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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.

 

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Report: Summer Camp 2017

For Summer Camp 2017 we returned to Blackland Farm activity centre near East Grinstead. In what was a rather unsettled summer we did very well with the weather

Our theme was the Orient Express and each day we visited a new country. The Cubs each researched a country to tell us about so that we could complete our passport each day.

Camp ran from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 August with our mini-campers leaving us on the Wednesday. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents. With Sussex100 in 2016 we hadn’t had a proper summer camp since 2015 which meant that none of our campers had been on such a long camp with us.

Our countries and activities were:

  • Sunday – start our journey in London, Make passports & country flags
  • Monday – Paris, France. Climb the Eiffel Tower and abseil from it
  • Tuesday – Munich, Germany. Hike to the Bluebell Railway. Steam train trip
  • Wednesday – Vienna, Austria. Climb the Alps, swim in the River Danube. Celebrate Prangstangen and attend site campfire.
  • Thursday – Budapest, Hungary. Explore the Buda Castle labyrinth and visit the Kassai Valley archery school.
  • Friday – Bucharest, Romania. Cruise the Danube Delta to the Black Sea
  • Saturday – arrive in Istanbul, Turkey – our destination

Our guest list was:

  • Full week (8): Lucybelle, Thomas, Martha, Robin, Violet, Joshua, James, Luke
  • Mini camp (3): Megan, Evan and Poppy
  • Helpers camping at various times – Rann (Su), Lindsay (Mo)
  • Adults camping – Jacala, Marian, Hathi (Th-Sa), Kaa, Tabaqui, Hawkeye (Su-We)
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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

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Report: Pack holiday at Runway’s End

Our night away in February 2018 took us to Runway’s End activity centre near Farnborough. It was a level 1 camp as we had warm 5 bedded rooms, each with their own toilet and shower. However, the high cost of this sort of accommodation (and the VAT that they charge) meant that we restricted our stay to just one night.

Camp started at 10am on Saturday morning and we were grateful for the warm building as the weather outside was cold and damp. Two of our campers were transferring from Beavers so we started with investitures.

With the formal part of the camp out of the way we had a quick game of hockey before venturing outside in the damp to explore the site and its fixed orienteering course. The bases were a little tired and well hidden – some groups never did find number 2. As the rain came down, the paper sheets that had to be punched at each base became increasingly soggy so we were glad to return inside for soup and sandwiches.

After lunch we were in the hands of the Runway’s End instructors. Unfortunately our climbing instructor was ill so one of the groups did archery instead. Several of the Cubs earned a special sticker that showed that they had popped a balloon on the target. The other group headed for the caving centre. After their safety briefing the Cubs changed into their caving suits and headed into the purpose-built caves. Just like real caves the roof was dripping with water and the tunnels were a bit damp in places. One of the groups was so confident in the tunnels that it went through them with no torches on at all. We were grateful to have Rann with us as he took some of the Cubs through tunnel 1.

After a warming dinner of Marian’s homemade lasagne followed by chocolate pudding and ice cream the Runway’s End duty manager decided that we needed to do a fire drill. So we dutifully headed outside into the rain. After being assessed for compliance we headed for the woods for a soggy game of spotlight. Then it was back inside for camp fire songs in front of the wood burning stove.

On Sunday the sun was shining for our hike along the Basingstoke Canal. We started near the Farnborough Road bridge and then headed along the canal to Eelmoor Flash. The canal was mostly sheltered from the breeze but when we got to the actual end of the runway it was a bit more exposed and rather chilly. That didn’t stop the Cubs wanting to stay and watch the planes. The second one to take off was operated by Vista Jet and its website gives a clue of what it may have been like inside. After returning to Runway’s End for a hot lunch we had some team building games in the hall before it was time to head for home.

