Welcome to Parbrook Cub Pack

October meetings
Please note that there will be no Cubs in half term. Also, our planned visit to Pets at Home that was scheduled for Tuesday 31 October has been rescheduled to next term. That means that there will be no Cubs on 31 October.

Next pack meeting – Tuesday 7 November
When we return in November we will be looking at codes as part of the communicators badge.
Remember to pop along to My Scout to register for our forthcoming events and to offer your help on the weeks when we need extra adults. (Do that via the programme tab – click on the red parent help button)

Put your stamp on Christmas
The annual competition to design a stamp for use by the village Christmas post service is back. Just download the form and get designing. We’re up against the Brownies and only one design from our age group can win so we would like it to be one of ours.

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. We plan to review the situation in April 2018.
Our increased numbers puts extra pressure on the leaders as we regularly have more than 30 Cubs in the hall. After Christmas we will lose our young leaders so we will be looking for more adults to help us on a regular basis.

Camp update
We like camping and are offering you the chance to join us on a massive 13 nights away in 2017. Places at our last camp this year can now be booked through My Scout.

  • In December we’ll be having our own night at the museum as we settle down to sleep amongst the Roman artefacts in Chichester. We’ll return to Billingshurst by train on Saturday morning for a day of activities based at the hall. Bookings via My Scout are now open for this camp and we are pleased to have 14 Cubs on the guest list so far. Please make sure you have paid your camp fees.

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. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. I’m sure that we can find a job 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.

Manchester bee badges
We are pleased to say that our badges have been distributed. They can be worn on uniform until the end of the year. We’ve put an update on our Manchester page.

New young leaders
Last term we welcomed Won-tolla (Greg) who has joined us to do the service required for his Duke of Edinburgh’s award. We’re pleased to say that he has been joined this term by Baloo (Isobel) meaning that we now have three when you include Tabaqui.
We have allocated each to look after and work closely with a six. Won-tolla has the yellows, Baloo the reds and Tabaqui the greens. The blues will be looked after mainly by Keego.

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.

Painless fundraising – don’t forget us when you shop online
In the April to June 2017 quarter our easyfundraising raised Parbrook Cubs funds a further £74 – just by our supporters doing their normal shopping online. That’s why we call it painless fundraising. That takes the total raised this year so far to £164 – not bad 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.

Group fundraising
Don’t forget that the Guides are collecting used postage stamps. A box is in the kitchen at 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.