Diary Dates - 2019
Friday, 31st May - Sunday, 2nd June: Cub Scouts’ annual summer camp will be at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre.
Friday, 14th June - Sunday, 16th June: Scouts’ annual summer camp will be at Tipperary Wood in Newcastle.
Contact any Section Leader by phone or email them by clicking on their name below (if underlined).
Squirrel Scout Section
Squirrels meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45pm until 6:45pm.
The Squirrel section is unique to Northern Ireland and as such is not a recognised part of the overall Scout family outside of Northern Ireland. It is a feeder organisation to the Scout Movement in Northern Ireland. Squirrel Scouts are young people aged 4 or 5 years old. The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association is affiliated to the Northern Ireland Scout Council which is part of The Scout Association and it is run under the same rules as the other Scout sections.
For more information contact Angela Turkington
Beaver Scout Section
Beavers meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm until 7:45pm.
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends. The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between age 7½ and 8½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
For more information contact Natasha Lindsay - 07480 245419, or email - Natasha Lindsay
1st Kilbride Beaver Scouts - end of season report by Nicola Wallace, 24th May 2017.
"We have nearly finished our very busy and full-filled Beaver Year which will be concluding next weekend with our first ever ‘1st Kilbride Scout Group Camp’. This year we have completed various badge work activities including; Global Issues Badge, International Badge, Health and Fitness Badge, Pets at Home Badge, Space Activity Badge and Cycle Activity Badge along with various trips to Antrim Forum, Loughshore and Pets at Home.
As we concluded our Wednesday night meetings tonight, we presented the boys with their badges and said farewell to 7 of our boys who will be moving onto Cubs next year. We also presented our ‘Beaver of the Year’ Award. This award is given to the boy with the best attendance, commitment, uniform, team work and kindness. This year we decided that our ‘Beaver of the Year’ would be Luke.
The Beavers are looking forward to camp next weekend at Benone (Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 4th June). The Cub pack and Scout troop will attend from Friday 2nd June – Sunday 4th June.
For now, the leaders will take a short break and begin the planning process for next year over the summer months.
Beavers will start on Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 18:45 in the Church Hall – All 6-7 year olds are welcome!!"
1st Kilbride Scout Group Summer Camp at Benone - Beaver Section
This year the Scout group at St Bride's organised a camp which would include all three Scout sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts). This was our first year to organise a camp of this kind as previously each section organised individual camps. However, despite the weather, this was an excellent weekend for both the leaders and the boys. So much so, we hope to make this an annual event with particular attention to a bigger and better camp next year for the Parish 150th Anniversary.
The Beavers arrived at camp on Saturday 3rd June. On arrival the boys were taken to Downhill beach to meet the Cubs where we joined together to have our lunch on the beach. The boys then enjoyed free play time before we started a long walk along the beach back to camp. Following a leader’s car becoming stuck on the beach and a very heavy hail storm, we all arrived back to camp after a lovely but very wet walk. The weather did impact on our weekend, however this was something which unfortunately we could not control – this did not dampen our Beavers spirits who then enjoyed taking shelter inside a tent and sharing jokes after getting dried off. The giggles that came from the tent put a smile on each leader’s face. It was soon dinner time and the Beavers enjoyed a BBQ and chips (there was not much food left!!!). Following our dinner and refuel of energy, the boys took to the beach to complete a fun filled and adventurous scavenger hunt. The Beavers displayed great team work and thoroughly enjoyed getting back onto the beach, despite the weather conditions they had previously encountered that afternoon. It was then close to bed time and sleeping bags and air beds were organised and the boys enjoyed the ‘Lego Movie’ before slipping off to sleep very quickly after the movie (much to our surprise).
The next morning allowed time for our Beavers to pack up and enjoy their breakfast. The Beavers were then presented with the ‘Nights Away 1’ or ‘Nights Away 2’ badge depending on whether this was the boy's first or second camp.
We are so proud of the way the Beavers participated over the weekend in all the activities, despite the horrendous weather conditions. This was also many of our boys' first night away from home and it made us, as leaders, very proud of how well each and every boy behaved and participated over the weekend.
