Ballymoney Scout Group celebrates another great year

AGM 2013 (7) Three Chief Scout Bronze, 5 Chief Scout Gold, 4 Chief Scout Platinum, 1 Chief Scout Diamond and £300 donated to charity. Sounds a bit like an adaptation of the 12 days of Christmas but this is a list of just some of the achievements by members of the Ballymoney Scout Group, over the past year.
On Friday 10th May at the groups AGM, group and district member presented the Children’s Heartbeat Charity with a cheque for £300. The money was raised at the annual district St George’s day parade that was hosted in Ballymoney this year. Sarah Quinlan from the charity was present to receive the cheque. The Children’s Heartbeat Trust delivers emotional and practical support to parents and families of children with heart disease in Northern Ireland. They are currently campaigning to keep children’s heart surgery here in Northern Ireland. More information can be found on the charity’s website
AGM 2013 (5)The evening also saw young people receive the highest awards for their sections and some move up to the next section.
Three Beavers (6-8 year olds) received the Chief Scout Bronze award having taken part in a variety of activities from sleepovers to pantomime visits, healthy eating to learning about other countries.  The Cubs (8- 10 ½ years) received 9 new members from Beavers and saw 4 of their members move up to Scouts. They also saw one of their leaders recited his promise to be invested as a member of the Scout Association.
AGM 2013Five Scouts (10 ½ – 14 ½ years) were awarded the Chief Scout Gold award having completed 8 Challenge awards from Adventure to Global challenge. The Explorer section (14 ½ – 18 years) saw 4 of their members awarded with the Chief Scout Platinum which is the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award plus additional activities and 1 member received his Chief Scout Diamond (DoE Silver plus additional activities).
The evening was well attended by young people and their families and also the special guests of the evening Deputy Mayor, Alderman Cecil Cousley, Paul Meikle Coleraine District Commissioner and Sarah Quinlan for Children’s Heartbeat Trust.  The new executive committee was elected with some members returning to their roles while other positions have been taken on by parent supporters.
AGM 2013 (9)Scouting is a completely voluntary organisation that provides a wide range of experiences and skills to young people and adults alike. Leaders, helpers and parent representatives for the executive committee are always being sought. No skills or previous experience are required – you just need to be committed to working with the young people and having fun!  You can see more of what Ballymoney Scouts do on our website
All adult helpers must be Access NI checked, and any training (1st Aid, Child safeguarding, or anything else identified) will be provided.
If you feel you can offer any support, or know of anyone that would be interested please contact the Group Scout Leader Kevin on 07775632415 or email


A Weekend Out For Ballymoney Scout Group

The Cubs and Scouts spent the afternoon orienteering at Garvagh Forest. Some of the parents also took up the challenge and joined in the fun. They all did very well and completed the routes and finished the afternoon with chocolate cake and juice. Jonny Hoy the Cub leader said “It’s great to see the Cubs and Scouts mixing together, the Cubs see what fun the Scouts have and learn so many new skills from them.”
Sunday saw the Explorers out on a hike in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh awards expedition. There was a slight detour in the route but they all got to the end and were still smiling!


Beavers Badge Work

The Beavers are working on their Animal Friend badge from now until Easter.
Staff from ‘Pets at Home’ joined us last Tuesday bringing  guinea pigs, hamster rabbits and a dog.
On the 6th March we are going to the’ Pets at Home’ store, and on 13th March Karen Mitchell (Dog Warden from BBC) will be giving us a talk in the hall.
On 20th March, Karen & Darryl from ‘Pets at Home’ are joining us again to present badges, and on that date 4 new Beavers will be invested.


Scout badges and awards

Scout badges and awards

There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Scout Section.

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.

Challenge awards

Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Troop or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.

Core badges

In addition, there are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Troop, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.

Activity packs

Some activity badges are sponsored by outside companies, and these companies often provide extra exciting resource packs to help Scouts towards gaining their badges.
Find out more here…