Cubs Halloween Harry Potter Camp

On Saturday 20th October 2018 the cubs set off to Ballylough House (renamed Hogwarts for the weekend).  Once all the tents were set up they had a quick lunch and lessons began.  This involved carving pumpkins which were used at night to light up the campsite and we all walked through the Forbidden Forest to collect the materials to make their brooms who were used later for a Qudditch competition. I am glad to say the competition ended in a draw!!

After dinner we set off on a night hike which threw up a few scary surprises. Apologies to all who were scared. The cubs then proceeded to the campfire where Hagrids hot chocolate was consumed in copious amounts.  They were all ready for bed by this time so off they all toddled and snuggled down for the night.

Sunday morning dawned wet and windy so in the rain so they bravely struggled and succeeded to get the tents packed away.

After the award ceremony where all the cubs were given their end of term reports the parents arrived to take some very tired but hopefully happy cubs back to Muggle land.  A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers without whom we could not have coped and to Shere Khan for his backroom help.

Scouts Autumn Camp/Mud Run


Recently scouts visited picturesque Dungannon Park for their Autumn Camp.  The sun was shining when we arrived on-site and proceeded to set up camp.

It was a laid back camp with orienteering, capture the flag and lots of free time. Scouts used their free time to relax, explore the park, play football and visit the cafe for ice cream, slushies and other goodies. Later we headed into Dungannon town to do a grocery shop and pick up some takeaways for dinner (we even managed to score a free pizza 🍕 😃).

Back to the camp site and scouts were very happy to see that the play park was free of the general public, so of course they had to have a go on all the equipment. When it got dark it was time for a torchlight scavenger hunt (organised by our young leader). Eventually it was time for snacks and to seek refuge from the chilly night in their tents in order to get some rest for the next day.

An early rise on Sunday morning…dressed, breakfasts, washing up and breaking camp all before 9:45!!  Quite an achievement for a group of teenagers 😂.  Then it was over to Parkanaur forest for most of the scouts to take part in the mud run while the rest cheered them on. Well done to all who completed the course.  Muddy fun! Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch before getting back on the bus and heading home.

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Simply Scouting (Einfach Pfadfinden)

Recently eight of the Ballymoney Scouts teamed up with other scouts from the county to go on an international summer camp to Königsdorf, Bavaria in Germany.

On arrival at camp we were warmly welcomed by our German host scout group, St Margaretha.  Weather was just a tad warmer than what we are used to ☀️☀️☀️

During our time on camp scouts helped German scouts to build a hut, tie-dyed neckers, carved woggles, spoons and cups. Everyone completed various tasks to earn junior wood badge, including building a water wheel, milking a ‘cow’ (County commissioner Paul Meikle), taking group selfies, sleeping under the stars and designing board games.  They enjoyed a day trip to Munich, where they spent the day hopping on and off underground trains, trams and buses while searching for Mr X!    When things got too hot, we cooled off by eating lollies, drinking slushies, having water fights, getting hosed down by firefighters and paddling in the River Isar.

We took part in a few international nights and international camp fire.  During these evenings there was singing, dancing, necker swapping and tasting different foods. There were scouts from Jordan, Luxembourg, South African and Germany (of course).

Final night campfire was very emotional for our young people as they had become very good friends during their time at camp.

A huge thank you to our German hosts who kept us fed and watered, made us feel really welcome and treated us like good friends from start to finish.

Finally, a special thanks to the county team and other leaders that made this possible. Paul, Stephanie, Pamela and Caitlin, we couldn’t have done it without you.

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End of Year Group Camp

Ballymoney Scout Group had their first ever all section group camp in June.   The Scouts and Cubs went horse riding on Friday night before getting some bounce time on the inflatable assault course.  This was followed by a camp fire and s’mores toasted on the fire.  After a few songs it was off to bed.

Up bright and early for breakfast on Saturday and then the Scouts were off to Glenariff Forest Park for a hike and some photography work.  The Cubs then had their outing to Rosepark farm, who just happened to be having birthday celebrations! When the Scouts got back they had some free time and the option to go to play volleyball or play on the inflatable before the Beavers came on site for their camp.  Some of the Scouts and Beaver parents assisted in  leading the Beavers on their horse riding session.  When the Beavers had finished their horse riding it was time for the BBQ.  After dinner the Scouts setup and ran the camp fair for the Beavers and Cubs to play.  Another campfire, s’mores and songs and a very tired group headed to bed.

Sunday morning and those awake early enough enjoyed watching the horses being brought in from the field – they counted 30 horses passing by. After breakfast time it was time to pack all the gear away into rucksacks. Beavers and Cubs then made creative pool noodle ponies while Scouts worked hard breaking camp.

Parents arrived, group camp badges were distributed and many tired young people and leaders were ready to head to the comforts of home.

Many thanks to all at Sheans horse farm for helping our young people with the horse riding and the use of their facilities for camp. Also, thanks to Dr Walker for running the volleyball, Rebecca for cooking the BBQ and all the other leaders who made camp possible.

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