More photos from our night at the museum

Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Adam, Emily, Finley K, Finn L, Harry F, Harry L, Izzy, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Lukas, Luke K, Luke W, Martha, Poppy, Tegan, Thomas, Tommy, Violet
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Keego, Jacala, Rann, Marian, Lindsay

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers, especially helping Marian in the kitchen. Do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

You can always 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.

Event: Spider camp, June 2018

Our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst where we’ll discover a web of spider themed activities during the weekend. There will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.


Help wanted: We are grateful to those parents who have already volunteered to help during the weekend. We still need your help to transport gear to the site. We will be meeting at the hall at 2pm on Friday to load up. You can either bring the gear over from 4.30pm or when you bring your Cub at 7pm.


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 carefully, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 8 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 10 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of spidery activities to keep us busy including a spiders web challenge and the chance to dangle by a thread.  As usual we will have plenty of time for games in the woods (including the return of our popular spiders v flies wide game), fire lighting, campfire songs and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp has been open to all our members but to allow us to make final arrangements the Guest List is 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’ll have Marian looking after things in the kitchen but she will need a kitchen helper or two. You don’t have to stay overnight unless you’d like to but we will need you to help with preparing breakfast. We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend (anybody that camps must have a Scouting DBS check) and especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested. If you are unsure of the sort of help we need then see the “helper at camp” section of our join us page.

Guest list at 5 June – 15 Cubs:

  • Adam (Pd+HF)
  • Evan (Pd+HF)
  • Finn
  • Harry (Pd+HF)
  • Izzy (Pd+HF)
  • James (Pd+HF)
  • Jasmine (Pd+HF)
  • Lucybelle (Pd+HF)
  • Luke W (Pd+HF)
  • Martha (Pd+HF)
  • Phillip (Pd+HF)
  • Poppy (Pd+HF)
  • Rohan (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas B (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas H (Pd+HF)
  • Violet (Pd+HF)

Cost: Camp fees for the weekend are £25 which of course includes all the activities and food. Thank you to everybody for having paid your camp fees in advance.

Booking: You could reserve your place online via the events tab in My Scout but the guest list has now closed

Bring: We have now issued a camp specific kit list. The only unusual item is that we would like each Cub to bring along two plastic milk bottle tops – ideally different colours but you can always swap with other Cubs. Our camping with the Cubs page has useful information for those who have not camped with us before.

Previous camps: We regularly 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.

Report: Night at the Novium

Our night away in December 2017 took us to the Novium Museum in Chichester.

We travelled to Chichester by some rather busy and slightly delayed trains and then had a short walk across a chilly city centre which looked very festive with the Christmas lights up.

When we got to the museum we had an evening of activities tied in to our neanderthal theme. These includes a torchlight treasure hunt, some craft and mammoth making.  At bedtime the adults acted out the story of the Racton Man, the Bronze age man that was discovered in Sussex and is exhibited in the museum. We slept in the Tim Peake gallery under the watchful gaze of the spaceman.

On Saturday we returned to Billingshurst by train for a day of activities at the Scout Hut. We started off discovering more about the UK patron saints – St Andrew’s Day being 30 November was just a couple of days before. Then after lunch we moved further north for our arctic adventure.

We had 17 Cubs on our guest list for the weekend: Abigail, Daniel, Emily, Evan, Finley K, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Katie, Kristian, Lucybelle, Luke, Martha, Poppy, Thomas B, Tommy, Violet

More photos from our night at the museum
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Thanks to Fiona and her team at the Novium for looking after us so well. It is a great museum with free admission and we definitely encourage all our Cubs to pop in and see what it looks like in daylight.

We’re grateful to Caroline for joining us for the busy train journey to Chichester. As we were all split up on a busy train it was essential that we had enough adults to do this safely. Thanks also to Toby who joined us for the whole weekend and to Marian who came and looked after our food on Saturday, Tabaqui, Bagheera and Jacala were the leaders on the trip and the photos are from Jacala’s phone so may be not up to the normal quality.

You can always 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.