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Report: Police visit

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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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Report: St George’s Day Parade 2017

Our annual District parade was held in Billingshurst this year and was actually on St George’s Day itself.

It was the last parade to be organised by Kath Bridger, our District Commissioner, who steps down in June. She asked for something different so our parade through the streets was followed by the renewal of Promises and some award presentations. After that it was time for a picnic on the field before we were entertained by Hawking About and had a chance to try out some other activities.

We had 20 Parbrook Cubs in the parade which we thought was a great turnout, especially as we haven’t returned to Cubs yet after the Easter break. Well done to James for carrying the flag and to his escorts, William and Elliott. Everybody gets +10 points for coming and those with extra tasks gained an extra +5 points towards our monthly points competition.

Those that follow our Instagram account got updates during the event. Remember that we only tweet a few pictures so Instagram has more photos on the day.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.


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.”

Welcome to the Summer term 2017

Hello everyone and we hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break and are looking forward to the summer term.

We’ve got lots of fun things lined up for this summer and so we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday for an evening of fun and games.

Many thanks, Akela


St George’s Day parade
Well done to everybody that came along to the St George’s Day parade and picnic. We had 20 Cubs in the parade and the District Commissioner said that we all looked very smart. We’ve got some photos of the event but if you have any good ones that we can include in our report then please e-mail them to Jacala.
A particular mention for James who carried the flag for us. We were a bit worried that it might be too heavy, especially in the gusty winds but he managed it very well.

So what else do we have in store for you this term?

Programme for this term
Towards the end of last term we held a pack forum where we asked each six to come up with ideas for our programme. It is what Scout HQ call “youth shaped Scouting”. We’ve tried to include their ideas in the programme for the term. We hope that you like it. Note that two of our evenings in June will be held on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday. We’re popping down to Ashington Scouts for a rafting evening and challenging Dauxwood Cubs to a rounders match at their pack meeting. In return the Dauxwood Cubs will be visiting us in July and will also be coming on Jamboree on the Trail.

Jamboree on the trail
Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 20th year and each year more people take part.
Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.
So we will again be meeting at Whiteways for a circular walk in the South Downs on the afternoon of Saturday 13 May. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/event-jott2017/.  You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout and we have invited the Cubs from Dauxwood to join us too. In addition to increasing your hikes away score everybody that takes part can get a special JOTT20 badge for their camp blanket.

Camps
It is camping season again. This summer we are offering you the chance to camp in tents for a total of 10 nights at our camps in June, August and September. We hope that you will want to join us. Before we get onto the details of each one we have an annual appeal for help to get our gear to camp. If anybody has access to a van that can be used then we would be very pleased to hear from you. Summer camp has the most gear as we have to take it all from tables and benches to gas bottles. Our other camps involve less kit but still have the sort of things that people are not so keen on having in their cars. If you can help then please speak to one of the leaders.
We also always need helpers at camp – either to help put things up and take things down at the start and end of camp, to help in the kitchen or to help with activities. Adults that camp with us need to have the usual Scouting DBS check which takes a few weeks to sort out so please let us know in plenty of time.

Gold rush camp at Nowhurst
Our first camp of the term is just up the road at Nowhurst near Broadbridge Heath. We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so thought we had better go an explore. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/event-nowhurst17/ and we already have 16 Cubs on the guest list. You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout.

Orient Express summer camp
Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. 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. We will be camping at Blackland Farm near East Grinstead. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/event-summer17/. We’re hoping to have a few more names for this camp as we currently only have 4 who want to camp all week (Sun to Sat) and an additional 2 for the mini-camp which runs from Sunday to Wednesday. Hopefully when you have camped with us at Nowhurst you’ll want to do more and the numbers will increase.

Weekend camp at Stedham
We haven’t yet opened our September tent camp for booking but you can see the dates in our calendar and in the events tab of My Scout. Make a note of the weekend (Fri 29 Sep to Sun 1 Oct) and we’ll let you know when you can book.

Easyfundraising
We’re pleased to have recently received the latest donation to our funds from Easyfundraising. Thanks to all of you that remember to click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online we received a very nice £127 for the October to December 2016 quarter. This takes the total raised this way to an amazing £506 for the whole year and in addition the gift aid raised £95 for Billingshurst Scout and Guide funds. It really is easy to raise money for us when you shop online – that’s why we call it painless fundraising. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ for more details and remember that the money we raise is kept by Parbrook Cubs and used to reduce the costs of camps and expeditions – just look for “Parbrook Cashback” to see where it has saved you money.

