Report: Sussex100 centenary camp

2016 is a special year for Cubs as we celebrate our centenary. At the end of July 16 of our Cubs joined those from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack at Sussex100, the centenary camp.

There were around 2500 Cubs on site from both East and West Sussex scout counties. Each District from West Sussex was paired with one from East Sussex in a Jungle Book themed sub camp. Our district, Petworth & Pulborough, was paired with cubs from Seaford and Newhaven who made up Seahaven District. Together we were the Rikki Tikki Tavi sub camp.

  • Rama, the buffalos – Lewes and Worthing Districts
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongooses – Seahaven and Petworth & Pulborough Districts
  • Kaa, the pythons – Senlac and Crawley Districts
  • Jacala – the crocodiles – Brighton & Hove and Chichester Districts
  • Baloo, the bears – Horsham District
  • Tabaqui, the jackals – Hailsham & Heathfield and Bognor Districts
  • Mao, the peacocks – Mid Sussex District
  • Hathi, the elephants – Ashdown and Arundel & Littlehampton Districts
  • Baghera, the panthers – Eastbourne and East Grinstead Districts
  • Chil, the kites – Hastings & Rye and Adur Districts

There was a great mix of activities from abseiling to zip wires with other events such as crafts, balloon rockets, fire lighting and the inflatables proving popular.  We were pleased to see everybody have a go and try to overcome their fears whether that was of fire or heights. Some of the Cubs got to meet UK Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt who popped in during a rather wet Saturday morning.

One of the events that ran through the weekend was “Cubs got talent”. Over 70 acts were auditioned during the camp. We entered our campfire singers but the yellow bird song didn’t find favour from the judges. However, Robin also entered with his baritone horn and was one of 12 acts in the final so very well done to him.

The soundtrack to the weekend was Coldplay “Adventure of a lifetime” which seemed to sum things up nicely.

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Camps like this take a lot of organising so we thank Dave Grimwood and his team for all their hard work. We’re also grateful to the group for paying for our seats on the coach. It was certainly easier to all arrive at camp and leave together.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed. There was also a report in the County Times and you can look back on the official tweets from the media team at

campbadgeEach of the Cubs received a Sussex100 badge (designed by Kagan from 3rd Bexhill). Unusually, this can be worn on your uniform. If you aren’t already wearing a Cubs 100th birhday badge then it goes above your joining in (year star) badges in the space marked “occasional badges” on the diagram. If that space is already full then it goes at the cuff end of the arm that has your District & County badges on it. In either case the badge must be removed at the end of the year.