Scouts and Explorers Winter Weekend

Last weekend the Scouts and Explorers packed up and headed off in the minibus for their winter weekend away at Dunluce Guide House. Once there, after setting up the hostel and unloading all the goodies brought by the Tesco delivery van, everything was set for a great weekend ahead. On Saturday the Scouts headed off…

Remembrance Day Parade

All sections of the group joined the local Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, and attended the subsequent service at First Ballymoney Presbyterian Church. This parade has grown in recent years and it was good to see all the other youth organisations out on the day. Scouting was represented by both Ballymoney Scout group and 4th…

Arrangements for Remembrance Day Parade

The Remembrance Day Parade will take place on Sunday 09/11/2014. Following are the arrangements for the all sections: 13:45    Meeting at  Townhead Street Car Park  Dress – Full Uniform (Please bring a coat for wet weather) 13:45    Roll Call, head count and collect permission forms The parade will go straight down the Main Street, turn…

Friday Night Is Pancake Night

Friday night saw the Scouts and Explorers taking up the challenge of cooking pancakes. Each patrol cooked their own pancakes and then had the choice of their fillings – chocolate spread, marshmallows, jam as well as the traditional lemon and sugar. Once cleared away the pancake races started, I’m not sure anyone actually knows who…

Master at Arms Badge

The Scouts and Explorers visited Causeway Company of Archers to complete their Master at Arms badge. There are three main requirements to complete the badge. The Scouts attend regular training sessions and that they show improvement in their skills. The Scouts know the safety rules associated with the activity and demonstrate their use That they…

First Hike of 2014

The first hike of 2014 took place last weekend with a visit to Slemish, it was a good excuse to stretch the legs on the walk / scramble with everyone reaching the summit, and most of the explorers and scouts choosing to go for a run. The weather stayed fine on the 150 meter climb.

Swimming Badges

The scouts visited Ballymoney leisure centre on Friday to start their staged swimming awards, everyone who attended completed level 1 with most completing level 2 as well. Our thanks go out to all at Ballymoney leisure centre for accommodating us. The explorers decided it was time that they got their feet wet with a visit…

Chocolate Challenge

Once again the chocolate challenge has raised its head. In patrols the scouts and explorers designed a chocolate bar which included coming up with ingredients, naming it, designing its wrapper and this year creating an advertising slogan. Entrants were varied with the Maple Bar which main ingredient was Maple syrup, Cookie crumble which included chocolate…

Scouts and Explorers Christmas Break

The last night for Scouts and Explorers before the Christmas break is Friday the 20th December. This is a non uniform night, but people should come wearing something festive! We will return on Friday 10th January for the chocolate challenge. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Explorer Christmas Trip

On Sunday the Explorers went karting for their Christmas trip at Raceview in Ballymena. Harry won, with David showing he had hidden talents to take second place.

ASDA Bag Pack

The Scouts, Explorers and parents spent the day bag packing at ASDA in Coleraine where a fantastic figure of £935.03 was raised. The money goes towards the Croatia trip and the planned group camp. Our thanks go out to all customers, staff of ASDA for their generosity and making a hard day’s work enjoyable.

Archery for Scouts and Explorers

The Scouts and Explorers visited Causeway Company of Archers for an Archery tasting session. After the safety talk and a few practice rounds, an Olympic Challenge got underway. The last session of the evening was the team competitions, where everyone in the team shot three arrows and all the scores were all added together to…

Ballymoney Scout Group at Ballymoney’s Remembrance Sunday Parade

Ballymoney Scout Group had an impressive turnout this year and took part in Sunday’s Remembrance Day activities.  This parade has grown in recent years and it was good to see all the other youth organisations out on the day. Scouting was represented by both Ballymoney Scout group and 4th Antrim Scouts from Scouting Ireland in…

Scout BBQ

We are planning to hold our annual BBQ on Friday 6th September at the Drumaheglis Marina. All scouts, explorers and their families are invited to join us from 7pm to 9:30pm. The cost will be £3 per person and this will cover all your food and drink. Please confirm attendance with Kevin (07775632415) or Helen…

Opportunity for Volunteers

Ballymoney Scout Group has grown very successfully over the past few years to nearly 90 young people  being members across our 4 sections.  (Beavers aged 6-8, Cubs aged 8-10, Scouts aged 10-14 and Explorers aged 14-18). As with all growth comes change.  We now have vacancies for Volunteers at all sections within the group. Not…

BBQ on the Beach

The Scouts and Explorers joined 4th Antrim for their end of year BBQ on Friday evening After the silly beach games, everyone retired to get their fill of burgers and hotdogs. Unfortunately the weather was a little wet, not that it stopped us having fun, making new friends or having a good feed!! Our thanks…

Camp Skills Day

The day started by helping local residents with a clean-up in Macosquin village; this goes towards the Global Challenge. Then over to Kevin’s house for a day of camp skills including putting up tents, setting the site, collecting fire wood, using axes and bow saws, lighting fires with some backwoods cooking. Chocolate cake was on…

Explorers Ski Trip

Ballymoney Explorers recently met up with Mytholmroyd Explorers for a Ski trip to Kranska Gora in Slovenia. Good weather and fantastic snow conditions meant that even the novices were guaranteed a great weeks skiing.  All the Explorers had a lesson every day from our ski instructor ‘Tomislav Vrhovec’, and he kept them on their toes…

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…

Chocolate Challenge

Once again the chocolate challenge has raised its head. In patrols the scouts and explorers designed a chocolate bar which included coming up with ingredients, naming it, designing its wrapper and, in the case of the explorers, even creating an advertising jingle. Entrants were varied with the Ulster Fry Bar which included bacon and eggs, The…