Welcome to Parbrook Cub Pack

Next pack meeting – Tuesday 19 December
Some of the other parts of 1st Billingshurst have already broken up for Christmas but we have Cubs on Tuesday as usual. Come along in uniform as usual but bring a Christmas hat for our annual Christmas photo. After that you can change out of uniform as we have an evening of games to end what has been a busy term.

Christmas shopping?
We have noticed that not everybody is using our Easyfundraising site when shopping online. If you are ordering from retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and M&S do you really want to throw our donations away? Just click through from from www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs and you’ll be helping us as you shop. This week (until 17 Dec) is double donations week at selected retailers.

Easyfundraising – refer a friend
Get somebody new to sign up to Easyfundraising and we’ll get an extra £4 donation when they do their first shop online (until Christmas Eve). They must sign up using this special link – https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/2L1LEC/G3P0G3/

We’re full up
Our recent intake of new starters plus planned movements of Beavers over the next few months mean that our pack is now at capacity. Unfortunately this means that we will be unable to take any new Beavers or joiners from the waiting list for now. The good news is that the Dauxwood pack which meets on a Wednesday evening does still have places. It is unlikely that we will be able to take new members before September 2018 (except those already offered places).
Our increased numbers puts extra pressure on the leaders as we regularly have more than 30 Cubs in the hall. After Christmas we will lose our young leaders so we will be looking for more adults to help us on a regular basis.

Fancy camping with us in 2018?
We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments.
All adults that stay overnight have to have Scouting DBS clearance so please let us know in plenty of time so that the paperwork can be completed. Remember that Cubs is not just kids stuff.

Skills challenge – work you can do at home
The challenge has a number of skills that are best demonstrated at home. If you are looking for some badgework to do then download our home skills sheet, demonstrate the skills and get them signed off. We’ll do the paperwork if you bring a signed sheet in to Cubs.

Group fundraising
Don’t forget that the Guides are collecting used postage stamps. A box is in the kitchen at the hall. Since January 2017 this has raised £32 for group funds

Get our dates in your calendar
As you may know, we use a system called OSM to manage your badge records. The system includes details of our programme each week and you can now have that as a feed which you can use in your own online calendar, such as google calendar. It is an .ics file via a rather scary link so we’ve shortened it.
On Google calendar in your browser (not the app) click on the down arrow next to “other calendars” on the left of the page. Select “add by URL” and paste the link into the box  – http://tiny.cc/parbrookprog gives you our weekly meetings shown in green on the calendar opposite. That’s only half the story as you’ll also need our events calendar to pick up things shown in blue, like group events and our camps – http://tiny.cc/parbrookcal.

Reports from past events
Google has changed the way it displays our photos. Click on the photo album icon on our reports pages to take you to the gallery. You’ll then see a map and all the photos displayed. Click on a photo and then in the top right of the screen a white “i” to open the info window which includes our captions. You can then scroll through the photos with the arrow keys or by clicking on the arrows at left and right of the screen.

Postings from this website appear on our Facebook page automatically so remember to “like” us at www.facebook.com/parbrookcubs if you’d like our updates to arrive in your timeline.

Arriving at the hall
We try to provide a Cub leader at the hall by at least 6.15pm. However, the Beaver leaders have asked that Cubs arriving early wait outside the hall until their meeting has finished. Please note that in the gap between Cubs and Beavers, you need to remain responsible for your children – we cannot expect the Beaver leaders to look after them as they are clearing up the hall in preparation for our meeting. For child protection reasons, it is not acceptable to leave one Cub with a leader in the hall on their own so please stay with yours until another adult arrives.