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Report: Sussex100 centenary camp

2016 is a special year for Cubs as we celebrate our centenary. At the end of July 16 of our Cubs joined those from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack at Sussex100, the centenary camp.

There were around 2500 Cubs on site from both East and West Sussex scout counties. Each District from West Sussex was paired with one from East Sussex in a Jungle Book themed sub camp. Our district, Petworth & Pulborough, was paired with cubs from Seaford and Newhaven who made up Seahaven District. Together we were the Rikki Tikki Tavi sub camp.

  • Rama, the buffalos – Lewes and Worthing Districts
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongooses – Seahaven and Petworth & Pulborough Districts
  • Kaa, the pythons – Senlac and Crawley Districts
  • Jacala – the crocodiles – Brighton & Hove and Chichester Districts
  • Baloo, the bears – Horsham District
  • Tabaqui, the jackals – Hailsham & Heathfield and Bognor Districts
  • Mao, the peacocks – Mid Sussex District
  • Hathi, the elephants – Ashdown and Arundel & Littlehampton Districts
  • Baghera, the panthers – Eastbourne and East Grinstead Districts
  • Chil, the kites – Hastings & Rye and Adur Districts

There was a great mix of activities from abseiling to zip wires with other events such as crafts, balloon rockets, fire lighting and the inflatables proving popular.  We were pleased to see everybody have a go and try to overcome their fears whether that was of fire or heights. Some of the Cubs got to meet UK Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt who popped in during a rather wet Saturday morning.

One of the events that ran through the weekend was “Cubs got talent”. Over 70 acts were auditioned during the camp. We entered our campfire singers but the yellow bird song didn’t find favour from the judges. However, Robin also entered with his baritone horn and was one of 12 acts in the final so very well done to him.

The soundtrack to the weekend was Coldplay “Adventure of a lifetime” which seemed to sum things up nicely.

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Camps like this take a lot of organising so we thank Dave Grimwood and his team for all their hard work. We’re also grateful to the group for paying for our seats on the coach. It was certainly easier to all arrive at camp and leave together.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed. There was also a report in the County Times and you can look back on the official tweets from the media team at https://twitter.com/CubsSussex100

campbadgeEach of the Cubs received a Sussex100 badge (designed by Kagan from 3rd Bexhill). Unusually, this can be worn on your uniform. If you aren’t already wearing a Cubs 100th birhday badge then it goes above your joining in (year star) badges in the space marked “occasional badges” on the diagram. If that space is already full then it goes at the cuff end of the arm that has your District & County badges on it. In either case the badge must be removed at the end of the year.


Joining: Sussex100 – centenary camp

Our Sussex100 centenary camp starts on Friday 29 July at the South of England Showground, Ardingly and runs through to Monday 1 August.

It is a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. Each tent will hold up to 9 Cubs and is a different design to those normally used by us at camp.

Summary of arrangements
When Friday 29 July to Monday 1 August 2016
Meet Stane Street bus layby outside Weald School 6th form block by 12.45pm. Our coach is due to depart at 1pm
Wear You must travel in uniform top and scarf
(but Cub t-shirt is fine rather than sweatshirt)
Bring See our updated kit list.
Special items this time include mongoose costume, camp t-shirt, cakes, day bag & water bottle
Return We will be returning to the bus layby and expect to arrive about 2pm. Check Twitter for updates
To do now Check the updated kit list & pack clothes for all weathers. Remember to tag your bags

Transport: The county has arranged coaches for all campers and their personal gear. We’re grateful to the group for paying the cost of the coaches (£13 per person) so that this did not have to be added to the camp fees.
Coaches will leave Billingshurst from outside the Weald School 6th form block on Stane Street at 1pm on Friday. To allow for a punctual departure please arrive by 12.45pm. On Monday afternoon we expect to be back around 2pm but will confirm this en route via Twitter.

Who: We will be camping with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack. Each tent will have a mixture of Cubs from both packs. Our guest list contains 16 Cubs: Abi, Aiden, Charlie, Ellie, Elliott, Emily, Henry, James, Joshua, Katie, Kinley, Lucybelle, Max, Poppy, Robin and William. Akela, Jacala and Keego will also be camping and travelling on the coach.

