Next pack meeting: Tuesday 20 February
We hope that everybody will have completed their “Half Term badgework” which is part of the global issues badge. We will have a look at your food miles and see if we can work out why some food has to travel such a long way.
Fancy camping with us this year?
Bookings for our camps in June, August and September are now open via My Scout.
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. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. 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.
Changes to some Cub badge requirements
The things that you have to do to gain some of our badges were changed on 26 January and some new badges introduced. My Scout shows the new requirements and you can find out more about the changes on our badges and awards page.
Sales bargains or holiday booking online?
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 and M&S but not clicking through from from www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs then you are ditching our donations. The biggest earners are holiday bookings so make sure you click through before making those big purchases.
Why bother? Because is is painless fundraising and we use the money raised this way to keep camp fees down for everybody, whether they have raised money for us or not. See our fundraising page for more information.
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).
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.
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.
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.