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Welcome back to the Autumn term

Welcome to the second half of the Autumn term. We’ve a couple of weeks of poppy related meetings to come before we get into the Christmas spirit for the rest of the term. Remember that you can download your copy of the programme and parent rota by clicking on the “this term” link at the top of the page. For more about the programme each week or dates coming up next year check our online calendar (on the right of this page).

Leaders & helpers
As we get our new team together we’re grateful for the support that we are getting from the parents on our weekly rota. We hope that we have given you interesting things to do and that you have had an enjoyable evening with us. If you’d like to help more regularly then do let us know.

Make sure that you hear about any last minute changes
On 14 October we had to change the location of our pack meeting at the last minute because of bad weather.  As usual the change was tweeted out and we also put a message on here and on Facebook. We encourage you get our tweets as text messages so that you can be sure of seeing our urgent messages. Our social media page shows you how to get our tweets as free text messages via 86444 and how to control your subscription.

Pack meeting changes
We want to give our Sixers and Seconds a more important role in our meetings. We also want to get the sixes working together better as a team. We’re incentivising this through our Cub and Six of the month competition but will also be trying something new for the rest of the term. We’ll be taking the Sixers and Seconds off at the start of each meeting to brief them on their duties for that evening. it means that we’ll be starting with a game at 6.30pm (and you’ll still get your +10 points if you are there on time) but we’ll delay Grand Howl and inspection until about 6.45pm.

Artist badge
We haven’t done much badgework this term so far but in the next few weeks you will get the chance to gain two badges. The first is the artist badge. We will be doing two of the activities (potato prints and greetings cards) in our Christmas 4-pack programmes so that just leaves you one thing to do at home. You can either design a Christmas stamp in the 1st Billingshurst competition (closes 14 Nov) or design a badge for the Sussex 100 camp in 2016. You can of course take part in both competitions

Christmas 4-pack
You may have seen this on the programme and wondered what it means. We run our 4-pack programmes when we have 4 different activities for the Cubs to do. Each week the sixes will move onto a new activity so that by the end of the 4 weeks they will have completed them all. This time our 4 activities are:

  • making and icing gingerbread
  • cracker making (you need to bring in a cardboard tube, e.g. the inside of a toilet roll for this activity so please start saving them)
  • potato printing to make Christmas wrapping paper
  • making a Christmas tree decoration/greetings card

Compass update
The rollout Compass, the new online records system that is being introduced by Scout HQ has proved more tricky than expected. We still don’t have access and therefore you can’t yet check your information. We’ll keep you posted as news trickles out of Scout HQ.

Subs
See our Subs Explained document if you want to understand how we can make our Subs different to the other sections. We can only do this because of the money you have raised us through our Easyfundraising site. We think it is important to recognise this so we have decided that the discount will only be available to our registered Easyfundraising supporters. If you haven’t already signed up then do visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs so that you can claim your discount.
Most of you have already paid your Subs this term but if you were invested before half term then you’ll need to pay us for a half term. That will be £15 or £10 if you have signed up to our Easyfundraising.

Events still to come this term

Lord Mayor’s Show, Saturday 8 November
We’ll be heading up to London on Saturday to see the Lord Mayor’s Show, the Tower of London poppies and some of the Remembrance events. Sadly David Cameron blocked our visit to Downing Street so we won’t be able to go inside the gates but we have plenty to see without him. Go to events > Lord Mayor’s Show for more information and remember to complete the health form if you are on our guest list.

Remembrance Sunday parade, Sunday 9 November
We are again taking part in the village parade. Go to events > Remembrance Sunday for all the arrangements and keep fingers crossed for a dry day.

Overnight camp, 6-7 December
We’ll be holding our usual overnight camp in the hall on the first weekend in December. Being just one night and so local gives a good opportunity for first time campers. We’ve already got 12 cubs on the list but there is still time to add your name. During the weekend we’ll be working on the navigator badge but also hope to have games on the field and visit the woods. If you are on our guest list you must complete a health form. You also need to confirm whether you are arriving at 10am or 1pm. You can do that on our reply form. For more information see events > overnight camp.

Bag packing in Budgens, Saturdays 13 & 20 December
We like to do our bit to help the community so in the busy period in the run up to Christmas we have arranged to do bag packing at Budgens. Although this is not about raising money, we do have collection buckets for donations and last year collected over £520. The money we raise stays with Parbrook Cubs where we use it to subsidise our subs and camps, reducing the costs that you have to pay. We can’t cope with the whole pack at once so have divided the sessions up. Please let us know which one you can do by returning the reply form. For more information see events > bag packing.

Next term
We already have a few dates in the spring term. You’ll find them in our calendar that is on the right of this page. Events include the District Quiz, the Scout and Guide day at London Irish and a District trip to Portsmouth Dockyard. Keep checking the calendar as we’ll add our camp dates in just as soon as they are confirmed.

Painless fundraising
I do seem to go on a lot about our painless fundraising but hopefully you’ll have spotted the real difference it makes to the running of our pack as we continue to do more for less. It is only by using this extra income that we are able to reduce your contribution to subs by £10 a term, to continue to subsidise our camps and expeditions and to invest in new equipment for the pack. We all benefit – but only if you help us by raising the money in the first place.
By shopping online (at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs) you can raise money for us at no extra cost. With over 3000 online shops to choose from there is something for everybody. You won’t remember them all so download the “donation reminder” toolbar (recently updated so that it works even better) and you’ll never miss a commission again. There is now a new ipad and iphone app so that you can be sure of getting donations on your mobile device. Thanks to everybody already supporting us this way. While the donations stay with Parbrook Cubs for us to use, the group also benefits as it can claim back Gift Aid on our donations (if you ticked that box when you registered).

As ever, please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about our activities.

 

Nick Layt, Jacala
on behalf of the Parbrook Cub Leaders

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Event: bag packing

Cub Scout Law
Cubs Scouts always do their best,
think of others before themselves and
do a good turn every day.

At Christmas the shops can be very busy and shoppers become increasingly frazzled. We like to do our good turn by helping the Budgens shoppers pack their bags. Although this is not about raising money, we do have collection buckets for donations and last year collected over £520. The money we raise stays with Parbrook Cubs where we use it to subsidise our subs and camps, reducing the costs that you have to pay.

Because we cannot cope with all our Cubs at one time we have split them up by six. We have also divided each day into 2 sessions although Cubs can swap between the groups and can arrange to do both sessions if they particularly want to.

When: Saturday 13 and 20 December, 10am to 1pm

Where: Budgens supermarket, Billingshurst. Meet us at the rear checkouts

Who: We hope that all our Cubs will be able to take part but we cannot cope with them all at once. We’ve divided each week into two sessions and have allocated a six to each of them. However, you can do the session that is most convenient to you as long as we get all of them covered. We need 4 Cubs per session. Let us know by returning the reply form. It’s all online – no paperwork required.

  • Saturday 13 Dec, 10 to 11.30 – yellow six – Lily, Aiden, Adam P, Lauren
  • Saturday 13 Dec, 11.30 to 1 – green six – Jim (+Mel), Ethan, Lily
  • Saturday 20 Dec, 10 to 11.30 – red six – Grace, Craig, Lauren (+Matt)
  • Saturday 20 Dec, 11.30 to 1 – blue six – Isabella, Alex

We’ll update the guest list as the forms come in.

Adults: Raksha and Jacala will be manning the checkouts on both days but we would welcome an additional adult to help out in each session if it gets busy

Wear: You should wear your uniform. If you have a Christmas hat then you can wear that too.

Points: All the Cubs that help out in our bag packing sessions will earn points for their six which will go towards our December points competition.

Event: Remembrance Sunday Parade

Remembrance Sunday is on 12 November this year and we will again be joining in the village Remembrance Day Parade.
We hope that all our Cubs will attend.

Summary of arrangements
When Sunday 12 November
Meet Frenches Mead Green at 1015
Wear Smart uniform, no coats
Bring Money for collection in church
Return Billingshurst Centre at 1240
To do now Let us know that you can come by booking on My Scout

As usual the parade is being organised by the Billingshurst branch of the Royal British Legion. They have now provided details of timings and the route.

  • You should assemble at Frenches Mead Green by 10.15am in full smart uniform (no trainers) and with a poppy. We hope that everybody will have their Manchester bee badge on their uniform – in the occasional badges position above the year stars and world badge. You will not be allowed to wear coats (unless it is pouring with rain in which case you will be advised of alternate arrangements) so will need to put warm clothes on underneath your uniform.
  • The parade is due to leave Frenches Mead at 10.30am. We will walk via West Street, the High Street and East Street where we’ll drop off our colour and wreath bearers as we pass the church. While they go to stand by the war memorial, the rest of the parade will continue into Silver Lane and Gratwicke Close. After being dismissed we will move down the narrow path to the war memorial outside the church where we will squeeze into the tight space with the rest of the village.
  • Once we are joined by the church officials and choir there will be a ceremony at the war memorial. It includes the reading of the names on the memorial, last post, two minutes silence (ideally at 11am if we are on time) and laying of the wreaths. We have a wreath from Parbrook Cubs.
  • We will then enter the church for the service. We hope that the Cubs will be able to sit together and have the necessary orders of service as this has worked well in recent years. The flags will be presented. There will be a collection during the service which will end with the National Anthem (often 3 verses!).
  • After the service at about 12.20pm the parade will join our colour bearers who will be waiting for us in Gratwicke Close. We will then parade to the Billingshurst Centre, passing the saluting base outside Truffles. The parade will be dismissed outside the Billingshurst Centre at about 12.40pm. After the parade has been dismissed, the British Legion invite all those attending the parade to pop inside for tea and biscuits.

We will need to select Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Robin
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Will be selected on the day
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Henry

Rehearsal
The colour bearer will need to attend a practice on Friday evening so that they know what is going to happen in the church on Sunday. It will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church. Uniform is not required but you will need the flag.

Collection
A collection for a local charity will be taken during the service.

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.

Booking
We have created an event in My Scout so that you can let us know if you are able to attend.

Poppy money counting
We will be helping the British Legion by opening the poppy collection boxes and counting the contents. This will take place at our pack meeting on 14 November. We have asked for extra adult helpers for this – please let us know if you can help by clicking on the red “I can help” button on the programme page of My Scout.

Other Remembrance Events in Billingshurst
These events are not designed for Cubs and have been organised by the local British Legion. Parents may like to attend

  • Armistice Day itself is on Saturday 11 November. There will be a short ceremony at the War Memorial at 11am including the two minutes silence
  • Songs of praise for Remembrance – at Trinity United Reformed Church from 6.30pm

Scouting and Remembrance Sunday

Since 1922, there has been an Honour Guard of Queen’s Scouts (and formerly King’s Scouts) flanking the door from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the Cenotaph. There are no remaining written records in The Scout Association archives to tell us precisely the history of the first Honour Guard, but it is probable that the King’s Scouts were there at the request of King George V himself.

So, what exactly did Scouts do in the First and Second World Wars that qualifies them to mount an Honour Guard at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to this day, and to stand to attention in front of the Queen, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and all the representatives of Commonwealth countries as they file past? Well, for a start, an enormous number of Scouts served in the armed forces, police force and fire service since 1908, and have been highly valued by their regiments and squadrons for their prior knowledge and training. Many Scouts served in ambulance units, air raid patrols, and other civilian services.

By the end of the World War 2 more than 60,000 Scouts had been awarded the National Service Badge for their work at home. They had worked as First Aid orderlies, signallers, telephonists, Air Raid Precaution (ARP) messengers, stretcher-bearers, Coast Watch, Home Guard instructors and Rest Centre assistants. They had made camouflage nets, helped evacuate thousands of younger children from bombed city centres, harvested millions of tonnes of food and animal fodder, chopped wood on a massive scale (around 600,000 hours), and salvaged glass, metal and rubber for re-use.

However, it was the service performed by Scouts during air raids and the Blitz on London that showed outstanding courage and application of the words of the Scout Promise and Law. 80 young Scouts were given Scouting gallantry medals, and in London, Coventry and Liverpool the Silver Cross (Scouting) was awarded to entire Troops. Individual Scouts were awarded the George Medal and George Cross. Fifteen Scouts just old enough to serve in the forces were awarded the Victoria Cross. One particular service Scouts gave to London was guiding fire engines in from the outskirts of the city by the quickest routes to blazing buildings. When they couldn’t get any closer to the fires because of the danger, the Scouts provided First Aid treatment and a barricade to stop others getting too close. In an air raid on Manchester, Scouts rushed burned and wounded firemen to hospital and returned to the scene to carry on their First Aid work. In many cases, older Scouts took over from Leaders who had joined up or been killed, in order to keep Troops together.