Bring: The weather looks to be cooler and more showery than recently so don’t get caught out. Because we are going on the coach please make sure that each bag is tagged with your name and 1st Billingshurst. Remember that your Cub will have to carry their gear from coach to camp so don’t pack more than they can lift. We’ve updated the kit list as there are some extras that you’ll need this time:

  • BRING: Rikki-tikki-tavi costume (made on the preparation day), cake for the kitchen to share, day bag and water bottle (as we will be away from our campsite for most of the day), your yellow camp t-shirt (given out at Nowhurst), anything you need for your “Cubs got talent” performance.
  • DON’T BRING: camp chair, pocket money (nothing to buy)


  • FRIDAY: Arrivals by coach
    Opening ceremony in main arena
  • SATURDAY: Activity zones – Cubs choose where they want to go from Kaa’s krafts, Jungle life, Bandarlog’s activities and Showtime (including Cubs got talent auditions)
    Evening camp fire followed by Jungle Fever in the main arena
  • SUNDAY: Activity zones again
    Cubs got talent final followed by firework extravaganza
  • MONDAY: Cubs 100th birthday party & camp closing ceremony
    Departures by coach

Keep in touch: As usual we hope to be able to keep you up to date from the site. We’ll use Twitter for occasional updates and for messages including coach updates on Monday. Most of the photos will be on our Instagram page. Our tweets can be viewed on the side of our home page if you don’t follow us (see our social media page for more information).
If you need to contact the leaders please consider e-mail (to leaders at parbrook.org.uk) as Akela and Jacala can pick up these messages on their phones.

Updates: Please check back to this page as if there are any changes to the arrangements they will be posted here.

Event: Sussex100 – centenary camp

This year our Summer Camp will be rather different as we will be joining Cubs from across East and West Sussex to celebrate the centenary of Cub Scouting. These County camps only happen occasionally and are quite different to our normal camps.

It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Update 26 July: We’ve now published the joining instructions on a new page

Where: We will be camping on the South of England Agricultural Society’s Showground at Ardingly.

When: We start in the afternoon on Friday 29 July and run through to Monday 1 August when camp ends about 4pm.  We have not yet received specific timings from the organisers.

Theme: The organisers have chosen a Jungle Book theme and each of the 18 Scouting Districts attending will be allocated a Jungle Book name. Our District, Petworth & Pulborough, will be camping with Cubs from Seahaven District (Newhaven & Seaford area in East Sussex) in the Rikki-tikki-tavi sub camp. Everybody that attends will get a Sussex100 t-shirt and badge but we will have to make a mongoose costume.

What: We expect that activities will include:

  • Archery
  • Carrot’s Roadshow
  • Sideshows
  • Caving
  • Fireworks
  • Inflatables
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Centenary Birthday Party with goodie bag (on Monday)
  • Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • “Cubs got talent”
  • Zip Wire
  • Rope making

Transport: The county is arranging coaches for all campers and their personal gear. We’re grateful to the group for paying the cost of the coaches (£13 per person) so that this does not have to be added to the camp fees. Coaches will leave Billingshurst from outside the Weald School 6th form block.
We are likely to need a van to transport the tents and equipment as that will need to be at site before campers arrive. It is possible that camp will be constructed on the Thursday.

Who: Camp is open to all our invested members. We initially started with 10 Cub places and filled them so have managed to secure some more. We will be camping with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack

Guest list at 14 June, 16 Cubs:

  • Abi
  • Aiden
  • Charlie
  • Ellie
  • Elliott
  • Emily
  • Henry
  • James
  • Joshua
  • Katie
  • Kinley
  • Lucybelle
  • Max
  • Poppy
  • Robin
  • William

Cost: Camp fees are divided into two parts. We have to pay £55 per Cub to the organisers and in addition there is a local charge of £25 to pay for food and transportation costs. That makes a total cost for camp of £80. As usual we’ll use our Parbrook Cashback to subsidise the event, reducing the cost to £65.

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Paperwork: Health forms (HF) have now been issued. You need to provide the original and two copies of the health form. Each must include a recent photo of the Cub. You must also complete an activities consent form which includes a separate consent for rifle shooting. You need to provide the original and one copy of this form. We’re pleased to say that all the forms have been received and forwarded to the camp organisers.

Bring: We have revised the kit list. Please see the joining instructions for the extra items that you should bring