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New leaders needed to run Parbrook Cubs

A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs

At Parbrook Cubs we have been very fortunate in recent years to have a stable leadership team supported by our young leaders and parents. However, things change and as children get older and move sections some of our regular helpers go with them. The end of this term sees us saying goodbye to Keego (Gemma) and we have already lost Bagheera (Jane) from our regular meetings. Next term we will see a number of the older Cubs moving up to Scouts, taking their parents with them. This includes Akela. Fortunately Akela and Jacala have agreed to stay on until Christmas so that they can provide some continuity and assistance to the new leaders that will take the pack forward into 2019. We are now urgently looking for those new leaders to run things, either to help from September or to take over in January.

Akela said “I joined Parbrook when Max started and running our programme has been great fun. However, now that Poppy is too old for Cubs I need to support my family in their new activities. Cubs has been great for all of the family but you do need a team of leaders to run things properly and avoid it all falling to one person. Everybody is busy these days but we hope that by taking their turn on the rota or even helping at camps our new parents will see what a great pack they have joined and will be able to contribute to its running.

Jacala said “when I moved to Billingshurst in 2006, Parbrook Cubs had just 7 members. Since then, working with a great team of leaders, we have built the pack up into the success that it is today. However, as many of you know, the commute from London makes committing to an 1830 start a bit tricky and although I love the website, social media and planning side of things I cannot step back up to run meetings single handed. Running things with Nick W has shown how important it is to have connections to parents e.g. via the school, as catching people face to face is so much better than just sending e-mails that people don’t always read. Having received my 30 years of service to Scouting award last year I am finding that coming up with new ideas for our programme is getting difficult and I don’t want to get into a rut or be the person that stops change because “we always do it that way”. The pack desperately needs an injection of new ideas and skills to take it forward and I don’t want to hold them back. Whoever steps up will find a generous balance in the bank thanks to our Easyfundraising and a cupboard full of camping equipment including our new tents. The building blocks are there, we just need the new people.

Sadly we know that e-mail appeals like this rarely result in anybody stepping up to fill the gap and so we plan to run next term with a parents rota. We will allocate two parents to each week and hope that you will be able to support us. Feel free to swap your weeks amongst yourselves if you find yourself unable to do the week we have suggested. Our currently advertised camps in August and September will go ahead as planned and as usual we welcome extra adult helpers at camp – especially in September.

If you would like to know more please discuss with any of our leaders or contact Zoe, our Group Scout Leader. For those that say that they would like to help but cannot manage a Tuesday evening there is good news. We have lots of behind the scenes roles that are still important but don’t have to involve a Tuesday evening. Have a look at our join us page for ideas of roles available.

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Report: Spider weekend camp

Our weekend camp in June 2018 took us back to Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath. It may just be 15 minutes up the road but it always feels a world away when you get there.

As we were camping on the Spider site we used that as the theme. Our spider inspired bases on Saturday included making spiders webs, following the trail to a spider’s larder, hanging by a thread on he climbing tower and negotiating the spider’s web in the woods. We also had time for our spiders v flies wide game.

We’re grateful to Mel and Marian for looking after things in the kitchen, to Rama, Kaa, Bagheera, Rann and Tabaqui for running the activities and Chris Evans and his team for bringing along the tower. Also a special mention to those that came to help pitch tents or transport equipment so that everything was ready when the Cubs arrived on Friday night, especially Martin, Jon and Lara.

We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us and so do let us know if you fancy helping. We need a minimum number of adults on site overnight.

You can keep up with what is going on at camp by following us on social media. We tweet occasional messages each day but the main photo stream is on our instagram account.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Pack meeting: end of term at Nowhurst, Tue 24 Jul

We’ll end the Summer Term in our traditional way with an evening at Nowhurst camp site. We hope that other family members and friends of the pack will come along to join us at the camp fire.

When: Our last pack meeting this term will take place on Tuesday 24 July. We’ll start at 6.30pm as usual but end at 8.30pm.

Where: We will be using  the Spider Site at Nowhurst Camp Site near Broadbridge Heath.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Once you turn onto Nowhurst Lane you will find that access is via a narrow road (see site map). Please be considerate to other users including parents that may be leaving the site as you arrive. The site entrance is signed and is the second turn on the left – it is always tempting to go up the first road but please resist! A one way system operates through the camp site. Please enter by the first entrance and then leave the car park by the exit. We are using the Spider site but you will need to leave your car in the central car park and carry your gear to the site. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully.

What: We’ll start the evening by collecting firewood and then our helpers will build the fire while we have a wide game. We’ll then present some awards before we end the evening with a camp fire.

Who: We hope to see all our Cubs but also extend an invitation to other family members (who must be accompanied by an adult who retains responsibility for them) and friends of our pack.

