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Beavers Help Wild Birds

Some RSPB pictures to colour tonight while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then Beavers made fat balls to feed wild birds around Ballymoney.

They were given some lard in a bag and had to add various tasty bird treats. There were seeds, apples, raisins, oats, meal worms (yum ๐Ÿ˜‚) and cheese.

Lots of squishing and squashing and then rolling of the mixture into balls. Theyโ€™ll put them in the fridge at home to firm up and then place them in their gardens or around the trim trail for the birds to enjoy.

A game of โ€œHolly saysโ€ to finish off which was won by one the the green lodge members = another lodge star won ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Cubs Spooky forest adventure

Despite bad weather forcast Cubs cad great fun in our Spooky forest adventure. It all startet with pumpkin searh followed by carving,ย  some fun games and spooky treasure hunt around dark forest. Good old baked potatoes with beans, cheese and sausages to top it all ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Scouts walk Spooky Springwell Forest

On Friday night scouts got dressed in Halloween costumes and completed a 2 mile night time walk around Springwell Forest. Families were invited to join us too. Afterwards everyone was offered sโ€™mores, hot chocolate/tea/coffee and donuts (thanks Joy). It turned out dry after an initial drizzle and we were treated to some lovely starry skies at times. Well done to all that took part, especially the younger siblings.

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Cubs Pack Forum

Wednesday night cubs enjoyed Pack Forum talking through ideas for badge work as well as playing some games to strengththeir teamwork. They also were sorted into their sixies – packs

 

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Beavers Saturday Hike

Beavers visited Castleroe Wood for a hike on Saturday. A lovely autumn walk (the rain even stopped and the sun came out!!) collecting leaves, pine cones, seeds and all sorts of natural materials. Half way through the hike we stopped for a creative activity. They each had a small ball of clay which they stuck to trees. Then they moulded the clay into faces and used the materials they collected to create forest faces.

Return walk to the car park where Scout section leader had set up an shelter and ground sheet for beavers to enjoy their picnic lunch. Thanks Shere Khan. A wee game of duck, duck, goose (standing variation) then home time. Well done Beavers, you all earned your hike level 1 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The forest faces were made using all natural materials, including the clay we used. However, scouts do their best to leave no trace. With this in mind the faces will remain for a week or so for walkers and families to enjoy, then leaders will return to remove any clay from the trees.

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Patrol night

Tonight, after a game of โ€œbean bagโ€ scouts were assigned patrols. Patrol leaders and assistant Patrol leaders were selected and then they were given 4 challenges.
1. Create an outfit and hat out of paper. Leaders judge best outfit. Some very creative scouts, maybe some fashion designers of the future.

2. Make a paper aeroplane, whoeverโ€™s flies furthest wins.

3. Make a paper cup, no cello tape allowed, to hold water for a minute

4. Tallest free standing tower, only using cello tape and paper.

Patrol points awarded, scouts chose their patrol names (Tiger, panther, wolf and Kingfisher), tuck shop and then a couple of games of dodgeball to finish off.


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Beavers Still Getting to Know you ๐Ÿ˜‚

2nd week back and we are still getting to know our colony of Beavers

Everyone started off telling Benny (our Beaver Mascot) what their name was and their favourite meal. Lots of McDonalds!! Donโ€™t worry, camp meals will sort that out ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Some parachute games to see what we have in common and then inside for lodge assignments. Each Beaver was assigned a lodge and they will be challenged throughout the year to complete lodge challenges. Theyโ€™ll earn points depending on how well they complete the tasks.

Youth led

We pride ourselves in listening to our young people, whether Beavers, Cubs or Scouts. Tonight Beavers were asked to write their name and a game they would like to lead, which was then put into our youth led box. Every week we will pick a game at random ๐Ÿ˜„ We also had a 3 dot vote so that Beavers could decide which badge they would like to work towards

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Beavers start a New Scouting year!!

Beavers met in the car park for some fun.

First up, we had Benny the Beaver mascot help us introduce each beaver and leader, telling us their name and something they like to do.

We had Beaver friendship bingo, a beavers movement game and the old favourite โ€œfoxes and rabbitsโ€

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Scouts End of Summer/Cubs moving on

For our last meeting of summer term we invited cubs moving on to scouts to come along for some fun. Team work and communication were very important for the team games. We had team skis, gutter ball and blind obstacle course. We finished up with some hotdogs (cooked by the scouts on trangias) and popcorn.

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Scouts Hike Rathlin Island

Scout section met early on Saturday to embark on a trip to Rathlin Island and a 9 mile hike. A drizzly, grey start but the sun eventually made an appearance. On the way to Rathlin we were treated to a fabulous display from a dolphin pod ๐Ÿฌ

After a 4 and a half mile hike, dodging the puffin bus, a herd of sheep and free roaming cows we reached our destination ๐Ÿ˜

A quick lunch break and we briefly visited the sea bird sanctuary/upsides down lighthouse after our lunch break. Another 4 and half miles back to the harbour. Well done to Scouts for walking uphills and jogging downhills to catch the Ferry home ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚

Back to Ballycastle for some ice cream and playing in the park.

Get those naturalist booklets and a poster with 3/4 facts finished to earn your badge ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Cubs summer fun

For last 2 weeks Cubs enjoyed walks from Portrush East Strand to Whiterocks as well as Downhill forest. We explored caves, sand dunes, scavenged around forest trails and attempted to build small rafts using all natural resources…
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Hot Hike up Binevenagh ๐Ÿฅต

This weekend scouts hiked up Binevenagh, guided by Heather (Pulse Fitness). The hottest day of the year so far didnโ€™t stop our Scouts from completing the route. Lots of refreshment breaks, we hiked almost four miles, some very steep inclines and descents, with uneven ground underfoot. We are very proud of our Scouts achievement today.

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Games Night with Beavers

Nice wee evening playing a few games in the local park. We had a team obstacle course ( team 2 just beat team 1) and a socially distanced version of ladders. Finally we moved to the play park for a game of the floor is lava. Great to see another (mostly) dry evening for outdoor fun ๐Ÿคฉ

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Scouts Mini hike, Castlerock – Mussenden Demense – Castlerock

This week we wanted to assess our scouts fitness level, so we planned a mini hike. We met at the promenade and walked along the coastal path to Mussenden Demense.

A wee sit down with drinks and snacks, followed up with a game of kick the can in the Demense.

Back to Castlerock along the Mussenden Road. Well done Scouts.

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Scouts Rock…Rocket Stoves

Scouts met on the West Strand, Portrush this week. 

A game of beach volleyball to start. Hands sanitised and onto rocket stoves ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 

Each pair were given a pre-drilled piece of fence post. They were provided with a fire lighting kit. Their challenge? To light the stove fully and then boil eggs in tin cans. Pleased to say almost all eggs were edible ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Well done Scouts 

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Cubs night

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.

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Beavers Green Cross Code Walk

This week Beavers went a walk around town practicing their green cross code. We split into 2 groups and started off on our walks. We also had a scavenger hunt as we walked. Finally a game of what time is it Mr Wolf when we returned to the car park.

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County Camp at Home 2 – together

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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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 โšœ๏ธ 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 sโ€™mores (kids brought their own) back at the hall. We also invested 2 new scouts and a leader โšœ๏ธ



Cubs had an evening session, practicing knots, making kites, dancing, sโ€™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, YLโ€™s and leaders ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป