Next pack meeting: Tuesday 5 June
We are not meeting during half term so the next Cubs will be on 5 June. We will be welcoming some new Beavers who will be starting their pre-swim up visits. Following our succesful evening of first aid recently we will be asking Keego to finish off the emergency aid stage 2 badge. We then hope to head outside for games on the field. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle.
On 1 May we made our newspaper pots and planted our sunflower seeds. We hope that you are looking after them and will keep us posted as they germinate. Lucas was the first to send us a picture so we popped it onto our instagram page. Do let us know how well your plants are growing – we need to know to complete that part of your environmental badge.
Scouting and GDPR
The new data protection regulations are causing a lot of e-mail traffic as tick box subscriptions are no longer allowed and people have to be given the chance to opt in. For Scouting there still seems to be a certain amount of confusion about what changes need to be made. As a membership organisation we need a certain amount of personal data so that we can track progress and keep in touch. By completing our personal information form, as we ask all our new members to do, you have given us permission to keep in touch with you for these purposes. The data we hold is stored by the Online Scout Manager and used for Scouting purposes. You have hopefully already created an account which allows you to see the badge records, programme, events, etc. When we go away we ask you to complete a new consent form. This does not duplicate information but ensures that we have the up to date contact details for the period when we are away. This information is used for the activity and shared with the leaders who attend (so that, for example, we all know about specific dietary needs or allergies). If you have any questions or concerns about your data and its storage then please get in touch. We expect that changes to Online Scout Manager will allow opt in communications to be recorded in future.
Adults: Fancy camping with us this year?
Bookings for cub places at 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.
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.
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.