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Beavers, Bees and Butterflies

This week Beavers were learning about pollinators, bees and butterflies in particular. After learning what a pollinator is, they had a quiz about bees to learn some interesting facts.

Then they set about creating a mini wildflower meadow in some new planters out in the scout yard. They decorated bees and butterflies to bring some colour to the area while we wait for the wildflower seeds to grow.

Then they finished up with a bee themed team game. Collecting one pollen ball at a time from the yellow “flower” to bring back to their “hive” and then tag their next team member. It was a a close race with red, green and blue lodges all collecting 66 pollen balls and yellow lodge out in front with 82!!

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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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Beavers Communicator Badge 🐣

This week beavers met at Drumaheagles Marina. First they split into their lodges and walked around the woodland trail with a leader per lodge. They used walkie-talkies to play I-spy with the other lodges as they walked.

When we returned to the green, they had to search for their lodges 6 plastic Easter eggs. Inside the eggs were puzzle pieces which made Easter pictures. Once they solved the puzzles they flipped them over and found a morse code message to decode on the back. This gave them the location of their chocolate Easter eggs. Well done to red lodge for completing it the fastest. We’ll see you all after Easter break 🐣

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Beavers Sports Night

Beavers were working towards their sports badge this week. After a warm up they split into lodges and sat on their riverbanks (mats). Then they took part in a variety of races, first competing against their lodge members and then the winners represented their lodge in an attempt to earn lodge points. We had sprint, bean bag, space hopper and egg and spoon races. All lodges won points in the finals and each participant received mini bubbles at the end of the evening. Great to get outside now the nights are lighter.

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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 Chinese New Year

Tonight Beavers were doing more work on their world badge. A Chinese themed evening. We started off with a movement activity to warm up, moving around the hall imitating zodiac animals as they were called out. Some very scary dragons and nice quiet mice.

Then, as it’s the Year of the Tiger, we played catch the tiger’s tail, a tag game where a beaver wears a tigers tail and tries to catch all the beavers. However, if a beaver caught the tigers tail they became the tiger and the chase began anew 🐯

Some Chinese calligraphy and a chopstick challenge. In their lodges they had to transfer as much pasta as possible from small bowls to their large lodge bowl using only chopsticks. Four lodge stars to yellow lodge (73 pasta), 3 stars to red lodge (37), 2 stars to blue lodge (36) and 1 star to green lodge (20)


Lastly, time to taste some Chinese food to finish off the night. 🇨🇳🐅🐀🐇🐓🐂🐎🐖🐕🐐🐒🐍🐉

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Health and Fitness Week 2

Beavers completed their Health and Fitness badge this week. A quick game of Fruit Salad with our YL and then they worked together in their lodges to make posters about healthy eating. Then time to make some tasty fruit kebabs 😋.

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Beavers Health & Fitness and Investitures

Tonight Beavers started the Health and fitness badge (chosen by them during a you shape evening). We tackled the fitness part tonight with lots of exercises (jogging, planks, star jumps, squats to name a few), feeling our heart rates and playing agility games.

A wee game of crab football and then we invested 10 of our new Beavers (those who weren’t there will get invested the next time they attend). Our Beavers promised “To do their best, to be kind and helpful, and to love our world” ⚜️🦫

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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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All the fun of the Fair

Beavers had their last meeting of the year this week. They had lots of funfair games to play and prizes for each game they played. There was Duck, Duck, Shoot, Plinko, Ring toss, Whack-a-pacman, hook-a-duck, mini golf, hungry horse, tin can alley and tomahawk throwing. This was followed up with some tasty food (thanks Shere Khan). Thanks to Cub section leader Bagheera for coming along to meet next years Cubs.

