This week, the Cubs and Scouts will be walking up to Corrin’s Folly, in Peel, then to the Raggatt for games – and if time, some fire lighting.
Meeting & Collection
We meet at Fenella Beach car park at 6;30 prompt and collection is at the Raggatt at 8:15pm.
Things to bring
Please dress appropriate to the weather, forecast is good, bring a drink in a bottle and a snack please.
Parents/siblings are welcome to join us – bring the dog! – it will be fun! Please arrange care-sharing between yourselves.
On Tuesday, everyone is welcome to go to the climbing club 6-8pm drop-in session.
We plan to do archery and cooking at MYC on Friday, included will be a hands-on demonstration of fish filleting and rabbit skinning, plus everyone will be able to try their hand at firelighting.
Providing we have support, we plan to run meetings throughout July and August, focussed on what the Cubs and Scouts want to do.
1st Marown Scout Group
Group Scout Leader: Paul Craine
Caarjyn Veeney (Dear Friends / Dear All)
I am very pleased to pass on the great news that 1st Marown Cubs and Scouts will be able to resume face-to-face scouting from this Friday (3 July).
We have been given training and submitted a Covid-19 risk assessment document, which has been checked and approved by the Island Commissioner, and I want to share with you how our meetings will
work over the next few weeks. The Isle of Man is currently at Level 1: Stay Responsible, with no social distancing required. When that changes, our risk assessment will be reviewed.
I recognise that the approach we are taking amounts to being ‘cautious’, but Isle of Man Scouts are the first in the UK to start up again and we want to be able to run an adventurous programme.
• Our meetings in the near future will all be outdoors. We will work with the Cubs and Scouts together most weeks – although working separately. This will give us greater flexibility with leaders.
• When you drop-off or collect your sons/daughters please do not hang about – a staggered start and end with minimal contact between parents is preferable.
• At the start and end of every meeting we will use a hand sanitiser.
• We would ask that Cubs and Scouts attend in uniform (if they have it) unless told otherwise in advance – and that they do not wear clothing that they have worn at school for a Cub/Scout meeting.
• Cubs and Scouts should try to visit a toilet before setting off for a meeting.
• No Cubs, Scouts (or Leaders) should attend a meeting if they have symptoms that might relate to Covid-19.
• If any Cub, Scout (or Leader) shows signs of symptoms at a meeting – we will end the meeting and send all participants home.
I would be grateful if all parents would provide us with the following updated information by email.
1. Please indicate that you have read the notes above and find these arrangements acceptable.
2. Please provide an update of the best phone numbers for contacting you during a meeting.
3. Please provide a brief update of any pre-existing health condition of your child.
Now for something more exciting
Our meeting this Friday (3rd July) will involve Climbing and River Walking. We have been able to book the Scout Camp Site at Mullin y Carty (at the southern end of the Ballamodha Straight – the entrance is clearly marked on the right, going south, just after the bridge over the river). The site has climbing walls
and has access to the Silverburn River. We will have additional leaders working with us on these activities.
Cubs and Scouts will need to arrive in uniform – but will need a complete change of clothes and a towel for the river walking. They may choose to arrive with their clothes for river walking under their uniforms – but they will still need a change of clothes for later.
They will need appropriate footwear for use on the climbing wall – and an old pair of trainers or strong, suitable, alternative shoes for the river walking (not wellies).
Cubs and Scouts need to be dropped-off at 6.15pm and collected at 8.15pm.
I hope to see a good turnout on Friday – it will be great to meet up with everyone again.
Yours in Scouting
Some things you can do at home
Scouts Great Indoors
1st Marown Challenge
All of these challenges are designed to be completed by all age groups, most can even be completed if your family is forced to self-isolate and will require no specialist equipment other than perhaps some means of access to the internet or a camera and a few bits and pieces most people should be able to find around the home. Google and YouTube are definitely your friends for a lot of these challenges.
1. Try a food you have never tried before.
2. Build an indoor den or fort and sleep in it (Scouts might try this in their garden if possible).
3. Make contact with someone who might be lonely, you could try ringing them, sending a letter, or even waving as you walk past their window.
4. Help someone do something they find difficult (perhaps you could help a
younger brother or sister with their shoelaces.)
5. Teach someone a new skill (Is it time dad learned Minecraft?)
6. Build a model rocket out of rubbish you find around the house, Scouts could you make one that will actually launch?
7. Find and identify 5 different types of tree.
8. Make contact with someone who lives overseas.
9. Make a gift for someone you love.
10. Learn and write about the history of Douglas.
11. Learn to say Hello, Thank you and introduce yourself with your name in British sign language.
12. Learn to say Hello, Thank you and introduce yourself with your name in another language (not one you learn at school).