Cost: There is no charge for attending this event

Bring: You must arrive at camp in your uniform top (Cub t-shirt is fine) and scarf. Bring a folding chair to use at the camp fire. Check the weather forecast before you come in case other clothing is required, e.g. waterproof top. We’ll have some squash and biscuits later in the evening and hopefully some toasted marshmallows but please bring the usual water bottle in case you need a top up after running about in the woods.

Insect bites: The Spider site has a pond nearby and, as we found at our camp in June, the insects can be rather hungry. If you are targetted by such creatures we suggest using some insect repellent before you come.

Previous camps: We visit Nowhurst regularly and you can search for our reports from Nowhurst events online.

Event: Billingshurst Show, Sun 24 Jun

This year the Billingshurst Show takes place on Sunday 24 June. It is the main fundraising event for the group and a great part of village life and so we are keen that everybody takes part.

The main show information is available on the Billingshurst Show website but there are lots of ways to get involved:

Badge competition now closed
Each year all the Scouts and Guides that help on the stalls or behind the scenes with the show get presented with a souvenir badge. The badge for this year was designed last year so now it is time to design the 2019 badge. Just download the form and draw your design in the box. Completed forms should be posted in the box in the hall. We hear that there has not been a single entry so far so that increases your chance of winning – but only if you post your form before the closing date of Thursday 21 June.

SETTING UP THE SHOW

Please complete our show helpers form and return it to Cubs, Nat Evans or Zoe Jenkins to let us know what time you can help set up or take down.

Friday
There is a lot of fetching and carrying to be done to get all the necessary tables, chairs, fencing and equipment into position. Help is wanted from 3pm to 5pm.

Saturday team
As you can imagine, there is a lot to do to get the field ready for the show. There are tents to put up, stalls to organise, tables to distribute and countless other tasks. The group is asking for parents who can help with this task. You don’t have to volunteer all day but even an hour would be useful. There are slots from 9.30am to 5.30pm

ON THE DAY

Parade
We asked for a team of parents to run our entry in the parade but sadly did not get any interest. As a result we will not be taking part. It gets harder every year to find a vehicle to use  and walking in the parade never gets the same attention from the judges. However, if you want to see the parade then the route is available on the show website.

Bake off
The bake off competition has been expanded this year with new categories. Simply take your baked goods to the Bake Off tent (opposite the food court) before 2pm on the day of the show. See the show website for bake off categories.

Our stall
Once we get to the field we will be running two stalls in the Scout area. We have a world cup sweepstake game where you can buy a country for £1 and potentially win £10 if yours is the country we have chosen. (No football knowledge required).
We also have a paper aeroplane target game. For 50p you can have a piece of paper which you can then fashion into a plane. We have a book of designs to give inspiration. Once built and decorated you can then fly your plane to see if you can hit the target.
We are grateful to Nat Evans for organising our stalls and have invited the Cubs to staff it in slots throughout the afternoon. You can do any slot but we have notionally allocated Reds from 1300 to 1345, Yellows from 1345 to 1430, Greens from 1430 to 1515 and Blues from 1515 to 1600 (when its a knockout starts). You can let us know what time slot you can do by registering on My Scout.

Scouts and Guides knock out
At 4pm the Scouts and Guides will be taking their turn in the arena for an “it’s a knockout” event. The first category will be rainbows v beavers. This will be followed by our competition of brownies v Parbrook v Dauxwood Cubs. Thanks to everybody that has volunteered to be on our team. We hope that the other Cubs will be there to cheer us on.
Further categories will then pitch the Guides against the Scouts. We hope that there will still be plenty of people around the arena to cheer us on. See our 2009 gallery below for the last time we beat the Brownies!

Donations
At short notice we have been reminded that the Beavers are running a cake stall and would welcome donations brought along on the day. Not sure if you can combine that with the bake off. Also the Guides are running their usual chocolate tombola which may be a bit tricky with the weather looking so warm. They are also looking for donations.

TAKING DOWN THE SHOW

Sunday deconstruction team
When everybody goes home the real work starts. Volunteers are wanted between 5pm and 8pm to take things down and load up the lorry.

Monday morning distribution
The final task is to return everything to where it came from. Allan and Chris will be sorting things out but need extra help between 9am and 12 noon.


Visit our past events page for a reminder of our Billingshurst Show entries for 2015 (vive la France), 2014 (Brazil),  2013 (Summer Holiday), 2012 (Mr Benn),  2011 (Lion King), 2010 (Kung Fu Panda) or 2009 (In the Jungle Book).

Report: pack meeting – pioneering

For our pack meeting on 22 May 2018 we brought in the experts to help us with a spot of pioneering.

In record time the Cubs had lashed together the poles and the bridge was taking shape. The whole pack managed to cross the bridge before it was dismantled and the field returned to normal.

We are very grateful to Chris and Dave for running this activity for us.

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions. Thanks to Jacala for the pictures.