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Report: Spider weekend camp

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

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Event: Billingshurst Show, Sun 24 Jun

This year the Billingshurst Show takes place on Sunday 24 June. It is the main fundraising event for the group and a great part of village life and so we are keen that everybody takes part.

The main show information is available on the Billingshurst Show website but there are lots of ways to get involved:

Badge competition now closed
Each year all the Scouts and Guides that help on the stalls or behind the scenes with the show get presented with a souvenir badge. The badge for this year was designed last year so now it is time to design the 2019 badge. Just download the form and draw your design in the box. Completed forms should be posted in the box in the hall. We hear that there has not been a single entry so far so that increases your chance of winning – but only if you post your form before the closing date of Thursday 21 June.

SETTING UP THE SHOW

Please complete our show helpers form and return it to Cubs, Nat Evans or Zoe Jenkins to let us know what time you can help set up or take down.

Friday
There is a lot of fetching and carrying to be done to get all the necessary tables, chairs, fencing and equipment into position. Help is wanted from 3pm to 5pm.

Saturday team
As you can imagine, there is a lot to do to get the field ready for the show. There are tents to put up, stalls to organise, tables to distribute and countless other tasks. The group is asking for parents who can help with this task. You don’t have to volunteer all day but even an hour would be useful. There are slots from 9.30am to 5.30pm

ON THE DAY

Parade
We asked for a team of parents to run our entry in the parade but sadly did not get any interest. As a result we will not be taking part. It gets harder every year to find a vehicle to use  and walking in the parade never gets the same attention from the judges. However, if you want to see the parade then the route is available on the show website.

Bake off
The bake off competition has been expanded this year with new categories. Simply take your baked goods to the Bake Off tent (opposite the food court) before 2pm on the day of the show. See the show website for bake off categories.

Our stall
Once we get to the field we will be running two stalls in the Scout area. We have a world cup sweepstake game where you can buy a country for £1 and potentially win £10 if yours is the country we have chosen. (No football knowledge required).
We also have a paper aeroplane target game. For 50p you can have a piece of paper which you can then fashion into a plane. We have a book of designs to give inspiration. Once built and decorated you can then fly your plane to see if you can hit the target.
We are grateful to Nat Evans for organising our stalls and have invited the Cubs to staff it in slots throughout the afternoon. You can do any slot but we have notionally allocated Reds from 1300 to 1345, Yellows from 1345 to 1430, Greens from 1430 to 1515 and Blues from 1515 to 1600 (when its a knockout starts). You can let us know what time slot you can do by registering on My Scout.

Scouts and Guides knock out
At 4pm the Scouts and Guides will be taking their turn in the arena for an “it’s a knockout” event. The first category will be rainbows v beavers. This will be followed by our competition of brownies v Parbrook v Dauxwood Cubs. Thanks to everybody that has volunteered to be on our team. We hope that the other Cubs will be there to cheer us on.
Further categories will then pitch the Guides against the Scouts. We hope that there will still be plenty of people around the arena to cheer us on. See our 2009 gallery below for the last time we beat the Brownies!

Donations
At short notice we have been reminded that the Beavers are running a cake stall and would welcome donations brought along on the day. Not sure if you can combine that with the bake off. Also the Guides are running their usual chocolate tombola which may be a bit tricky with the weather looking so warm. They are also looking for donations.

TAKING DOWN THE SHOW

Sunday deconstruction team
When everybody goes home the real work starts. Volunteers are wanted between 5pm and 8pm to take things down and load up the lorry.

Monday morning distribution
The final task is to return everything to where it came from. Allan and Chris will be sorting things out but need extra help between 9am and 12 noon.


Visit our past events page for a reminder of our Billingshurst Show entries for 2015 (vive la France), 2014 (Brazil),  2013 (Summer Holiday), 2012 (Mr Benn),  2011 (Lion King), 2010 (Kung Fu Panda) or 2009 (In the Jungle Book).

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2018

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 sixth year of taking part and nine brave Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to a rather soggy South Downs. It was great that so many family members and friends of the pack were able to join us for our hike.

You are never guaranteed good weather at this time of year and after several sunny hikes in recent years it seemed that our luck with the weather had run out. Although the morning was dry, the afternoon was wet although thankfully not windy otherwise the exposed sections of route would have been very unpleasant. The low cloud and reduced visibility meant that we didn’t see the spectacular South Downs views that this walk is known for.

We were pleased to meet walkers from 1st Barnham and 2nd Felpham who were doing a similar route to us but in the other direction. Together their group had 100 walkers which is quite impressive.

We published the map of the route online so suggest that families head back to Whiteways on a drier day and try the walk again.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT21 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. Thanks to Jacala for the pictures.

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

Scroll down this page for the links to our JOTT reports from previous years

Report: St George’s Day 2018

In 2018 the annual District parade was replaced by an activity afternoon and service in the park at Parham House near Pulborough.

We started off with a short service and the renewal of Promises plus a few awards for leaders. Then we had the rest of the afternoon to explore the various activities put on by the district team and groups. These included icing biscuits and spacehopper jousting plus go-karts and grass sledges. In addition the Jamboree contingent were raising money to fund their trip.

Only 12 Parbrook Cubs attended which wasn’t great but matched numbers from other sections. Well done to Poppy for carrying the flag and having to stand in front of everybody holding it for the duration of the service. Everybody got +10 points towards our monthly points competition.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. We’re sorry that they aren’t the greatest quality but were taken on his phone. 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: 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

Saturday lunchtime update: the rain looks set to be with us for the afternoon so do make sure you have a waterproof top and maybe trousers with you. 

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 families and friends 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. Cubs walking on their own must complete our usual health form so that we have up to date contact information.

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