Explorers Park Fun

On Sunday our explorers were out enjoying the beautiful weather once again. We took the opportunity and stayed local at Riverside Park. The explorers split into teams and erected some new tents ahead of our group camp. We then played rounders and tag rugby before heading back to base. There was some minor maintenance carried out by way of weeding and general tidying up out side the hall before they finished up with a good old bounce on the bouncy castle 👌


Phoenix Explorers Beach Day Study Break

On Sunday some of our explorers took a much needed break from their studies to relax with friends at white rocks beach Portrush. This time of the year can be stressful with exams so it was good to see books getting temporarily closed even just for a brief period. The explorers and leaders played rounders, volley ball, explored caves  and even braved a swim. 73109B70-6F48-4A72-B388-9AA40F998A63 4B589DB0-EF17-4E6F-A3CB-E1D8448B7046 0D767DED-77FF-4743-A802-FD4AD1D09CB8 D86A9FBA-5B2F-4A4E-96A1-8083F5F65A4A 5CB12415-3D3F-4F8D-9F91-8354F4C0262D D533095E-31A8-4523-9FF6-D052677E0A1C 5DBBE06C-B942-4F19-9401-D1CDE38FFA5F


Founders Day

Ballymoney Cubs and Scouts joined other members of the association as well as members from Scouting Ireland to celebrate Founders Day last Sunday 24th February.
Founders Day celebrates the birth of Baden Powell (22nd February 1857) the founder of Scouting.
This year a special Parade and Scouts Own took place in Londonderry as the city is celebrating its year as the City of Culture. Over 1400 Scouts from County Londonderry and County Donegal paraded through the city and were warmly welcomed by the residents; the parade crossed the peace bridge and finished with a Scouts Own in the newly erected events tent. All participants received a commemorative scarf and woggle which can be worn for the next month.
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New Scouting Ambassador

Just to let you know that Julia Bradbury is the latest Scouting Ambassador. Visiting 13th Southall Scout Troop, where she met scouts and leaders, the outdoor adventurer and TV presenter said, ‘I always love seeing the enthusiasm of both the scouts themselves and the scout leaders and it has been inspirational to meet them.’
Please see the link for more information.


Patrol Leaders Training Day

The wet weather didn’t deter the PL’s & APL’s having fun on their recent leadership and team working training day.
The day was broken down into a series of sessions each designed to help the young people gain a better understanding of team working and leadership. The day started with a scavenger hunt followed by erecting a tent indoors – this might sound easy, but since the tent was new to all the young people, and a few of the pieces were missing, it proved to be challenging enough.

Other sessions during the morning included the tricky bomb disposal, the awkward leader, and building an egg parachute (which was dropped off a twelve foot wall!)  I’m glad to say that all the eggs survived, although a few were seriously injured.
After lunch of Pizza & Chips, the action went indoors with activities such as The Brain. The last session of the day was the Troop Leadership Forum (TLF): this is where the young people decide on how to run their patrols, help decide the programme as well as plan future activities. This session was aided by hot chocolate fudge cake and ice cream, always a good way to round off the day!


Duchess of Cambridge to volunteer with Scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge is to become a volunteer in the Scout Association, working with youngsters near her home in north Wales. The Scout Association has announced that the Duchess will be teaching boys – aged from six to 10 – a variety of skills including putting up tents and lighting fires. She will work with youngsters near her home on Anglesey, but will also assist in other areas of the UK.
More on this story here…


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons

From 2nd June 2012 to 5th June 2012

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on the weekend of 2 to 5 June 2012.
There are many ways Scouts can get involved, one of which is to take part in the Jubilee Beacons project. There is a long history of lighting beacons to celebrate Royal events. The aim for the Diamond Jubilee is to light 2,012 throughout the UK.
Scouts are invited to organise events at a local level, using the attraction of lighting a beacon to involve your community in the celebrations and raise the profile of Scouting.

Shine a light

If you’d like to consider lighting a beacon for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has produced a guide with further details.
Download the Jubilee Beacons guide
Register your beacon event
Further information is available on the Jubilee Beacons website.
If you’re organising the event yourself, The Scout Association Public Liability Policy, arranged though Unity (Scout Insurance Services), covers personal injury or property damage to people attending your beacons event.
Unity can also arrange cover for other risks such as  cancellation of the event, hired in equipment and your Group’s money. If you would like to check on anything to do with event insurance, please contact Unity.