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Event: Paddle sport taster, Sat 14 July

Following the successful rafting sessions in pack meetings last summer the District paddle sport team have arranged some taster sessions for this term.

What: The District team is offering a “try a boat” session. Each session gives an hour of time on the water. There will be a large fleet of paddle craft available and each Cub will be able to try paddling as many of those as they wish. The list of available craft is likely to include kayak, open canoe, sit-on-top kayak, stand up paddle board, inflatable canoe, traditional raft and dinghy.

Where: Church Farm, Ashington (where we did the rafting last summer). You will need to arrange your own transport.

When: Our time on the water starts at 14:30 but you will need to arrive by 14:10 to allow time to get changed. We have an hour on the water so should be finished at 15:45

Wear: You should wear appropriate clothes for the event and you will get wet so include a towel and a change of clothes for the journey home. Note that uniform is not required but that you will have a buoyancy aid which must be worn when on any of the water craft.

Cost: The cost is £5 per person but we’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to reduce this to £3. We must have full payment at the time of booking to guarantee your place.

Badges: You will gain a time on the water credit towards that staged badge and will also complete Nautical Skills stage 1. It will also be a new sport for your Skills challenge.

Who: This event is open to all of our Cubs. Our session will be jointly with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack and each pack has 12 places. Scouting water activity rules require us to ask that you can swim 50m and you will have to make that declaration on your health form nearer the time. All Cubs will have buoyancy aids and the instructors will be close by so really you need to be sure that you will be confident in the water, in the likely event that you do fall in.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch but only the Cubs will be able to participate

How to book: To reserve your place please use the events page of My Scout where the event is called “District paddle sport taster” and is available to book. Please remember to pay your £3 online as we have to send that money to the organisers before the event.

Guest list at 22 April. We have 12 places, 3 left

  1. Emily
  2. Philip
  3. Poppy
  4. Violet
  5. Luke
  6. Finn
  7. Harry
  8. Martha
  9. Rohan

Last year: In June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington to try our hands at raft building. This event will be in the same place so you can see our report from 2017 to give an idea of what it will be like.

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Report: Pack meeting on the train

On  6 March 2018 we took our pack meeting to Horsham Station. We travelled by train of course as the evening was part of the Go-learn programme provided by Southern and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership.

We started the programme with a week of learning about trains and railway safety in the hall with Angie from the CRP. Then it was off to the station with Andrew from Southern to put it into practice.

The first step was to get our tickets for the journey – special Cub ones of course. Then our party of 23 Cubs and 6 adults was ready to board the 1830 to Horsham.

We had two I-Spy books to work through – one for the train journey and another to help us explore Horsham station. The time flew by with trains coming and going before it was time for us to get the train home again

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Thanks to Rann and Caroline for coming with us. We certainly need extra adults when we are out and about. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers and there are lots of ways that you can help us.

We are very grateful to GTR/Southern and the Sussex CRP for letting us take part in their Go-Learn programme and to Angie and Andrew for spending time with us to help us work through it.

Spring term update

We have 5 weeks of pack meetings remaining this term and for 3 of them we will not be meeting at the hall. Please check the programme information on My Scout to make sure you know where to go and to volunteer as a parent helper.

Pack meetings 27 Feb & 6 Mar
We are pleased to be welcoming Angie from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership to our meetings. She will be coming along to help us with our programme about railway safety. We are taking part in Southern’s Go Learn scheme which aims to make sure that young people are safe when around the railway. For Cubs this week we are in the hall but on 6 March we are putting what we learned into practice with a train trip to Horsham. As a result the meeting will run EARLIER than usual and you will need to meet us at the station, booking office side, by 1815. Trains permitting we will be back at 1945. We will tweet any changes to the times, particularly if the return journey is delayed so do make sure that you are following us at twitter.com/parbrookcubs.

Pack meeting 13 March – lambing live
We will visiting the lambs at the Chichester College farm near Pulborough. All the information about the evening is on our lambing live page.

Pack meeting 27 March – wide game in the woods
We’re celebrating the return of the lighter evenings by heading to the woods for a wide game. While it will be too early for bluebells we should see some spring flowers too. Uniform top and scarf are required then dress for the weather. The woods are always muddy so we suggest welly boots. We will end the evening with an investiture in the woods

District Quiz – Monday 12 March
We are delighted to almost have enough Cubs for two teams at the District Quiz. Each team needs 4 Cubs so we just need one more to get to our two teams. There is more information on our quiz page and you can register your place on My Scout.

Camps – now booking
Pop along to the events section of My Scout to register your interest in our forthcoming camps. We currently have 10 nights away on offer with camps in June (Nowhurst), August (Downe) and September (Stedham). Don’t forget to pay your deposit online when you register.
We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments.
If you are new to camping with us and are unsure what it is all about then our camping with the Cubs page may be helpful. In addition we have lots of photos from previous camps on our reports page so have a look and see what we get up to. Have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

St Georges Day Parade
This year the District parade will be on Sunday 22 April. All of our Cubs are expected to attend and so please try and keep the date free. We hope to have more information soon.

Subs
We don’t like to hassle for Subs at the start of term when so many people are making demands for money. However, we do need to remind a few of you that your £35 Subs are now due. Please pay using online banking – our details are in the noticeboard section of My Scout if you don’t have them.

Easyfundraising
With it being peak holiday booking season do remember to click through from our Easyfundraising site (or use the donation reminder toolbar) when you are booking online. Flights, travel insurance and hotels are large earners for us and the money we raise stays with Parbrook Cubs where we use it to keep our camp fees as low as we can.

Food miles and charity homework
It isn’t too late to complete your “Half Term badgework” on food miles. We need you to complete that section of your global issues badge at home.

Complaints process
Our team of volunteer leaders tries to work with Cub parents to deliver the best Scouting that we can. Our “not just kids stuff” policy is an open invitation for extra adults to be part of our camps, expeditions and pack meetings and to find out more about how we work. From your involvement and feedback we know that you are generally happy with the way that we operate and the activities that we do.
Sometimes we have to make decisions on behalf of the pack that you may disagree with individually. We hope that you will let us know if that is the case, taking the opportunity to discuss with one of the leaders. However, if you would like to talk to somebody in the group who is not involved in the day to day running of the pack then our Group Scout Leader, Zoe Jenkins, should be able to help. She manages the running of the whole group from Beavers to Scouts and you can use our website form to contact her.

Manchester “bee” badges
We have enjoyed seeing the bee badges on uniforms. However, the time has come to remove them from your uniform and transfer them instead to your camp blanket. There is no rush to do it immediately but we hope that they will have been removed when we return after Easter.

 

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 20 March the guest list is as follows:

  • Full camp – 11 Cubs – Martha, Rohan, Emily, Adam, Luke, Joshua, Jasmine, Izzy, Thomas, Lucybelle, Violet
  • Mini camp – 1 Cub – James
  • Leaders camping – Tabaqui, Jacala, Keego, Helen
  • Adults camping – Marian, Kaa

We do need an extra 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: All our places are taken so if you still want to come please speak to Jacala

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.