Joining: Summer camp

Our Summer Camp is fast approaching and we can now confirm the arrangements.

Weather update (Sat): We’ve been concerned about ex-hurricane Bertha which is set to affect the UK on Sunday. However, forecasts now show that it will clear the south of England by lunchtime on Sunday, meaning that our camp can continue as planned.

When is the camp? Camp starts at 4.30pm on Sunday 10 August and runs through to 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 August. On Sunday afternoon the Cubs can arrive any time between 4pm and 4.30pm. Please do not arrive before this unless you are coming to help pitch the tents. The journey from Billingshurst should take you about an hour and twenty minutes. On Wednesday afternoon the camp ends at 5.30pm after a closing ceremony at 5.15pm. Parents are welcome to come and watch the closing ceremony.

Where is the camp? The camp is being held at Downe Scout Activity Centre near Biggin Hill. The preferred route is M23, M25 to junction 6 (A22 Godstone & A25 Westerham). After a short distance on the A22 turn left at the roundabout onto the A25. Continue through Oxted and Westerham on the A25. After leaving Westerham turn left at the roundabout onto the A233. Continue on the A233, over the M25 and up the hill. (Your satnav may suggest that you turn right, down Buckhurst Road but it is better to continue ahead into Biggin Hill to avoid very narrow roads.) After passing the Blackhorse pub on your right, turn right into Jail Lane, signposted Cudham and Downe. Continue ahead past the Darwin Leisure Centre and school. On leaving the built up area the road becomes narrow. Pass the Old Jail pub and follow the road round to the left ignoring the road into Cudham. After a sharp left bend you will enter Luxted. As the road bears sharply right, look for a narrow lane straight on, often between parked cars, with brown signs pointing to Downe Activity Centre. This is Birdhouse Lane, a narrow and very bumpy track. Keep ahead until you come to the big car park. Site rules say that you must park there then carry your bags straight ahead past camp reception and the Warden’s house to our camp which is on the Games Field (site 38).
You may find our online directions for getting to Downe useful.

Transport: You will need to make your own arrangements for getting to and from the campsite.

What about food? The first food we will be providing will be a hot evening meal on Sunday. After that, we will be providing a full service of meals through until Wednesday lunchtime so there is no need to bring a packed lunch or your own supplies. We do not allow Cubs to bring sweets or drinks to camp.

Pills and Potions: If you require any medication during the camp please ensure that it is clearly labelled and handed into the kitchen when you arrive. If you sometimes need an inhaler for asthma or hayfever tablets please remember to bring them. Activities at camp can be strenuous and tired Cubs are more liable to need their inhalers.

Kit List: The kit list is available online. Check it carefully as there are some additional items that we’d like you to bring. Have a look at the weather forecast as you pack and make sure that your Cub has plenty of appropriate clothes. We’re hoping that it will be hot and sunny so don’t forget a hat and remember it might get cold at night so you’ll need warm clothes for that. We will hopefully get a chance to visit the shop on site and at Down House but this will be for souvenirs rather than sweets. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £5 which should be in coins and in a named purse/wallet.
We’d like each Cub to bring some cardboard such as an empty cereal box. Also they will need 2 x 1p coins.

What if I need to get in touch with the leaders at camp? We will have a Home Contact. This is somebody not involved in the camp who can co-ordinate links with parents in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong. For this camp the Home Contact is Raksha – Phyllis Gravett who may be contacted on Billingshurst 783530. The Home Contact holds emergency information about all the Cubs at camp and therefore may ring you if the leaders are unavailable for any reason. It is likely that the leaders will have their own mobile phones with them but we cannot rely on them as there may be a poor signal.

Updates when at camp: We can’t promise but it is likely that Jacala will be posting messages and pictures on Twitter while we are at camp. If you follow @ParbrookCubs then remember that you can get the messages sent to you as text messages so that you don’t have to keep checking the website. If you do not follow us then pop along to to see the latest messages.

Guest list: The following Cubs have a place at this camp:

  • 15 Cubs – Grace, Lauren, Zack, Adam M, Jake, Ollie, Gareth, Olivia, James, Lily, Luke P, Adam S, Alex, Holly and Harry
  • Helpers camping – Tabaqui (Mon & Tue)
  • Adults camping – Akela, Jacala, Marian, Kelly (Sun), Hathi (Mon & Tue), Steve B (Tue)

Paperwork: As usual we need to have a completed health form for each Cub on our trip. These should be done electronically so please complete the online health form.

Help wanted: We’re grateful to Mark Wingate for use of his van to carry our tables and benches to camp and Glyn for offering to bring them back. We’d be grateful for some help from parents who wouldn’t mind putting a few boxes or bags in their cars to lighten the load on the van. Please meet us at the hall at 11am on Sunday which is when we will be loading the van. Just bring the kit along when you deliver your cub.

Hopefully that will give you all the information that you need but if not do use the comments facility to let us know your question.