Scouts County Archery Competition

This weekend saw Ballymoney host the County Archery Competition. A fierce battle took place over 10 rounds with all the teams getting ranked and then entering an elimination round. 1st Cookstown took the overall honours (hearty congratulations) and will now go forward to the Northern Ireland shoot, along with the second and third place teams….

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…

Macosquin Cleanup

The annual cleanup took place on Saturday, with Ballymoney scouts joining residents and the PSNI to help clean up the litter from the area. The reward for a hard mornings work was hotdogs kindly cooked by the residents. This clean up works towards the scout’s community award.

County Camp

The County skills camp took place over the weekend, with Ballymoney joining scouts from all over County Londonderry. The scouts took part in different activities from knife and axe, pioneering and backwoods cooking. At the end of a tiring weekend they were all awarded their knife and axe with a certificate presented by the D.C….

Scouts take a dip

With the good weather around the scouts took the opportunity to head down to the beach for a quick dip. The water was cold but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Camp Skills Day

Saturday brought the scouts 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. Homemade cookies (thanks to Jake’s mum) were on hand for afternoon tea, as the Scouts and enjoyed the sunshine in…

Scouts Climbing in Coleraine

This week the Scouts headed down to Coleraine Scout Hall to use their climbing wall. With three routes set up everyone got the opportunity to test their skills on different difficulties as well as learn new skills such as belaying the other Scouts. After everyone had finished their climb, the Scouts challenged Coleraine Scouts to…

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!

Scouts Christmas Trip

Last Friday the scouts went on their Christmas trip to Ballymena Pool where fun was had on the slides and swimming. The evening was rounded off by a fish and chip supper from Marvin’s fish shop in Ballymena. Our thanks go out to Ballymena Leisure centre and Marvin’s fish shop for a great evening.

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.

Scouts Winter Weekend

On Friday the 29th November the Scouts 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…

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…

Cubs Investiture

Ballymoney Scout Group welcomed several new cubs to the worldwide family of scouting tonight. They join over 130000 cubs in the uk and 23 million scouts actoss the world. They recited their promise and law and have enough badges to kerp their adults busy all week! Congratulations to you all.