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Event: Jamboree on the Trail, 12 May

Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 21st year and the sixth year that we have taken part.

Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.

Summary of arrangements
When Saturday 12 May
Meet Grassy area near Whiteways Cafe, 2pm
Wear Uniform scarf with appropriate layers for weather. Don’t get caught out by the sun – likely to be cool and windy on the hilltops. 
Bring Snack and water bottle
Return Whiteways Lodge Car Park by 5pm
To do now Health form required for those not walking with their family

Where: We’ll be starting from Whiteways car park and doing a circular walk which includes a stop at Bignor Hill. In total the hike will be just over 5 miles but we’ll be taking it nice and gently.

Start: There is a free (but often busy) car park at Whiteways Lodge, just off the A29 at the top of Bury Hill. Why not come along a bit early and take advantage of the food and drink on offer at Whiteways Cafe. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for an ice cream at the end too.

When: JOTT day is 12 May 2018. We aim to leave the car park at 2pm, stop at Bignor Hill at about 3.30pm and be back to the cars at around 5pm

What: We will be hiking in the South Downs – taking in parts of the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way. You can see the route on a map. We will walk together as a group.

Who: Our JOTT hike is open to all our Cubs and their families. We will look after any Cubs that come on their own. Family, friends and dogs must remain your responsibility. Obviously we can’t accept any non-Cub children unless they are with an adult. This year our hike will just be for our Cubs plus friends and families of Parbrook Cubs.

Paperwork: We would like to have an idea of the numbers that are likely to take part. Please book via My Scout as usual and Cubs walking on their own must complete our usual health form nearer the time.

Cost: This is not a fund raising event. There is no charge for taking part

Wear: You should wear clothes appropriate to the weather on the day including strong shoes for walking in (no wellies). Cubs should wear your scarf but the rest of your uniform is not required. Remember that it can be windy up on the Downs so even on a sunny day it can be quite chilly – a windproof/waterproof coat is a good idea to have in your bag, even if rain isn’t forecast.
We suggest that you have a number of layers that you can put on or take off as the need arises. The sun is strong at this time of year and part of the route is very exposed so consider a hat and sun cream if the weather looks as if it may be required.

Bring: You should bring a water bottle and a snack or two in a day sack that you can carry. We’ll be sitting on the grass when we stop for our break at Bignor Hill so make sure you have either a mat or a coat to sit on.

Badges: All Cubs that take part will get a special JOTT21 badge after the event (as well as an extra hike on their hikes away score). We’ll also give JOTT21 souvenir badges to anybody else who walked with us and would like one – just let us know how many on the day. We’ll order them after the event when we know the numbers that attended and present them when they come through a few weeks later.

We’re social: Watch out for postings on our instagram page during the event.

Last year: You can see how we got on in previous years by looking at our JOTT reports. If you haven’t walked with us before then the photo album gives a good idea of the terrain and scenery

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Event: Paddle sport taster, Sat 14 July

Following the successful rafting sessions in pack meetings last summer the District paddle sport team have arranged some taster sessions for this term.

What: The District team is offering a “try a boat” session. Each session gives an hour of time on the water. There will be a large fleet of paddle craft available and each Cub will be able to try paddling as many of those as they wish. The list of available craft is likely to include kayak, open canoe, sit-on-top kayak, stand up paddle board, inflatable canoe, traditional raft and dinghy.

Where: Church Farm, Ashington (where we did the rafting last summer). You will need to arrange your own transport.

When: Our time on the water starts at 14:30 but you will need to arrive by 14:10 to allow time to get changed. We have an hour on the water so should be finished at 15:45

Wear: You should wear appropriate clothes for the event and you will get wet so include a towel and a change of clothes for the journey home. Note that uniform is not required but that you will have a buoyancy aid which must be worn when on any of the water craft.

Cost: The cost is £5 per person but we’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to reduce this to £3. We must have full payment at the time of booking to guarantee your place.

Badges: You will gain a time on the water credit towards that staged badge and will also complete Nautical Skills stage 1. It will also be a new sport for your Skills challenge.

Who: This event is open to all of our Cubs. Our session will be jointly with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack and each pack has 12 places. Scouting water activity rules require us to ask that you can swim 50m and you will have to make that declaration on your health form nearer the time. All Cubs will have buoyancy aids and the instructors will be close by so really you need to be sure that you will be confident in the water, in the likely event that you do fall in.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch but only the Cubs will be able to participate

How to book: To reserve your place please use the events page of My Scout where the event is called “District paddle sport taster” and is available to book. Please remember to pay your £3 online as we have to send that money to the organisers before the event.

Guest list at 22 April. We have 12 places, 3 left

  1. Emily
  2. Philip
  3. Poppy
  4. Violet
  5. Luke
  6. Finn
  7. Harry
  8. Martha
  9. Rohan

Last year: In June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington to try our hands at raft building. This event will be in the same place so you can see our report from 2017 to give an idea of what it will be like.

Welcome to the summer term 2018

After such a long period of wet and cold weather we are hoping that things will improve as we start the Summer Term. As usual we have a packed programme of activities to enjoy on a Tuesday evening. You can download your copy from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. We are hoping to be outside on the field as much as we can so don’t forget to bring your water bottles if you think that you might need them. Do make sure that they have a name on and try to remember to take them home again at the end of the evening as we always seem to have some left.

