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Report: paddle sport taster

On 14 July 2018 we had the opportunity to join a paddle sport taster session organised by the District. Although originally scheduled to be held in Ashington where we did the rafting last year, the venue was changed to the Wey and Arun Canal at Drungewick Slipway.

Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was onto the water. During the hour long session the Cubs had the chance to try various water craft. Some of them even managed to stay in them although there were quite a few splashes.

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Click the album to see pictures from our paddle sport tester. 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.

We’ve got lots of photos from the event but think that this one is definitely worth drawing attention to – we call it “challenge accepted“. You’ll also find it in context in our photo album.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos, to the District team for providing such a great afternoon and to all the Cubs for trying the different craft so enthusiastically.

Cubs participating were: Emily, Martha, Rohan, James, Luke, Philip, Harry, Jasmine, Izzy, Violet, Finn, Adam and Poppy.

All of the Cubs that took part gained an extra event on their time on the water badge. Note that badges themselves are only presented at 1, 2 and 5 events so not everybody will get one this time.

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Report: St George’s Day 2018

In 2018 the annual District parade was replaced by an activity afternoon and service in the park at Parham House near Pulborough.

We started off with a short service and the renewal of Promises plus a few awards for leaders. Then we had the rest of the afternoon to explore the various activities put on by the district team and groups. These included icing biscuits and spacehopper jousting plus go-karts and grass sledges. In addition the Jamboree contingent were raising money to fund their trip.

Only 12 Parbrook Cubs attended which wasn’t great but matched numbers from other sections. Well done to Poppy for carrying the flag and having to stand in front of everybody holding it for the duration of the service. Everybody got +10 points towards our monthly points competition.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. We’re sorry that they aren’t the greatest quality but were taken on his phone. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.


Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

Event: Paddle sport taster, Sat 14 July

Following the successful rafting sessions in pack meetings last summer the District paddle sport team have arranged some taster sessions for this term.


What to do now: Please check the information on this page carefully as it has been updated with more details about the day, including a change of location. Parking is very limited so please car share if possible


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: the venue has now changed to the Wey and Arun canal. This is a fantastic location near Loxwood where the team has run evens for the Scouts a number of times. The canal has been widened at the Drungewick slipway which gives us plenty of space to use all our boats. It also allows us to paddle upstream with more competent paddlers. There is space for spectators and the option to walk along the towpath if you wish. The postcode of the new venue is RH14 0RS. If you are coming from Billingshurst direction follow Drungewick Lane (very narrow), cross over the canal bridge and take the entrance approx 100 yard on the left as the road bends right. See our directions online. If dropping off we suggest that you then continue north on Drungewick Lane, returning to Billingshurst via Loxwood Road and avoiding meeting others heading to the event.
Please note that car parking is extremely limited and we encourage car sharing where possible.

When: Our time on the water starts at 14:30 but you will need to arrive around 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. A wetsuit may be worn if you have one. There is a risk of injury from anything sharp at the bottom of the canal so footwear is compulsory. Old trainers or water shoes are perfect. Just remember to bring a dry pair to travel home in. The event will take place in all but the most extreme weather so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day, including bringing hats and sun cream if necessary.

Cost: The cost is £5 per person but we’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to reduce this to £3. This money has been paid to the organisers.

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 was open to all of our Cubs. Our session will be joint with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack and each pack has 12 places which have now been filled.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch and may be able to use a sit-on-top kayak. If you wish to do so then please ensure you have adequate personal kit with you.

Guest list at 10 July. We now filled all our places, paid the organisers and have all the forms in. Thank you.

  1. Emily (Pd+HF)
  2. Philip (Pd+HF)
  3. Poppy (Pd+HF)
  4. Violet (Pd+HF)
  5. Luke (Pd+HF)
  6. Finn (Pd+HF)
  7. Harry (Pd+HF)
  8. Martha (Pd+HF)
  9. Rohan (Pd+HF)
  10. James (Pd+HF)
  11. Jasmine (Pd+HF)
  12. Izzy (Pd+HF)

Reserve list: Lucybelle, Thomas B, Thomas H

Swimming ability: The Scout Association rules state that all participants should be able to swim 50m in light clothing in order to participate in water sports. However as the canal is only a few metres across we are able to relax this restriction slightly. Please indicate your child’s swimming ability on the form so that we can closely monitor any weaker swimmers. All Cubs will have buoyancy aids and the instructors will be close by so really you just need to be sure that you will be confident in the water, in the likely event that you do fall in.

