Hello everyone and welcome back after the half term break.
So as the big countdown to Christmas begins, we’ve got lots to tell you and so here’s some important information for the coming weeks ahead.
A bit of a strange one but can all of our cubs please bring in the cardboard tubes from 4 toilet rolls please. We don’t need them until Nov 22nd when our christmas activities begin and they make great Christmas crackers!
Remembrance Sunday parade
On 13 November we’ll be joining the rest of the group in the British Legion’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service. We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend this important village event. We’ve sent you a message from OSM so that you can let us know if you can come. All the details that we have about the parade are on the website.
On the following Tuesday, 15 November, we’ll be helping the British Legion by opening the poppy collection boxes and counting the money. It is always a very busy evening and so we’d welcome a few extra adults to help supervise.
Group bag packing
On Saturday 19 November the group will be bag packing at Pulborough Tesco. We’ve not been given any particular slot so if you are available please come along for an hour or so. We expect to have more details nearer the time.
On Saturday 26 November the group is holding its Christmas Fayre in the hall from 10-12. In preparation for this we are sending each Cub home with some raffle tickets this week. We hope that you will be able to sell them. Please return counterfoils, money and any unsold tickets to us by Tuesday 22 November at the latest.
District Promise Party
The Cubs centenary year is drawing to a close but there is still one national event left. Cubs was started on 16 December 1916 and so the District is holding a Promise Party on 16 December. We’ll be meeting Cubs from all the groups for a fun packed evening at Rother College, Midhurst. All the details are online at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2 016/10/29/event-promise-party/. At 19:16 (7:16pm) all Cubs across the UK will re-make their Promise but there will also be camp fire songs and hopefully birthday cake. You can register on OSM if you’d like to come – either reply to the e-mail we sent or log onto your My Scout account and find the Promise Party under “events”.
Put your stamp on Christmas
The group is again running its stamp design competition for the Christmas Post service. There will be 4 stamp designs and one will be from designs submitted by the Cubs and Brownies. We don’t have long for you to come up with a design as they must be in to us by Tuesday 15 November. Stamps will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre and the Billifest and first day covers will be available.
We know that we have some good artists amongst the Cubs so would like to get one of our stamps into the selection this year as it is Cubs centenary. It has been several years since a Parbrook design has been chosen so we hope that you can come up with some good ones for the judges to pick. The entry form is online at http://www.1stbillingshurst.org. uk/christmaspost.pdf – remember that your design will be quite small when on a stamp so bold and colourful designs work best.
Thanks to everybody for paying your subs by half term. It is a great relief for us to have the money in without having to do too much chasing. We’re trying to move to online payments to avoid having cash or cheques lying around that have to then be taken to the bank. We’re grateful to everybody that already pays us this way.
While the group sticks to its traditional methods of fundraising, e.g. raffle tickets, we’re grateful to those that support our painless fundraising when you shop online. For just a few extra clicks you can earn us money on your purchase. It doesn’t cost you any extra but has already earned us £295 this year. This money stays with Parbrook Cubs and can be used to keep the costs of our camps and expeditions down. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ for more information and tell your friends and family so that they can support us when they shop online in the run up to Christmas. We’ve already earned £40 in the October to December quarter but hope to see this number increase as more shopping is done online at this time of year.
Thanks for your contuniued support and we look forward to seeing you all back at cubs on Tuesday evening.
Welcome to the Autumn term.
I hope that you had a great Summer holiday, despite the recent weather. As usual we have a lot coming up, even if the term does seem to be a 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.
Leaders & helpers
In case you missed the news last term we’re delighted to be welcoming Baloo (Steph) and Keego (Gemma) to our team as Pack Assistants. This term also sees my one year anniversary of becoming a leader – where has that time gone?
With our strengthened team we’ve decided not to have a formal parent rota this term. We’re grateful to those that helped us last term and hope that we’ll still see you at our meetings. We’ve got a few weeks that will still need extra helpers but I’ll ask for volunteers instead of allocating. If you see a week or activity that you’d fancy getting involved in then do ask – remember that Cubs is not just kid’s stuff.
We know that the start of term can be an expensive time which is why we don’t ask you to pay your Subs immediately. However, last term we had a few people that forgot completely and had to be chased. A few of you have asked if there is any way of being able to look up to see what you have paid. We can’t think of how to do that without you being able to see data for other people which we don’t think would be quite right. However, we have a new logging system for money so should be able to easily tell you what you have paid.
