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Welcome to the online home of St. Columba's Scout Troop!
St Columbas Scout enjoying SCUBA Diving!

Meetings: Fridays 1955-2155
                 St. Columba's Church Hall (Click here to view map)
                 Grove Rd - Doury Rd Junction, Ballymena
The St. Columba's Scout programme is based around a wide selection of badges, many of which contribute towards the aim of providing every Scout with the Chief Scout Gold Award. Scouts is not about playing football for a couple of hours. On a typical evening, we open with flag-break before playing a few different games mixed in with other activities. The games vary from week to week and if we're not preparing for a camp or similar then activities might include First Aid, compass/map work, pioneering, communication tactics, cooking and so much more... There really is something for everyone!

There are several camps each year which can be either static, at an activity centre, or expedition-type. These are supplemented with other activities outside the hall which are arranged occasionally, such as a canoe trip up the River Bann or a day hike at the coast.

St. Columba’s Scouts also take an active part in District activities where troops meet to compete or just have fun together. Whether it be football, bowling, table-quiz, first aid, uni-hock, go-karting, surf-kayaking, orienteering or whatever, St. Columba’s Scouts do their best in all!

The programme and activities are provided by leaders Kenneth Hughes (aka Skip), Richard McQuillan, Andy Clarke and Aaron Coates along with Young Leaders and supported graciously by occasional helpers. Scouts are also encouraged to offer their own ideas for things they want to do and the leaders will do their best to make it happen.

Check out some more of our photos below! For more information, speak to a leader, Contact Us here, or email: info@stcolumbasscouts.co.uk. Newcomers are always most welcome!

The code of conduct is based around The Scout Law and The Scout Promise encompasses the mindset which is hoped to be achieved by every Scout.

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
All badges that can be obtained during a Scouts time with us can be found on the scout website badge section. Correct placement of badges on uniform can be found here or ask a leader!

Scouts putting up there traditional Icelandic tent for a night at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre
Scouts erecting a traditional Icelandic tent for a night at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre.They got there in the end... Honest!
View from Slemish
A Scouts-eye view from the peak of Slemish.
Scouts maki
Eagles and Hawks patrols learning how to make a whistle from an aluminium can on a Friday evening in the winter months.
 It tasted even better than it looks!
Cooking - Scout Style!
Scout Leaders during camp flag break
Scout Leaders during camp Flag Break beside the Scout's pioneering project - a 30 foot flagpole!
Scouts summit Slieve Croob
Scouts summit Slieve Croob.
Cooking tripod over campfire boiling some water for an afternoon brew.
Scouts and Explorers building a raised bed for donation to Edgcumbe
Scouts and Explorers building a wheelchair-friendly raised bed for donation to the gardening group at Edgcumbe Learning Disability Centre, Belfast. It was then painted St. Columba's Blue and the work contributed towards several badges.
St Columba's Scout Flag Summits Slemish
St. Columba's Scouts claim Slemish mountain their own for an evening with games on the top and a BBQ at the bottom afterwards.

St Columbas Scout Scuba Diving
One of our Scouts enjoying his SCUBA experience in conjunction with Queen's University Belfast Sub-Aqua Club and BSAC instructing team.

Exhausted Scouts and leaders after a 20km hike from Holywood to Groomsport
Tired Scouts & Leaders following the second day of a 20km hike from Holywood to Groomsport.
Scouts at Halloween Camp in Marble Arch Park 
Scouts at Halloween Camp in Marble Arch Park. Activities included canoeing, hiking, navigation skills, smore-making and pumpkin carving. 
Scout Sausage Sizzle
Some of the Scouts sizzling sausages and practising various Scouting skills in January.
Scouts and Explorers in Diamond Jubilee celebration parade
Scouts and Explorers in Diamond Jubilee celebration parade.
Scouts at summer camp Flag Break saying Scout Promise
 Some of the St Columba's Scouts joined by All Saints Scouts at summer camp 2012 state the Scout Promise during Flag Break.
Scouts leaving campsite for a day hike in the Mournes
 Scouts leave Tipperary Wood Scout Campsite (Newcastle, Co. Down) for a day hike in Tullymore Forest Park.
Scouts playi
 Scouts playing team-building games in the hall during winter months.
Scouts, Explorers and Leaders participate in Nativity celebrations
Some Scouts (shepherds), Explorers and Leaders (sheep & angels) participated in St. Columba's Nativity celebrations along with all the other youth sections.
St. Columba's Scouts Hiking
Pic from a few years ago during a day out for some hillwalking - we almost had to lean into the wind to stay standing! Great day's fun.

SCUBA Scouts Experience
Another Scout trying SCUBA for the first time - a fantastic experience for young people to enjoy, brought to you by St Columba's Scouts!

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