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Report: Summer Camp 2017

For Summer Camp 2017 we returned to Blackland Farm activity centre near East Grinstead. In what was a rather unsettled summer we did very well with the weather

Our theme was the Orient Express and each day we visited a new country. The Cubs each researched a country to tell us about so that we could complete our passport each day.

Camp ran from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 August with our mini-campers leaving us on the Wednesday. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents. With Sussex100 in 2016 we hadn’t had a proper summer camp since 2015 which meant that none of our campers had been on such a long camp with us.

Our countries and activities were:

  • Sunday – start our journey in London, Make passports & country flags
  • Monday – Paris, France. Climb the Eiffel Tower and abseil from it
  • Tuesday – Munich, Germany. Hike to the Bluebell Railway. Steam train trip
  • Wednesday – Vienna, Austria. Climb the Alps, swim in the River Danube. Celebrate Prangstangen and attend site campfire.
  • Thursday – Budapest, Hungary. Explore the Buda Castle labyrinth and visit the Kassai Valley archery school.
  • Friday – Bucharest, Romania. Cruise the Danube Delta to the Black Sea
  • Saturday – arrive in Istanbul, Turkey – our destination

Our guest list was:

  • Full week (8): Lucybelle, Thomas, Martha, Robin, Violet, Joshua, James, Luke
  • Mini camp (3): Megan, Evan and Poppy
  • Helpers camping at various times – Rann (Su), Lindsay (Mo)
  • Adults camping – Jacala, Marian, Hathi (Th-Sa), Kaa, Tabaqui, Hawkeye (Su-We)
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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

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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.

Points competition – January 2018

After our chat about sixes working at home to earn some badges the points totals for January were increased by a number of badges being awarded.

At one point the two top sixes were just 4 points apart. However, the “young voices at the O2” event counted towards the entertainer and personal challenge badges as it did last year. In addition some people found their missing home safety badge homework from last year and returned that. Finally, the Billingshurst U10 footballers were nominated for their physical recreation badges by their coach and that affected 4 Cubs. With each activity badge being worth +20 points it can make all the difference.

At the end of the month the Yellows held on to their lead that they established last month.

Our Cub of the Month was Finn who completed a number of badges during the month and was one of the nominated footballers.

For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.

Report: Night at the Novium

Our night away in December 2017 took us to the Novium Museum in Chichester.

We travelled to Chichester by some rather busy and slightly delayed trains and then had a short walk across a chilly city centre which looked very festive with the Christmas lights up.

When we got to the museum we had an evening of activities tied in to our neanderthal theme. These includes a torchlight treasure hunt, some craft and mammoth making.  At bedtime the adults acted out the story of the Racton Man, the Bronze age man that was discovered in Sussex and is exhibited in the museum. We slept in the Tim Peake gallery under the watchful gaze of the spaceman.

On Saturday we returned to Billingshurst by train for a day of activities at the Scout Hut. We started off discovering more about the UK patron saints – St Andrew’s Day being 30 November was just a couple of days before. Then after lunch we moved further north for our arctic adventure.

We had 17 Cubs on our guest list for the weekend: Abigail, Daniel, Emily, Evan, Finley K, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Katie, Kristian, Lucybelle, Luke, Martha, Poppy, Thomas B, Tommy, Violet

More photos from our night at the museum
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Thanks to Fiona and her team at the Novium for looking after us so well. It is a great museum with free admission and we definitely encourage all our Cubs to pop in and see what it looks like in daylight.

We’re grateful to Caroline for joining us for the busy train journey to Chichester. As we were all split up on a busy train it was essential that we had enough adults to do this safely. Thanks also to Toby who joined us for the whole weekend and to Marian who came and looked after our food on Saturday, Tabaqui, Bagheera and Jacala were the leaders on the trip and the photos are from Jacala’s phone so may be not up to the normal quality.

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.

Points competition – December 2017

The December competition was rather a short one as we only had three pack meetings. As a result the totals were quite low.

However, badgework done at home helped push the Yellows into a significant lead.

Our Cub of the Month was Joshua who completed a number of badges during the month

For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.