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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.

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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

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from camp while we are there.

Autumn term update

As usual we have a lot going so here are some updates

October pack meetings

  • There will be no Cubs on 24 October. Although we normally meet in Half Term we are giving it a miss this year. With the current forecast it will probably be wet and windy anyway so maybe not the best time to go to the woods.
  • Our planned visit to Pets at Home that was due to take place on 31 October has been postponed until the new year. We needed additional adult helpers to make up for a number of leaders that were unavailable but sadly only one parent came forward. We won’t be meeting at all that week

Help wanted
There have been a number of evenings this term where we have identified that we need additional adults. We had hoped that by just targetting the weeks where help is most needed and making it easy to sign up using My Scout we would get the helpers that we needed. At the moment we still have gaps for the poppy cash counting evening on 14 November. Don’t leave it to the usual faces – just pop along to My Scout, click on the programme tab and click on the red “I can help” button to sign up.

Home safety badge
Last week we did most of the work required to complete the home safety badge. We sent everybody home with a “useful numbers” form that needs to be completed and returned to us. We have already had a number returned so well done if that includes yours.

Parbrook numbers
Last week we invested 4 new members who all did very well saying their Law and Promise. This has now taken our numbers above 30 and very close to our maximum number which is 32. Although we lose two of our eldest members in December we have another 2 Beavers to come up after half term and more after Christmas. As you’ll have noticed, the hall seems very full and it can get quite noisy. We are fortunate this term to have our three young leaders who have each been managing one of the sixes. However, with 2 of them on D of E work it is likely that we will lose them after Chistmas. This leaves us in a difficult position.
We have decided that until Easter 2018 we will restrict new joiners to just those Beavers that we have already offered a place (because they have a brother or sister already with us). All other Beavers and any new starters will be directed to the Wednesday night Dauxwood pack as they currently have about 15 members.

Activities to do at home
With us about to have a 2 week break from Cubs there are still things that you can do at home.

Other reminders
We still have a few Subs outstanding for the Autumn Term. Those that were invested last week only need to pay us a half term but for everybody else the full £35 is due. Remember to pay us via online banking – our bank details can be found in the “notices” tab of “My Scout”.
We now have 16 Cubs on the list for our night at the museum and then activity day at the hall on 1 & 2 December. We have to confirm final numbers to the museum shortly so if you are still thinking about coming please get your reply in quickly. Again the booking can be made on “My Scout” and everybody who has not yet confirmed will have had an automated chaser message with a link to the event which was sent out on 14 October.

Group fundraising

There are a number of fundraising events that are coming up to raise money for Billinsghurst Scout and Guide group funds

Billingshurst Fireworks – Saturday 21 October
The group will again be doing the teas at the fireworks. Fortunately they are fully staffed with Guide parents but donations of cakes to sell on the night would still be welcome. These can either be delivered to Sally MacPherson or to our GSL, Zoe Jenkins, at the hall on Friday evening during the Downlands Scout meeting (6.30pm to 8pm)

Bag packing at Tesco – Saturday 18 November
The Scouts and Guides will be bag packing at Tesco in Pulborough all day on 18 November. Although no Parbrook leaders are available, Cubs are welcome to join Dauxwood Cubs between 1300 and 1500 although there will be leaders there throughout the day. Cubs should be in uniform.

Billifest – Saturday 2 December
The weekend of our night at the museum camp sees the Billifest taking place in the High Street and Jengers Mead. The group is again running the refreshment stall. While this is under the watchful eye of Helen Pullen, she has asked for additional helpers to drop in and give her a break from time to time. In addition to selling refreshments the Billifest is also a useful showcase for the group and we hope that we might even find a few new leaders at the same time.

Monthly fun draw
The Group Exec is again running its monthly fun draw as a fundraiser for Scouts and Guides. Subscriptions of £10 per number must be paid by 22 October so that the first draw can take place at the Exec meeting at the end of the month. The monthly prize is £10 although there are two months with a £25 prize. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from http ://www . 1stbillingshurst . org . uk/fundraw2017 . pdf

Used postage stamps
The Guides continue to collect used postage stamps. There is a box in the kitchen where you can leave your donations. 

 

Report: Pack meeting at the fire station

On 17 October 2017 we held our pack meeting at Billingshurst fire station.

The fire fighters welcomed us to the briefing room. We discussed the sort of incidents that the fire brigade attend, the importance of smoke alarms, tips for making a 999 call and the importance of a regularly checked smoke detector and knowing your escape route.

Then it was into smaller groups for a tour of the fire engine and a chance to try on the protective gear. We has a chance to try out the hose before returning to the briefing room where the BEAT responders were meeting. They gave us a demonstration of the defibrillator and the chance to practice resuscitation.

As you will see from the pictures, Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

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Click to see more photos from the fire station

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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from our meetings while we are there.

We’re grateful to Station 49 and the BEAT Responders for making it such a great evening. Photos provided by Jacala and Tabaqui