Event: Amberley Museum

Cubs from across West Sussex have been invited to join Cubs from East Sussex at a special badge workshop at Amberley Museum. In addition to meeting Cubs from across both counties, the organisers have arranged everything we need to complete the communicator’s badge plus a few surprises along the way.

Where: We’ll be visiting the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

Transport: With Cubs from all over East and West Sussex coming to the site the car park and local roads are expected to be busy with coaches. As the museum is next to Amberley station we plan to travel by train.

About Amberley: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, electricity hall, printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the blacksmith and potter. Visitors can enjoy hot and cold refreshments in the Limeburners and purchase souvenirs and books in the gift shop.

When: Our trip takes place on Saturday 24 May.

What: All aspects of the badge will be covered and the badge will be awarded to participants at the end of the day. So Cubs will be able to make emergency calls, converse in another language, decipher codes, use amateur radio, tell a story and carry out all the other elements of the badge often using the facilities available at the museum. In addition all the Museum activities will all be on offer including the train and the bus rides, the print shop, electricity hall and nature trail. Finally as there is a link between Amberley and the James Bond film “A view to a Kill” there will be activities connected with spying popping up all over the site with a few surprises along the way.

Who: Our trip was open to all our Cubs. However, the guest list has closed and we have paid the organisers for the 11 Cubs that booked their places.

Cost: East Sussex Scouts set the price per Cub at £7 which includes not only your communicator’s badge but a special commemorative badge of the day. Of course it also includes all admission fees and materials that you’ll need for the badgework on the day. Adults will need to pay £3 but will also get the special badge and a free drink. We’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to pay for the train fares to get us there and back.

Wear: You should wear your uniform. We’ll be out in public so want to look smart. The site has both indoor and outdoor exhibits so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Bring: You should bring a packed lunch. There is a museum shop which you can visit during the day. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3. You will be responsible for your own pocket money and souvenirs. You should also bring a pen/pencil so that you can complete your worksheets.

Paperwork: As usual for our trips and expeditions you must complete a health form giving an emergency contact for all Cubs that are on the trip. The emergency contact cannot be an adult who is on the trip although we would like a mobile number for them too.

Badgework: We last tackled the communicator’s badge in December 2012 so some of you may already have it. Don’t let that put you off – you can still come along and have a great day with Cubs from across East and West Sussex.