At end the meeting we gave out lots of badges. A huge well done to the 6 Beavers who managed to complete their Chief Scout Bronze over a difficult year. They managed to do so by continuing to scout throughout lockdowns by joining lots of zoom meetings, completing challenges at home and taking part in virtual camps. Well done to them all 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Good luck to our Beavers moving to Cubs in September. You’ll have lots more fun and adventures there. We’ll miss you. Looking forward to returning in September and seeing all our Beavers again 🦫 ⚜️

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Scouts Fun on the Water

Scout section were on the River Roe today taking part in some water activities…canoeing/kayaking/giant SUP and silly games in between 😂😬

Two weeks break and then we’ll be back for more fun together

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Beavers Explore Runkerry Beach and Dunes

This week Beavers completed their Explore activity badge. We visited Runkerry Beach and Dunes, Portballintrae. The sun shone throughout. ☀️

To help Beavers with their exploration they had to work together to complete an A-Z of things spotted on their exploration.

The 3 groups did really well, some thinking outside of the box to get the tricky letters 😉

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Scouts Winter Camp 2020

Friday night fun

Scouts and their rucksacks crammed into the minibus and set off to the Peter Thompson Hall, Castlerock. Young leaders ran some silly team relay games …. bottle flipping and caterpillar racing. Some very interesting techniques and a lot of cheating caterpillars. Then leaders ran a game of hungry hippos while the YLs set up their activity … Warhammer model making. The rest of the evening was spent making models and listening to music.

Saturday Variety

All kinds of activities today!!! Exploring HMS Caroline … Team work and problem solving trying to Save the City at Escapade escape rooms … lots of climbing at Clip and Climb. Back to the Peter Thompson Hall to enjoy a meal – Chinese New Year theme. Well done to chefs (Grace, Katie, Joshua and Luke) for cooking Chow mein noodles, Chinese style curry with rice and spring rolls. Then ice cream for pudding followed by a walk around Castlerock. Planned evening games ditched in favour of more Warhammer activities and making their own fun in the main hall.

Sunday

A bit of a lie in, waking up to a fab cooked breakfast (Jonny/Akela) then time to tidy up and get gear on the bus. Walking gear on, then on to Castlerock train station with Joan and Alphie to meet Julie-Anne (Beaver Leader) and continue on a dander cross country to Mussenden Temple and finishing at Downhill Forest. We had many fun facts along the way thanks to Katie 😂😂

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Great Scottish Run – Sponsor Joan!

Joan, one of our intrepid Scout Leaders is doing this years half marathon – The Great Scottish run in Glasgow on the 29th of September.
She has nominated the Group as her chosen charity and any funds raised will be offset against our new minibus. #Run for the bus
If you want to help and sponsor Joan – please click the link and donate what you can.
https://www.ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk//product/donate/
The Course:
The course starts in George Square in the city centre, before taking runners past some of Glasgow’s finest venues and buildings. Runners cross over the River Clyde, as well as a taking a trip through Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park, before heading back for the grandstand finish on Glasgow Green.
The decision to take on 13.1 miles should not be taken lightly; it requires a good level of fitness and a dedication to training. The rewards for your hard work in the build-up are all worth it however. The course will once again pass many of the iconic venues that feature in Scotland’s biggest city, including Nelson’s Monument, the Clyde Arc and the Finnieston Crane.

  • Starting in George Square in the heart of the city centre. Runners cross the Clyde twice using the Kingston Bridge and Clyde Arc.
  • From the city centre streets to the peace of Pollok Park – every mile is different.
  • Aqua Pura will be available at regular points along the route. There will also be a run-through shower around 8 miles.
  • Entertainment along the route will include bagpipers, drumming bands, live music, charity cheering points and our ‘Wall of Sound’ zones.

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2019 Group Camp

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all attended our annual Group Camp, this year held at Ballylough House. (Thanks to June & David! for allowing the invasion…)

Despite a few logistical issues the camp still went ahead as planned, nearly 50 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as well as our Hardy Band of leaders all took to canvas for a weekend of fun and friendship.

