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Report: Summer Camp 2018

For Summer Camp 2018 we returned to Downe Scout Activity Centre at Biggin Hill in Kent. After the long hot summer we didn’t have a completely dry week but still did well with the weather

Camp ran from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August with our mini-campers leaving us on the Wednesday. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

With Charles Darwin having lived nearby we found out about him and his life and also visited his house during the week.

Our guest list was:

  • Full week (9): Lucybelle, Thomas, Adam, Martha, Violet, Izzy, Jasmine, Joshua
  • Mini camp (3): James, Tommy and Luke
  • Adults camping (5) – Jacala, Marian, Kaa, Tabaqui, Helen and Luke (scout helper)
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Click to see photos from Downe

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from camp while we are there.

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Report: Spy school weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2018 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was to be a level 3 camp sleeping in tents but had to change to a level 2 instead.

Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we really got hit this year. Forecasts of heavy rain and gales meant that we had to change our plans. We decided to still go to Stedham but the Cubs had to sleep inside where we knew they would be dry and warm.

This was the last camp to be run by the current leader team before they step down at Christmas. We are urgently looking for new leaders to start a new chapter with Parbrook Cubs from January 2019.


As the Cubs arrived on Friday they made their ID cards and fingerprint key rings which we would use through the rest of the weekend. There was also time for a starlit wide game in the woods before bed. The unfortunate down side of being indoors in the warm and dry is that one noisy Cub is enough to keep all of the others awake. Also the thick classroom walls meant that the leaders outside could not hear the noise.

On Saturday we concentrated on our spy school activities. We split into three teams which then conducted three spy missions – a team challenge guiding their team through the minefield without speaking, a planning activity choosing the kit needed for the mission and a trying to get through our laser maze. After lunch with the rain pouring down we moved in to the new oak framed marquee for our afternoon activities and games. Sadly the continuing rain meant no camp fire but with it being the last camp for a number of our experienced campers we still had camp fire songs.

On Sunday it was still raining. After breakfast the Cubs were able to pack their gear inside but were getting a bit restless at being cooped up. Fortunately by mid-morning there was a bit of a break in the weather and they were able to make the most of the adventure course. We’d planned lunch on fires which wasn’t possible but the Cubs still made their pitta pizzas. By the time the parents came to pick up it had turned into a lovely day on the field. With our leaders giving up at Christmas it meant the end of an era on our camps with Marian retiring from camp cooking. As she has been a key part of our core camping team since 2007 we presented her with some flowers.


Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Adam, Ava, Dominic, Harry, Izzy, James O’M, James W, Jasmine, Joshua, Lucybelle, Luke W, Martha, Owen, Philip, Thomas B, Thomas H, Tommy, Tyler, Violet,
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Jacala, Tabaqui, Kaa, Marian, Rann, Rama (Sat), Shere Khan (Sat), Caroline (Sat), Katie (Sat), Beck (Sun)

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend, especially Katie, Caroline and Bec who provided kitchen support on each day. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets or taking rubbish and recycling home. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved.

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Click to see photos from Stedham

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala and Tabaqui for providing the photos

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from camp while we are there.

Welcome to the autumn term

Welcome back

We hope that you had an enjoyable summer break and are looking forward to a packed term of events at Parbrook Cubs. This term is one of transition as we have 5 Cubs preparing to move up to Scouts. We also have a lot of new Cubs who have either joined us recently or will be starting this term. Although the current team of leaders will be leaving at the end of term we have planned a packed programme of pack meetings to keep us all busy right through to December.

When we last saw most of you it was at our end of term evening at Nowhurst. It all seems a long time ago now but you can remind yourself of the hot spell by looking at our report from that evening.

Those of you that came to Summer Camp at Downe had a great week of activities, adventure and close encounters with the local deer which roamed through the site. We hope to have the photographs from camp online soon but until then you can get a taster by seeing the pictures that Jacala posted on our instagram account. We had a visit from the District Commissioner on Friday evening and he was so impressed with our campfire that he recorded a video of “Cecil was a caterpillar”.

We need your help more than ever this term

At the end of the summer term we sadly said goodbye to Bagheera, Keego, Nagina and Baloo and this has left a bit of a hole in our team for this term. We start the term with 26 Cubs and have 14 weeks of pack meetings this term. If everybody took their turn we could have 2 parents each week and everybody would only have to help once. However, we hope that you’ll like it so much that you’ll want to do more. We have some activities that we are running as “bases” over a few weeks and it would be great to have the same adult running them each week. For now we have marked the weeks on the programme where help is required. You can register to help by clicking the red “I can help” button when you view the programme on “My Scout“. If this works then it will save us having to allocate parents to each week.

