Category Archives: Weekend camp

Report: Pack holiday at Runway’s End

Our night away in February 2018 took us to Runway’s End activity centre near Farnborough. It was a level 1 camp as we had warm 5 bedded rooms, each with their own toilet and shower. However, the high cost of this sort of accommodation (and the VAT that they charge) meant that we restricted our stay to just one night.

Camp started at 10am on Saturday morning and we were grateful for the warm building as the weather outside was cold and damp. Two of our campers were transferring from Beavers so we started with investitures.

With the formal part of the camp out of the way we had a quick game of hockey before venturing outside in the damp to explore the site and its fixed orienteering course. The bases were a little tired and well hidden – some groups never did find number 2. As the rain came down, the paper sheets that had to be punched at each base became increasingly soggy so we were glad to return inside for soup and sandwiches.

After lunch we were in the hands of the Runway’s End instructors. Unfortunately our climbing instructor was ill so one of the groups did archery instead. Several of the Cubs earned a special sticker that showed that they had popped a balloon on the target. The other group headed for the caving centre. After their safety briefing the Cubs changed into their caving suits and headed into the purpose-built caves. Just like real caves the roof was dripping with water and the tunnels were a bit damp in places. One of the groups was so confident in the tunnels that it went through them with no torches on at all. We were grateful to have Rann with us as he took some of the Cubs through tunnel 1.

After a warming dinner of Marian’s homemade lasagne followed by chocolate pudding and ice cream the Runway’s End duty manager decided that we needed to do a fire drill. So we dutifully headed outside into the rain. After being assessed for compliance we headed for the woods for a soggy game of spotlight. Then it was back inside for camp fire songs in front of the wood burning stove.

On Sunday the sun was shining for our hike along the Basingstoke Canal. We started near the Farnborough Road bridge and then headed along the canal to Eelmoor Flash. The canal was mostly sheltered from the breeze but when we got to the actual end of the runway it was a bit more exposed and rather chilly. That didn’t stop the Cubs wanting to stay and watch the planes. The second one to take off was operated by Vista Jet and its website gives a clue of what it may have been like inside. After returning to Runway’s End for a hot lunch we had some team building games in the hall before it was time to head for home.

More photos from our night at the museum

Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Adam, Emily, Finley K, Finn L, Harry F, Harry L, Izzy, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Lukas, Luke K, Luke W, Martha, Poppy, Tegan, Thomas, Tommy, Violet
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Keego, Jacala, Rann, Marian, Lindsay

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers, especially helping Marian in the kitchen. Do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

You can always 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.

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Event: Spider camp, June 2018

Our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst where we’ll discover a web of spider themed activities during the weekend. There will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

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 carefully, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 8 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 10 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of spidery activities to keep us busy including a spiders web challenge and the chance to dangle by a thread.  As usual we will have plenty of time for games in the woods (including the return of our popular spiders v flies wide game), fire lighting, campfire songs and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp is open to all our members. 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’ll have Marian looking after things in the kitchen but she will need a kitchen helper or two. You don’t have to stay overnight unless you’d like to but we will need you to help with preparing breakfast. We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend (anybody that camps must have a Scouting DBS check) and especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested. If you are unsure of the sort of help we need then see the “helper at camp” section of our join us page.

Guest list at 13 May – 16 Cubs:

  • Adam
  • Evan
  • Finn
  • Harry
  • Izzy
  • James
  • Jasmine
  • Lucybelle
  • Luke W
  • Martha
  • Phillip
  • Poppy
  • Rohan
  • Thomas B
  • Thomas H
  • Violet

Cost: Camp fees for the weekend are £25 which of course includes all the activities and food. With camp fast approaching your camp fees are now due

Booking: You can reserve your place online via the events tab in My Scout

Bring: We will issue a camp specific kit list nearer the time but we aren’t expecting anything unusual to be required for this camp. Our camping with the Cubs page has a link to a standard kit list.

Previous camps: We regularly 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.

Event: Pack holiday

We like to go away each term but in the spring term it is too chilly to camp outside so we look for an alternative. This is called a pack holiday rather than a cub camp – level 1 on our camping with the Cubs scale. However, indoor accommodation is expensive so we have decided to go away for one night and use the money saved to pay for activities instead.