We’ve had a discussion to see if we should continue to give the £10 Easyfundraising reward that we set against a full term subs payment (now £35). Donations using Easyfundraising are down this year and we know that many who have registered have not actually raised as much as £10. We’d encourage you to remember us when you shop online and are pleased to confirm that the £10 reward will remain this term for our supporters who pay their subs by half term. If you haven’t already signed up then do visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs so that you can claim your discount.
Remember that you can pay us via Internet Banking if you use that facility. We’ll send you our bank details in the confirmation message that you get from Groupspaces when you register to tell us which Subs category you will be paying this term.
New badges and challenges
We had warned you that change was on the way and it has now arrived. There is a separate page about that and our badges and awards link is updated for the new badges. We’re still getting our heads around them so do bear with us. We have a few of the old challenge badges left so if you are close to completing one please finish it by the end of September.
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 Bentley Copse. It was lovely to be able to camp for the whole week again and we hope that those who came along enjoyed themselves. We had over 600 photos from the camp to process but have managed to condense them into our Summer Camp report. We discovered that we charged too much for those who camped for the full week. You are entitled to a £20 refund which we hope you’ll accept as a credit towards your Autumn term subs.
Events this term
We’ve published our programme for the term. There are still a few weeks that we need to confirm but we’ll keep our online calendar up to date of any changes. In our pack meetings this half of term we’ll be looking at disabilities and science. We’re reintroducing our half term trip to the woods (in the dark of course). After half term we have our usual good turn for the British Legion as we count the poppy money. Then it is downhill all the way to Christmas as we have another of our 4-packs – 4 weeks, 4 activities, all about Christmas.
Weekend camp, 25-27 September
Our French weekend is fast approaching. Although we advertised it at the end of last term we have not had many names so far. We hope that more of you will want to come on our last tent camp of the year. Go to events > French weekend camp for more information and reserve your place via Groupspaces.
We’re still waiting for more information from 1st Billingshurst before we can tell you about the Group Day (19 September), Remembrance Sunday and the Carol Service (13 December).
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 when I need it. Everybody has skills that we can use and we’d like to make the best of them. We call it Team Parbrook.
We want to make sure that Parbrook remains the best Cub pack in the area but can only do that with your help. It was only when I joined the pack a year ago that saw just how much work goes on behind the scenes to provide our pack meetings and camps. 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. Our join us page has some ideas of roles that are available – they aren’t all as a uniformed leader.
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 – such as our new blue tent that we used at Summer Camp. We all benefit – but only if you help us by raising the money in the first place.
By shopping online (via 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. You can also download the iphone/ipad app if you have one of those (Android app thankfully launching soon). Don’t forget that you can now be a fundraising hero if you visit Caffe Nero. Just register your payment card in advance on our Easyfundraising site so that we can earn 5% commission on all you buy in store. 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 Wainewright, Akela
Welcome to the Spring term. We hope that you had a great Christmas break and are looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2015. Before we get into all that we have some unfinished business from last term.
Reports from past events
Unfortunately we got a bit behind with our reports from past events last term. However, Jacala has been busy over the holidays and has now caught up. This means that you can now see our photos from the Lord Mayors Show, Remembrance Sunday, Navigators badge weekend and bag packing in Budgens. Just click on the “Reports” link at the top of the page and then select “Already in 2014” to see all of our reports.
Parbrook Cubs on social media
We’re proud of our website and hope that you enjoy seeing our tweets when we are at camp as well as looking at the reports after the event. We’ve summarised our social media links on their own page so that you can make sure that you keep up to date with the information that you want to see. Just click on “About us” and then select “Parbrook Cubs on social media”
Well done to everybody who completed their artist badge last term. We presented them on our last week but there were a few people missing so we’ll catch up with you this term. Some people still have one task to do so it is a good time to remind you about the County Camp badge competition. You’ll need to bring your entry in on Tuesday 6 January as we have to hand them in to the District by 12 January.
During the holidays the leaders have been planning the programme for the term. We have a packed programme to take us through to Tuesday 24 March. One of our aims this term is to get the Sixes working better as a team and so we’ll be spending some weeks on team challenges. We’ll also be looking at science and first aid, the RSPB garden birdwatch and District Quiz.
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 later in the year check our online calendar (on the right of this page).
We’ve published a weekly rota for this term. As we have a number of new members this term we have paired their parents with some of our more experienced helpers to make sure that they get a good start with us. We hope that we can find 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.
