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Beavers News

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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Explorers News

Phoenix ENSU Taskmaster and auf Wiedersehen to our German Exchange student 🖤❤️💛

Some team activities this week completing various tasks (not many photos as we were laughing too much) to impress the taskmaster, earning points for their team. Winning team were Pose28, with Snazzy Sqgirls runners up then team Lotars is not from here and finally Resurrection with the least points. Well done everyone for thinking outside of the box to provide lots of entertainment 😂😂

Followed up with party games and food to say good bye (auf Wiedersehen) to our lovely exchange student who is going home to Germany soon. We were privileged to know you 💜

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News Scouts

Scouts Map Skills

Last week scouts refreshed some map skills at the hall in preparation for this week. Tonight we visited Ballycastle Forest for a walk and map quiz. The winning pair got some Haribo as a prize.

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News Squirrels

Squirrels Rosepark Farm trip and Space Explorers

Some of our Squirrels enjoyed a fun trip to Rosepark Farm last weekend, then on our Monday session we finished our Space Explorer badge work. We made rockets, then stood on the sun and tried to throw them all the way to Pluto!

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Beavers News

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 News

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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News Squirrels

Squirrels Space Explorers

Squirrels started their Space Explorer badge work tonight, making aliens and planets out of play dough, creating astronaut helmets and taste testing some astronaut style food. It was also a very special evening for six of our Squirrels who have been with us since our Drey opened in February 2023, as they were awarded their Chief Scout Acorn Awards. This is the highest award a Squirrel can achieve and shows how hard they have worked since they joined the group. Well done to all our Squirrels!

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Explorers News

Phoenix ENSU Beach Fun

Some of our Explorers and Network Scouts were in Portballintrae at the weekend. We went a wee dander along the boardwalk to the far end of Runkerry beach and returned via the beach. Then we headed over to Salmon Rock beach for some rock pool fun, digging sand/making castles, chilling out with friends and enjoying some s’mores. Checkout the video below ⬇️ #outdoorsin24

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News Scouts

Young Leaders run Scouts Athletics Badge

Young leaders put scouts through their paces over a couple of meetings to gain their athletics badge. They all had a role…running warm ups, long jump, standing jump, cricket ball throw, relay race, sprints, obstacle course and some sports day games too. Tug of war, 3 legged race, egg and spoon race, wheelbarrow race, bean bag race and some soft archery to fill the time. Thanks to all our fabulous young leaders 👏🏻👏🏻

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Beavers News

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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News Squirrels

Squirrels nature trail and park games

Squirrels spent the evening at the park, completing a nature trail scavenger hunt before hiding pebbles we decorated a few weeks back and watching our papier mache volcano explosion! We finished up with some parachute games in the sunshine.

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News Scouts

Scout skills in May

Over the past few weeks, Scout section have been brushing up on some scouting skills. Compass drawings at Drumaheaglis marina (no pics), pioneering chariots for races using lashings and using trangias to cook hot dogs at the Riverside park and identifying trees, slack lining and first aid refresher in Garvagh forest.

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News Squirrels

Squirrels minibeasts and den building

This week Squirrels spent time learning about minibeasts with crafts and modelling dough and created some very imaginative Lego dens for Percy Pigs (and maybe ate a few!). We also looked at some of the many badges sent to us in response to our Flat Squirrels letters and started to put together a display of everything we received.

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Explorers News

Phoenix ENSU hike Ronan’s Way

Continuing on with our Outdoors in 24 with a hike around Ronan’s way, near Glendun. We had planned to complete the red trail, but opted for the shorter blue trail once we reached the end of the first very long and steep incline. Too sunny and warm! Fantastic views and lovely touches with the fairy themed decor around the lower part of the trail.

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News Squirrels

Squirrels teamwork

Squirrels spent time this week working on our teamwork and communication, playing games where we needed to work together to win. The balloon train was a particular favourite, we had some very competitive Squirrels trying to win on our paired obstacle course, and we managed to fit 10 Squirrels inside one hula hoop in our final game!

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Explorers News

Phoenix Knots and Knives #outdoorsin24

This Phoenix Sunday we met at Lislagan Farm. We had a soft archery competition, lawn darts with knife skills, pitta pizza on the campfire, tasty desserts and giant bubbles with pioneered bubble wands. Well on their way to earning the Outdoors in 24 challenge badge

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Beavers Camps News

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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News Squirrels

Squirrels knot tying and rock painting

Squirrels spent tonight working on their Local Superhero badge, painting rocks which we will hide around the town in a few weeks. We also worked on some basic Scout skills, learning how to tie reef knots using strawberry laces (which we got to eat afterwards!). We played some fun team games to finish up the session.

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Beavers News

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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Camps Explorers News

Phoenix Explorer & Network Unit Spring Camp

Our Phoenix members planned their Spring camp and we delivered, we even ordered the sun!! They asked for a 2 night camp at Trench farm, animals, beach trip, games including rounders and a bbq. Nice laid back time together before they enter the exam period. Relaxing yet competitive at times with the girls vs boys games 😂😂 Who runs the world?? It was also National tea day on Sunday so they tried to identify different fruit teas and St George’s Day weekend so they renewed their promise together. Check out the YouTube video below ⬇️

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News Squirrels

Squirrels outdoor session

Squirrels made the most of some dry weather this week to get outside and play some international themed games in the park, including Greek statues, French skipping, and hopscotch. We finished up with some biscuits and juice before home time.

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Cubs News

Cubs Badge Work

Cubs have been working hard towards Gardening badge planting herbs and making boxes for potatoes. They also been trying badminton a s a new sport.

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Explorers News

Phoenix treasure trails at the Port

Phoenix explorers and network met at the Crescent in Portstewart this week. Leaders just finished scout camp at 12:00 so we had a slightly later start time of 14:00. They were split into 4 teams to solve puzzles around Portstewart using a treasure trail activity. A couple of hours around Portstewart in bracing winds solving all the clues, then a meet up in Morellis for a wee treat and socialising together. Well done to Matthew’s team for completing the treasure hunt first!

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Camps News Scouts

Scouts Spring Camp

Scouts were on a 2 night “camp” at Portstewart Scout hall. Originally they were meant to pitch tents and camp outside, but unfortunately Storm Kathleen changed our camp out to an indoor sleepover.

On Friday night we had a walk around Portstewart and brief visit to The Strand before returning to the hall for socialising and card games.

Saturday started with map symbol bingo and looking at os maps with our now altered route to walk to Portrush along the roadside, rather than coastal path due to the strong winds. On arrival in Portrush we had a quick stop for packed lunches in the amphitheater before scouts enjoyed Curry’s fun park. After this we walked back to Portstewart for dinner, campfire and a movie before bed.

Sunday morning was packing up and games before heading home for a well earned rest.