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Report: Gold rush weekend at Nowhurst

Our weekend camp in June 2017 took us back to the Spider Site at Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath.

We’d heard that there was gold in them there hills and so set off to discover more about the Californian Gold Rush and to look for gold ourselves. We were delighted to have 20 Cubs on our guest list which with our support team made it one of the largest camps we have had for a while.


Once unpacked on Friday evening we started with a wide game in the woods. Saturday morning started earlier than expected for some of us with some of the Cubs making enough noise to need a visit from Jacala and Akela from 4.30am – more or less as soon as it got light. After a brief shower of rain early Saturday morning the weather switched to gold rush mode too with lots of lovely sunshine. On Saturday morning we found out some more golden facts and made jumping frogs – just like the frogs of Calaveras County in the story by Mark Twain.

On Saturday afternoon the Cubs went prospecting with a whole list of activities and challenges to do. These included panning for gold and also rope making which was part of the pioneer badge that we had been working on. Being in the wild west we included a sharpshooter challenge which turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Activities on Saturday ended with our usual camp fire (built by Rama), songs and of course hot chocolate.

On Sunday the time raced by once the Cubs had been inspected, packed away their gear and swept out their tents. They still had time to collect firewood and make fires using sparks from a flint and steel rather than matches.

More photos from Nowhurst
Click for more photos from Nowhurst. Remember to click on the white “i” in the top right corner to see our captions for each photo

We’re grateful everybody that helped us run the weekend – starting off with the parents who loaded up their cars to transport the gear to site and then helped pitch the tents. Then to Caroline and Chil for helping Marian in the kitchen and to Jacala, Tabaqui, Akela, Shere Khan, Rann, Rama, Craig and Kaa for running the activities.

A special mention to the Harris family who all turned out to help us, despite no longer having any family members in 1st Billingshurst. It is always great to see our former members and we’re really grateful for all your hard work over the weekend.

Also to Rann who as a parent of a new Cub decided to take the plunge and join us for the weekend. We were able to present him with his camper badge to recognise that it was his first night away with us (and hopefully not the last).

We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us or help in the kitchen so do let us know if you fancy coming along. 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.

If you enjoyed the gold rush weekend then don’t forget to register for our other camps in 2017. We have three more opportunities including our week-long summer camp in August. Registration is via My Scout.

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2017

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 was our fifth year of taking part and we had a record turnout as 13 Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. Numbers were further increased by 17 Dauxwood Cubs and their families who joined us this year.

You are never guaranteed good weather but this year it was again a gloriously sunny afternoon which made the views from the South Downs Way even more spectacular.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT20 souvenir badge. (Hikes Away badges are awarded at levels 1, 2, 5 and 10 so not everybody will get a badge this time but their participation has been recorded).

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions.

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

Report: St George’s Day Parade 2017

Our annual District parade was held in Billingshurst this year and was actually on St George’s Day itself.

It was the last parade to be organised by Kath Bridger, our District Commissioner, who steps down in June. She asked for something different so our parade through the streets was followed by the renewal of Promises and some award presentations. After that it was time for a picnic on the field before we were entertained by Hawking About and had a chance to try out some other activities.

We had 20 Parbrook Cubs in the parade which we thought was a great turnout, especially as we haven’t returned to Cubs yet after the Easter break. Well done to James for carrying the flag and to his escorts, William and Elliott. Everybody gets +10 points for coming and those with extra tasks gained an extra +5 points towards our monthly points competition.

Those that follow our Instagram account got updates during the event. Remember that we only tweet a few pictures so Instagram has more photos on the day.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.


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.”

Event: St George’s Day Parade, 23 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 23rd 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.

Our District Commissioner, Kath Bridger, retires from the role in June and so this will be her last parade. She wants us to celebrate our national day by having fun. This year the District’s parade will take place in Billingshurst on Sunday 23 April.

Timetable
11:30: Assemble in Jengers Mead car park
11:45: Inspection of the groups
12:15: Parade departs Jengers Mead. Route via High Street, Nats Lane and Lower Station Road, passing saluting base as it enters the field
13:00: Renewal of Promises followed by presentation of service awards to leaders from across the District
13:20: Picnic street party
14:00: Hawking about
14:45: Activities on the field provided by the groups, including archery and tug of war
15:30: End

Wear
Full, smart uniform is required. Unless it is raining we won’t be wearing coats so make sure that you have something warm under your sweatshirt. We are to be inspected before the parade so please make sure that out of date badges for Cubs 100 etc have been removed.