St Georges Day Parade

With St George being the patron saint of Scouting we always celebrate his day which is of course 23 April. This year the District has decided to do something a bit different so we have been invited to attend an event at Parham House near Storrington. After a short service and the important renewal of the Promises there will be an afternoon of activities to try out. Pop along to the website for more details – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/event-stg18/ and don’t forget to let us know if you plan to attend by registering through My Scout.

Jamboree on the trail

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail. This will be the sixth year that we have taken part and our event will follow the usual format. We invite Cubs and their families (and well behaved dogs) to join us for a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 12 May. We will start from Whiteways Car Park and then follow the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way on a circular walk. We will have more details online shortly and you will can register through My Scout. There is no charge for taking part and everybody can earn a commemorative Jamboree on the Trail 2018 blanket badge

Spider camp

Our camp this term will be at Nowhurst which is near Broadbridge Heath. We will be sleeping in tents on the weekend of 9-11 June. Despite just being 15 minutes away it is a secluded spot that we always enjoy visiting. We already have 13 names on our guest list but there is plenty of room for more. You can find details at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nowhurst18/ and register through My Scout. Don’t forget that the camp fees are due before camp.

Summer camp

We have been delighted with the response to Summer Camp at Downe which takes place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August. The number of campers we can take is restricted by the size of groups that the campsite will take for activities. We have now filled the 12 places that we have available. Details are on the website at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/event-downe18/ and camp fees should be paid before camp.

Weekend camp at Stedham

Our final tent camp of the year will be at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We will have more information about this camp online nearer the time but you can register via My Scout if you would like to reserve a place. Camp will take place over the weekend of 21-23 September

Come and help us at our camps

We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments – you don’t even have to camp as you can visit for the day. Have a look at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/join-us/#adults for a bit more detail and have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Billingshurst Show

The annual parade and show takes place on Sunday 24 June. With some of our leaders away that weekend we are looking for a couple of parents to volunteer to coordinate our involvement. We have a place in the parade if we want it but, as we have seen in recent years, it is very hard to find anybody that has a vehicle that we can use. This means that if we are going to take part at all then we will be walking which reduces options. We also need to run a stall on the field in the afternoon and have been given a target of raising at least £50. If you would be able to help us run our part of the show or have any ideas please let me know. Without parent help we will not be able to take part in the parade.

Easyfundraising

We are grateful to all of you that support our Easyfundraising when you shop online. With the donation reminder toolbar all you have to do is click to confirm that you’d like us to receive a donation when you shop at a participating site. We have now received the final payment for 2017 and raised just over £250. This is a bit down when compared to last year but still allows us to subsidise our camps and trips. If you don’t already support us then pop along to https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ to find out more and sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/. So easy, why not?

Don’t forget to let us know if you can help with our camps or the Billingshurst Show

Nick Wainewright, Akela

 

Event: St George’s Day, 22 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23 April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

This year the District is holding its event in Parham Park on Sunday 22 April.

Timetable
13:30: Arrive at Parham Park.
13:45: Groups start to form up
14:00: St George’s Day service including renewal of Promises
14:30: Activities begin
16:00: End of activities. Depart Parham

How to get there
You will need to make your own way to Parham Park. Use the main entrance near Cootham on A283 and follow the drive through the park until directed off to the left to reach the East Plain. The postcode for satnav purposes is RH20 4HR and you can see a route online.

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises.

I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and to the Queen, 
to help other people 
and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Colour party
We will need somebody to carry the Parbrook flag and will select them at our Pack Meeting on 17 April. We don’t think that we need escorts this year but if that changes we will select them on the day. Group flags will line up behind the District Chaplin to provide a backdrop for the service.

What to wear
You should wear your uniform top and scarf. Unlike recent years we hope that it will be warm enough not to wear coats for the service although they may be useful to sit on. Otherwise please dress appropriately for the weather.
With the whole District wearing the same uniform it is a good opportunity to remind you to check that yours is clearly named, just in case you should get separated from it during the afternoon.

What to bring
Although there is no charge for the activities there will be some refreshments and stalls to raise money for the young people from the District who are attending the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019. We hope that everybody will be able to bring around £2 to spend on the jamboree stalls.  There will be leather branding, s’mores, friendship bracelets and most importantly for the parents tea, coffee and cake.
Cubs may like to bring a water bottle to keep themselves hydrated through the afternoon but do make sure it is named and goes home again.

Who can come?
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend. We have created an event on My Scout so that you can let us know whether or not you plan to come.
Parents and siblings are all welcome to join us for the afternoon and will be encouraged to join in with the activities. As usual any non-Cub children will remain the responsibility of the adults that they come with.

What activities are there?
Each group will be running activities and there will be the Jamboree contingent stalls too. In addition the District will be running pedal cars, grass sledges and a soapbox rally.  The rally will have 2 tracks for younger ones and older ones and everyone is welcome to make a team of 3 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders) or 4 (Cubs and Beavers) to set their fastest time around the track.  There will be a prize in each category.
Jodie, the District Youth Commissioner, will have a graffiti wall where Cubs can leave their ideas and thoughts about Scouting. There will also be a selfie booth.


Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
“When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

Points competition – February 2018

Our points for February include those for badges earned at our weekend pack holiday at Runway’s End. With each activity badge being worth +20 points it can make all the difference.

The Yellows have won for the last two months but this month they are back in third place. So it is congratulations to the Greens who were last on top in October 2017.

Our Cub of the Month was Lukas who completed a number of activity badges at camp and also earned his Skills challenge. Remember that you can do some work towards the Skills challenge at home – just complete the worksheet and bring it in.

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