Category Archives: Cub Camps

Although there will be a category specific to each incidence on a camp you may wish to use this to collate all posts which relate to all cub camps for research purposes.

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.

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.


What to do now if you are on our guest list


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 on site in the afternoon of 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.
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:

      • Monday – France – building the Eiffel Tower (crate challenge), visiting the top (abseiling)
      • Tuesday – Germany – picnic hike and visit to the Bluebell Railway
      • Wednesday – Austria – climbing the alps and swimming in the River Danube. Mini-campers go home
      • Thursday – Hungary – Buda Castle caves and archery
      • Friday – Romania – Danube to the Black Sea cruise (open canoeing)

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 has been open to all our members but the guest list has now closed.

Guest list at 11 Aug (3+8):

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

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activities 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. In addition, sites such as Blackland Farm charge VAT for camp fees and activities – immediately raising their charges by 20%.
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. Full payment is now due.

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.

Bring: The joining instructions include the kit list which has some extra items when compared to a normal weekend camp. Summer camp is different to other camps as we ask for donations of cakes for the kitchen. You’ll also need your swimming kit. To get the best from our international theme there will be some pre-camp research – do ask if you aren’t sure what you need to do.

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.

Event: Gold Rush weekend camp

We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst to find out. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.


What to do now: Please see the joining instructions and kit list

We’d like help transporting the kit on Friday. If you can help please meet us at the Scout Hut between 3.30pm and 4pm. Thanks to those who took gear after Cubs on Tuesday


Where: We will be camping on 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. Whichever way you come you will end up on Nowhurst Lane which is narrow and twisty so please drive slowly, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 9 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 11 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy as we live life as a prospector. We’ll be making shelters, panning for gold and as usual the Cubs will be cooking their own lunch on fires that they have made. We’ll also have plenty of time for games in the woods. a camp fire on Saturday evening and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp was open to all our members but the guest list has now closed. With Nowhurst being just up the road it is an ideal event for first time campers (in which case you may find our camping with the cubs page useful).
We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend, especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested.

Guest list at 9 June (20):

  • Abigail (paid, HF)
  • Amelia (paid, HF)
  • Daniel (paid, HF)
  • Elliott (paid, HF)
  • Emilia (paid, HF)
  • Emily (paid, HF)
  • Harry (paid, HF)
  • James S (paid, HF)
  • James W (paid, HF)
  • Jasmine (paid, HF)
  • Joshua (paid, HF)
  • Kristian (paid, HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid, HF)
  • Luke (paid, HF)
  • Martha (paid, HF)
  • Megan (paid, HF)
  • Poppy (paid, HF)
  • Tommy (paid, HF)
  • Violet (paid, HF)
  • William (paid, HF)

Cost: The cost of the weekend is £29 but as usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. This reduces the camp fees to £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: The guest list is now closed.
Once booked, please complete our online health form (shown as HF on our guest list when we have received a completed one). We need a new one from you every time we go away, just so that we know the information is completely up to date.

Bring: We have now issued the joining instructions which includes the kit list for this camp. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. Remember that there is no electricity on site so you’ll need a good torch for those night time trips to the loo although the night is quite short at this time of year. Don’t forget that you must arrive at camp in your uniform.

Previous camps: We often visit the Spider Site at Nowhurst, both to camp and for our end of term evening in July. Have a look at our reports from past events to remind yourself what it is like.

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Report: Navigator’s weekend at Walton Firs

Our weekend camp in February 2017 took us back to Walton Firs activity centre in Cobham.

With stormy weather forecast for Friday evening we braced ourselves for the worst but apart from being a bit damp the weather didn’t really affect us at all.

We were using the Brunswick building which is rather a long, dark walk from the car park. A good test for those bedding rolls which kept everything dry until it could get inside the building. Once unpacked we had an explore of the site in the dark before heading back to the toilet block which was even further than the car park.

The main activity on Saturday was to work on our stage 2 navigator badge. We explored sketch maps, Billingshurst landmarks and sank some battleships as we learned about grid references. It wasn’t all inside though. The sun put in an appearance in the afternoon which meant our tracking and orienteering activities were a good chance for a run about on the field. After dinner we finished off with a game of spooky spotlight.

