Welcome to Parbrook Cub Pack

Next pack meeting: Tuesday 30 May
Cubs is back on Tuesday and we will be meeting in half term as usual. While we know some of you will be away we hope that there will be enough of you staying at home who will be able to join us. We’ll be visiting the woods – the only half term meeting in the year when we can do this in daylight. As usual we’d welcome other adults to join us in the woods.
We won’t be going to the hall so meet at the country end of Daux Road (opposite end to Tesco) at 6.30pm. You’ll need to wear your uniform top and scarf. After a quick inspection we’ll head for the fields and the woods. We aim to be back to the industrial estate for our usual 8pm finish. If the weather looks a bit dodgy then keep an eye on Twitter as we’ll tweet out if we have to cancel.

Summer uniform
With the warmer weather now here it can be a bit hot to wear your sweatshirt so the good news is that you don’t have to. If you have a Cubs polo shirt then you can wear it to pack meetings with your scarf and still get full points for inspection. You’ll still need your sweatshirt to put your badges on as we don’t put any on the polo shirt.
If you don’t have the polo shirt then just make sure that you have a t-shirt under your sweatshirt and you can remove your uniform after inspection.

Painless fundraising – don’t forget us when you shop online
In the January to March 2017 quarter our easyfundraising raised Parbrook Cubs funds £92 – just by our supporters doing their normal shopping online. That’s why we call it painless fundraising. It starts the year off very nicely, especially when it is money for nothing.
Make sure that you  and your friends and family click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online. The money we raise is used to subsidise our camps and expeditions and it is so easy to earn.

Active kids
Sainsbury’s have stopped handing out active kids vouchers so it is time to put yours together and bring them in.

Subs payments
As we are at the start of a new term it means that Subs is due again. The group sets the amount that we charge which is £35 per term. However, we do offer a discount of £10 to those of you that are actively raising money for us through our Easyfundraising scheme (see below). Our subs explained page gives more information on how this works.
If possible we’d like you to pay your subs via online banking. You can find our bank details in “My Scout”  by clicking on the “notices” tab. We know that everybody is after your money at the start of term but we aren’t one of them. Just make sure that you have paid by half term and we won’t chase you.

Camp update
The dates for our remaining camps this year are now in the calendar and you can book a place on the June and August camps.

  • We have heard that there may be gold in them there hills so we are heading off to Nowhurst for our gold rush weekend camp from 9-11 June. This is now open for booking via My Scout.
  • Our week long summer camp (with mini-camp option) in mid-August gives us time to explore Europe via Orient Express. We’ll be at Blackland Farm activity centre near East Grinstead. This is now open for booking via My Scout. Note that there are separate entries for the full 6 night camp and the 3 night mini camp. You only need to book on one of them
  • In September we return to our favourite site at Stedham in the South Downs for a weekend camp.

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. All adults that camp 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
Billingshurst Scouts and Guides will be holding a race night fundraiser at the Billingshurst Centre on Saturday 20 May. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Natalie Evans.
Don’t forget that the group is also collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and the Guides are collecting used postage stamps. Collection boxes for both are in the hall.

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.