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 naturalist’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 6 June
What: All aspects of the naturalist’s badge will be covered and the badge will be awarded to participants at the end of the day. In addition all the Museum activities will all be on offer including the train and the bus rides, road steam, the print shop, electricity hall and nature trail. There will also be owl flying displays, pond dipping and traditional craftsmen at work.
Who: We have 11 Cubs on the list: Charlie, Clementine, Adam, Ethan, Isabella, Kinley, Max, James, Daniel, Ellie and William. We need an extra adult helper on the day to join Tabaqui and Jacala.
Cost: East Sussex Scouts set the price per Cub at £6 which includes your naturalist’s badge. Of course it also includes all admission fees and materials that you’ll need for the badgework on the day. We’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to pay for the train fares to get us there and back and we’ll also pay for our adult helpers.
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 will need to complete our online health form nearer the time 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 naturalist’s badge at Summer Camp in 2014 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.