What to do now

We have now published our joining instructions which contain the kit list, confirmed timings and other details about the arrangements for the weekend.
Please pack for the weather that is forecast. On Sunday it looks as if our hike will be particularly cold so gloves, scarves and a woolly hat are definitely in order.

When is the sleepover?

We start on Saturday morning 3 February at 1000 and run through until 1600 on Sunday 4 February

Where is the sleepover?

We will be staying at Runways End activity centre near Farnborough. This site is now run jointly by Hampshire County Council and Blackwater Valley Scouts

How much does it cost?

We have set the camp fees at £42 of which at least a £12 deposit should be paid when you reserve your place. This includes a Parbrook Cashback discount of around £10 per person – using the money you raise for us via Easyfundraising to keep your camp fees as low as we can. We can only do this if you continue to raise funds for us when you shop online so make sure you are signed up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs

How do we get there?

You will need to make your own way to and from the activity centre. We included directions on the joining instructions.

What is on the programme

After we have settled into our en suite bedrooms (yes really) we will explore the site. After lunch we will split into 2 groups for caving and archery. On Sunday we will have our traditional hike along the canal (wrap up warm).

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform. Once we have started camp we will change into activity gear. While the building will be nice and warm inside, please make sure that you have suitable clothes for being outside – warm hat, scarf, gloves etc. We will be outside on both days, weather permitting, and our hike on Sunday can be particularly chilly by the canal.

What to bring

There is nothing special on the kit list for this weekend. You will need to think about suitable footwear as you cannot wear outdoor shoes in the building. The specific kit list for this camp forms part of the joining instructions.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each of the en suite bedrooms sleeps up to 5 Cubs using bunk beds.

Is there any paperwork to do?

Thank you to everybody for completing the necessary paperwork

Who is on the guest list?

Cub places are limited to 20 because of the activities that are being run for us on Saturday. We only managed to fill 19 of the places (but had to pay for 20 anyway). At 31 Jan the guest list is:

    • Adam (paid+HF)
    • Emily (paid+HF)
    • Finley K (paid+HF)
    • Finn L (paid+HF)
    • Harry F (paid+HF)
    • Harry L (paid+HF)
    • Izzy (paid+HF)
    • James (paid+HF)
    • Jasmine (paid+HF)
    • Joshua (paid+HF)
    • Lukas (paid +HF)
    • Luke K (paid+HF)
    • Luke W (paid+HF)
    • Martha (paid+HF)
    • Poppy (paid+HF)
    • Tegan (paid+HF)
    • Thomas (paid+HF)
    • Tommy (paid+HF)
    • Violet (paid+HF)

What about food?

We will provide a full meals service from Saturday lunch through to Sunday lunch. Please do not bring your own supplies. Food, including sweets and drinks, is not allowed in the bedrooms.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and has been mentioned on your health form. You should hand it to a leader when you arrive.

Joining: Museum sleepover

Our museum sleepover is fast approaching so here is the information that you will need if you are joining us on the trip.

What to do now

Wrap up warmly as the journey to Chichester looks as if it will be a chilly one. Make sure that your Cub can carry their bag. There has been disruption on Southern today and our train left London a few minutes late but is on its way

When is the sleepover?

We start on Friday evening 1 December and finish on Saturday afternoon 2 December. Meet at the station at 1735 on Friday. On Saturday afternoon the camp ends at the Scout Hut at 5pm.

Where is the sleepover?

The camp is being held at the Novium museum in Chichester. It is a great museum which is built over the remains of a Roman bath house. The museum will be closed to the public while we are there.

How do we get there?

We will be travelling to Chichester by train. On Friday evening the Cubs should arrive at Billingshurst station (Tesco side) by 1735 (for the 1749 train – check if it is on time). If you are not there on time we will be unable to wait for you.
We have to change trains at Barnham on both the outward and return journey. We then have to walk across Chichester to get to the museum. We are grateful to Caroline for volunteering to accompany us on this journey.

What is on the programme

Our sleepover begins after the museum has closed and you will explore the museum by torchlight before more activities and a special bedtime story high up in the Tim Peake gallery which is where we will be sleeping.
On Saturday we return to the Scout Hut for a day of activities.

