Category Archives: Summer Camp

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.

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Joining: Sussex100 – centenary camp

Our Sussex100 centenary camp starts on Friday 29 July at the South of England Showground, Ardingly and runs through to Monday 1 August.

It is a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. Each tent will hold up to 9 Cubs and is a different design to those normally used by us at camp.

Summary of arrangements
When Friday 29 July to Monday 1 August 2016
Meet Stane Street bus layby outside Weald School 6th form block by 12.45pm. Our coach is due to depart at 1pm
Wear You must travel in uniform top and scarf
(but Cub t-shirt is fine rather than sweatshirt)
Bring See our updated kit list.
Special items this time include mongoose costume, camp t-shirt, cakes, day bag & water bottle
Return We will be returning to the bus layby and expect to arrive about 2pm. Check Twitter for updates
To do now Check the updated kit list & pack clothes for all weathers. Remember to tag your bags

Transport: The county has arranged coaches for all campers and their personal gear. We’re grateful to the group for paying the cost of the coaches (£13 per person) so that this did not have to be added to the camp fees.
Coaches will leave Billingshurst from outside the Weald School 6th form block on Stane Street at 1pm on Friday. To allow for a punctual departure please arrive by 12.45pm. On Monday afternoon we expect to be back around 2pm but will confirm this en route via Twitter.

Who: We will be camping with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack. Each tent will have a mixture of Cubs from both packs. Our guest list contains 16 Cubs: Abi, Aiden, Charlie, Ellie, Elliott, Emily, Henry, James, Joshua, Katie, Kinley, Lucybelle, Max, Poppy, Robin and William. Akela, Jacala and Keego will also be camping and travelling on the coach.

Bring: The weather looks to be cooler and more showery than recently so don’t get caught out. Because we are going on the coach please make sure that each bag is tagged with your name and 1st Billingshurst. Remember that your Cub will have to carry their gear from coach to camp so don’t pack more than they can lift. We’ve updated the kit list as there are some extras that you’ll need this time:

  • BRING: Rikki-tikki-tavi costume (made on the preparation day), cake for the kitchen to share, day bag and water bottle (as we will be away from our campsite for most of the day), your yellow camp t-shirt (given out at Nowhurst), anything you need for your “Cubs got talent” performance.
  • DON’T BRING: camp chair, pocket money (nothing to buy)

Programme:

  • FRIDAY: Arrivals by coach
    Opening ceremony in main arena
  • SATURDAY: Activity zones – Cubs choose where they want to go from Kaa’s krafts, Jungle life, Bandarlog’s activities and Showtime (including Cubs got talent auditions)
    Evening camp fire followed by Jungle Fever in the main arena
  • SUNDAY: Activity zones again
    Cubs got talent final followed by firework extravaganza
  • MONDAY: Cubs 100th birthday party & camp closing ceremony
    Departures by coach

Keep in touch: As usual we hope to be able to keep you up to date from the site. We’ll use Twitter for occasional updates and for messages including coach updates on Monday. Most of the photos will be on our Instagram page. Our tweets can be viewed on the side of our home page if you don’t follow us (see our social media page for more information).
If you need to contact the leaders please consider e-mail (to leaders at parbrook.org.uk) as Akela and Jacala can pick up these messages on their phones.

Updates: Please check back to this page as if there are any changes to the arrangements they will be posted here.

Event: Sussex100 – preparation day, Sun 3 Jul

The Sussex100 camp is such a big event that preparation is required before camp. The District has arranged an activity day which we hope that our campers will be able to attend. Information about the camp itself is on our Sussex100 page.

Where: Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington, RH20 3PG. Plenty of car parking available.

When: Sunday 3 July, from 10am to 3.30pm. The day will be split into costume making (10-12), lunch (12-1) and Cubs got talent (1-3.30)

Costume making: The organisers have chosen a Jungle Book theme and we are in the Rikki-tikki-tavi sub camp. This means that we will have to make mongoose costumes. There are three parts to the costume – ears, tails and t-shirt painting. You will need to bring:

  • 1 Alice band (to have the ears fixed to)
  • 2 pairs of brown coloured tights
  • Newspaper (to stuff the tights and make tails as we did for our St George’s Day dragons)
  • 1 plain white T-shirt (named, to be painted)
  • 1 coat hanger (to hang the designer t-shirts up to dry)

Lunch: You will need to bring a packed lunch but the organisers will provide drinks

Cubs got talent: There are 4 categories within Cubs Got Talent, these are:

  • Singing (solo or group/choir)
  • Dance (solo or group)
  • Musical (instrumental i.e. without singing)
  • Speciality (comedy, juggling, hula hoop, acrobatics, ventriloquist
    etc.)

Each pack is expected to enter at least 1 act. Ideally 2 or more. Each act should be made up of Cub Scouts and/or their leaders/assistants and last for approximately 3 minutes. Details of the act need to be notified to the organisers by 24 June. Please bring everything that you need for Cubs Got Talent, i.e.
costumes/props/music.

