Following the successful rafting sessions in pack meetings last summer the District paddle sport team have arranged some taster sessions for this term.
What: The District team is offering a “try a boat” session. Each session gives an hour of time on the water. There will be a large ﬂeet of paddle craft available and each Cub will be able to try paddling as many of those as they wish. The list of available craft is likely to include kayak, open canoe, sit-on-top kayak, stand up paddle board, inﬂatable canoe, traditional raft and dinghy.
Where: Church Farm, Ashington (where we did the rafting last summer). You will need to arrange your own transport.
When: Our time on the water starts at 14:30 but you will need to arrive by 14:10 to allow time to get changed. We have an hour on the water so should be finished at 15:45
Wear: You should wear appropriate clothes for the event and you will get wet so include a towel and a change of clothes for the journey home. Note that uniform is not required but that you will have a buoyancy aid which must be worn when on any of the water craft.
Cost: The cost is £5 per person but we’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to reduce this to £3. We must have full payment at the time of booking to guarantee your place.
Badges: You will gain a time on the water credit towards that staged badge and will also complete Nautical Skills stage 1. It will also be a new sport for your Skills challenge.
Who: This event is open to all of our Cubs. Our session will be jointly with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack and each pack has 12 places. Scouting water activity rules require us to ask that you can swim 50m and you will have to make that declaration on your health form nearer the time. 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 likely event that you do fall in.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch but only the Cubs will be able to participate
How to book: To reserve your place please use the events page of My Scout where the event is called “District paddle sport taster” and is available to book. Please remember to pay your £3 online as we have to send that money to the organisers before the event.
Guest list at 22 April. We have 12 places, 3 left
Last year: In June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington to try our hands at raft building. This event will be in the same place so you can see our report from 2017 to give an idea of what it will be like.