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One giant leap for Scouting…

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by admin

We thought you’d like to be the first to know that we’re announcing European Space Agency Astronaut, Major Tim Peake as a Scout Ambassador today. Best known for spending 186 days on the International Space Station and running a marathon in space, he is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life. The announcement is a great opportunity to raise the profile of Scouting – so please share our social media content far and wide!


This announcement comes ahead of World Space Week (4 – 10 October), and we will also be launching new resources for leaders to use with their section from the UK Space Agency during the week. More details will be available in Friday’s Scouting+.


Kind regards,

Tim Kidd

UK Chief Commissioner

Matt Hyde

Chief Executive

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Another successful Island at War

Posted on September 30th, 2017 by admin

Over the weekend of the 22 August Scouts and leaders from Malew and Ballaugh plus ‘Wolf Pack’ – Southern Explorers and Northern Explorers invaded the Island to participate in this years Steam Railway Island at War event.

Several activities were run for the information and amusement of rail passengers and visitors alike. These included, tea and cakes, a Teddy bear hospital, a ‘Give old Adolph one in the eye with a wet sponge’, a test your knowledge of WW2 and a “How much do you think a weeks ration was”?

Many Scouts and leaders were dressed up in 1940’s uniform to add to the wartime feel and everyone had a good (if a bit wet) day.

See more photos of the weekend in the event’s photo gallery.

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MGP Marshal Bags Prepared by Manx Scouts

Posted on August 13th, 2017 by admin

On Sunday Scouts, Explorer Scouts, members of Scout Network, Scout Active Support, Leaders and Parents prepared the info bags for the MGP marshals. Over 20  people, representing Manx Scouting from across the Island, spent a couple of hours stuffing info, hats and lanyards into bags to be distributed to the marshals.

Special thanks to all from Roger Birtles. “It’s the best turnout in the 5 years we’ve been doing this.”

Many hands definitely made short work of the around 1,000 bags.

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AGM at Salmon Centre

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by admin

A reminder of Annual General Meeting of The Scout Association – Isle of Man this Thursday, 13 July. The AGM this year will be held again at the Salmon Centre starting at 7:30 pm.

The Salmon Center is located on Mines Road in Laxey (visit Google Maps link here (the Salmon Center is shown as Ballacregga Corn Mill on the map, which is the name of the restaurant).

Could all leaders please attend in uniform.

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Buy a Bee Badge and support Manchester

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by admin
Manchester Bee Badge

Badge design, the Fleur de lis will be in metallic silver.

You may not be aware of the campaign launched by the Manchester Commissioner to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing. They have decided to launch a badge encompassing the bee, which has been a symbol of Manchester for over 200 years, to raise funds and allow Scouts, Guides and parents to remember the people who were most affected by this act.

“We were overwhelmed by the by the outpouring  of goodwill and support from our family of Scouts all over the world with over 28,000 email badge orders received in response to Andy’s Facebook post,” said Steve Holloway, the County Commissioner of Greater Manchester East Scouts.

The badges can be ordered via their Virgin Money just giving page at Badges can be ordered up to 30/06/2017 after which production will cease.

“Once again thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing the badges proudly worn by scouts and scouting friends all over the world.”

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Welcome to the Manx Scouts Future Survey

Posted on January 10th, 2018 by admin

We have made 4 short targeted surveys designed to ask you about Scouting in the Isle of Man. Whether a Beaver actively involved in Scouting, or someone who has never had any exposure to the Scouting movement, you’re answers to these questions will really help!

By knowing what people, like and dislike about Scouting, and what would get more people involved, we can develop the Movement on the Isle of Man to make Scouting better than it already is!

Please click on the survey link below which best relates to you:

You’re 6 to 25 years of age and are presently involved with Scouting (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Network).

You’re 6 to 25 years of age, but are not presently involved with Scouting (General members of the public who have never been or are not currently members of the Scout Association) NEW

You’re an Adult volunteers presently involved in Scouting (Leaders, Managers, Commissioners,Committee members or Members of the public who volunteer their time for Scouting).  Not parent helpers.

You’re an Adult not presently involved with Scouting (Parents of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network members or members of the General Public). NEW

If you need any help with completing one of the surveys, or would like to request a paper copy, please contact Alex Armstrong, our survey coordinator, who will be happy to assist. He can be reached at: or via 07624 412462.

Thank you for your help and make sure you enter our prize draw to win one of four Amazon vouchers, each worth £20!

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Our new Scout Ambassadors are…

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by admin

Some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce that five well-known figures will be joining the Scout Ambassador team, to raise awareness of our invaluable work helping young people develop skills for life.

They are Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, and adventurer Megan Hine. They join current Scout Ambassadors, including Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury, as positive role models for young people.

Along with our current ambassadors and volunteers, I know they will champion our Scout values and support us in growing the movement, helping more young people develop skills for life.

In addition to introducing our new ambassadors, I’m pleased to announce that Bear Grylls has accepted an offer to remain as Chief Scout until 2020, following a full consultation with the Council of The Scout Association, and a recommendation from the Board of Trustees.

Due to time commitments, local requests for appearances cannot currently be met. Find out more about all our Scout Ambassadors, and what being an ambassador for Scouting means to them.


Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner

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