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.

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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.

Points competition – May 2017

With a 5 week month including St George’s Day parade the scores are high again.

At the end of the month the mighty Blues managed to hang onto the Best Six crown for the third consecutive month although this time it was the Yellows that were snapping at their heels.

Our Cub of the Month was Emily who completed several badges at home during the Easter holidays and earned those important extra  points.

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

Pack meeting – 14 June – rafting

In our planning session last term the Cubs asked for more water activities. On Wednesday 14 June we will be holding our pack meeting in Ashington so that we can do rafting. There will be no Cubs on Tuesday 13 June.

When: 14 June, 6.30pm to 8pm

Where:  Church farm, Ashington – the entrance to which is situated next to the church and directly opposite the scout hut. Address is Church Lane, Ashington, Pulborough RH20 3JX.
Cars can be parked inside the entrance to the farm on hard standing, it is then a 5 minute walk up to the lake. We will meet at the entrance and then all go to the lake together so please do not drive up to the lake.
Dauxwood Cubs visited last week and have sent us the following additional directions –
go to the end of Church Lane, take the private road alongside the left of the church, then park just inside the double gates on the left and then walk up between the barns along the track for about 5 minutes until you reach the larger pond by the tree line.” 

Wear: clothes & footwear you are happy to get wet/muddy. Ideally shorts and t-shirts or wet suits with old trainers/beach shoes if you have them. Warm, dry clothes and shoes for afterwards – tracksuit bottoms and a fleece usually work well. Bring a towel and a bag for wet clothes. Note that uniform is not required.

Bring:  In addition to a change of clothes and a towel you should bring a water bottle.

Cost: There is no additional charge for this event – we are meeting the cost from our funds.

Safety: The activity will take place in a lake which has mud, ducks, weed etc. All participants will be required to wear a buoyancy aid when on or in the water.

Paperwork: Please let us know if you are able to attend by registering for the evening on My Scout.
Everybody can take part, even if you are a non-swimmer. However, the team providing the event need to know and as usual we need your permission and a contact number for the evening. Scout activity rules for water activities have a swimming standard which is that you can swim 50m and float for 5 minutes when wearing the clothes you would use for the activity – including buoyancy aids. We have included a box for you to make that declaration. Please complete our online form before the event.

 

 

Manchester emergency appeal

The events in Manchester on 22 May 2017 shocked the nation.

Greater Manchester Scout County commissioners have launched an occasional badge showing the worker bee (a symbol of Manchester for over 200 years) as a positive gesture of togetherness.

Proceeds from the badge will help the victims of the Manchester bombing by supporting the British Red Cross “We love Manchester emergency fund“.

As promised we ordered 85 badges on 9 June for Parbrook Cubs, Dauxwood Cubs, Arun Scouts and friends of the group.

If anybody wants to order any more you will need to order direct from the Manchester Scouts.

Because of the great demand for badges we are told that they may take up to 4 weeks to arrive.

Report: pack meeting at Slinfold Aerodrome

On 25 May 2017 we took our pack meeting to Slinfold Aerodrome, a privately owned grass aerodrome tucked away near Broadbridge Heath.

We had been rather worried that moving our meeting to a Thursday would reduce our numbers but in fact 24 Cubs attended on a gloriously warm evening.

We started with a safety briefing including the dangers posed by propellers and the fact that the runway was “live” for planes to land (even though none were expected). We then divided into sixes to see the planes. With Chris and Laurie on hand we were able to look into two of the planes while the other sixes walked up the runway to the wind sock.

After a refreshing drink of squash under the trees we swapped over the groups. All the Cubs got the chance to sit in the cockpit of one of the planes and ask whatever questions came to mind.

The visit was arranged by Keego who said “we were looking for somewhere to visit to complete that part of the air activities badge. I just happened to walk my dog down the path that crosses the airfield and saw Laurie maintaining his plane. I’d no idea the airfield was there “.

We’re very grateful to Chris and Laurie and the Slinfold team for allowing us to visit and for making us so welcome.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from the airfield

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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos