Report: Spy school weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2018 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was to be a level 3 camp sleeping in tents but had to change to a level 2 instead.

Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we really got hit this year. Forecasts of heavy rain and gales meant that we had to change our plans. We decided to still go to Stedham but the Cubs had to sleep inside where we knew they would be dry and warm.

This was the last camp to be run by the current leader team before they step down at Christmas. We are urgently looking for new leaders to start a new chapter with Parbrook Cubs from January 2019.


As the Cubs arrived on Friday they made their ID cards and fingerprint key rings which we would use through the rest of the weekend. There was also time for a starlit wide game in the woods before bed. The unfortunate down side of being indoors in the warm and dry is that one noisy Cub is enough to keep all of the others awake. Also the thick classroom walls meant that the leaders outside could not hear the noise.

On Saturday we concentrated on our spy school activities. We split into three teams which then conducted three spy missions – a team challenge guiding their team through the minefield without speaking, a planning activity choosing the kit needed for the mission and a trying to get through our laser maze. After lunch with the rain pouring down we moved in to the new oak framed marquee for our afternoon activities and games. Sadly the continuing rain meant no camp fire but with it being the last camp for a number of our experienced campers we still had camp fire songs.

On Sunday it was still raining. After breakfast the Cubs were able to pack their gear inside but were getting a bit restless at being cooped up. Fortunately by mid-morning there was a bit of a break in the weather and they were able to make the most of the adventure course. We’d planned lunch on fires which wasn’t possible but the Cubs still made their pitta pizzas. By the time the parents came to pick up it had turned into a lovely day on the field. With our leaders giving up at Christmas it meant the end of an era on our camps with Marian retiring from camp cooking. As she has been a key part of our core camping team since 2007 we presented her with some flowers.


Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Adam, Ava, Dominic, Harry, Izzy, James O’M, James W, Jasmine, Joshua, Lucybelle, Luke W, Martha, Owen, Philip, Thomas B, Thomas H, Tommy, Tyler, Violet,
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Jacala, Tabaqui, Kaa, Marian, Rann, Rama (Sat), Shere Khan (Sat), Caroline (Sat), Katie (Sat), Beck (Sun)

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend, especially Katie, Caroline and Bec who provided kitchen support on each day. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets or taking rubbish and recycling home. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved.

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