Firefighting, Backwoods cooked Pizzas, Team building, Plank skiing, Gutter ball, assault courses, Nature trails, Hikes, Leaf hunting, campfire songs and skits, Inflatables, Self run games, rock pooling, Trekking the coast on foot at a Shere Khan pace, filled the days. The pictures give an idea of the craic that was had..

A massive thanks to all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for being such good sports and they all behaved impeccably well. Well done on all their achievements this year. I hope to see them advance even further next year, for those moving on to Night Owls ESU – Good luck and do us proud!

Similarly, a big thanks to Alex and Matthew, our Young Leaders for all their hard work across the year and at the camp.

Of course there would be no sections or camps without the time given up by our Leadership Team.

A personal, thanks and well done to all the Leaders at the Camp, Ash (Wendy), Rowan (Julie-Anne), Cypress (Sara), Chil (Roma), Baloo (Graeme), Raksha (Aideen), Alphie, Saffie and our AGSL – Shere Khan.

Of course there are leaders who have put in a lot of time and work all year round who couldnt make the camp and a big thanks to them also. Joan, Francine, Claire and Lisa.

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Beavers Winter Camp

Sixteen Beavers took part in the annual winter camp/sleepover in tents inside the scout hall. For some this was their first time away with their colony!  A massive thank you to the Scout section for teaching the Beavers how to put up tents, make their beds and roll their clothes for the next day.

Scouts then assisted the Beavers with a twig Christmas tree craft and afterwards, everyone enjoyed some hot dogs and juice.  

Before it was time for Scouts to head home they entertained the Beavers with some campfire songs around our indoor ‘campfire’.  Make sure you check out the videos below.

Baby Shark
Captain Jack

Time to say goodbye to the Scouts and then it was time for some more snacks, chatting and bed.

Up early next morning and Beavers had breakfast, packed up their gear and helped dismantle the tents. Then it was time to burn off some energy with a trip to Treasure Island soft play.

Well done to everyone for completing a night away!!

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April Note

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apologies – this is a boring post to test but life will get much more exciting soon!
 

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Fitness February

Thanks to GEHQ and Dave for starting scouts off on their fitness section of their skills badge. Unfortunately no closeups as shere Khan was forced to join in….

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You shape scouts

Scouts made shields with their favourite activity so far, an activity they would like to work towards and a motto/logo for their patrols as part of youshape month.

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Beavers Christmas Camp

That time of year again… the snow and ice appearing but it’s no match for our beavers… Our Christmas camp was fun…. a first for many of our wee ones…. They were all fantastic and from reading reports back from the parents they are ready for their next adventure!!!!!!!
 

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Portacabin delivery

Early morning delivery from LacPatrick Dairys NI(Ballyrashane Creamery) by Castle Engineering. The group would like to thank LacPatrick Dairys for the donation of the  portacabin and Castle Engineering (Paul and jimmy) for transporting it to the hall then lifting it into place.

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Summer Camp- BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Summer Camp!

This Year Cubs and Explorers are teaming up to go to the Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre in  Co. Donegal for our Summer camp under canvas weekend.

DATES: Friday 23rd June until Sunday 25th June – Tullagh Bay, Inishowen.

There will be a range of activities throughout the weekend with the Explorers going off and doing Explorer things in the mountains and Cubs doing programmes in the centre. Evening entertainment will be joint on the beach with our communal camp kitchen, campfire and music!

As its Co. Donegal this will count as an International Camp and All participants will get their international badges (amongst others…)

 


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

LEADERS: Akela – 07542808014 Skipper: 07516590708

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Friday 23rd June at 6.00pm.

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 25rd Juneat 3pm.

The total cost is £75 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Socks x 4
Trousers (not Jeans) x 3
Underwear x 4
Shirt / T-Shirt x 4
Warm Jumper / Hoody x 2
Outdoor Coat
Hat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Boots or old shoes
2nd pair of shoes
Head Torch or Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  
Camp Mat
JimmyJams or onesie
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Several plastic bags (for wet clothes and rubbish)
Cutlery, crockery etc (knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl and mug)
Rucksack for all the above
 

KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.
Please – SEND NO GADGETS OR ELECTRONICS. No phones or games or similar, they will get broken, damaged or confiscated.