Voting will be done by the audience completing a slip. One act from each category will be voted for and the act with the highest number of votes in each category will be put through to the main Cubs Got Talent at Sussex100. To make things fair, voters will not be allowed to vote for their own pack. We need 1 act from each category and 2 others of our choice, so a total of 6
acts will be displayed at Sussex100.

Transport: You will need to make your own way to and from Ashington 

Who: This event is only open to Cubs and leaders who are on our Sussex100 guest list. The organisers would welcome extra helpers to help make the costumes in the morning session.

Cost: There is no charge for attending the camp preparation day

Paperwork: You will need to complete our standard health form online nearer the time. This event will be the deadline for handing in the completed health forms for the camp itself.

Wear: Uniform is not required. Please wear suitable clothes for painting in.

This is a District event organised by the Petworth & Pulborough Sussex100 team.

 

Event: Sussex100 – centenary camp

This year our Summer Camp will be rather different as we will be joining Cubs from across East and West Sussex to celebrate the centenary of Cub Scouting. These County camps only happen occasionally and are quite different to our normal camps.

It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Update 26 July: We’ve now published the joining instructions on a new page

Where: We will be camping on the South of England Agricultural Society’s Showground at Ardingly.

When: We start in the afternoon on Friday 29 July and run through to Monday 1 August when camp ends about 4pm.  We have not yet received specific timings from the organisers.

Theme: The organisers have chosen a Jungle Book theme and each of the 18 Scouting Districts attending will be allocated a Jungle Book name. Our District, Petworth & Pulborough, will be camping with Cubs from Seahaven District (Newhaven & Seaford area in East Sussex) in the Rikki-tikki-tavi sub camp. Everybody that attends will get a Sussex100 t-shirt and badge but we will have to make a mongoose costume.

What: We expect that activities will include:

  • Archery
  • Carrot’s Roadshow
  • Sideshows
  • Caving
  • Fireworks
  • Inflatables
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Centenary Birthday Party with goodie bag (on Monday)
  • Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • “Cubs got talent”
  • Zip Wire
  • Rope making

Transport: The county is arranging coaches for all campers and their personal gear. We’re grateful to the group for paying the cost of the coaches (£13 per person) so that this does not have to be added to the camp fees. Coaches will leave Billingshurst from outside the Weald School 6th form block.
We are likely to need a van to transport the tents and equipment as that will need to be at site before campers arrive. It is possible that camp will be constructed on the Thursday.

Who: Camp is open to all our invested members. We initially started with 10 Cub places and filled them so have managed to secure some more. We will be camping with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack

Guest list at 14 June, 16 Cubs:

  • Abi
  • Aiden
  • Charlie
  • Ellie
  • Elliott
  • Emily
  • Henry
  • James
  • Joshua
  • Katie
  • Kinley
  • Lucybelle
  • Max
  • Poppy
  • Robin
  • William

Cost: Camp fees are divided into two parts. We have to pay £55 per Cub to the organisers and in addition there is a local charge of £25 to pay for food and transportation costs. That makes a total cost for camp of £80. As usual we’ll use our Parbrook Cashback to subsidise the event, reducing the cost to £65.

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.

Paperwork: Health forms (HF) have now been issued. You need to provide the original and two copies of the health form. Each must include a recent photo of the Cub. You must also complete an activities consent form which includes a separate consent for rifle shooting. You need to provide the original and one copy of this form. We’re pleased to say that all the forms have been received and forwarded to the camp organisers.

Bring: We have revised the kit list. Please see the joining instructions for the extra items that you should bring

 

Report: Summer Camp 2015

For Summer Camp 2015 we returned to Bentley Copse Scout Campsite near Cranleigh.

Our theme was the Commonwealth so the Cubs each researched a country to tell us about. It also gave us the opportunity to stage the Commonwealth Games which counted towards the Athlete badge. There was plenty of time for the usual camp fires, wide games and on site activities too including climbing, rifle shooting and go karting during the week. We went off site on Tuesday for our hike to Pitch Hill. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

This year we started on the afternoon of Sunday 16 August and ran through until lunchtime on Saturday 22 August although our mini-campers went home (in the rain) on Wednesday 19 August. It was nice to have enough campers to allow us to stay for the whole week.

Our guest list was:

  • Full week (8+3): Olivia, Grace, Lily, Kinley, Charlie, Henry, Jake and William plus Aaron, Hannon and Holly (Scouts)
  • Mini camp (5): Aiden, Craig, Katie, Theo and Ethan.
  • Helpers camping – Tabaqui
  • Adults camping – Jacala, Marian, Hathi, Kaa

We were pleased to be joined by Kaa (Alex) on this camp. As an ex-2nd Bracknell Scout and former Cub of Jacala’s it was the first time he’d camped with us. We’re also grateful to the day visitors that came to help out – Lara, John, Phoenix, Tracy and Mike.

Despite a dodgy phone signal and failing mobile phone batteries we managed to post some pictures from site on our Instagram feed during camp.

For more pictures please see our
Summer Camp gallery

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos