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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Squirrels fire brigade visit

Squirrels had some very special guests tonight, with the fire brigade from Ballymoney Fire Station coming along to help us with our Local Superhero badge work. Squirrels learned about fire safety, testing smoke alarms, the equipment used by the fire fighters, and even got to try out the fire hose!

Thanks so much to the team from Ballymoney Fire Station for such a memorable session.

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Flat Squirrels!

Squirrels spent last week making special Mother’s Day mug cake pots and tea cards. This week, we worked on our All Around Us badge, learning about other Scout groups and Squirrel Dreys in the UK. Inspired by the Flat Stanley novel, we made Flat Squirrels to post to some of our Squirrel friends in England, Wales and Scotland, and have asked them send back something about their drey and the area they live in. Squirrels filled the envelopes and added stamps, then we located the dreys on a map and marked their locations.

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Squirrels, Beavers & Cubs Visit W5

Our youngest 3 sections enjoyed a trip to W5 at the weekend. We visited the lost planet soft play first to burn off some energy, then visited levels 2, climbit and level 4. Lots of exploring the exhibitions and fun with friends. Time whizzed by and before we knew it 5 hours had passed and it was time to travel back to Ballymoney. Everyone received a W5 pencil as a wee souvenir of their day out. Thanks to all our youths for being so well behaved, to our young leaders for their help and our adult volunteers for giving their time.

Check out the video of our visit ⬇️

https://studio.youtube.com/video/w5l2n69fkg4/edit
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Squirrel superheroes and brilliant builders

Squirrels have spent time over the past few weeks working on their Brilliant Builder and Local Superhero badges. We coloured a river the width of the Scout hall and then built bridges and boats to help the billy goats gruff cross over. Then we learned about our local superheroes – people who help us like police, doctors and the fire brigade. We talked about what superhero powers we would like to have, designed superhero capes, and struck some superhero poses to show off our special powers.

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

We celebrated Squirrel Appreciation Day with some squirrel themed activities. We made paper jumping squirrels, chocolate squirrel nests, and finished up with a fun squirrel themed four corners game.

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Squirrels experiments

Squirrels turned scientists for the night, working on their Exciting Experiments badge. We discovered our senses by using our hands to guess the contents of 5 mystery boxes while blindfolded (boxes contained cotton balls, flour, popcorn, jelly and baked beans). Then we did the Skittles experiment, mixed up some cloud slime, and created and played with oobleck!

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Squirrels Christmas Party!

Squirrels held their last session of 2023 this evening with a Christmas party, where they played lots of different games such as Christmas ring toss, reindeer hands, marshmallow straw fishing and knocking down snowballs with party horns! We hope everyone enjoys the Christmas break and can’t wait to see them all back in 2024.

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Squirrels indoor camping

Squirrels spent time this evening learning how to put up tents in the hall. They played some games in the tents, then had an indoor campfire with songs, smores and hot chocolate, followed by a lesson in how to pack away the tents properly.

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Squirrels adventure activities

Squirrels worked on their All About Adventure badge tonight by taking part in some bouldering wall activities with our Young Leaders. They also worked on their hand eye coordination by making beaded keyrings, and finished up with some delicious armpit fudge!

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Diwali with Squirrels

Squirrels worked on their Let’s Celebrate badge tonight by learning all about Diwali. We read a story together to learn about the meaning of Diwali, tested our dancing abilities by learning a Bollywood dance routine, made Diwali lanterns and chocolate sparklers and lit some real sparklers to finish up.

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Squirrels football skills

Squirrels had a mini soccer training session this evening led by Coach Lee from TW Sports. They had great fun playing sneak tag, Toy Story and Superhero themed games, before having a halftime snack and finishing up with Wacky Races. Thanks to Coach Lee and TW Sports for a brilliant night!

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Squirrels Halloween party

Squirrels enjoyed a Halloween party this evening, with face painting, smores, a game of Pass the Squirrel, and turning leaders (and themselves) into mummies!

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Squirrels on the farm

Squirrels completed more work on their Go Wild badge by taking a trip to a local dairy farm. We got to see the milking machines in action, feed the calves, make our very own Scout scarecrow and finished the evening off with fresh hot chocolate and biscuits in the yard. Huge thanks to the farm for hosting us!