Bring
You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink but hopefully somebody will be able to carry it for you so that you don’t have a bag during the parade. It would be as well to bring a coat, even if it is only so that you have something to sit on for the picnic. We’ve not been told about any collection so assume that no money is required.
We’ve been asked to run a bottle rocket base during the afternoon. With the short notice we’ve been given we need to appeal for empty 2l plastic drinks bottles that we can use for the rockets. If you have any please drop them off at the hall on Saturday or Sunday.

Parking
With groups from across the District coming to the event there will be pressure on parking in the village. We hope that you will be able to walk or be dropped off.

Colour party
We will need a Cub to carry the Parbrook flag. This is often our eldest Cub if they are available. They will need two escorts and we will select them on the day.
As there is no service to prepare for we have not been told about any rehearsal for standard bearers this year.

St George’s Day service
There is no formal service this year but during the afternoon 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. There will also be a presentation of long service awards to some leaders from across the District.

Paperwork
There is no cost for attending the parade and picnic but we would like an idea of the numbers so please register on My Scout to let us know if you can attend.

Photos
It is always hard for leaders who should be in the parade to get photos of the parade itself. If you are coming to watch please bring your camera and let Jacala have your best pictures for us to use on the website.

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.”

Event: Orient Express summer camp

Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite.

Where: We will be camping on the Larks Field at Blackland Farm camp site near East Grinstead. Blackland Farm is run by the Guides and is visited by Billingshurst Primary School pupils in year 6.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on Grinstead Lane which is narrow in places so please drive carefully.

When: We start at lunchtime on Sunday 13 August so that those that come back from holiday on Saturday can still join us. Camp will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 19 August (unless we don’t get enough people for the full week).
We encourage you to come for the whole week as things are so much more relaxed than a weekend when we cram everything in. We also find that the Cubs get used to sleeping in the tents so by the end of the week end up sleeping in rather than waking the leaders at first light.
For those that think a week is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends on Wednesday afternoon.

What: Our Orient Express theme will take us through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. It promises to be a packed week of activities including building the Eiffel Tower, climbing the alps and tunneling into Hungary. We also hope to fit in a real train ride, with a visit to the Bluebell Railway which runs close to the site. We’ll also have plenty of time for games on the field and a few other challenges on the way plus our evening camp fires.

Who: Camp is open to all our members. We’ll also need some extra adults to help out. This doesn’t have to mean camping as we need to transport all the gear and will need help pitching the tents. If you would like to stay with us we will also need help in the kitchen with Marian and Hathi, you could help Jacala and Tabaqui run the activities or just come with us on our picnic hike on the Bluebell Railway (in which case we’d need to ask you to pay your train fare). There is always plenty to do so please ask for more information if you are interested.

Guest list at 25 June (3+8):

  • Evan (mini)
  • James W
  • Joshua
  • Lucybelle
  • Luke
  • Martha
  • Megan (mini)
  • Poppy (mini)
  • Robin
  • Thomas B
  • Violet

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activites and camp fees go up every year which makes it harder to keep down costs. Summer camp is always more expensive than our weekend camps because we have to pay for the activities that we do.
We’re subsidising the camp fees by around £30 for mini-campers and £45 for full campers thanks to the money you have raised for us via Easyfundraising. This means that the camp fees are £85 for the mini camp and £125 for the full week. You can reserve your place with a deposit of £25.

Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.

Booking: You can book via My Scout as usual but please remember to pay your camp fees online too. We’ve added a few boxes to the registration form so that adults can volunteer to help with transport and tent pitching before camp plus in the kitchen or with activities during the weekend.
Note that separate events have been created in My Scout for the full camp and the mini camp. Make sure you book on the right one.

Bring: The standard kit list shows the sort of things that you need to bring. We’ll issue one specifically for this camp nearer the time. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. There will be some pre-camp research but we’ll tell you more about that next term.

Previous camps: We last camped at Blackland Farm for Summer Camp in August 2013. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.