Arrivals and departures
We’re pleased to welcome some new starters this term, especially those coming to us from Monday Beavers as they have previously mostly gone to the Dauxwood pack. During the next few weeks you’ll be working through your membership badge with Raksha. In addition to a completed personal information form you’ll also need to bring us £5 to pay for your handbook. However, you won’t need to pay any Subs to us until after half term. In order to make room for our new members we’ll be saying goodbye to some of our older members. We’ve arranged places for Lauren and Robert at Monday Scouts and Ollie at Friday Scouts. You’ll continue to do Cubs as well as visiting Scouts for the next few weeks.
We’ll be investing the Beavers and flying up to Scouts on Tuesday 10 February
We hope that you’ve been keeping up with the Six and Cub of the month competition. You’ll see a monthly posting with the results and can find previous winners by clicking on the “Points competition” link and selecting “Six & Cub of the month” at the top of the page.
We’re happy that the Cubs like wearing the special “Cub of the month” woggle but have been looking to improve the Six competition to get them working better as a team. As a result, from this month the Six competition will have a stronger reward element. We’ll take the winning six off to do a separate activity which we hope they will enjoy. It might be a good time to remind yourself of the ways to earn points – see our points competition page.
Weekend events this term
Unfortunately we won’t be able to have our usual night away this term. With our leaders having Saturday commitments we’re struggling to find enough adults to run our weekend events.
We’ve told you previously how Scout HQ plans to introduce new activity badges and challenges in 2015. We’ve not yet been given details and so have planned this term based on the current scheme. It gives a good opportunity to get those existing challenges completed if you are already well on the way.
Compass is the new Scout HQ records system. All of our Parbrook Cubs are now on Compass as its use is compulsory. It also records details of parents which should mean that in due course it will be possible for you to log in to see your records. As well as checking that we have the correct details it should also make it easier to do badgework at home.
One of the facilities is to e-mail members. Since we don’t currently have an e-mail list it could be a useful facility. However, we want to make sure that you are not deluged with messages from Scout HQ and the rest of the group so do keep us posted if you start to see anything odd in your inbox.
The Group sets the Subs that we have to pay each term. Of this £30, a portion (£13) is paid to the Group and the rest is retained by Parbrook Cubs. See our Subs Explained document if you want to understand how this works.
This term we will again offer our Easyfundraising supporters a £10 discount on their Subs payment. In addition, we are rewarding those 11 Cubs who came to the Parbrook bag packing sessions by giving them a further £5 per bag packing session Subs discount. Just make sure that you tick the right boxes on the reply form.
If you haven’t already signed up then do visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/parbrookcubs so that you can claim your £10 discount.
The group can claim Gift Aid on Subs payments. The Group coordinator is a Parbrook parent, Tracy Viney. She tells me that the number of Gift Aid members has dropped and so the Group is missing out on this free income from the Government. If you would like the Group to be able to claim Gift Aid on your Subs please complete the Gift Aid form. It is very simple and can be backdated.
We can also claim Gift Aid on our Easyfundraising donations. This can only be done by ticking the Gift Aid box in your Easyfundraising account details – it is not covered by the Subs paperwork.
Events this term
RSPB Garden Birdwatch, Sat 24 & Sun 25 January
We’re hoping that our Cubs will take part in the annual RSPB garden birdwatch and will be running some bird themed pack meetings in the run up to the weekend. You just have to take an hour out of either of the two days and record the highest number of each type of bird that you see in your garden. You can send the results to the RSPB but don’t forget to bring your totals to Cubs on 27 January so that we can find out what is Billingshurst’s most popular garden bird.
Have a look at the RSPB site for more information, identification guides and to find out how to send in your results.
District Quiz, Monday 2 February
We’ll be entering two teams in the District Quiz. Each team will be made up of an 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old and one other Cub. The Quiz takes place in Petworth and is generally an interesting evening. This year the questions will be set by 1st Fittleworth.
Scout day at London Irish rugby, Sunday 22 February
We will be attending the 3rd annual Scout day at London Irish. They have again chosen their Aviva Premiership rugby match against Leicester Tigers as the Scout match. We will be opening this event to the whole Group and have booked a coach. You’ll find all the details and prices on our London Irish page. We’re pleased to report that over half the coach seats are now booked.
District trip, Saturday 21 March
Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will be converging on the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Our admission ticket includes access to the full naval heritage and a boat trip round the harbour. We’d welcome some additional adult help on this trip. We’re just waiting for the District to confirm the costs but for now you can record your interest on the reply form.
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. We’re delighted to record that the amount of money raised for Parbrook funds since we introduced this in 2007 has now reached £2000. Thanks to all that support us this way.
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. Remember that anybody can support us so pass on the link to your work colleagues, friends and family. 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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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