On 14 July 2018 we had the opportunity to join a paddle sport taster session organised by the District. Although originally scheduled to be held in Ashington where we did the rafting last year, the venue was changed to the Wey and Arun Canal at Drungewick Slipway.
Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was onto the water. During the hour long session the Cubs had the chance to try various water craft. Some of them even managed to stay in them although there were quite a few splashes.
Click the album to see pictures from our paddle sport testerGoogle has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.
We’ve got lots of photos from the event but think that this one is definitely worth drawing attention to – we call it “challenge accepted“. You’ll also find it in context in our photo album.
Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos, to the District team for providing such a great afternoon and to all the Cubs for trying the different craft so enthusiastically.
Cubs participating were: Emily, Martha, Rohan, James, Luke, Philip, Harry, Jasmine, Izzy, Violet, Finn, Adam and Poppy.
All of the Cubs that took part gained an extra event on their time on the water badge. Note that badges themselves are only presented at 1, 2 and 5 events so not everybody will get one this time.
For the last 5 months the Six of the Month has alternated between the yellows and the greens. Last month it was the greens so this month it must be the yellows turn. Points this month include badges earned at our weekend camp and also points for helping at the Billingshurst Show.
Our Cub of the Month was Lucybelle who gained extra points by completing her Chief Scout’s Silver Award. That’s the highest award in Cubs so well done.
For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.
A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs
At Parbrook Cubs we have been very fortunate in recent years to have a stable leadership team supported by our young leaders and parents. However, things change and as children get older and move sections some of our regular helpers go with them. The end of this term sees us saying goodbye to Keego (Gemma) and we have already lost Bagheera (Jane) from our regular meetings. Next term we will see a number of the older Cubs moving up to Scouts, taking their parents with them. This includes Akela. Fortunately Akela and Jacala have agreed to stay on until Christmas so that they can provide some continuity and assistance to the new leaders that will take the pack forward into 2019. We are now urgently looking for those new leaders to run things, either to help from September or to take over in January.
Akela said “I joined Parbrook when Max started and running our programme has been great fun. However, now that Poppy is too old for Cubs I need to support my family in their new activities. Cubs has been great for all of the family but you do need a team of leaders to run things properly and avoid it all falling to one person. Everybody is busy these days but we hope that by taking their turn on the rota or even helping at camps our new parents will see what a great pack they have joined and will be able to contribute to its running.”
Jacala said “when I moved to Billingshurst in 2006, Parbrook Cubs had just 7 members. Since then, working with a great team of leaders, we have built the pack up into the success that it is today. However, as many of you know, the commute from London makes committing to an 1830 start a bit tricky and although I love the website, social media and planning side of things I cannot step back up to run meetings single handed. Running things with Nick W has shown how important it is to have connections to parents e.g. via the school, as catching people face to face is so much better than just sending e-mails that people don’t always read. Having received my 30 years of service to Scouting award last year I am finding that coming up with new ideas for our programme is getting difficult and I don’t want to get into a rut or be the person that stops change because “we always do it that way”. The pack desperately needs an injection of new ideas and skills to take it forward and I don’t want to hold them back. Whoever steps up will find a generous balance in the bank thanks to our Easyfundraising and a cupboard full of camping equipment including our new tents. The building blocks are there, we just need the new people.”
Sadly we know that e-mail appeals like this rarely result in anybody stepping up to fill the gap and so we plan to run next term with a parents rota. We will allocate two parents to each week and hope that you will be able to support us. Feel free to swap your weeks amongst yourselves if you find yourself unable to do the week we have suggested. Our currently advertised camps in August and September will go ahead as planned and as usual we welcome extra adult helpers at camp – especially in September.
We hope that all our Parbrook families and friends will be able to join us for our end of term evening at Nowhurst on Tuesday 24 July where you will have a chance to meet the leaders and discuss the options that are available if you feel that you may be able to help regularly.
If you would like to know more please discuss with any of our leaders or contact Zoe, our Group Scout Leader. For those that say that they would like to help but cannot manage a Tuesday evening there is good news. We have lots of behind the scenes roles that are still important but don’t have to involve a Tuesday evening. Have a look at our join us page for ideas of roles available.
Our weekend camp in June 2018 took us back to Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath. It may just be 15 minutes up the road but it always feels a world away when you get there.
As we were camping on the Spider site we used that as the theme. Our spider inspired bases on Saturday included making spiders webs, following the trail to a spider’s larder, hanging by a thread on he climbing tower and negotiating the spider’s web in the woods. We also had time for our spiders v flies wide game.
We’re grateful to Mel and Marian for looking after things in the kitchen, to Rama, Kaa, Bagheera, Rann and Tabaqui for running the activities and Chris Evans and his team for bringing along the tower. Also a special mention to those that came to help pitch tents or transport equipment so that everything was ready when the Cubs arrived on Friday night, especially Martin, Jon and Lara.
We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us and so do let us know if you fancy helping. We need a minimum number of adults on site overnight.
You can keep up with what is going on at camp by following us on social media. We tweet occasional messages each day but the main photo stream is on our instagram account.
Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos
We’ll end the Summer Term in our traditional way with an evening at Nowhurst camp site. We hope that other family members and friends of the pack will come along to join us at the camp fire.
When: Our last pack meeting this term will take place on Tuesday 24 July. We’ll start at 6.30pm as usual but end at 8.30pm.
Where: We will be using the Spider Site at Nowhurst Camp Site near Broadbridge Heath.
Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Once you turn onto Nowhurst Lane you will find that access is via a narrow road (see site map). Please be considerate to other users including parents that may be leaving the site as you arrive. The site entrance is signed and is the second turn on the left – it is always tempting to go up the first road but please resist! A one way system operates through the camp site. Please enter by the first entrance and then leave the car park by the exit. We are using the Spider site but you will need to leave your car in the central car park and carry your gear to the site. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully.
What: We’ll start the evening by collecting firewood and then our helpers will build the fire while we have a wide game. We’ll then present some awards before we end the evening with a camp fire.
Who: We hope to see all our Cubs but also extend an invitation to other family members (who must be accompanied by an adult who retains responsibility for them) and friends of our pack.
Cost: There is no charge for attending this event
Bring: You must arrive at camp in your uniform top (Cub t-shirt is fine) and scarf. Bring a folding chair to use at the camp fire. Check the weather forecast before you come in case other clothing is required, e.g. waterproof top. We’ll have some squash and biscuits later in the evening and hopefully some toasted marshmallows but please bring the usual water bottle in case you need a top up after running about in the woods.
Insect bites: The Spider site has a pond nearby and, as we found at our camp in June, the insects can be rather hungry. If you are targetted by such creatures we suggest using some insect repellent before you come.
Previous camps: We visit Nowhurst regularly and you can search for our reports from Nowhurst events online.