That’s just a small indication of the support and service given by Scouts at a time when their skills, training and team-spiritedness were called upon constantly. The uniform made them instantly recognisable as individuals who could be trusted to give directions or provide a focus in a crisis, such as an air raid. So, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year, Scouts march at the tail of the procession of veterans, alongside Guides and members of the Boys’ Brigade who have also provided civilian services to the public. From the 1930s until the late 1950s, London’s Rover Scouts had their own service and procession past the Cenotaph, and thousands came from all over the country to march.

Remembrance Sunday for Scouts isn’t about marching like soldiers or glorifying war. It’s about representing fellow Scouts who ‘did their best’ in frightening and dangerous circumstances for the sake of their community and their country.

Joining: Weekend camp

The start of our weekend camp is fast approaching. We’ve ordered the food, packed the kit, planned the programme and worked out the tent plan so we’re just about ready to go. To make sure you are ready too, here are the final arrangements. This page will have the latest news before camp and remember to follow us on Twitter @ParbrookCubs for updates during the weekend.

When is the camp?

The camp is this weekend – from Friday evening 12 September through to Sunday afternoon 14 September. On Friday evening the Cubs should arrive from 7pm. Please don’t come early as we won’t be ready for you. 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 3.15pm. We hope to be off site at 3.30pm.

Where is the camp?

The camp is being held at Nowhurst Girl Guide Camp site, which is just off the A281 near Broadbridge Heath. You will need to make your own way to the site. We are camping in the Spider site (which is the one we had our end of term evening on). You must park in the central car park and then carry your gear to where we are camping.

How do we get there?

You will need to make your own way to and from camp. See http://tiny.cc/Bill2Now for directions. Once you turn onto Nowhurst Lane you will find that access is via a long, narrow road with the signed camp site entrance the second turning on the left. Please be considerate to other users including parents that may be leaving the site as you arrive. A one way system operates through the camp site. Please enter leave the car park by the exit which takes you past the Pond site.

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

We’ve published the kit list which tells you what else to bring. Make sure that you bring a warm, waterproof coat as we will be outside for much of the time, whatever the weather. Remember that there is no electricity on site so you’ll need a good torch for those night time trips to the loo and the evenings are getting dark quite early now. 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.

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. 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.

What if I need to get in touch with the leaders?

We can’t always guarantee a mobile signal at camp so you can phone Akela on 784092 if you need advice or to get in touch with those of us at camp.

Last minute checklist

This note and all the forms you need are available on the web site. We’ll keep the web page updated until Friday lunchtime. After that all updates will be via Twitter so remember to follow @parbrookcubs, text follow parbrookcubs to 86444 or check our twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/parbrookcubs.

We are looking forward to a great weekend. Please check the weather forecast and come prepared for the cool nights. If you have any last minute questions or concerns do get in touch. Contact information is provided on the kit list.

Welcome to the Autumn term

Welcome to the Autumn term. As usual we have a lot coming up, even if the term does seem to rush towards Christmas with a poppy stop on the way. Check our online calendar (on the right of this page) for more detail about each week’s programme. Although we have no Akela at the moment we hope that we’ll be able to get everybody involved to keep things going until a new pack leader can be found.

Leaders & helpers
On the subject of leaders, we’re delighted to welcome Kerry Plumtree to our team – she’ll be known as Bagheera and will be starting her training to become a uniformed leader. We’re also pleased to welcome Steve Bridle to our team as a helper. He visited us at Summer Camp where the Cubs chose the name of Kaa for him. Unfortunately we won’t be able to see him every week but we hope that he’ll also become a regular face at our meetings. In addition, Nova Bridle will be helping out on several weeks this term. We’re really pleased to welcome them all to our team.
When we had our parent meeting last term we said that we’d introduce a parent rota so that we have two extra adults each week to help us with our meetings. Hathi has now prepared the rota for this term and we’ve also put together a page with additional information for our helpers – you can download both from the “this term” menu at the top of the page.

Questionnaire
Last term we asked you to shape Parbrook Cubs by completing our questionnaire. So what did you tell us and what are we doing about it? See our questionnaire results page for all the details.