With the badge work out of the way we were back outside again on Sunday. Walton Firs has an infamous adventure course which is known for its mud and its rope swing. It didn’t let us down and it was pleasing to see all our Cubs have a go – there are pictures of almost all of them on the rope swing in the gallery. After a quick brush down it was time for a visit to the shop – the money had been burning a hole in their pockets all weekend. After lunch we handed over to Akela for “I’m a Cub Scout, get me out of here”. As usual the time raced by but we managed to fit in blow football with maltesers, feely boxes and a bush tucker challenge before the parents arrived.

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

We’re grateful to Bagheera for helping Marian in the kitchen and to Jacala, Tabaqui, Akela and Josh for running the activities. 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 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.

Event: Navigator’s weekend camp

Our spring term camp has a navigation theme as we work towards the new staged navigator badge.  This is a level 1 camp as we will be sleeping in dormitories with bunk beds. We’ll have full access to the camp site and hope to be outside for some of the time, weather permitting of course.


What to do now? We’ve published our nights away information sheet which includes directions to the site, timings and the kit list. We will be outside for some of the time so please make sure you have wellies and a good waterproof coat.


Where: We’ll be camping at Walton Firs activity centre which is just off the A3 near Cobham. See their directions page for location information or follow our directions.
When you turn off the A3 and go down the hill look for the left turn immediately before the river bridge. This is Convent Lane which takes you back under the A3. Continue along the lane until you see the camp site turn. Remember that you must park in the main car park and then walk down the site with your gear to the Brunswick building.

When: Camp starts at 7pm on Friday 3 February and runs through to 3.30pm on Sunday 5 February. It should take about an hour to get there but neither the route via Guildford nor via the M25 is particularly nice on a Friday evening.

What: We’ll work towards the stage 2 navigators badge. This will involove both indoor and outdoor activities including the on site orienteering. We’ll have time for wide games and if the weather is good enough will tackle the famously muddy Walton Firs adventure course.

Who: Camp is open to all our cubs. However, numbers are limited by the beds available.

At 29 January we have 17 Cubs and 1 Scout on the guest list which is now full. We’ll use this list to record payments and completed health forms (HF):

  • Abigail (paid+HF)
  • Emily (paid+HF)
  • Finley W (paid+HF)
  • Finn L (paid+HF)
  • Harry (paid+HF)
  • James S (paid+HF)
  • James W (paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (paid+HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid+HF)
  • Martha (paid+HF)
  • Max (Scout – paid+HF)
  • Megan (paid+HF)
  • Poppy (paid+HF)
  • Robin (paid+HF)
  • Thomas (paid+HF)
  • Tommy (paid+HF)
  • Violet (paid+HF)
  • William (paid+HF)

Helpers: Marian will be looking after the kitchen with help from Bagheera. Akela and Jacala will be running the activities with help from Tabaqui and Josh (Saturday).

Cost: The cost of indoor accomodation is always increasing and the building alone is costing us over £400 for the weekend. By the time you add in the equipment costs and food the camp fee works out at £56.
This is a lot more than we normally charge so fortunately we have been able to use our Parbrook cashback to reduce the cost to £41. Some paid an £11 deposit last term but the full camp fees are now due.

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.

Bring: We have published the kit list which contains a few tweaks from normal because we are camping inside. Please remember a pair of clean “indoor shoes” to wear in the building. If the weather is suitable we will be attempting the infamous Walton Firs adventure course with its mud and rope swing across water. Make sure that you have sufficient clothes that don’t mind getting muddy (and plastic bags to put them in) to allow you to change after the event.
We have a number of first time campers who may find our camping with the cubs page useful when consdering what kit to buy. For the more experienced camper it still has a few useful reminders.

Paperwork: Thanks to everybody for completing all the necessary documentation

Badges: In addition to the navigator badge you’ll earn two nights to your nights away score which may result in a nights away badge. Activities during the weekend will also count towards other challenge badges.

Walton Firs: We last visited Walton Firs for a pack holiday in March 2012. You can see our photos from that event in our gallery.