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Squirrels go wild!

Squirrels have had a busy few weeks working on their initial badges, making sure our new Squirrels were ready for their investiture and making bird feeders to hang in their gardens. Parents were welcomed to our last session to see the investiture and hear about our planned farm visit next week.

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Welcome back Squirrels!

We welcomed Squirrels back after the summer break and it was great to see so many returning faces, and plenty of new ones. We had a fun evening learning our Squirrel promise, learning about the badges we will be covering over the coming months, and decorating campfire biscuits.

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Group Camp 2023 @ Lislagan Farm

Ballymoney Scout Group enjoyed an all section camp at the weekend. Smallest squirrels (4 year olds) to our tallest explorers (17 year olds) and leaders/network/executive helpers took part!

Friday – Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived on site and listened to camp rules. Scout sections worked on pioneering wash stands. Explorers discussed DofE for September, cooked and sampled different ration packs on a jet boil. Cubs enjoyed a movie in the Hen Hoose.

Saturday – relaxing morning, then Beavers and squirrels arrived just after lunch time. Phoenix Explorers and some scouts helped to set up camp for the wee ones. Busy day doing crafts, bouncy castle, face painting, laser tag and team games. BBQ for dinner then Squirrels enjoyed a mini campfire before heading home. Main campfire led by our fabulous explorers (renamed Phoenix entertainers by our Beavers) with campfire cones, songs, skits, dancing and singalong!

Sunday – Breakfast then pack up before wacky relay races 😂😂

Well done to all the young people, your behaviour on camp was exceptional!

A HUGE well done to our older sections for all their help and entertainment throughout the weekend. You guys are awesome 😎

Again, massive thanks to Lislagan Farm for allowing us to camp at their farm. Also to all the volunteer leaders and executive. Well done to our newest section leaders (squirrels) for getting stuck in 🌟

Also thanks to #limitless for running laser tag. Thanks to a friend of the group for a donation of £40 towards food.



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Den building with Squirrels

Squirrels spent time in the hall this evening working on their All About Me and Feel Good badges. We built a den out of chairs, blankets and mats and sat inside to have a special snack pack, before learning how to roll our neckers properly. We then got to spend some time on the hall’s new bouldering wall, which proved a bit tricky but very popular!

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Squirrels Explore Outdoors

Tonight, Squirrels headed to Riverside Park again to work on their Explore Outdoors badge. We played games and then split into teams to take on a treasure hunt where they worked together to find minibeasts hidden in the trees. We ended the evening with some time in the playpark as a reward for working so well together.

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Squirrels at Riverside Park

Squirrels spent the night at Riverside Park and Rodden Foot Wood to work on their Explore Outdoors and Feel Good badges. They learnt some compass skills and then spent time collecting materials to build a den for our Drey mascot.

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Squirrels and Sunflowers

Tonight Squirrels worked on their All About Me and Let It Grow badges, decorating flowerpots and then planting sunflower seeds to take home and look after. We will spend the next few weeks completing a plant diary, to track how tall our sunflowers grow. We also measured ourselves against a huge sunflower height chart and were given special giant sunflower seeds to plant at home. Squirrels have been challenged to grow a sunflower as big as the height chart!

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Squirrels Work Together

Tonight, Squirrels worked on their All Together badge, learning about teamwork and communication. We tested our concentration skills while listening to a story, then paired up to try a blindfolded obstacle course, with Squirrels taking turns to guide each other around the course.

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Squirrels Get Creative

Squirrels spent this week making Wonder Y Sticks out of the materials they collected in Riverside Park last week. We used wool to create a net in the Y sticks, and then went outside to see what flowers and leaves we could pick and add to our sticks.

We also held the investiture ceremony for one of our Squirrels, with all the other children reciting their Squirrel promise along with the newly invested Squirrel.

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Squirrels Investiture

In late March, Ballymoney Scout Group held the investiture ceremony for our youngest (and newest) section, Squirrels. All our Squirrels did a wonderful job of reciting their Squirrel promise, and received their neckers, woggles, and the badges which they have worked hard to complete since the Squirrel Drey started in February. Well done Squirrels, and welcome to the Scouting family!