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Welcome to Ballymoney Scout Group

We are a Scout Group for both girls and boys based in the Co. Antrim market town of Ballymoney.

Scouting has a long history in the town and indeed first started in Ballymoney with the formation of the ‘Ballymoney Church Scout Troop’ in 1921 and continued with other groups (1st Ballymoney, 2nd Ballymoney in various guises) joining and merging over the years until in 1957 when the name Ballymoney Scout Group was adopted.

We have 3 active sections:

Beavers (6-8) Cubs (8-11) Scouts (11-14) Our Explorers (14+) join the County’s Night Owl ESU


Scouting offers challenge and adventure to 400,000 young people and 100,000 adults across the UK. We do some pretty amazing things in Scouting, but for us, adventure is a way of life and not just an activity or expedition.
Our Scouts grow in confidence by trying out new skills and stretching themselves. Whether it’s an Explorer trying out his French on an international trip or a Scout leading her Patrol for the first time, each time we challenge ourselves, it’s a step forward.
When a Scout stands up to a bully, or sticks up for what they believe in; that’s an adventure.


We are currently recruiting for more adults;

You can spare a few hours a week – We need Assistant Leaders and Occasional Helpers across a few sections
You can spare a few hours a month – We need Administrators and Event Planners to help with our fundraising (No experience required, just a willingness to get stuck in and be part of the team)
You can spare a couple of days over the year – We need people of all ages and backgrounds to help with events and also tradespeople to train the kids and volunteers on the upkeep of our equipment, hall and vehicles.
You can’t spare anytime but your business needs exposure? – We are working to create a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities please contact us to discuss.

email:  gsl@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk for more info.

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Beavers News

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 🤩

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Cubs

Cubs Bird Box Project

Cubs have started  a fantastic DIY project – Building Bird Boxes. We measured out our building materials. We used saws (under adult supervision) to star to prep for assembly. Next week we’ll continue to work on them using more tools.

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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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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 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 😃 

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 👍🏻 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 😃

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 ⚜️ 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 s’mores (kids brought their own) back at the hall. We also invested 2 new scouts and a leader ⚜️



Cubs had an evening session, practicing knots, making kites, dancing, s’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, YL’s and leaders 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Huge thanks to Paul and the county team, all the Ballymoney Leader team and our fantastic parents for making our camp at home 2 a great experience ⛺️ ⚜️

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Beavers are Super Heroes!!

This week we had a superhero theme. Beavers promise to be kind and helpful, just like superheroes. They played a tag game we named superheroes vs villains, using pool noodles and hula hoops, then drew chalk self portraits of themselves as superheroes. We had a lots of interesting super powers.

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Scout Skills – Whittling and Map Contours

This week scouts had 2 activities running. Whittling and map work, specifically contour lines.

WHITTLING

After a chat about knife laws and a reminder on knife safety, scouts were challenged to whittle butter knives. However, somehow there appeared to be more pointy spears 🤔😂

MAP CONTOUR LINES

A session ran by Joan teaching the importance of knowing the contours on a map when planning any hikes or expeditions. Then a practical task using modelling clay to create models of Slievanorra.


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Beavers and Boats

This week Beavers made boats from tin foil for Lego mini figures. Once they created their bases and sails, it was time to launch the boats! All stayed afloat!! Time to experiment. How many pennies could their boats hold before sinking? Did it mattter where they placed their pennies? Only got a few pics 🙊 Also a wee game of foxes and rabbits 🦊 🐰

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Scouts Beach Athletics & St George’s Day

Scout section met at the Whiterocks Beach for some beach games/athletics. Our events were team obstacle course, Javelin (bamboo throwing arrows 😂), High jump, long jump, shot put (throwing white rocks) and 100m sprint to finish.

Before we could start the events scouts were shown how to make bamboo throwing arrows while YLs set up an obstacle course. Score cards handed out and time to play.

At the end of the session, as it’s St George’s Day, all scouts renewed their promise under the setting sun.

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Beavers Scouting @ Home – Indoor Campfire

This week Beavers were challenged to create indoor campfires using junk/paper/Lego/play-dough…whatever they had available around the home. Pleased to say we have had lots of fabulous creations. Well done Beavers!!!

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Beavers Scouting at Home – Build a Fort

Unfortunately, due to social distancing because of the coronavirus, all face to face scouting has been cancelled. 

Fear not!!! Beaver scouts have been busy scouting at home 🙂 

Their first weekly challenge was to built a blanket fort and sleep in it.  The challenge was accepted by around 75% of our young people and our YL too.  The kids smiling faces cheered all the leaders up.  

Well done to our fabulous Beavers. It was great to see siblings and parents getting involved too. Keep an eye out for next weeks challenge – build a 3D campfire!

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SCOUTS DANDER AT BINEVENAGH

Wee Saturday trip out for scout section in the run up to St. Paddy’s day. Everyone was well wrapped up for a walk from the Lake car park to the statue of Manannan Mac Lir, the Irish Sea god, at Gortmore Point. Thanks to David Hoy for leading the walk. They were treated to lovely scenery and a beautiful sunset, but it was rather windy!

Unfortunately the walk took a bit longer than anticipated, so we ran out of time for return walk to the car park where Jonny (Akela) had planned to teach them how to make bannock bread. So while waiting for the minibus to pick them up, the scouts had some fun playing around on the grassland. Never mind… Plan B … a stop at Burger King on the return journey to fill hungry tummies.

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Beavers News

Beaver Shape

Ballymoney Beavers met up with lots of other Colonies for the annual Beavershape day. A day of fun, scout skills and youth shaped activities.

