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Report: County Commissioner’s commendation for Raksha

Back in the summer we marked Raksha’s 40 years of service with 1st Billingshurst with a presentation at Nowhurst. In addition to the flowers we gave her a photobook which included pictures from the last 10 years with Parbrook Cubs. You can see them in our report from Nowhurst.

When the County decided to mark Raksha’s amazing period of service we were pleased that they asked us if the presentation could be made at one of our pack meetings. A certain amount of organisation went on behind the scenes to get the right people there without Phyllis knowing anything about it.

On Tuesday 11 November we asked Raksha to visit our meeting to test Aiden on his sheepshank tying. Of course everybody knows that it is a knot that Jacala cannot do so it seemed a perfectly reasonable request. With the knotting ticked off we were pleased to welcome the District Commissioner who presented Chief Scout’s Silver Awards to Max and Aiden.

Then we handed over to the Deputy County Commissioner, Matt Pike who made the presentation. He noted that Phyllis had made a significant contribution to Scouting in the area, both as a Cub leader at 1st Billingshurst and as District Badge Secretary having originally volunteered as a parent helper when her son Clive joined the Cubs.

Phyllis said “they asked for helpers so I volunteered. It doesn’t seem that long ago but I suppose 40 years is a long time really”

1st Billingshurst Group Scout Leader, Glyn Pullen, said “We’re really pleased that the County has decided to recognise Raksha’s long service. We have a big waiting list of young people trying to get into our group and always need more adult volunteers – although you don’t have to sign up to do 40 years”

Photos of the award presentation

Report: Sailing taster

West Sussex Scouts runs sailing taster mornings each year but they get booked up very quickly. Back in April we saw them advertised and managed to book 14 places.

On Saturday 16 July 2016 we went to Weir Wood sailing club. Once changed we went off to find the boats which were hiding in the long grass under the trees. After a bit of coaching on land the boats took to the water with 2 cubs in each (most of the time).

We don’t get the chance to do water activities very often and each of the Cubs gained a time on the water badge and those who didn’t have it already also gained a nautical skills stage 1 badge. We were pleased to see everybody having a go and working together to sail their boats.

Guest list, 14 Cubs: Abi, Aiden, Ellie, Emily, Finley W, Isabella, Joshua, Kinley, Max, Poppy, Robin, Thomas and William.

Click here to see our photos from the event
Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed.

Want more sailing?
The session was intended to be a taster. If after the session the Cub Scouts wish to continue sailing, Weir Wood Sailing Club is open to new members and offers a range of training and sailing opportunities for all ages. More details can be found at http://www.wwsc.org.uk

Report: Sussex100 centenary camp

2016 is a special year for Cubs as we celebrate our centenary. At the end of July 16 of our Cubs joined those from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack at Sussex100, the centenary camp.

There were around 2500 Cubs on site from both East and West Sussex scout counties. Each District from West Sussex was paired with one from East Sussex in a Jungle Book themed sub camp. Our district, Petworth & Pulborough, was paired with cubs from Seaford and Newhaven who made up Seahaven District. Together we were the Rikki Tikki Tavi sub camp.

  • Rama, the buffalos – Lewes and Worthing Districts
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongooses – Seahaven and Petworth & Pulborough Districts
  • Kaa, the pythons – Senlac and Crawley Districts
  • Jacala – the crocodiles – Brighton & Hove and Chichester Districts
  • Baloo, the bears – Horsham District
  • Tabaqui, the jackals – Hailsham & Heathfield and Bognor Districts
  • Mao, the peacocks – Mid Sussex District
  • Hathi, the elephants – Ashdown and Arundel & Littlehampton Districts
  • Baghera, the panthers – Eastbourne and East Grinstead Districts
  • Chil, the kites – Hastings & Rye and Adur Districts

There was a great mix of activities from abseiling to zip wires with other events such as crafts, balloon rockets, fire lighting and the inflatables proving popular.  We were pleased to see everybody have a go and try to overcome their fears whether that was of fire or heights. Some of the Cubs got to meet UK Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt who popped in during a rather wet Saturday morning.

