants to use and improve their map reading skills, as they each took turns to lead the group on the hike. Meanwhile the explorers went biking in the dunes. On returning to hostel, we welcomed two new scouts, four explorers and a leader, with their investiture ceremony taking place while abseiling the cliffs of Dunluce Castle. On Saturday evening everyone enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked this year by the explorers. This was followed by party games, including the After Eight Challenge, and ‘IbbleDibble’. After a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning the Scouts headed out to complete an incident hike, including stretcher rescue on the cliffs, blind travail and dismantling a bomb. The weekend came to a close on Sunday afternoon when it was time to pack up and return to the scout hall. We are all looking forward to our next adventure! We would like to thank Carolyn, Trevor and Sarah for the goodies, and Helen, Jeremy and Sarah who joined us for dinner on Saturday.
IMG_0866 IMG_0868 IMG_0878 IMG_0898 IMG_0895 IMG_0823 IMG_0818 IMG_0714 IMG_0701 IMG_0682 IMG_0667

Categories
Camps News

Cubs Christmas camp

Shere Khans Christmas camp.. This year cubs joined up with beavers and started their Xmas camp with a trip to the millennium forum to watch jack and the beanstalk (oh no they didn’t..Lol) Once back at the guide house pass the pudding, wafting and flaffing in feeding frenzy, pass the pudding and card making were the order of the day. Mangs mighty spaghetti bolognese fueled the remainder of the games and following supper the Santa team (ably assisted by Explorer George) were ahead on points…(explorer Peters team were sooooo close) Then Santa visited and handed out goodies! the night finished off with a movie on the big screen.. Next day baggy provided the breakfast of all cub champions -waffles! More games, including the new favourite…. Table top air pingpong hockey…. Fun was had by all and Akela wants to pass his thanks on to the Cubs leadership team, Shere Khan, Kaa, Mang and the invaluable brains behind the games and silent leader… Mrs Shere Khan! Cubs all went home with Smartie tubes to collect 20ps over Christmas, good luck. PS… Santa team won reindeer candy canes and the snowmen team took an admirable silver place and got canes for their trees….
IMG_0162IMG_20141206_203357 IMG_20141207_111654 IMAG0309 IMG_20141206_205836 IMG_20141206_210747 IMG_20141207_111651 IMG_20141206_202922 IMG_20141207_111658 IMG_20141206_203327