Event: District Quiz, Monday 12 March

What: Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will come together for their annual general knowledge quiz evening on Monday 12 March. We expect that it will be a real mixture of old fashioned pub quiz style general knowledge (questions from the front), pictures, memory tests, brain teasers and of course some scouting history thrown in. This year the quiz is being organised by  scouts from the West Sussex contingent at the World Scout Jamboree in USA (which takes place in 2019).

Where: Billingshurst Primary School. Parents are welcome to stay (and may be asked to form an adults team).

When: The quiz will start at 6pm  and is expected to finish by 8pm

Cost: There is an entry fee of £5 per team but that will be paid by Parbrook Cubs

Bring: Although drinks will be provided, Cubs are asked to bring some money to purchase cakes and biscuits in the break. This is part of the Jamboree contingent fund raising.

Wear: Uniform should be worn

Who: Each team must be made of 4 Cubs with a spread of ages. We can enter multiple teams but each must contain 4 Cubs with no reserves. If you would like to be part of our team please reserve your place via My Scout.

Guest list at 19 Feb: Lukas, Adam, Harry L, Jasmine, Martha, Joshua (6)

 

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Half term badgework

As you know we are working on the global issues badge this term. There are some parts of the badges that are not easy for us to cover in pack meetings so we would like you to do them at home.


  • Find out about an international charity; what do they do and why is it important? Your chosen charity could support global issues such as water and sanitation, poverty, refugees and disaster relief.

How to do it:
Discover a charity that supports global issues – could be something like Oxfam, Save the children, Shelterbox, Water Aid, Red Cross, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Human Relief Foundation, or another international charity that you know. We don’t just want to see a cut and pasted Wikipedia entry so give us a page of information including the logo, where they are based, what countries they are active in (pick 5 if there are more), what they focus on (pick 2 activities), what can be done to help (more than just donate money hopefully – lots of charities have awareness raising activities or sections for children on their website)


  • Identify five belongings of yours that have come from other countries. Point out the countries on a map.

How to do it:
Country of origin information is easiest to find on food packaging, particularly fresh food. Look around your kitchen to find 5 items of food that have not come from the UK. List them on our form and decide which has come the furthest. Once we get all the answers in we’ll see who has the most travelled food and plot them on a map for all to see.
Enter your 5 items listing the shop, item and its source, e.g. “Tesco fresh sweetcorn from Senegal”. You can find out distances to distant countries on this website. The “bird fly” distance in miles is the one that we want.

Don’t forget that we are meeting in half term – check My Scout for the details. While you are there don’t forget to check the events that are currently open for booking.

Event: Summer camp 2018

Summer Camp is our main camp of the year and gives a chance to camp with us for more than just a weekend. We have got all week so there will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires, wide games and on site activities too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Where: We will be camping at Downe Scout Activity Centre near Biggin Hill.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. We’ll publish more details in our joining instructions. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow country lanes so please drive carefully.

When: Summer Camp is always in the same week in mid-August. This year we start on the afternoon of Sunday 12 August and will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 18 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 6 nights is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 August.

What: Our on site activities are expected to include the adventure course, abseiling, grass sledging and the crate challenge. We’ll also be hiking to Down House, former home of Charles Darwin. Our camping field has plenty of space for games and adjoins woods that form part of the site making it ideal for exploring, shelter building and wide games. We also plan to end every evening with camp fire songs.

Badges: In addition to those all important nights and hikes away we hope to work on the backwoods cooking badge plus adventure and outdoor challenges. We are still working out the detailed programme.

Cost: Activity centre costs seem to keep going up and that puts pressure on our attempts to keep camp fees low. As usual we are using a big chunk of the money you have raised for us through painless fundraising to subsidise the camp fees. That means that we are able to charge just £100 for the camp including all food, fees and activities. The camp fee for mini campers will be £70. This is less than we charged last year – largely because being a Scout run site they do not charge us VAT.
You can reserve your place by paying a deposit of £28 (full) or £18 (mini) with the balance paid at times to suit you as long as all fees are paid before camp.

Who: Camp is open to all our Cubs. We are limited to a total of 12 campers because of the size of groups that are allowed to take part in the activities.

On 11 February the guest list is as follows:

  • Full camp – 5 Cubs – Martha, Rohan, Emily, Adam, Luke
  • Mini camp – 1 Cub – James
  • Leaders camping – Tabaqui, Jacala, Keego
  • Adults camping – Marian, Kaa

We do need an extra adult to help Marian in the kitchen for all or part of the week and other adults to help transport gear, pitch the tents etc. We will give you the opportunity to say how you can help when you book. See the “helper at camp” section of our join us page to see what sort of help we need.

Paperwork: For now please reserve your place online via My Scout. Only the full week is currently available for booking but we hope to add the mini camp shortly.

View: We last visited Downe in 2014 and you can see our report from that camp on the website via our Reports page. For a more recent summer camp how about checking the report from our Orient Express camp at Blackland Farm in 2017.

 

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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Click to see photos from Blackland Farm

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

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.