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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, 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 yard tidy up

Scouts worked hard this week. They were removing weeds around the building and yard, dismantled rotten old planters, collected rubbish and painted the front fence. There were also some branches to saw up for firewood. Well done everyone and we hope you enjoyed your ice creams.

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Beavers Visit Cornfield Project

This week Beavers met at the cornfield project, in Coleraine. The Cornfield Project is an amazing regeneration concept that has taken a previously abandoned and unloved area of land and turned it into a thriving nature zone with widespread environmental activity.

They answered some quick quiz questions and then set off to explore the area ticking off their spotter sheets and picking litter as they went.

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Scouts Raft Regatta

Scouts spent some time building stick rafts this week. After a variety of styles of rafts were created, they walked to the trim trail to test them out. Once the scouts were in the river and lined up, the rafts were released. The winning raft was HMS Noah. Unfortunately the net we stretched across the river failed to catch all the rafts and it was up to a leader and YLs to run downstream to retrieve them 😂😂

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Cubs mini hike

This week cubs enjoyed a mini hike in Springwell forest. We’ve seen lots of slugs and some lovely chihuahua pups. Now off to more hikes with preparation to our Rathlin trip.

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Beavers Sports

A rainy Tuesday evening didn’t stop our Beavers from completing their sports badge. Over our past few meetings we’ve had sports day games, netball and badminton tasters, and this week was football skills. Well done Beavers 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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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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Scouts Earth Day Hike

This weeks meeting took place on Earth day, so we took scouts on a hike from Portballintrae to the Giants Causeway to appreciate the scenery. As its St George’s Day weekend, we renewed our promises on the main Causeway stones. It’s also National Jelly bean day so everyone got a pack of Jelly beans to enjoy before returning to Portballintrae as the sun was setting.

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Scouts Survival Camp

Scouts visited Waterfall caves at the weekend to take part in a survival camp. After hail stones the day before we couldn’t believe our luck with the lovely spring sunshine on arrival.

We had backwoods cooking, different types of survival bags/shelter and how to use them, natural shelter team competition, lots of time for scouts to play wide games or hang out, campfire with hotdogs, sleeping under tarps in survival bags (in temps down to 2 degrees) and an early morning walk around the lake at Binevenagh and up to the viewpoint. It was great to see the more established scouts leading and mentoring our younger scouts. Well done to all our scouts (especially the 1st time campers) 👏🏻👏🏻

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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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Cubs visit Belfast Zoo

We had so much fun at the Zoo. Exploring all creatures big and small. With sunshine and ice cream what betterway to spend Saturday

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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 night at the Port

With such a great spell of weather this week, we decided a trip to the coast was in order. On arrival at Portrush the group split in half to complete the 1st activities. Lighting tuna can stoves on the beach with flint and steel to toast marshmallows and keep warm while the other half were practicing their phonetic code on walkie-talkies, then swap.

Then we had some games and races on the grassy area above the beach before a final stroll along the promenade.

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Cubs Skills night

This week cubs work on their skills. We learned how to iron, make bed, brew some tea, set table, peel some veg and change light bulbs.  They all shoud be great help around house from now on 😉

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Beavers St Paddys

Beavers had an Irish night as its St Patrick’s day this Thursday. They had to use their skills to crack the leprechaun’s riddle and complete an Irish I spy. Then we had a visit from our fabulous Scout, Katie, who performed an Irish dance routine and then “tried her best” to teach beavers their 3’s. Well done Katie and thank you 🤩 Finally, a team game….chasing the snakes out of Ireland just like St. Patrick.

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Scouts Camp Planning and Archery


This week scouts were challenged to come up with a 2 night camp in their patrols. They had to choose the venue, decide how to get there, plan the camp programme, plan the menu, figure out what equipment they would need to take and calculate a rough cost for the weekend. At the same time, each patrol had a go at soft archery in preparation for the upcoming County archery competition. At the end of the evening the patrols presented their camp plans. Some interesting plans and a useful guide to leaders when planning future camps.

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All Sections Forest Fun

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and YL’s all met in Somerset Forest. We were unable to meet at the hall this week due to the main hall floor being repaired. So a bit of outdoor fun was in order 😃

A wee walk up to the top of the forest, some refreshments and then time to mix up the sections. Team leaders and scouts helped the younger sections to make shelters. All groups made natural shelters and a few had time to make tarp shelters too. Some great teamwork out in the fresh air.



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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 Teamwork

Beavers were working together with their lodges to complete 4 challenges. Points are awarded to each lodge depending on how well they worked together

The team challenges were…..

  1. Gutterball – transport as many tennis balls to a bucket using pieces of gutter in the time assigned
  2. Jigsaw – complete the jigsaw as fast as possible
  3. Cup stacking – using knots and an elastic band work together to move and stack cups.
  4. Marshmallow and spaghetti towers – tallest free standing tower

Scores were as follows:

Red lodge 11 points, Yellow lodge 10 points, green and blue both got 8 points. Well done everyone 👏🏻

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Cubs Olympics Camp and fun so far in 2022

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  • In this years Cubs Olympics five teams were competing to win – Cool Cubs, Cub Land, Americans, Scoutland and Jamiverse. Javelin, hammer throw, shot put  ice cube boblsed and many more fun games were played. We had lots of fun and so many cubs had a chance to stay overnight for the first time
  • This year so far we have baked, done some art and played lots of interesting games
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Scouts Australia Make Contact 🇦🇺

A few weeks ago scouts wrote postcards to 1st Kempsey scouts, New South Wales, Australia. This week we received a parcel from the group with letters, a typical scout uniform, badges, info on Scouts Australia and the local area and some tasty Aussie treats