13. Cook a meal or help cook a meal for your family.
14. Design a new Woggle.
15. Lay the dinner table for a week.
16. Find out how to spell your name in Braille.
17. Paint or draw something from nature perhaps a tree or an animal.
18. Learn to tie a reef knot, a bowline and a figure of eight knot.
19. Spot and record 6 different birds or animals that come into your garden.
20. Read 6 different books (check out the book readers badge Beavers and Cubs)
21. Make something useful out of toilet roll tubes (glue, tape and paint may also be used).
22. Recycle 10 different things.
23. Make your bed every day for a week.
24. Draw or paint a self-portrait.
25. Climb a tree.
26. Plant a seed and grow a plant.
27. Find out how a Caesar shift cipher works then send a secret message to
28. Jump in a puddle.
29. Find out about a famous person from the Isle of Man, what do they do? Why are they famous?
30. Make a ‘smore (Toast a marshmallow over a fire or a tea light and then squish it between 2 chocolate biscuits)
31. Look at the stars and identify a constellation in the sky.
32. Make a sundial outside using a stick stuck in the ground and stones to mark the hours. (This will take a whole sunny day!)
33. Make a bridge out of a single cereal box it should bridge a 10cm gap
34. Go on a bug hunt and find and identify 6 different bugs.
35. Make something using origami.
36. Write a short story about a time you did your best
37. Make a bean bag (google this one for instructions).
38. Take at least 6 photographs that can be used to tell a story.
39. Learn a magic trick.
40. Make and shoot a bow and arrow (do not shoot your arrow towards any people or animals).
41. Eat a meal outside.
42. Wash up after a meal.
43. Go for a walk in the dark with or without a torch.
44. Build a sculpture using things you found on a walk e.g. sticks and stones.
45. Eat five different types of fruit or vegetable in one day.
46. Learn how to change a light bulb.
47. Find the stopcock in your house and how to turn it off.
48. Find the main fuse board in your house, get an adult to show you how to turn the electric off or on again.
49. Find out how much electric your house uses in 1 week.
50. Design and make a game, it could be a board game or an app.
51. Make someone a cup of tea or coffee.
52. Use a map to plan a journey, it could be a real or an imagined journey.
53. Print something using paint and items you find at home, you could do a potato print or make a stamp using other household items.
54. Make a short video of a scene from a book that you enjoy.
55. Oil your bike chain and check that your breaks work. (Alternatively do some maintenance on your scooter)
56. Build a den in your garden or in a wood.
57. Make a raft or boat that will float for at least a minute in either a stream, a lake or a bathtub.
58. Make a paper airplane that will fly for at least 5 meters.
59. Invent a new game that you can play at Beavers, Cubs or Scouts when we start up again.
60. Build a castle, it could be a sandcastle or a fort made of boxes or a Lego castle or something else entirely.
61. Play a board game.
62. Make a wind chime out of things you have at home.
63. Learn how to check the oil in a car and check that all the light bulbs are working.
64. Film yourself telling the best joke you know.
65. Help peel some vegetables.
66. Build a tower using newspaper.
67. Find 20 things that will fit inside a matchbox.
68. Draw or paint a scene from your favourite book or film.
69. Make a sandwich using one hand.
70. Play a game of Pooh Sticks.
71. Get up early and watch the sun rise.
72. Take a photo of a cloud that looks like something else.
73. Draw a picture using your feet.
74. Make a collage.
75. Paint a rock then hide it for someone else to find.
76. Donate some toys or books to a charity.
77. Make a card to cheer someone up.
78. Phone a friend or relative and speak to them.
79. Make a salt dough model (1 cup salt, 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water)
80. Write a letter or postcard and send it to someone.
81. Make and play a musical instrument.
82. Upcycle an old item of clothing.
83. Repair something that is broken.
84. Use the internet to find at least 3 websites about something that interests you and print off or save some useful information.
85. Keep a weather diary for 2 weeks.
86. Learn about the history of your Scout Section, when was Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers founded.
87. Wash or put away the dishes for a week (or load/unload the dishwasher)
88. Learn how to sew Video
89. Bake a cake, some biscuits or bread Video
90. Tidy your bedroom for a week.
91. See if you can solve a Sudoku.
92. Draw a map of part of Douglas and show where key services are (library,
supermarket, school, petrol station etc.)
93. Learn the Countryside Code.
94. Look up 6 new words in the Dictionary, find out what they mean and when you would use them.
95. Write a review of your favourite book or film.
96. Learn how to send an email safely.
97. Do a set number of push-ups and or sit-ups per day for a week.
98. Find out about an international charity, what does it do and why is it important?
99. Have your parent or guardian set you a personal challenge which you have to do for 3 weeks (it might be something listed above)
100. Post pictures or videos of you doing at least 10 of these activities on the 1st Marown Facebook Group.
Tick off the challenges you have completed here, don’t forget to share what you are doing in our Facebook page or keep records signed by your parents
We hope that everyone can do some of these challenges to keep their Scouting active.