Don’t drop and run

Now that we only have a maximum of three leaders in our team we need to be more careful at the start of our meetings. Our child protection rules mean that we cannot have just one leader present with Cubs. So, when you are dropping off please come into the hall so that you can be sure that we have enough adults to run the programme that evening. We may ask you to stay for a while if any of our leaders are delayed. Jacala commutes from London and Tabaqui from Chichester and both are by train which adds that level of uncertainty when trying to predict arrival times.

Dark nights – rules for picking up

Just a reminder that we don’t let the Cubs leave the hall unless they are with an adult that they know. It will be dark by 8pm very soon so please come into the hall to pick up. If your Cub is going home with somebody else then do let us know when you drop them off. Also, you may like to bring a torch to help negotiate the uneven paving slabs between the road and the hall.


Our programme for the term

You can download a copy of the programme for the term from our website. This is the one page of A4 version which is ideal for pinning to the fridge to remind you what is planned each week. For more information about what we will be doing and the chance to register as an adult helper that week you should pop along to My Scout and click on the programme tab.

Spy school weekend camp

Our last tent camp of the year takes place over the weekend of 21-23 September and we hope you and your Cub will be able to join us. We will be returning to Stedham in the South Downs which is one of our favourite camp sites. Our activities will be spy related on Saturday although we will end Saturday night with our traditional camp fire and songs. On Sunday we hope to mix spy school with scouting skills as, after packing away their gear, the Cubs will be lighting fires and cooking their own lunch. The cost of the camp has been reduced to £30 and you can reserve your place through the events tab of My Scout. We have provided much more information including directions to the site and advice for our first time campers on the website.
All our Cubs are invited and you should have received an invitation from My Scout to book your place. If not, just pop along to the events tab and register there. We are grateful to those that have volunteered to come and help us during the weekend but still need somebody to help Marian in the kitchen and an extra pair of hands to help with the programme and other tasks such as camp fire building. If you can help please let us know when you register or contact a leader.


A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs

This term is the last one where Akela, Jacala and Tabaqui will be running Parbrook Cubs. This gives a great opportunity for people with new ideas or skills to step up and take over the running of the pack. We’ve put more information on the website but would urge anybody that is interested to speak to our Group Scout Leader, Zoe Jenkins.

Group AGM

The group is holding its AGM on Friday 7 September at the hall. It is a great opportunity to meet the leaders from the other sections and hear a little about what they have been up to. Unfortunately neither Akela or Jacala can attend the AGM but anybody who wants to know more about what we do can easily find out from the reports page of the website. To help the organisers with their planning please click the appropriate link in the AGM invitation that you have been sent from My Scout.
We had been expecting that the AGM would be the ribbon cutting on the new extension to the scout hut. However, the building work clearly didn’t take place during the holidays as had been planned. Hopefully they will explain all at the meeting.

Event: Spy school weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September takes us back to lovely Stedham camp site in the South Downs


Camp is still on and will run to the timings we have previously stated. However, Cubs will no longer be sleeping in tents. We are sorry that this will change the experience of the weekend but wanted to still go to Stedham rather than divert the weekend into our own hall. Having said that, we are still expecting the weather to be cool, wet and windy at times so please make sure you have your welly boots, warm clothes and a waterproof coat. Waterproof trousers are not required. Do take care on the narrow lanes and please park in the car park when you arrive as the field is too wet for vehicles to drive on.

What to do now

Please make sure you have paid your camp fees, take time with your Cub to do your bedding roll so that they can make it themselves on Sunday. Print off a copy of the directions to the site and have a look at them before you hit the single track roads around the site. 


When is the camp?

The camp is from Friday evening 21 September through to Sunday afternoon 23 September. On Friday evening the Cubs should arrive from 7pm. If you think you might be much later than this please let us know.
On Sunday afternoon the camp ends with our closing ceremony at 3.30pm. We hope to be off site at 3.45pm.

Where is the camp?

The camp is being held at Stedham Camp site, which is rather tucked away in the South Downs on the other side of Midhurst. You will need to make your own way to the site. Since we were there last year the Midhurst Youth Trust has replaced the marquee with an oak shelter which looks very smart.

How do we get there?

