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Points competition – December 2017

The December competition was rather a short one as we only had three pack meetings. As a result the totals were quite low.

However, badgework done at home helped push the Yellows into a significant lead.

Our Cub of the Month was Joshua who completed a number of badges during the month

For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.

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Welcome to the spring term 2018

Welcome to the Spring Term 2018
I hope that you had a great Christmas and are now looking forward to a new term at Parbrook Cubs. As usual we have been working behind the scenes to plan a packed programme of activities to get us through to Easter. We’ve also got 11 nights away planned between now and the end of the year.

So what have we got planned for this term?

  • Badgework – we will be working on the environmental conservation and global issues badges which are two that we haven’t worked on before. Don’t forget that you can check your personal progress with badges on My Scout
  • Visits – we try to get out and about when we can. This term we have our rescheduled visit to Pets at Home, we’ll be visiting Horsham station as part of a programme of work with Southern, we have 2 chances to explore the woods in the dark and we hope to revisit Brinsbury for another session of lambing live. We also hope to have a number of visitors coming to see us to help with our pack meetings this term.
  • Nights away – we advertised our night away at Runways End last term and already have 18 of the 20 places filled. We are also grateful to the parents who will be coming with us.

You can download our one page programme which is ideal for sticking on your fridge to remind you what is coming up this term.

Pack meeting – 16 January
As part of our week looking at disasters we want to make shelters in the hall. We’d like those of you that have bedding rolls to bring in the groundsheet and cord that you use so that we can use it in the activity. We’ve put a reminder in the online programme.

Minimising e-mails
We do all that we can to keep you informed about what is happening at Parbrook Cubs. Communication is important to us but we know that everybody gets loads of e-mails and us adding to the load doesn’t always mean that our messages will be read. We still prefer e-mail to paper notes but try to keep our e-mails to a minimum. There may be important messages that you need to know but you can easily check for yourself. Jacala works hard to keep the website up to date and you can get our programme in your calendar, e.g. on google calendar (just add our .ics files – see website for the links). The same information is available if you log on to My Scout and check the programme tab. If you are not sure how to do any of these things then do please ask. The e-mail version of this note will include a link to the My Scout programme to get you started.

We’re social
Parbrook Cubs is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each has its own purpose and you can find out more by reading the social media page on the website. We get good feedback from our instagram posts which tend to pop up during pack meetings or our camps so that you can see what we are doing.
Did you see our 2017 best 9 on Instagram? They are the pictures that got the most likes in the year but scrolling back through the feed gives a good insight of what we have been doing. We have certainly been busy. We’re grateful to all of you that helped us with our activities last year and hope to see you at more of our events in 2018. If you’d like to help but aren’t sure how then have a look at the “not just kids stuff” section of our join us page.

Nights Away
Our camps and sleepovers are important to us and with 32 Cubs in the pack we hope for record attendances this year. Our online calendar already has our camp dates listed and they will appear in My Scout events when they are open for booking. For now do make a note of the dates for the rest of the year as we already have 11 nights away planned:  8-10 June, 12-18 August and 21-23 September.
As usual we are always looking for extra adults to come and enjoy camp with us. If you want to stay overnight then you’ll need a Scouting DBS so do let us know in plenty of time.
For those on our guest list for Runway’s End it is now time to pay the balance of your camp fees. We will shortly be sending out joining instructions at which time you will need to complete our online health form as usual.

Easyfundraising
We have just received the quarterly donations for July to September 2017 which added another £42 to our total raised in the year, taking it to £209 so far. Our income from Easyfundraising looks to be down this year which is unfortunate as we want to use the money to replace one of our tents this summer. Our blue tents were bought in 2011 and have had 6 years of use by excited young campers. The group does not pay for our equipment so we need to fund it ourselves. We’d rather do it painlessly this way than have to start thinking about sponsored walks etc so please pass on the fundraising links to your friends and family so that everybody can help. See our fundraising page for all the details.
Holiday bookings are good earners for us and can make a world of difference so do remember to click through or to activate the donation when booking online. Also, if you are shopping at Amazon, Ebay, Hotels.com or Expedia do take a moment to read the guide to make sure that your donations count as you have to approach them differently.

Gift Aid
The group can benefit from Gift Aid from your Subs and also Easyfundraising donations. To make sure that we get gift aid on Subs you will need to complete a separate gift aid declaration – we will send you one from My Scout in the next few days. Unfortunately this does not link up with Easyfundrasing but when you register your account you can include gift aid too. If you already have an Easyfundraising account then just pop along to the Gift Aid settings under “My Account”. You just need to complete your address and tick a box. Easy.