One of the events that ran through the weekend was “Cubs got talent”. Over 70 acts were auditioned during the camp. We entered our campfire singers but the yellow bird song didn’t find favour from the judges. However, Robin also entered with his baritone horn and was one of 12 acts in the final so very well done to him.

The soundtrack to the weekend was Coldplay “Adventure of a lifetime” which seemed to sum things up nicely.

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Camps like this take a lot of organising so we thank Dave Grimwood and his team for all their hard work. We’re also grateful to the group for paying for our seats on the coach. It was certainly easier to all arrive at camp and leave together.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed. There was also a report in the County Times and you can look back on the official tweets from the media team at https://twitter.com/CubsSussex100

campbadgeEach of the Cubs received a Sussex100 badge (designed by Kagan from 3rd Bexhill). Unusually, this can be worn on your uniform. If you aren’t already wearing a Cubs 100th birhday badge then it goes above your joining in (year star) badges in the space marked “occasional badges” on the diagram. If that space is already full then it goes at the cuff end of the arm that has your District & County badges on it. In either case the badge must be removed at the end of the year.

Joining: Sussex100 – centenary camp

Our Sussex100 centenary camp starts on Friday 29 July at the South of England Showground, Ardingly and runs through to Monday 1 August.

It is a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. Each tent will hold up to 9 Cubs and is a different design to those normally used by us at camp.

Summary of arrangements
When Friday 29 July to Monday 1 August 2016
Meet Stane Street bus layby outside Weald School 6th form block by 12.45pm. Our coach is due to depart at 1pm
Wear You must travel in uniform top and scarf
(but Cub t-shirt is fine rather than sweatshirt)
Bring See our updated kit list.
Special items this time include mongoose costume, camp t-shirt, cakes, day bag & water bottle
Return We will be returning to the bus layby and expect to arrive about 2pm. Check Twitter for updates
To do now Check the updated kit list & pack clothes for all weathers. Remember to tag your bags

Transport: The county has arranged coaches for all campers and their personal gear. We’re grateful to the group for paying the cost of the coaches (£13 per person) so that this did not have to be added to the camp fees.
Coaches will leave Billingshurst from outside the Weald School 6th form block on Stane Street at 1pm on Friday. To allow for a punctual departure please arrive by 12.45pm. On Monday afternoon we expect to be back around 2pm but will confirm this en route via Twitter.

Who: We will be camping with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack. Each tent will have a mixture of Cubs from both packs. Our guest list contains 16 Cubs: Abi, Aiden, Charlie, Ellie, Elliott, Emily, Henry, James, Joshua, Katie, Kinley, Lucybelle, Max, Poppy, Robin and William. Akela, Jacala and Keego will also be camping and travelling on the coach.

Bring: The weather looks to be cooler and more showery than recently so don’t get caught out. Because we are going on the coach please make sure that each bag is tagged with your name and 1st Billingshurst. Remember that your Cub will have to carry their gear from coach to camp so don’t pack more than they can lift. We’ve updated the kit list as there are some extras that you’ll need this time:

  • BRING: Rikki-tikki-tavi costume (made on the preparation day), cake for the kitchen to share, day bag and water bottle (as we will be away from our campsite for most of the day), your yellow camp t-shirt (given out at Nowhurst), anything you need for your “Cubs got talent” performance.
  • DON’T BRING: camp chair, pocket money (nothing to buy)


  • FRIDAY: Arrivals by coach
    Opening ceremony in main arena
  • SATURDAY: Activity zones – Cubs choose where they want to go from Kaa’s krafts, Jungle life, Bandarlog’s activities and Showtime (including Cubs got talent auditions)
    Evening camp fire followed by Jungle Fever in the main arena
  • SUNDAY: Activity zones again
    Cubs got talent final followed by firework extravaganza
  • MONDAY: Cubs 100th birthday party & camp closing ceremony
    Departures by coach

Keep in touch: As usual we hope to be able to keep you up to date from the site. We’ll use Twitter for occasional updates and for messages including coach updates on Monday. Most of the photos will be on our Instagram page. Our tweets can be viewed on the side of our home page if you don’t follow us (see our social media page for more information).
If you need to contact the leaders please consider e-mail (to leaders at parbrook.org.uk) as Akela and Jacala can pick up these messages on their phones.

