Next pack meeting: 25 April
We’re back to Cubs on Tuesday after the Easter break. We’ve got a brand new programme to keep us busy with activities through to the end of July. You can download your copy by clicking on “this term” and then “programme” on the menu above. You can also read Akela’s start of term note by clicking on “this term”.
On Tuesday we’ll be playing some inter-six games for points and also welcoming our new members.
Painless fundraising – don’t forget us when you shop online
In the October to December 2016 quarter our easyfundraising raised Parbrook Cubs funds £127 – just by our supporters doing their normal shopping online. That’s why we call it painless fundraising. It takes the total raised in 2016 to a very nice £506 and in addition our supporter’s gift aid contribution raised a further £95 for Billingshurst Scout & Guide funds.
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.
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 ot 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.
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.
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.