FOLLOWING on from last week's scouting column, this week Paul Clydesdale keeps everyone up to date with what is happening throughout Lisburn District.
BEAVERS- (8-8 Yrs)
To mark the 40th Anniversary of Beavers the District staged a big party with a Circus theme on May 14 at St. Marks, Ballymacash. The day was a huge success with over seventy boys attending. The attractions included a stilt walker, acrobats and clowns, animal balloons, a bouncy castle, face painting and circus skills such as juggling and ten-pin bowling.
The highlight of the day (well - for some leaders and the DC) was witnessing our ADC Beavers Margaret Irwin having juggling skittles thrown over her head.
We finished off the day with a huge birthday cake (for the leaders) and smaller cakes for all the Beavers. Big thanks go to all of the Beavers who turned up and had a whale of a time and the Explorers, Network and Leaders for helping to organise the day. From the photographs with this article, you can see just how much the kids enjoyed it.
CUBS - (8-11 Yrs)
On a very exciting evening at Laurelhill School, 1st Ballymacash played 2nd Lambeg in the final of the District Cub 8-aside football. Four teams progressed from the group stages to the Semi-Finals where 6th Lisburn held Ballymacash to a 0-0 draw. With no change in extra time it needed a penalty shoot out to separate them and three great saves from the Ballymacash goalkeeper helped them through to the final.
The other semi saw 2nd Lambeg beat 1st Hilden 2-0 in another tight game. This meant the 3rd and 4th place play-off was a battle between 6th Lisburn and 1st Hilden, as well as the Clydesdale family and the medals were clinched by 6th Lisburn 1-0.
In an excellent final, played to a very high standard 1st Ballymacash beat 2nd Lambeg 2-0. Well done to everyone who took part, thanks to the referees and congratulations to the winners 1st Ballymacash Cubs.
A party of 18 from the 1st Ballymacash Scout Group heads to the USA and Canada on Wednesday June 29.
Their hosts are the Indianhead Scout Council based in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in the state of Minnesota.
They will be attending the Tomahawk Scout Reservation for a week of adventure and will participate in a week-long wilderness camping experience with countless activities provided.
These will include canoeing, sailing, orienteering, pioneering, archery, fishing, abseiling, rifle shooting and much, much more.
The troop will also be staying with a host family for a portion of the trip and will be attending a minor league baseball team, a trip to the largest shopping mall in America, Valley Fair attractions, trips on the Mississippi and much more.
The older Network scouts will be participating in a high adventure
programme at Tomahawk followed by a four day canoeing adventure in the many
lakes in the USA and Canada border regions.
Everyone will then join together again for the last leg of our adventure that will be based in Toronto. Here they will take on the role of tourists, visiting all the major attractions such as the CN tower, the Blue Jays stadium and Niagara Falls itself?
Everyone in the District is green with envy and we wish them a great and safe trip.
OTHER LISBURN DISTRICT NEWS
Thanks to all the Scouts and Leaders who helped dish out drinks to the runners at the Half Marathon and Fun Run on June 15.
Helping others is part of a scout's duty to help other people, even those running 6 or 13 miles.
Some needed more liquid than others but congratulations from the District to anybody who finished their race on a very hot night, in particular those Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders who finished the course.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Scheme Service Section - For anyone wanting to do something more interesting for their D of E Service, then you may be interested in coming along to help at Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts around Lisburn.
We will help you gain your award and with so many different groups
meeting on all different nights of the week there is almost certainly one
near to you that could benefit from your help.
It's good craic, it will teach you leadership skills and it's only an hour or so a week. If you're interested get in touch by e-mailing: Clanconnel@aol.com. We will be contacting all of the Schools in September.
On Thursday June 9, the District attended the funeral of Jim Fleming.
Jim was a giant of the movement locally and in his time was the first Lisburn ADC Beavers, an ADC for Cubs, Member of the District executive and Warrants Sub Committee and Vice President of the District as well as being the Cub Leader in lst Derriaghy for over 40 years. Some of you reading this will have your own memories of him, I certainly have.
On behalf of the District, I have passed on our condolences to his son and fellow Scouter Mervyn and the rest of the family circle. I, amongst countless others am a richer person and a better Scouter for having known Jim. That's all for the summer folks. If you want to contact us then e-mail Clannconne@aol.com