Cubs have started a fantastic DIY project – Building Bird Boxes. We measured out our building materials. We used saws (under adult supervision) to star to prep for assembly. Next week we’ll continue to work on them using more tools.
Wednesday night cubs learned all about Bike Maintenance. We used bike pumps and spanners. After testing their bikes they all had fun ride around car park. We also practiced Grand Howl and invested our new Cub.
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 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Huge thanks to Paul and the county team, all the Ballymoney Leader team and our fantastic parents for making our camp at home 2 a great experience ⛺️ ⚜️
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Polishing up two weeks fun with Ropes the Cubs have all mastered their basic knots and lashings.. Now what will they make with them?
Polishing up two weeks fun with Ropes the Cubs have all mastered their basic knots and lashings.. Now what will they make with them?
Thank you to all those who supported our Easter fundraiser by entering our raffle. We raised £311 which will be used to buy more tents and equipment for our group camp later this year. The winner of the hamper was Margaret Archibald. Congratulations!!
Also a huge thank you to those who donated prizes including cinema and bowling passes from The Jet Centre, Coleraine and a voucher from McClesters Family Butcher, Ballymoney.
Scouts visited Portstewart Strand on a clear, cool spring evening, for a walk through the dunes, some sand sledding and s’mores on the beach. Two leaders were also invested, Graham for cubs and Joan for scouts. Welcome to the group 😀
We had a great turn out today from all the young people in all sections. We also had representatives from all the sections for the wreath laying in the morning with the beavers sections having the honour of laying the wreath.
It was very impressive to see over 40 scouts aged from 5 & three quarters to 18 all walking together alongside other uniformed youth groups and movements from the town to show their Respects.
Well done to the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, BB, GB, Army Cadets, the British Legion and everyone else for a great display.
Many thanks to the leaders and parents assisting.
video clip below.
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.
As part of the nationwide Restart a Heart day the Group partnered with both the St Johns Ambulance and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to run a special evening where all the young people (some leaders and parents too!) learnt all about resuscitation, CPR, how to help others and key Life Saving skills. 43 members from all sections covering our youngest 6 year old Beaver scouts right through to our Older Explorer Scouts took an active hands on role in the evening. It was fanstastic to see all sections in the same place working together.
Special thanks have to go to Sheila and her team – James, TA and Shan all from St Johns Ambulance and the Two Dominics from NIAS, all of whom were in a packed noisy hall on a tuesday evening sharing their knowledge along with our own merry band of Leaders who added another evening to their volunteering with enthusiasm and smiles. It was a great event, hoepfully to be repeated again nex year.
All participants gained Certifcated showing their achievements.
Cubs Halloween Harry Potter Camp – Sat 20th October – Sunday 21st October
All Details now available on the payments page for registered members.
Cubs will restart on Wednesday 12h September at 6.45pm. It is essential that all parents stay in the hall at the start of the the session as there will be a short presentation with regards to the new payment and registration system. Hope to see you all there as you will need to register your child on the new system.
Registration nights as follows:-
Beavers 6-8 year old 11/09/2018 from 18:45 – 20:00
Cubs 8-10.5 year old 12/09/2018 from 18:45 – 20:15
Scouts 10.5 – 14 year old 07/09/2018 from 19:00 – 21:00 for the scouts section this will be a social night for all parents, scouts and potential scouts. Come along, fill in the forms and enjoy tea/coffee and a nibble. It will be a good chance to speak to the leaders about plans for the coming year. Hope to see you all there.
Cubs restarting on september 12th at 6.45pm in the hall. This years leadership team have an action packed programme in place.
We have spaces available, please contact KAA on 07922032609 for details!
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.
Over the month of June all three sections have been bringing in donations for BARK a local dog shelter. BARK had put out an appeal for donations of tinned dog food to the local community and Ballymoney Scout Group answered. We hope that what we have collected over the month will have made a small difference. Louise (in the photos with the crutches)from BARK let the Scouts around to see all of the dogs that are waiting to get re-homed.
More pics to follow, Many thanks to Raksha for pulling video together, thanks to Kaa, Cypress and Shere Khan for helping out all weekend.
Hi, heres the kitlist for the upcoming camp!
A great turnout on Sunday to both celebrate the patron saint of Scouting and to help Castlerock scout group celebrate their centenary year.
Many thanks to all the kids and parents who came and to the leaders for their support.
(Please feel free to send me any pics you have of the day – especially beavers and scouts, my phone died…Lol be prepared!)
Congratulations to Sarah and Roma on being awarded their wood badge.
Additional Pics! – thanks Jackie
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.
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!
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!)
Packet of Hankies / Freezer Bag with several lengths of Toilet Roll
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Teddy or stuffed friend
Wide mouth drinks bottle
(should all fit in the daysack)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Don’t delay
text akela or email
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 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…
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.
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.
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.
Scouts (and some beavers) enjoyed a visit on Friday night from Julie, a volunteer from Ballymoney food bank. They took part in an interactive discussion about why there is a need for food banks in the community today. We learned that food banks need donations of food and also other items such as toiletries. We had a great start to donations by all who attended the meeting. Lets keep making positive impact on our local community for June.
Tonight Cubs visited 1st Ballymoney Presbyterian Church as part of their Faith Badge. The Minister Gareth showed the cubs the stained glass, talked about the history of the church (Built in 1777!) ran a quiz and gave some valuable lessons and advice. He fielded questions and provided answers when cubs went slightly askew with their logic…(Most special part of a church?Answer given – the giant Bean tin….) The trip rounded off with a visit to the pulpit and the original chair (1647!)
Many thanks to Gareth, the church for having us and our Chair – Helen for putting us in touch.