Our next pack meeting: Tuesday 6 December
Our Christmas 4-pack passes the half way point with 2 weeks to go. Each six moves round onto their next activity. We’ll be running four activities each week, one per six. Over the four week period each six will get a chance to make crackers, cards, tree decorations and gingerbread.
We’ll also be announcing the best Cub and Six for November – there are some high totals this month with a lot of challenge badges having been awarded.
We’ve been working on the personal safety badge in recent weeks. As is often the case there is something to do at home. While some Cubs completed the badge, we still have 7 who have been unable to demonstrate to us that they know their home address and phone number. We’ll be giving them another chance on Tuesday to see if they can so you may like to help them learn the important information during the week.
Put your stamp on Christmas
Congratulations to Poppy who’s stamp design won the Cubs and Brownies category and will be used on the group’s Christmas post service in the village. Stamps cost 15p and are available from Austins, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and Arun Pharmacy (near the station) which are also the locations of our post boxes.
The fayre raised £584 for Scout and Guide group funds. Thank you to all that supported the event. The raffle tickets that we asked you all to sell raised £166 and the other big money raiser was the Guides chocolate stall which raised £113.
In the April to June 2016 quarter our easyfundraising raised Parbrook Cubs funds £137 – just by our supporters doing their normal shopping online. That’s why we call it painless fundraising. With Christmas shopping in full swing make sure that you click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online.
Spring term weekend camp
We’re delighted to be able to announce our first camp of 2017. We’ll be visiting Walton Firs camp site near Cobham for a navigator’s badge weekend in February. For more details please see our events page. You can book via My Scout on OSM.
My badges – enhancement
When we present a badge you receive an e-mail from our badge system to let you know. The badge diagram also includes badges that you are currently working on. If you click on one of those badges it will now bring up the requirements showing what you have left to do.
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.
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. Just paste this into your calendar – http://tiny.cc/parbrookprog and you’ll get the events shown in green on the calendar opposite. That’s only half the story as you’ll also need our 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.
Be a fundraising hero at Caffe Nero
The people at Easyfundraising have introduced another way to raise money. Just register your credit or debit card on the EF site and when you use it at certain retailers, including Caffe Nero, Officers Club and Blue inc you’ll earn us commission. So easy, why not?
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.