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform. This means your cub sweatshirt, group scarf and uniform trousers. You should wear comfortable shoes, e.g. trainers, that are suitable to walk across Chichester but will also be suitable for indoor use. Make sure that you bring a warm, waterproof coat (plus gloves and a warm hat if the weather looks as if you might need them) as we have to walk from the station to the museum, whatever the weather. We also have a bit of a chilly wait on the platform at Barnham where we change trains.

What to bring

We’ve published the kit list which tells you what else to bring. Note that aerosols are not allowed. Please consider how you pack your gear as each Cub (and leader) will need to carry their own. The museum itself (and the Scout Hut) is warm inside and so we should not be cold when we arrive. We have reduced the kit list for this camp to minimise the amount that you need to carry. Rather than the usual bedding roll you may like to pack all your kit in a bag that can be carried or wheeled. Remember that the Cubs will have to look after their kit on the train and carry it through Chichester (15 minute walk).

What are the sleeping arrangements?

The whole group will be sleeping on the floor of the Tim Peake gallery. All the Cubs and leaders will be in the same room but we will have separate changing areas.

Is there any paperwork to do?

As usual you needed to complete our online health and emergency contact form (HF). Thanks to everybody for sending them through and for paying your camp fees in plenty of time.

Who is on the guest list?

We (at 25 Nov) have 17 Cubs on the guest list:

  • Abigail (Paid+HF)
  • Daniel (Paid+HF)
  • Emily (Paid+HF)
  • Evan (Paid+HF)
  • Finley K (Paid+HF)
  • James (Paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (Paid+HF)
  • Joshua (Paid+HF)
  • Katie (Paid+HF)
  • Kristian (Paid+HF)
  • Lucybelle (Paid+HF)
  • Luke (Paid+HF)
  • Martha (Paid+HF)
  • Poppy (Paid+HF)
  • Thomas B (Paid+HF)
  • Tommy (Paid+HF)
  • Violet (Paid+HF)

What about food?

Food is slightly different for this camp. Please make sure that you have had your dinner before you come as there will just be a light snack and drink during the evening. On Saturday we will have breakfast at the museum before having a normal camp style lunch at the hall.
You must not bring food or drink to the museum (although you can bring a water bottle if you need one for the journey or overnight). As usual we do not allow the Cubs to have sweets at camp.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and has been mentioned on your health form. On this occasion the Cubs will need to keep their medication in their bags.

Last minute checklist

We’ll keep the web page updated until Friday lunchtime. After that all updates will be via Twitter so remember to follow @parbrookcubs, text follow parbrookcubs to 86444 or check our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/parbrookcubs. We also hope to provide photos from the site on our instagram feed – www.instagram.com/parbrookcubs

We are looking forward to a great weekend. Please check the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather. If you have any last minute questions or concerns do get in touch. Contact information is provided on the kit list.

Report: Space race weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2017 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

This year we were on the Parbrook Space Race so the site became our secret research base where our teams developed their rockets to send into space. Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we had to make some changes to the programme and deal with wet tents at the end of the weekend.


On Saturday we divided into three teams which the Cubs named Space Raiders, Space Invaders and Moon Pigs. We visited the new adventure course to test astronaut fitness. It was sunny and warm on the field so we made our lunch to cook on the fires before some fire lighting practice with flint and steel.  As the weather closed in we made our model rockets and ended the day with songs in the marquee.

On Sunday it was wet at first. Getting the Cubs to work in their tents to make their bedding rolls into their tents was a bit tricky. It is always tempting for Mum to make the bedding roll at home but on a Sunday it is the Cub who has to do it and if they haven’t done it before they will struggle. It is always best to practice at home and we had been through what to do in our pack meeting just before camp. The day brightened up enough to stop the tents dripping and allowed us to do our eggs in space activity on the field. By lunchtime it was raining again so we were grateful to have baked potatoes for lunch. We just had time to launch a few bottle rockets before it was time to go home.


Our guest list was:

  • 17 Cubs – Abigail, Finley, Finn, Harry, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Kristian, Lucybelle, Luke, Martha, Poppy, Robin, Thomas B, Thomas F, Tommy, Violet
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Bagheera, Hawkeye, Jacala, Josh (Fri & Sat), Marian, Max, Rama (John), Shere Khan, Tabaqui

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets, taking rubbish and recycling home and coming to the hall after camp to help us hang up the tents to get them dry. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

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