PAYMENT

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 “summercamp”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO  PAY THE £30 DEPOSIT NOW
AND MAKE FOLLOW ON PAYMENTS:

MAKE A PAYMENT


Questions?

Call Akela Now:- 07542808014

GSL@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

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Scouts County Camp

Scouts County Camp

The county are running a weekend camp for all county scouts from Friday 28th to the 30th of April on Dungannon Hill near Downhill. We will be covering many different scout based activities including pioneering, axe, knife safety, back woods cooking and camp menus along with other things. We would also like to get the kids together so we can mix and meet and exchange ideas.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

 LEADERS: David / Shere Khan- 07709972999   Jonny / Akela – 07542808014   

Drop off: TBC

INBOUND PICK UP:  TBC

The total cost is £25 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

Payment is required by the 21st of April – PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Full Uniform!

Socks x 4
Trousers x 2
Underwear x 3
Shirt / T-Shirt x3
Warm Jumper / Hoody
Outdoor Coat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Hiking Boots
Head Torch and / or
Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Anti Midge Spray / (Head Net if you’re feeling fancy)
Sandwich /  Freezer Bag Containing ¼ packet of wipes
Small Bottle of Antibacterial Gel (super cheap at the checkout in Lidl 😉
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Roll Mat or Self Inflating Mattress
Plate, Knife, Fork, Spoon, Mug (Maybe even a Spork? Whatever floats your boat.)

KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.


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 “CountyScout”.

Use the link below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

 

If you have a paypal account click here (please add a note to say what payment is for) http://paypal.me/BallymoneyScoutGroup

If you dont have a paypal account please go to payment page on our website and click the donate button.  Enter county Scout in the purpose box.


Questions? Don’t delay

Call  David / Shere Khan- 07709972999

sherekhan@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

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Cubs Easter Camp

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Breckenhill – The Sequel

Following the great october camp we had with Mr Dave and Miss Henry at Breckenhill we are returning at Easter for a Two Night Camp.

Friday 21st April until Sunday 23rd April.

We will be doing a range of activities including Archery, Go-carts, orienteering, raft building, night-lines, EarthBall, Team Games and Much Much more.

 


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

LEADERS: Akela – 07542808014 Shere Khan: 07709972999

OUTBOUND PICK UP: Ballymoney Scout Hall, Friday 21st April at 6.30pm.

INBOUND PICK UP:  Ballymoney Scout Hall, Sunday 23rd April at 1 pm.

The total cost is £75 (This includes all meals, activities and transport)

PLEASE PAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


KIT LIST

Socks x 4
Trousers (not Jeans) x 3
Underwear x 4
Shirt / T-Shirt x 4
Warm Jumper / Hoody x 2
Outdoor Coat
Hat
Waterproof Trousers
Light Towel
Boots or old shoes
2nd pair of shoes
Head Torch or Hand Torch (Please charge / replace batteries for both of these.)
Personal Medications (Must be discussed on accompanying medical consent form)
Sleeping bag  
Camp Mat
JimmyJams or onesie
Travel Pillow (or just bring an empty pillowcase – stuff your spare jumper into it to make a pillow 😉
Several plastic bags (for wet clothes and rubbish)
 

KIT NOTES

Get all of the above washed, waterproofed and lashed into a rucksack, we’re not camping far from the minibus so no probs if you want to pack your sleeping bag separately for handyness.
Please – SEND NO GADGETS OR ELECTRONICS. No phones or games or similar, they will get broken, damaged or confiscated.



PAYMENT

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 “CUBSEASTER”.

Use the button below to make payment, if you have any problems please contact the treasurer: treasurer@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk




Questions? Don’t delay

Call Akela Now:- 07542808014

GSL@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

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Super Hero Scouts

https://youtu.be/H_2sUPebHTc