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Cubs camp in Waterfall Caves

Cubs had amazing time back in first proper outdoor camp.  We started we the biggest challenge – tent set up in strong wind. Followed buy flag making, backwoods cooking, fire starting, hiking and loads more of fun. And of course you can’t have a camp without smores. So many memories were made

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Chief Scout Gold 💪🏼

Well done to 6 scouts and 4 explorers (delayed expedition due to covid) who successfully completed the top award for Scout section. They worked very hard before, during and after the pandemic to cover all 9 challenge badges needed to achieve their Chief Scout Gold award. A fantastic achievement despite the pandemic. Well done everyone, us leaders are all very proud of you. (Two of the award recipients were unable to attend but we will award them as soon as possible)

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Cubs visiting Community Rescue

Tonight cubs visited Community Rescue centre. We learnt how to use life jackets, searched for missing person, used walkie-talkies and found all about the amazing work volunteer rescue team does.

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Scouts host Jubilee Street Party

On Friday night Scout section invited all sections, family and friends to come along to a street party. They planned the event the previous week and ran games during the event. Lots of families donated baked goods to sell during the evening, there was popcorn for sale, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a jubilee jumble fireside quiz sheet. We managed to raise £230 on the night and a further £20 from a family who were unable to attend. Thanks to all the leaders who helped out, the scouts, our fabulous YLs and PLs, the other sections and family members who supported the event. It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves.

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Cubs trip to Rathlin Island

Cubs had an amazing trip to Rathlin Island. We had some laughs and squeals on ferry. We hiked over 4 miles to RSPB Seabird centre were we saw puffins, fulmars, razorbills and many more birds. Cubs had a chance to visit gift shop and enjoy local chippy The Hungry Seal.

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NI Beaver Rally Day

20 Ballymoney Beavers visited Crawfordsburn Scout Centre today. They enjoyed a puppet show, a magician, an adventurous activity (grass sledging), followed some trails, completed a scavenger hunt, met emergency service workers AKA heroes (RNLI, PSNI, Paramedics), crawled and ran around an assault course, toasted marshmallows, enjoyed play areas and bouncy castles. Phew!! Goody bags sent home with crafts to enjoy in their own their own time. We also had a visit to the scout tuck/goody shop. Thanks to NI Beaver team 👏🏻👏🏻

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Cubs mini hike

This week cubs enjoyed a mini hike in Springwell forest. We’ve seen lots of slugs and some lovely chihuahua pups. Now off to more hikes with preparation to our Rathlin trip.

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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 lid…playing 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 🤩🤩

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 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) 👏🏻👏🏻

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Cubs visit Belfast Zoo

We had so much fun at the Zoo. Exploring all creatures big and small. With sunshine and ice cream what betterway to spend Saturday

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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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Cubs Skills night

This week cubs work on their skills. We learned how to iron, make bed, brew some tea, set table, peel some veg and change light bulbs.  They all shoud be great help around house from now on 😉

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Beavers St Paddys

Beavers had an Irish night as its St Patrick’s day this Thursday. They had to use their skills to crack the leprechaun’s riddle and complete an Irish I spy. Then we had a visit from our fabulous Scout, Katie, who performed an Irish dance routine and then “tried her best” to teach beavers their 3’s. Well done Katie and thank you 🤩 Finally, a team game….chasing the snakes out of Ireland just like St. Patrick.

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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, you’re sure of a big surprise…Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and YL’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 😃

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 haven’t been able to do our normal full month of fitness but thanks to Paul Humphreys we covered exercise and nutrition in one night 💪🏼

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 😄

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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 were…..

  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 👏🏻