Group news
The group now has its own Facebook page. If you’d like to see what messages are being posted then search for “1st Billingshurst Scouts”. We hope that you have already “liked” the Parbrook Cub Pack page.
The Guides hope that you remembered to save your stamps from all the Christmas cards that you received. There is a box in the kitchen for you to leave your donations.

Not just kid’s stuff

We’re very grateful to all our leaders and parent helpers for the support that you give us. We couldn’t do it without you.

We’ve always got room for extra regular helpers, so if you’d like to take a more active role in our pack just ask. We give a few ideas of roles on our join us page. We have jobs to suit all time commitments. Your skills and new ideas could be just what we need and you would hopefully find that you enjoy it too.


Occasional helpers

If you think that you might like to help it is best to get the paperwork out of the way. You can start the process by completing our online form. The details get sent to our Group Scout Leader who will then be in touch to guide you through the rest of the process.

Uniformed leaders

The paperwork for you is a bit more tricky. You need to complete a more complicated form. We currently only have it as a PDF but you should be able to complete it online, save it and e-mail it back to us. Alternatively, print it out and complete it the traditional way.

Remember that Cubs is not just kids stuff.

Points competition – November 2017

The November competition includes extra +20s from the remainder of Cubs completing their home safety badgework followed by those that completed their communicator badges.

In addition we have Remembrance Sunday which includes points for all those that attend with extra points to those with a special role such as laying the wreath. As a result there are some high scores but also a very close result for the top two places.

Our Cub of the Month was Jasmine who completed her challenge badges and gained her Chief Scout’s Silver Award during the month.

For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.

Event: Pack holiday

We like to go away each term but in the spring term it is too chilly to camp outside so we look for an alternative. This is called a pack holiday rather than a cub camp – level 1 on our camping with the Cubs scale. However, indoor accommodation is expensive so we have decided to go away for one night and use the money saved to pay for activities instead.

What to do now

Please pay any outstanding camp fees and complete our usual online health form

When is the sleepover?

We start on Saturday morning 3 February at 1000 and run through until 1600 on Sunday 4 February

Where is the sleepover?

We will be staying at Runways End activity centre near Farnborough. This site is now run jointly by Hampshire County Council and Blackwater Valley Scouts

How much does it cost?

We have set the camp fees at £42 of which at least a £12 deposit should be paid when you reserve your place. This includes a Parbrook Cashback discount of around £10 per person – using the money you raise for us via Easyfundraising to keep your camp fees as low as we can. We can only do this if you continue to raise funds for us when you shop online so make sure you are signed up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs

How do we get there?

You will need to make your own way to and from the activity centre. We will circulate directions to those on our guest list nearer the time.

What is on the programme

After we have settled into our en suite bedrooms (yes really) we will explore the site. After lunch we will split into 2 groups for caving and indoor climbing. On Sunday we will have our traditional hike along the canal (wrap up warm).

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform. Once we have started camp we will change into activity gear. While the building will be nice and warm inside, please make sure that you have suitable clothes for being outside – warm hat, scarf, gloves etc. We will be outside on both days, weather permitting, and our hike on Sunday can be particularly chilly by the canal.

What to bring

There is nothing special on the kit list for this weekend. You can see our standard kit list online and we will circulate the specific arrangements for this camp in the next few weeks.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each of the en suite bedrooms sleeps up to 5 Cubs using bunk beds.

Is there any paperwork to do?

As usual you will need to complete our online health and emergency contact form (HF).

Who is on the guest list?

Cub places are limited to 20 because of the activities that are being run for us on Saturday. We (at 15 Jan) currently have 19 Cubs on the guest list:

    • Adam (paid)
    • Emily (HF)
    • Finley K (paid+HF)
    • Finn L (paid deposit)
    • Harry F (paid+HF)
    • Harry L (paid+HF)
    • Izzy (paid)
    • James (paid)
    • Jasmine (paid)
    • Joshua (paid)
    • Lukas (paid deposit+HF)
    • Luke K (paid+HF)
    • Luke W (paid+HF)
    • Martha (paid)
    • Poppy (paid+HF)
    • Tegan (paid+HF)
    • Thomas (paid+HF)
    • Tommy (paid+HF)
    • Violet (paid+HF)

What about food?

We will provide a full meals service from Saturday lunch through to Sunday lunch. Please do not bring your own supplies. Food, including sweets and drinks, is not allowed in the bedrooms.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and has been mentioned on your health form. You should hand it to a leader when you arrive.