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Welcome to the summer term 2018

After such a long period of wet and cold weather we are hoping that things will improve as we start the Summer Term. As usual we have a packed programme of activities to enjoy on a Tuesday evening. You can download your copy from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. We are hoping to be outside on the field as much as we can so don’t forget to bring your water bottles if you think that you might need them. Do make sure that they have a name on and try to remember to take them home again at the end of the evening as we always seem to have some left.

St Georges Day Parade

With St George being the patron saint of Scouting we always celebrate his day which is of course 23 April. This year the District has decided to do something a bit different so we have been invited to attend an event at Parham House near Storrington. After a short service and the important renewal of the Promises there will be an afternoon of activities to try out. Pop along to the website for more details – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/event-stg18/ and don’t forget to let us know if you plan to attend by registering through My Scout.

Jamboree on the trail

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail. This will be the sixth year that we have taken part and our event will follow the usual format. We invite Cubs and their families (and well behaved dogs) to join us for a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 12 May. We will start from Whiteways Car Park and then follow the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way on a circular walk. We will have more details online shortly and you will can register through My Scout. There is no charge for taking part and everybody can earn a commemorative Jamboree on the Trail 2018 blanket badge

Spider camp

Our camp this term will be at Nowhurst which is near Broadbridge Heath. We will be sleeping in tents on the weekend of 9-11 June. Despite just being 15 minutes away it is a secluded spot that we always enjoy visiting. We already have 13 names on our guest list but there is plenty of room for more. You can find details at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nowhurst18/ and register through My Scout. Don’t forget that the camp fees are due before camp.

Summer camp

We have been delighted with the response to Summer Camp at Downe which takes place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August. The number of campers we can take is restricted by the size of groups that the campsite will take for activities. We have now filled the 12 places that we have available. Details are on the website at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/event-downe18/ and camp fees should be paid before camp.

Weekend camp at Stedham

Our final tent camp of the year will be at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We will have more information about this camp online nearer the time but you can register via My Scout if you would like to reserve a place. Camp will take place over the weekend of 21-23 September

Come and help us at our camps

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 – you don’t even have to camp as you can visit for the day. Have a look at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/join-us/#adults for a bit more detail and have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Billingshurst Show

The annual parade and show takes place on Sunday 24 June. With some of our leaders away that weekend we are looking for a couple of parents to volunteer to coordinate our involvement. We have a place in the parade if we want it but, as we have seen in recent years, it is very hard to find anybody that has a vehicle that we can use. This means that if we are going to take part at all then we will be walking which reduces options. We also need to run a stall on the field in the afternoon and have been given a target of raising at least £50. If you would be able to help us run our part of the show or have any ideas please let me know. Without parent help we will not be able to take part in the parade.

Easyfundraising

We are grateful to all of you that support our Easyfundraising when you shop online. With the donation reminder toolbar all you have to do is click to confirm that you’d like us to receive a donation when you shop at a participating site. We have now received the final payment for 2017 and raised just over £250. This is a bit down when compared to last year but still allows us to subsidise our camps and trips. If you don’t already support us then pop along to https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ to find out more and sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/. So easy, why not?

Don’t forget to let us know if you can help with our camps or the Billingshurst Show

Nick Wainewright, Akela

 

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Event: St George’s Day, 22 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23 April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

This year the District is holding its event in Parham Park on Sunday 22 April.

Timetable
13:30: Arrive at Parham Park.
13:45: Groups start to form up
14:00: St George’s Day service including renewal of Promises
14:30: Activities begin
16:00: End of activities. Depart Parham

How to get there
You will need to make your own way to Parham Park. Use the main entrance near Cootham on A283 and follow the drive through the park until directed off to the left to reach the East Plain. The postcode for satnav purposes is RH20 4HR and you can see a route online.

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises.

I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and to the Queen, 
to help other people 
and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Colour party
We will need somebody to carry the Parbrook flag and will select them at our Pack Meeting on 17 April. We don’t think that we need escorts this year but if that changes we will select them on the day. Group flags will line up behind the District Chaplin to provide a backdrop for the service.

What to wear
You should wear your uniform top and scarf. Unlike recent years we hope that it will be warm enough not to wear coats for the service although they may be useful to sit on. Otherwise please dress appropriately for the weather.
With the whole District wearing the same uniform it is a good opportunity to remind you to check that yours is clearly named, just in case you should get separated from it during the afternoon.

What to bring
Although there is no charge for the activities there will be some refreshments and stalls to raise money for the young people from the District who are attending the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019. We hope that everybody will be able to bring around £2 to spend on the jamboree stalls.  There will be leather branding, s’mores, friendship bracelets and most importantly for the parents tea, coffee and cake.
Cubs may like to bring a water bottle to keep themselves hydrated through the afternoon but do make sure it is named and goes home again.

Who can come?
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend. We have created an event on My Scout so that you can let us know whether or not you plan to come.
Parents and siblings are all welcome to join us for the afternoon and will be encouraged to join in with the activities. As usual any non-Cub children will remain the responsibility of the adults that they come with.

What activities are there?
Each group will be running activities and there will be the Jamboree contingent stalls too. In addition the District will be running pedal cars, grass sledges and a soapbox rally.  The rally will have 2 tracks for younger ones and older ones and everyone is welcome to make a team of 3 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders) or 4 (Cubs and Beavers) to set their fastest time around the track.  There will be a prize in each category.
Jodie, the District Youth Commissioner, will have a graffiti wall where Cubs can leave their ideas and thoughts about Scouting. There will also be a selfie booth.


Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
“When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

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.

 

Event: District Quiz, Monday 12 March

What: Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will come together for their annual general knowledge quiz evening on Monday 12 March. We expect that it will be a real mixture of old fashioned pub quiz style general knowledge (questions from the front), pictures, memory tests, brain teasers and of course some scouting history thrown in. This year the quiz is being organised by  scouts from the West Sussex contingent at the World Scout Jamboree in USA (which takes place in 2019).

Where: Billingshurst Primary School. We are told that the Primary School was too expensive for us to use and that a new venue is being sought. Venue now confirmed as St Mary’s Rooms in East Street. Parking is limited so please leave it for those travelling from outside the village. Parents are welcome to stay (and may be asked to form an adults team).

When: The quiz will start promptly at 6pm and is expected to finish by 8pm

Cost: There is an entry fee of £5 per team but that will be paid by Parbrook Cubs

Bring: Although drinks will be provided, Cubs are asked to bring some money to purchase cakes and biscuits in the break. This is part of the Jamboree contingent fund raising.

Wear: Uniform should be worn

Who: Each team must be made of 4 Cubs with a spread of ages. We can enter multiple teams but each must contain 4 Cubs with no reserves. If you would like to be part of our team please reserve your place via My Scout.

Guest list at 6 Mar: Lukas, Adam, Harry L, Jasmine, Martha, Joshua, Izzy, James (8)
We need 8 Cubs to make up two teams