Subs
Your questionnaire responses show that most of you welcome our £10 subs discount so it is something that we continue this term. See our Subs Explained document if you want to understand how we can do this. We can only do this because of the money you have raised us through our Easyfundraising site. We think it is important to recognise this so we have decided that the discount will only be available to our registered Easyfundraising supporters. If you haven’t already signed up then do visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs so that you can claim your discount.

Dealing with your money
We’ve been a bit concerned that the financial records seem to have proved difficult in recent terms. There has been a lot of confusion over who has paid what so we’re trying a different approach this time. We’ve decided to base Raksha in the small hall for the first few weeks of term. When you send in your reply slips and money they should be given to her. She’ll make sure that the records are up to date and we’ll publish a table on the website that shows who has paid what. That way you can check the guest lists for events and know that your money has been received. We have a few outstanding queries about Subs from last term so will be in touch separately if we need you to clarify when you paid your subs.

Compass is coming (eventually)
Compass is the new online records system that is being introduced by Scout HQ. It was planned to arrive in West Sussex in July so that the leaders could get it all up to date during the holidays. However, like many other large IT projects it has had a few problems. We’re now expecting it in October and will give you more information then as we’ll be taking the opportunity to check that the information we hold about you is still correct. One of the benefits should be that you can log on and see your own records too.

Events in the Summer term
It was great to see so many of you at our end of term evening at Nowhurst in July. The weather was kind to us although the time always races by and there was not much time for campfire songs. Photos from the evening are available via our reports page.
Although the weather was a bit tricky at times we had a great time on Summer Camp at Downe. We’d cut the camp down to three nights but still managed to fit in abseiling and the crate challenge plus a visit to Charles Darwin’s House. We have 599 photos from the camp to process but hopefully our report will be online soon. Even better news is that camp came in under budget (thanks as usual to Marian and her catering). This means that we will be returning £15 to all those that paid for camp. We’ll do this as a credit when you pay for this terms events.
We started our sunflower competition early in the term and have had some good pictures of your growing plants. Hopefully they are nice and tall now and in flower. If so, please send us a sunflower selfie so that we can update our sunflower gallery.

Events this term

Weekend camp, 12-14 September
Our Scouting skills weekend is fast approaching. We closed the guest list at the end of last term so now just need health forms and the balance of your camp fees. Go to events > weekend camp for more information.

Lord Mayor’s Show, Saturday 9 November
We’ll be heading up to London in November to see the Lord Mayor’s Show and some of the Remembrance events. Go to events > Lord Mayor’s Show for more information and let us know if you’d like to come by returning the reply form with your payment.

Overnight camp, 6-7 December
We’ll be holding our usual overnight camp in the hall on the first weekend in December. Being just one night and so local gives a good opportunity for first time campers. We’ll publish more details after half term but let us know if you’d like to come by returning the reply form with your camp fees.

Join our team
I’m always grateful for the support that we get from you, the Cub parents. Whether it is taking kit to camp or helping out in a busy pack meeting I know that the support is available. Everybody has skills that we can use and we’d like to make the best of them. We call it Team Parbrook.
We’re looking for new adults to join our team on a regular basis so if you have been thinking about some things that you’d like the Cubs to do or fancy getting more involved in our camps and expeditions do please get in touch. Since Akela left last term we have fewer uniformed leaders than we’d like which can cause problems when one of us is unavailable. We want to make sure that Parbrook remains the best Cub pack in the area but can only do that with your help. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about how to get more involved, even if you can’t help us every week.

Painless fundraising
I do seem to go on a lot about our painless fundraising but hopefully you’ll have spotted the real difference it makes to the running of our pack as we continue to do more for less. It is only by using this extra income that we are able to reduce your contribution to subs by £10 a term, to continue to subsidise our camps and expeditions and to invest in new equipment for the pack. We all benefit – but only if you help us by raising the money in the first place.
By shopping online (at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs) you can raise money for us at no extra cost. With over 3000 online shops to choose from there is something for everybody. You won’t remember them all so download the “donation reminder” toolbar and you’ll never miss a commission again. Thanks to everybody already supporting us this way. While the donations stay with Parbrook Cubs for us to use, the group also benefits as it can claim back Gift Aid on our donations (if you ticked that box when you registered).

As ever, please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about our activities.

 

Nick Layt, Jacala
on behalf of the Parbrook Cub Leaders