On arrival at Bovevagh Parish Church, our Beavers enjoyed a teddy bears picnic. Bellies full and then it was time to start activities. First up was the youth-shaped activities – cool wall (to decide which badges Beavers were really interested in doing) and create a plate (Beavers drew various camp site ideas).

The next session was a parachute game and the wish tree – Beavers wrote something they would really like to do and by hanging it on the wish tree, their wishes will hopefully come true.

Then onto some more creative fun. They made ‘Lego’ woggles and designed their own neckers. Our own Beaver section YL Robyn helped run this activity.

Next up, a firm favourite…fires and smores! Each Beaver made a fire lighting kit, lit small fires using flint and steel and then toasted marshmallows for smores.

Of course no Beaver day out is complete without a bouncy castle, and so they had half an hour of bouncing on two inflatables.

Finally, they experienced an indoor campfire, where they joined in with some silly campfire songs. Shout out to Scout section YL Alex for his campfire song – singing in the rain. Most sang along and did their best to follow the actions.

Our Beavers were very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the day. Many thanks to Adam and the County Youth team for organising and running the day and to Bovevagh for hosting the event.

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Scouts Fitness February

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Beavers Winter Adventure

Beavers voted to go to We are Vertigo for their Winter Adventure…their wish was our command 🧞‍♂️. The turquoise ninjas had fun bouncing and sliding around the inflatapark. After this they visited the adventure zone. Lots of Beavers tried out the high ropes and low ropes, a few tried the climbing wall and they all had fun in the soft play. Many thanks to we are Vertigo for all their help.

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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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Beaver Rally Day

Some of our Beavers attended the NI Beaver Rally day at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre this weekend. As the theme for the event was World around us, Beavers decorated rocks earlier in the week with drawings relating to India. These were then swapped at Crawfordsburn with rocks other colonies decorated with drawings/paintings related to other countries.

Beavers had a great time watching the magic show, bouldering and following the gruffalo trail….

They showed off their dancing skills with a Zumba session…

Zumba with Ash!!!

They were creative decorating cardboard shapes, rice sound makers and beaver biscuits…

Then they searched for bugs…

Finally fun on the assault course, shopping and stone swapping.

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Cubs News

Cubs Knots & Lashings

Polishing up two weeks fun with Ropes the Cubs have all mastered their basic knots and lashings.. Now what will they make with them?

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Cubs Knots & Lashings

Polishing up two weeks fun with Ropes the Cubs have all mastered their basic knots and lashings.. Now what will they make with them?

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Beavers RNLI Visit

This week Ballymoney Beavers visited Fred at the RNLI boathouse in Portrush. They learned about keeping safe at the beach by wearing sun hats and sun cream and to protect their feet with old shoes/crocs. Fred told them all about the lifeguards and the importance of swimming/paddling in between the red and yellow flags. He also explained how to get help in an emergency.

Then the Beavers were shown around areas not normally open to the public. First stop, the changing room ….

Then down to see the dry suit and helmet worn when going out on the small life boat…

Finally upstairs to see the RNLI office…

Thank you to all the Beavers for donating money to the RNLI during our visit. They have all been given a small jar to fill with 5p’s to raise some more funds for this important, lifesaving charity.

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Easter Raffle Winner

Thank you to all those who supported our Easter fundraiser by entering our raffle. We raised £311 which will be used to buy more tents and equipment for our group camp later this year. The winner of the hamper was Margaret Archibald. Congratulations!!

Also a huge thank you to those who donated prizes including cinema and bowling passes from The Jet Centre, Coleraine and a voucher from McClesters Family Butcher, Ballymoney.

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Beach fun & Leader Investitures

Scouts visited Portstewart Strand on a clear, cool spring evening, for a walk through the dunes, some sand sledding and s’mores on the beach. Two leaders were also invested, Graham for cubs and Joan for scouts. Welcome to the group 😀

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Scouts Night hike & BIVI

This weekend, scouts completed a hike from Coleraine to Downhill forest. That’s almost 6 miles carrying their gear for an overnight Bivi, in the dark with even the youngest managing to keep up!

Along the way they were able to locate their position at a number of stops on an OS map and provide 6 figure grid references. Of course, these stops were also a chance for a short rest and some snacks.

On arriving at Downhill, they were welcomed by a warm fire with soup gently warming. While waiting for soup, they built their shelters (tarps) which would protect them from the rain which arrived overnight. Back to the campfire and soup and rolls to fill up hungry bellies. Another burst of energy and still no sign of sleep at midnight!

Eventually the last scouts awake were reminded to get some rest and joined those already bedded down in shelters for the night.

It wasn’t long before leaders went to bed, with some in more luxurious accommodation than others (ahem..Jonny..ahem)

The morning was cool, but the campfire was lit in no time. Everyone enjoyed breakfast…beans cooked on the campfire, bacon and eggy bread cooked on the stoves. Finally, tarps and supplies were packed away, rucksacks repacked and a leave no trace litter check completed and it was time for tired, smoky scouts to go home

Well done to everyone!

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Beavers News

Beavers Bistro – Mother’s Day

Beavers invited all mothers (and fathers and siblings) to come to our Beavers Bistro for a mother’s day treat. They had the responsibility of taking orders, and then helping to make tea/coffee to treat their family. Of course leaders were on hand to help with boiling water and delivery of hot drinks. Beavers did a great job of handing out plates of biscuits too. After everyone was relaxing with their tasty treats our fantastic Beavers gave mums a notecard (decorated earlier) and chose a rose for their mum. Well done everyone!!

At the end of the meeting we invested 3 new beavers and awarded badges. Thanks to our helpers …. Scout Leader David, scout helpers and young leaders. No photos this time, too busy 😂