Get our dates in your calendar
Our weekly programme is available as a .ics link that you can paste into your online calendar such as google. There is a separate link for camps and group events. The links and some instructions are given on the home page of the website – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/.
Of course if you prefer the good old paper version then we can provide that too – just download it from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf

Event: St George’s Day Parade, 23 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 23rd 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.

Our District Commissioner, Kath Bridger, retires from the role in June and so this will be her last parade. She wants us to celebrate our national day by having fun. This year the District’s parade will take place in Billingshurst on Sunday 23 April.

Timetable
11:30: Assemble in Jengers Mead car park
11:45: Inspection of the groups
12:15: Parade departs Jengers Mead. Route via High Street, Nats Lane and Lower Station Road, passing saluting base as it enters the field
13:00: Renewal of Promises followed by presentation of service awards to leaders from across the District
13:20: Picnic street party
14:00: Hawking about
14:45: Activities on the field provided by the groups, including archery and tug of war
15:30: End

Wear
Full, smart uniform is required. Unless it is raining we won’t be wearing coats so make sure that you have something warm under your sweatshirt. We are to be inspected before the parade so please make sure that out of date badges for Cubs 100 etc have been removed.

Bring
You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink but hopefully somebody will be able to carry it for you so that you don’t have a bag during the parade. It would be as well to bring a coat, even if it is only so that you have something to sit on for the picnic. We’ve not been told about any collection so assume that no money is required.
We’ve been asked to run a bottle rocket base during the afternoon. With the short notice we’ve been given we need to appeal for empty 2l plastic drinks bottles that we can use for the rockets. If you have any please drop them off at the hall on Saturday or Sunday.

Parking
With groups from across the District coming to the event there will be pressure on parking in the village. We hope that you will be able to walk or be dropped off.

Colour party
We will need a Cub to carry the Parbrook flag. This is often our eldest Cub if they are available. They will need two escorts and we will select them on the day.
As there is no service to prepare for we have not been told about any rehearsal for standard bearers this year.

St George’s Day service
There is no formal service this year but during the afternoon 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. There will also be a presentation of long service awards to some leaders from across the District.

Paperwork
There is no cost for attending the parade and picnic but we would like an idea of the numbers so please register on My Scout to let us know if you can attend.

Photos
It is always hard for leaders who should be in the parade to get photos of the parade itself. If you are coming to watch please bring your camera and let Jacala have your best pictures for us to use on the website.

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.”

Event: Gold Rush weekend camp

We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst to find out. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.


What to do now: Please see the joining instructions and kit list

We’d like help transporting the kit on Friday. If you can help please meet us at the Scout Hut between 3.30pm and 4pm. Thanks to those who took gear after Cubs on Tuesday


Where: We will be camping on 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. Whichever way you come you will end up on Nowhurst Lane which is narrow and twisty so please drive slowly, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 9 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 11 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy as we live life as a prospector. We’ll be making shelters, panning for gold and as usual the Cubs will be cooking their own lunch on fires that they have made. We’ll also have plenty of time for games in the woods. a camp fire on Saturday evening and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp was open to all our members but the guest list has now closed. With Nowhurst being just up the road it is an ideal event for first time campers (in which case you may find our camping with the cubs page useful).
We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend, especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested.

Guest list at 9 June (20):

  • Abigail (paid, HF)
  • Amelia (paid, HF)
  • Daniel (paid, HF)
  • Elliott (paid, HF)
  • Emilia (paid, HF)
  • Emily (paid, HF)
  • Harry (paid, HF)
  • James S (paid, HF)
  • James W (paid, HF)
  • Jasmine (paid, HF)
  • Joshua (paid, HF)
  • Kristian (paid, HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid, HF)
  • Luke (paid, HF)
  • Martha (paid, HF)
  • Megan (paid, HF)
  • Poppy (paid, HF)
  • Tommy (paid, HF)
  • Violet (paid, HF)
  • William (paid, HF)

Cost: The cost of the weekend is £29 but as usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. This reduces the camp fees to £25.

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.

Booking: The guest list is now closed.
Once booked, please complete our online health form (shown as HF on our guest list when we have received a completed one). We need a new one from you every time we go away, just so that we know the information is completely up to date.

Bring: We have now issued the joining instructions which includes the kit list for this camp. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. Remember that there is no electricity on site so you’ll need a good torch for those night time trips to the loo although the night is quite short at this time of year. Don’t forget that you must arrive at camp in your uniform.

Previous camps: We often visit the Spider Site at Nowhurst, both to camp and for our end of term evening in July. Have a look at our reports from past events to remind yourself what it is like.

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