Existing cuts or broken skin: All open water carries a risk of leptospirosis (Weil’s disease). In order to mitigate this risk please ensure you cover all open cuts or broken skin with a waterproof plaster.

Paperwork: Please complete this special online health form which has extra information needed for this event

 

 

Event: St George’s Day, 22 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23 April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

This year the District is holding its event in Parham Park on Sunday 22 April.

Timetable
13:30: Arrive at Parham Park.
13:45: Groups start to form up
14:00: St George’s Day service including renewal of Promises
14:30: Activities begin
16:00: End of activities. Depart Parham

How to get there
You will need to make your own way to Parham Park. Use the main entrance near Cootham on A283 and follow the drive through the park until directed off to the left to reach the East Plain. The postcode for satnav purposes is RH20 4HR and you can see a route online.

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises.

I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and to the Queen, 
to help other people 
and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Colour party
We will need somebody to carry the Parbrook flag and will select them at our Pack Meeting on 17 April. We don’t think that we need escorts this year but if that changes we will select them on the day. Group flags will line up behind the District Chaplin to provide a backdrop for the service.

What to wear
You should wear your uniform top and scarf. Unlike recent years we hope that it will be warm enough not to wear coats for the service although they may be useful to sit on. Otherwise please dress appropriately for the weather.
With the whole District wearing the same uniform it is a good opportunity to remind you to check that yours is clearly named, just in case you should get separated from it during the afternoon.

What to bring
Although there is no charge for the activities there will be some refreshments and stalls to raise money for the young people from the District who are attending the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019. We hope that everybody will be able to bring around £2 to spend on the jamboree stalls.  There will be leather branding, s’mores, friendship bracelets and most importantly for the parents tea, coffee and cake.
Cubs may like to bring a water bottle to keep themselves hydrated through the afternoon but do make sure it is named and goes home again.

Who can come?
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend. We have created an event on My Scout so that you can let us know whether or not you plan to come.
Parents and siblings are all welcome to join us for the afternoon and will be encouraged to join in with the activities. As usual any non-Cub children will remain the responsibility of the adults that they come with.

What activities are there?
Each group will be running activities and there will be the Jamboree contingent stalls too. In addition the District will be running pedal cars, grass sledges and a soapbox rally.  The rally will have 2 tracks for younger ones and older ones and everyone is welcome to make a team of 3 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders) or 4 (Cubs and Beavers) to set their fastest time around the track.  There will be a prize in each category.
Jodie, the District Youth Commissioner, will have a graffiti wall where Cubs can leave their ideas and thoughts about Scouting. There will also be a selfie booth.


Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
“When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

Event: District Quiz, Monday 12 March

What: Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will come together for their annual general knowledge quiz evening on Monday 12 March. We expect that it will be a real mixture of old fashioned pub quiz style general knowledge (questions from the front), pictures, memory tests, brain teasers and of course some scouting history thrown in. This year the quiz is being organised by  scouts from the West Sussex contingent at the World Scout Jamboree in USA (which takes place in 2019).

Where: Billingshurst Primary School. We are told that the Primary School was too expensive for us to use and that a new venue is being sought. Venue now confirmed as St Mary’s Rooms in East Street. Parking is limited so please leave it for those travelling from outside the village. Parents are welcome to stay (and may be asked to form an adults team).

When: The quiz will start promptly at 6pm and is expected to finish by 8pm

Cost: There is an entry fee of £5 per team but that will be paid by Parbrook Cubs

Bring: Although drinks will be provided, Cubs are asked to bring some money to purchase cakes and biscuits in the break. This is part of the Jamboree contingent fund raising.

Wear: Uniform should be worn

Who: Each team must be made of 4 Cubs with a spread of ages. We can enter multiple teams but each must contain 4 Cubs with no reserves. If you would like to be part of our team please reserve your place via My Scout.

Guest list at 6 Mar: Lukas, Adam, Harry L, Jasmine, Martha, Joshua, Izzy, James (8)
We need 8 Cubs to make up two teams