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Report: County day at Amberley

On 6 June 2015 we were pleased to join Cubs from across East and West Sussex for the County Cub Day at Amberley Museum. We bumped into Cubs from Storrington in our District but also from as far away as Rustington, Hove and Hastings.

We made the most of the lovely weather as we explored the museum and met the craftsmen. We got to make our own woggles at the wood turners and print a certificate in the printing workshop. As there was a naturalist badge theme we also did some pond dipping.

We are grateful to the volunteers at Amberley Museum for giving us such a good day.

For more pictures see our Amberley gallery

We decided that the Cubs had not done enough to complete their naturalist badge but that they would qualify for their local knowledge badge instead plus having one hike added to their hike away score. We’ll pick up the rest of the naturalist badge at our camps this summer. In addition to our badges, each Cub got a souvenir badge for their camp blanket, a certificate and a free ticket that allows admission to the museum again this summer.

About Amberley: Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, electricity hall, printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the blacksmith and potter. Visitors can enjoy hot and cold refreshments in the Limeburners and purchase souvenirs and books in the gift shop.

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Joining: Amberley Museum

We’re joining Cubs from across West and East Sussex for a naturalists badge workshop at Amberley Museum on Saturday 6 June. The detailed programme has now been issued and we can now confirm the arrangements.

Summary of arrangements
When Saturday 6 June
Meet Billingshurst Station, Tesco side at 0930 (for 0944 train)
Wear Uniform with appropriate coat etc for weather
Bring Packed lunch and water bottle, pocket money (limit £3), 50p for wood turning
Return Billingshurst Station, school side at 1630
To do now Enjoy the day

Meet: At Billingshurst railway station, Tesco side, at 9.30am. We will be catching the 0945 train to Amberley. Don’t be late as the train won’t wait. We’ll return on the 1617 from Amberley, due in to Billingshurst at 1629. (You can check here for Billingshurst train departures to see if we are on time)

Wear: You must wear your uniform (Cub t-shirt and scarf will be fine) but also bring other clothes appropriate to the weather on the day. We hope this might mean a sun hat but a waterproof could still be handy for sitting on at lunchtime. There is a lot of walking during the day so make sure you have comfy, stout shoes.

Bring: You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink plus a water bottle to keep you refreshed during the day. Pack it all in a day sack that you can carry. You should also bring a pen/pencil to allow you to complete the worksheets and challenges necessary to complete the badge.

Pocket money: We will get a chance to visit the shop but this will be for souvenirs rather than sweets. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3. In addition you will need to bring a 50p coin for the wood turning.

Wood turning: Last year we were unable to take part in this activity which other groups told us was very good. We’ve registered for it this year and have a booked session at 1130. However, please note that there is a 50p per person charge that is payable on the day so make sure that you bring that extra money with you.

Timetable: We will be able to make our own way to most of the activities during the day. We will stay together as a group. In addition to the regular activities we’ll also be able to see the flying displays by Hawking About. Our ticket includes one trip on the steam train and one trip on the bus.

  • 0957: Arrive Amberley and book in
  • 1015: Our starting point is Connected Earth
  • 1120: Meet at wood turning for 1130 session (50p per person cost to be paid on the day)
  • 1420: Pond dipping
  • 1450: Time to visit the shop
  • 1600: Collect our badges
  • 1617: Train departs Amberley

Badges: Those that have completed all the tasks will be presented with their naturalist badges before leaving the site. You will also get a special (non-uniform) souvenir badge of the day, a certificate printed by the Amberley printers and a complimentary ticket so that you can visit Amberley again this year.

Guest list: We paid the organisers before Easter which seems ages ago so here is a reminder of the 11 Cubs who registered to accompany Akela, Jacala and Tabaqui:

  • Adam
  • Ethan
  • Kinley
  • Clementine
  • James
  • Isabella
  • Ellie
  • Max
  • William
  • Daniel
  • Robin

We now have a full set of health forms and everybody has paid. Thank you


About Amberley: Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, electricity hall, printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the blacksmith and potter. Visitors can enjoy hot and cold refreshments in the Limeburners and purchase souvenirs and books in the gift shop.

Event: Amberley Museum, Saturday 6 June

Cubs from across West Sussex have been invited to join Cubs from East Sussex at a special badge workshop at Amberley Museum. In addition to meeting Cubs from across both counties, the organisers have arranged everything we need to complete the naturalist’s badge plus a few surprises along the way.

Where: We’ll be visiting the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

Transport: With Cubs from all over East and West Sussex coming to the site the car park and local roads are expected to be busy with coaches. As the museum is next to Amberley station we plan to travel by train.

About Amberley: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, electricity hall, printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the blacksmith and potter. Visitors can enjoy hot and cold refreshments in the Limeburners and purchase souvenirs and books in the gift shop.

When: Our trip takes place on Saturday 6 June

What: All aspects of the naturalist’s badge will be covered and the badge will be awarded to participants at the end of the day. In addition all the Museum activities will all be on offer including the train and the bus rides, road steam, the print shop, electricity hall and nature trail. There will also be owl flying displays, pond dipping and traditional craftsmen at work.

Who: We have 11 Cubs on the list: Charlie, Clementine, Adam, Ethan, Isabella, Kinley, Max, James, Daniel, Ellie and William. We need an extra adult helper on the day to join Tabaqui and Jacala.

Cost: East Sussex Scouts set the price per Cub at £6 which includes your naturalist’s badge. Of course it also includes all admission fees and materials that you’ll need for the badgework on the day. We’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to pay for the train fares to get us there and back and we’ll also pay for our adult helpers.

Wear: You should wear your uniform. We’ll be out in public so want to look smart. The site has both indoor and outdoor exhibits so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Bring: You should bring a packed lunch. There is a museum shop which you can visit during the day. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3. You will be responsible for your own pocket money and souvenirs. You should also bring a pen/pencil so that you can complete your worksheets.

Paperwork: As usual for our trips and expeditions you will need to complete our online health form nearer the time giving an emergency contact for all Cubs that are on the trip. The emergency contact cannot be an adult who is on the trip although we would like a mobile number for them too.

Badgework: We last tackled the naturalist’s badge at Summer Camp in 2014 so some of you may already have it. Don’t let that put you off – you can still come along and have a great day with Cubs from across East and West Sussex.