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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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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 🥵

This weekend scouts hiked up Binevenagh, guided by Heather (Pulse Fitness). The hottest day of the year so far didn’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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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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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 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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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