On 14 June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington so that we could do some rafting. On what was a very warm evening we had a great turnout and built 3 rafts with help from the Ashington scout leaders.
We started by working on building the rafts themselves. Because of our numbers we had three teams, each working with the Ashington leaders. After a few clove hitches and lashings to make the frame the blue plastic barrels were fixed on.
Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was time to get the rafts in the water. At first all was well as the Cubs paddled their way around the island but then a few slipped off the rafts into the water. By the end of the evening the rafts were forgotten and all the Cubs were in the water – with their buoyancy aids of course.
We’re very grateful to the leaders from Ashington for providing us with such an enjoyable evening.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
On 9 May 2017 we welcomed Sergeant MacPherson from the Metropolitan Police to our pack meeting to help us with part of the “our world” challenge.
Things started off quietly with a talk about what the Police do. We were just hearing how to describe a suspect (start at the top and work down) when the door opened and we were face to face with a stripy legged flag swiper who seemed to be rather enjoying herself. She quickly took our flag and was gone in a flash (on her scooter) taking us all rather by surprise.
We quickly got the Cubs working on writing a description. It had all happened so quickly but they did really well. You can see the picture but do you know what she was holding? A rolling pin and a torch. What about tucked into her apron? A tea towel.
Then we had the chance to take our finger (and palm) prints. Fortunately the black ink is water-based these days so washed off quite easily.
Ali had brought a range of uniforms in his big bag so the Cubs were able to try on a few different bits. We took the opportunity to dress Akela in riot gear and then staged our own mini riot to test out the equipment.
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Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite.
Where: We will be camping on the Larks Field at Blackland Farm camp site near East Grinstead. Blackland Farm is run by the Guides and is visited by Billingshurst Primary School pupils in year 6.
Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on Grinstead Lane which is narrow in places so please drive carefully.
When: We start on site in the afternoon of Sunday 13 August so that those that come back from holiday on Saturday can still join us. Camp will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 19 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 week is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends on Wednesday afternoon.
What: Our Orient Express theme will take us through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. It promises to be a packed week of activities including:
Monday – France – building the Eiffel Tower (crate challenge), visiting the top (abseiling)
Tuesday – Germany – picnic hike and visit to the Bluebell Railway
Wednesday – Austria – climbing the alps and swimming in the River Danube. Mini-campers go home
Thursday – Hungary – Buda Castle caves and archery
Friday – Romania – Danube to the Black Sea cruise (open canoeing)
We’ll also have plenty of time for games on the field and a few other challenges on the way plus our evening camp fires.
Who: Camp has been open to all our members but the guest list has now closed.
Guest list at 11 Aug (3+8):
Evan (mini – paid+HF)
James W (paid+HF)
Megan (mini – paid+HF)
Poppy (mini – paid+HF)
Thomas B (paid+HF)
Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activities and camp fees go up every year which makes it harder to keep down costs. Summer camp is always more expensive than our weekend camps because we have to pay for the activities that we do. In addition, sites such as Blackland Farm charge VAT for camp fees and activities – immediately raising their charges by 20%.
We’re subsidising the camp fees by around £30 for mini-campers and £45 for full campers thanks to the money you have raised for us via Easyfundraising. This means that the camp fees are £85 for the mini camp and £125 for the full week. Full payment is now due.
Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.
Bring: The joining instructions include the kit list which has some extra items when compared to a normal weekend camp. Summer camp is different to other camps as we ask for donations of cakes for the kitchen. You’ll also need your swimming kit. To get the best from our international theme there will be some pre-camp research – do ask if you aren’t sure what you need to do.
Previous camps: We last camped at Blackland Farm for Summer Camp in August 2013. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.