Updates: Please check back to this page as if there are any changes to the arrangements they will be posted here.

Joining: Sailing taster, Sat 16 July

Back in April we filled our places for the sailing taster day on 16 July very quickly. The event is almost here and the organisers have sent us the joining instructions. As this event is not being organised by Parbrook Cubs there is a different consent form which you must complete and bring with you on the day.

What: West Sussex Scouts in partnership with Weir Wood Sailing club are running taster sessions for Cub Scouts at Weir wood Reservoir. The sessions will be run by an authorised Scout Instructor and assisted by RYA Dinghy instructors based at the club. After a bit of theory on dry land you’ll pair up in Optimist dingys and sail on the reservoir for the rest of the session.

Where: You will need to arrange your own transport. The Club is located a few miles south of East Grinstead, just off the A22 at Forest Row. A map and directions can be found on the Club website. The postcode is RH18 5HT and the route via the M23, A264 and then A22 seems to be fastest. Once in Forest Row turn right into Priory Road at the mini roundabout by the church. Continue along until you come to Michael Hall School on the left. Look out for Southern Water and sailing club signs directing you to tunr right. Go along this narrow lane until you cross a bridge over a stream and come to a road junction. There is another sailing club sign here to direct you on the right fork. In due course you will pass through some white gates at the entrance to the reservoir. Continue to follow sailing club signs which should take you left through woodland to the large club house car park.

When: In order that we can start on time, you should aim to be at the club house by 9:15am. Changing rooms are located within the club house, which is just beyond the car park. Once changed we will walk together down to “Oppy Bay” at the far end of the site (about 5 minutes walk from the club house) where the sessions will be run. We aim to be ready for collection at the Club house by 1pm.
Should you arrive before any of the Parbrook leaders then Tim Taylor from West Sussex Scouts is our contact on site.

Wear: The club will provide a safety helmet and buoyancy aid. Please ensure that each Cub Scout has a change of clothing to wear to the session. You should arrive wearing your uniform top and scarf. Once on site you will need to get changed into your activity gear. There is a good chance that you will get wet, so the organisers recommend that each sailor changes into warm clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, an old pair of trainers, a sweatshirt or windproof top and brings a towel. Jeans, wellington boots or crocs are not suitable.
Please also make sure that Cubs are suitably covered in suntan lotion and supplied with a drink (a water bottle is ideal).
At the end of the session you will be able to change back into your uniform to travel home. Don’t forget to pack a spare set of underwear in case yours gets wet during the session.

Cost: The cost is £15 per person which we reduced to £13 using our Parbrook Cashback. Everybody paid at the time of booking.

Badge: You will gain a time on the water credit towards that staged badge and also stage 1 of the nautical skills staged badge. It will also be a new sport for your Skills challenge. In addition, each Cub will receive a taster sailing certificate on completion of session.

Who: This is a West Sussex Scouts event and will include some Cubs from other groups. We have 14 Cubs on this trip:

  • Abi
  • Aiden
  • Ellie
  • Emily
  • Finley W
  • Isabella
  • Jasmine
  • Joshua
  • Kinley
  • Max
  • Poppy
  • Robin
  • Thomas
  • William

Paperwork: You must complete a “permission and consent” form and bring it with you on the day. This will be given to the organisers of the event.
Scouting water activity rules require us to ask that you can swim 50m and you made that declaration when you booked. All Cubs will have buoyancy aids and the instructors will be close by so really you need to be sure that you will be confident in the water, in the unlikely event that you do fall in. Any medication condition must be notified to the instructors on the permission and consent form prior the activity.
Note that the form requires a parent or elected representative to remain on site during the session. Parbrook leaders will act as your representatives for this.

During the event: Subject to a satisfactory mobile phone signal we hope to be able to post pictures via our Instagram account.

After the event: The session is intended to be a taster. If after the session the Cub Scouts wish to continue sailing, Weir Wood Sailing Club is open to new members and offers a range of training and sailing opportunities for all ages. More details can be found at http://www.wwsc.org.uk