Health & Fitness February Week 2

The Scouts attended an interesting information evening at a very important local health service. Our good scouting friend Rebecca invited Ballymoney on a joint visit with Ballintoy and Dunseverick Scouts to the Causeway Hospital. First we heard a presentation about the services the hospital provides, followed by a tour of the hospital to see where…

Beavers Celebrate Chinese New Year

Tonight Beavers worked on their international activity badge by learning about the Chinese New Year. We told them this was the year of the pig and they found out their zodiac animal signs. They learned how to say hello (nî hâo), recognised the Chinese flag and tasted various Chinese dishes (some attempting to use chopsticks)….

Health & Fitness February Week 1

The Scouts started Health & Fitness February with a visit to Kyoujin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Ballymoney. David and Becca put the Scouts through some drills. David demonstrated how to fall and slap the ground to soften the fall. Then David talked about safety about the moves before showing them how to do the rear…

Scouts Winter Camp

The scouts had their winter camp on the north coast this year, staying at the Peter Thompson hall, Castlerock. On Friday night they played in the main hall with space hoppers and balls. The Wii was set up in the minor hall where they had Just Dance. After the fun the scouts had a bit…

Scouts Get Crafty

Over the past few weeks Scouts have been creating log reindeer and woodslice snowmen. They used knife, axe and saw skills to cut the logs, whittle carrot noses, arms, legs and antlers. They also used diy skills to drill out holes to slot the pieces together.  Finally they got creative with paint, baubles, felt and…

Scouts Try Hedgelaying

On Sunday, Scouts visited Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood to learn about hedgelaying. After meeting the experts, who briefed them on safety and kitted them out with protective gloves and head gear, it was time to get hands on with a variety of tools.  They worked with loppers, axes, bow saws, extendable saws, garden shears and…

Beavers Visit The Police

Thanks to Ash for organising a visit to Coleraine police station. Beavers were shown different uniforms, torches (or lightsabers) and walkie-talkies. A few had a go with the breathalyser (pleased to report no young offenders) and were shown how fingerprints were taken. After a quick question and answer session,  it was off for a visit…

Beavers Halloween Trip to W5 & Monster Manor

Beavers visited W5 and Monster Manor for their Halloween outing. Every Beaver braved the Manor admirably where they encountered skeletons, Frankenstein, a beast in a crate and other spooky creations.  They then proceeded to take over all floors of W5, fighting dinosaurs, role playing in GO and constructing all sorts of models, as well as…

Scouts Halloween Night Out

This Halloween scouts chose to visit Limavady Airsoft for a Halloween themed session of Airsoft combat.  On arrival they given a safety briefing and the rules of the games were explained.  Teams games of 3 vs 3 took place while those not in play had a turn shooting in the range.  During the combat there…

Beaver Investitures and Joining in

Recently 7 new Beavers made their promises and were invested into the colony.  A number of Beavers were also awarded their joining in level 1.  Well done everyone.  Thanks to Shere Khan for coming down to help out. Also thanks to our young leader for taking photos and leading the Halloween craft.

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…

Scouts clowning around

Over the last month scouts have been working on their circus skills badge.   They have been attempting to learn skills such as clown make up, Diablo, devil sticks, juggling bean bags, ribbon twirling and spinning plates. They also had a go at the static trapeze and watched YouTube videos on circus life.  A very…

Scouts Autumn Camp/Mud Run

Hi 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…

Restart a Heart Day 2018

As part of the nationwide Restart a Heart day the Group partnered with both the St Johns Ambulance and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to run a special evening where all the young people (some leaders and parents too!) learnt all about resuscitation, CPR, how to help others and key Life Saving skills.  43 members…

End of summer/moving on party

To celebrate the end of a busy summer we had a chilled evening of darts, table tennis, wii games and playing cards. There was pizza, cocktail sausages, crisps and sweets to fill hungry scout bellies 🍕. It was also time to say goodbye and good luck to three scouts leaving the group to move on…

New Scouting Year

Registration nights as follows:- Beavers 6-8 year old 11/09/2018 from 18:45 – 20:00 Cubs 8-10.5 year old 12/09/2018 from 18:45 – 20:15 Scouts 10.5 – 14 year old 07/09/2018 from 19:00 – 21:00 for the scouts section this will be a social night for all parents, scouts and potential scouts.  Come along, fill in the…

Carrowmena Activity Day

The scouts enjoyed their last adventure of the summer….a visit to Carrowmena activity centre!  They took part in a variety of activities…raft building (putting knots and lashings into practice), climbing, team building games and a run through the muddy Maize maze.      

Registration for new scouting year

Summer is drawing to an end, and it is time to register for another busy year at Ballymoney Scouts.  We also have a few spaces for new members (aged 10 1/2 to 14), so contact David (section leader) via email if your young person is interested in joining our group. scouts@ballymoneyscoutgroup.co.uk

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 ☀️☀️☀️…