Although a lovely site when you get there, access is along some very narrow single track roads with high banks on each side. Passing is difficult on these lanes so please be considerate to other drivers (probably other Cub parents) and the verges if you meet somebody coming in the other direction. To reduce the chance of meeting any of our parents in the narrow section, we suggest that you approach via Woolbeding and leave via Stedham village. You can download a map of the route and detailed step by step directions from http://tiny.cc/Bill2Sted. The nearest postcode to the site for satnav purposes is GU29 0PY which takes you to just south of the site.
Once onto the site you should follow the drive until you come to the car parking area at the top of the main field. Please park there and then carry your gear down the field to the camp which will be in front of you.

Will Velo South affect access to camp?

Velo South has been cancelled but was not expected to have an impact on our camp.
The Velo South cycling event takes place across the area on Sunday. To allow the event to take place there will be a number of road closures which will be put in place by West Sussex County Council. However, both Billingshurst and Stedham are inside the “ring” and the A272 will be open throughout. As a result we are not expecting this event to impact ours. You can see the map of road closures on the Velo South website.

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform top. This means your cub sweatshirt/t-shirt and group scarf. Uniform trousers are not required.

What to bring

Please check the kit list. There are no special items this time. Make sure that you bring a warm, waterproof coat as we will be outside for much of the time, whatever the weather. The weather is getting colder at night too so make sure you bring at least 1 warm blanket to keep you cosy overnight plus your welly boots for first thing in the morning when the grass is wet. We lose a lot of heat through our heads so wearing a woolly hat is a good tip if you think you may get cold in your sleeping bag.
If you are new to camping and would like more information then have a look at our camping with the Cubs page.

Is there any paperwork to do?

We now have all the health forms – thank you.
As part of our secret agent theme we want all our Cubs to have a code name that they can use during the weekend. Please give it some thought before camp as you will need to register it when you arrive on Friday.

How much does it cost?

The camp site at Stedham is well equipped and so has higher camp fees than some other sites that we visit. This means that the cost per Cub should be £40. However, as usual we are reducing the cost using our Parbrook Cashback. As it will be the last camp run by the current team we are taking a hefty £10 off the fee – meaning that it will only cost £30.
We can only continue to offer Parbrook Cashback on our events if you carry on raising money for us when you shop online. Make sure that you have registered at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ and remember to click through when you shop online. The Easyfundraising app and donation reminder toolbar are also available to make it even easier.

Who is on the guest list?

Camp was open to all our members. At 18 September the guest list had 19 Cubs on it and has now closed. We now have all the health forms (HF) and nearly all of you have paid your camp fees (Pd). The guest list is:

  • Adam (Pd+HF)
  • Ava (Pd+HF)
  • Dominic (Pd+HF)
  • Harry (Pd+HF)
  • Izzy (HF)
  • James O’M (Pd+HF)
  • James W (Pd+HF)
  • Jasmine (HF)
  • Joshua (HF)
  • Lucybelle (Pd+HF)
  • Luke W (Pd+HF)
  • Martha (Pd+HF)
  • Owen (HF)
  • Philip (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas B (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas H (Pd+HF)
  • Tommy (Pd+HF)
  • Tyler (Pd+HF)
  • Violet (Pd+HF)

Adult help required

We are delighted that the core camping team of Akela, Tabaqui, Kaa, Jacala and Marian will be joined by Rann, Katie and Beck for this camp. However, there are also a number of behind the scenes activities that we would like help with, for example – transporting gear to and from camp, helping put up and take down tents. Have a look at our opportunities for adults page for more information about these roles.
Remember that anybody camping with us needs to have had the Scouting DBS check so do let us know in plenty of time to sort out the paperwork. You can start the process by filling in the occasional helper form online.

What about food?

As usual with these camps, the first food we will be providing will be a hot drink and biscuit before bed. You should make sure that you have had your tea before you come. Apart from that we will be providing a full service of meals through from Saturday breakfast until Sunday lunchtime so there is no need to bring your own supplies. We don’t allow food or drink in the tents, not even water bottles. We will have squash or water available at all times so please don’t bring your own. Sweets in the tents cause litter and can attract insects so we do not allow the Cubs to have sweets at camp.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and handed into to a leader (not buried deep in a bag) when you arrive at camp. If you sometimes need an inhaler for asthma please remember to bring it. Activities at camp can be strenuous and tired Cubs are more liable to need their inhalers.

Keeping up to date when we are at camp

During camp our important updates will be via Twitter so remember to follow @parbrookcubs, text follow parbrookcubs to 86444 or check our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/parbrookcubs. We also hope to provide photos from the site on our instagram feed – www.instagram.com/parbrookcubs

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