We are taking a short break now before all the leaders come together again to organise an even bigger and better camp for our Parish 150th Anniversary next year!! But for now, we need to catch up on some sleep.
Nicola Wallace - Beaver Scout Leader
Cub Scout Section
Cubs meet on Monday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.
The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 7½ and can move to Scouts between age 10 and 11. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
For more information contact Simon Charlton - 07900 053885, or email - Simon Charlton
1st Kilbride Cub Scouts – Period September 2016 to June 2017.
At the beginning of the 2016/17 year, the pack took in eight more new members with only one of these moving up from the Beaver section. The rest were all new to Scouting. Nine Cubs also moved on to the Scout Troop to further their career in Scouting.
The year began with an open day, held at the end of August, inviting all current Cub members and their families and those interested in joining for a barbeque and an afternoon of fun games and events. This gave the opportunity for those interested in the various Scouting sections within the Scout group to meet leaders and other members in the hope that new members would join. We hope to repeat a similar event for this coming September. The dates will be advised.
Membership of the pack remained at approximately twenty boys for the year. All those who attended had the opportunity to complete section badge-work activities, and again this year we are proud that all our boys received badges for their hard work. Many personal badges were awarded this year also as boys took the initiative to complete additional work and activities at home.
Our evening meeting continues to be a well-balanced programme of team games, learning, and exposure to new 'life skills' such as outdoor pursuits, pioneering/knot tying skills, map reading, cooking and the all-important sleep over and year end camp. I believe all our boys have learned new skills and have enjoyed the year with the Pack.
The Pack's annual overnight camp was held from June 2nd - 4th at Benone Guide Centre, Magilligan. This year ,although having to cut the duration slightly due to the weather, all our boys enjoyed their night under canvas – there was a 95% turnout with all bar one of our enrolled members attending the camp!!! During their night away, they took part in team games, explored the beach and the dunes, completed a treasure hunt and walked the full 2 miles to Downhill and then back again after a picnic lunch on the beach. Despite the torrential down pour on the return all the guys had a great time. This overnight stay goes toward a 'Nights Away' badge.
The final meeting takes place on 12th June. Although we’re all looking forward to a well-earned rest, we’ll be sad to lose the boys heading on to Scouts. This year's older boys have been exemplary and we can see them growing up to be 'good lads'!
Jonathan Doyle - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
Scouts meet on Monday evenings from 8:00pm until 9:30pm.
The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
For more information contact Martin Adams - 07973 569482, or email - Martin Adams
Scout Carol Service - 4th December, 2017
The Scout Group held its annual Carol service in St Bride's this evening and it was well attended by parents and grandparents.
Scouts' Night Walk - 27th November, 2017
At the end of November the Scout Troop hold their annual night walk and this year they were joined by the Girl Guides. 18 young people and their leaders braved the cold and the dark of Ballyboley forest. There was plenty of excitement (and sweets) amongst the group as they set off into the forest and between breaks in the trees some amazing views over the lights of Ballyclare and beyond were visible. When the clouds cleared we did a bit of stargazing and some of the scouts and guides made their promise formalising their membership into the units. The night walk every year sets a marker for the start of Advent and the Carol service as well as the Christmas events happening in the youth organisations over the next few weeks. It was a pleasure this year to share this occasion with Sandra, Daphne and the Guides who attended."
Scouts on Parade - St George's Day Parade on 23rd April, 2017
1st Kilbride Scouts making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
Stay Safe Booklet
The Scout Association has produced a very useful booklet offering really good advice to young people on how to stay safe when using a mobile phone, online, staying safe when out with friends or other Scouts, what to do about bullying and it also covers advice on taking 'selfies'.
There are useful links to helplines and phone numbers for more advice - listed below. Useful for parents too.
Websites and Helplines
Stay Safe ... Online. To find out more about staying safe online - thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13
Stay Safe .... From Bullying. To get more help and advice about bullying - bullying.co.uk BullyingUK phone number is 0808 800 2222
Other websites and numbers for help are;
Childline website - Childline.org.uk/talk and the phone number is 0800 1111
The Site/The Mix - Essential support for under 25s website - thesite.org and the phone number for a 1-2-1 chat is 0808 808 4994
Link to the main UK Scout website
Link to the Northern Ireland Scout website