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Event: Orient Express summer camp

Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite.

Where: We will be camping on the Larks Field at Blackland Farm camp site near East Grinstead. Blackland Farm is run by the Guides and is visited by Billingshurst Primary School pupils in year 6.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on Grinstead Lane which is narrow in places so please drive carefully.

When: We start at lunchtime on Sunday 13 August so that those that come back from holiday on Saturday can still join us. Camp will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 19 August (unless we don’t get enough people for the full week).
We encourage you to come for the whole week as things are so much more relaxed than a weekend when we cram everything in. We also find that the Cubs get used to sleeping in the tents so by the end of the week end up sleeping in rather than waking the leaders at first light.
For those that think a week is a long time to be at camp we are also offering our usual 3 night mini camp option which ends on Wednesday afternoon.

What: Our Orient Express theme will take us through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. It promises to be a packed week of activities including building the Eiffel Tower, climbing the alps and tunneling into Hungary. We also hope to fit in a real train ride, with a visit to the Bluebell Railway which runs close to the site. We’ll also have plenty of time for games on the field and a few other challenges on the way plus our evening camp fires.

Who: Camp is open to all our members. We’ll also need some extra adults to help out. This doesn’t have to mean camping as we need to transport all the gear and will need help pitching the tents. If you would like to stay with us we will also need help in the kitchen with Marian and Hathi, you could help Jacala and Tabaqui run the activities or just come with us on our picnic hike on the Bluebell Railway (in which case we’d need to ask you to pay your train fare). There is always plenty to do so please ask for more information if you are interested.

Guest list at 25 June (3+8):

  • Evan (mini)
  • James W
  • Joshua
  • Lucybelle
  • Luke
  • Martha
  • Megan (mini)
  • Poppy (mini)
  • Robin
  • Thomas B
  • Violet

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activites and camp fees go up every year which makes it harder to keep down costs. Summer camp is always more expensive than our weekend camps because we have to pay for the activities that we do.
We’re subsidising the camp fees by around £30 for mini-campers and £45 for full campers thanks to the money you have raised for us via Easyfundraising. This means that the camp fees are £85 for the mini camp and £125 for the full week. You can reserve your place with a deposit of £25.

Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.

Booking: You can book via My Scout as usual but please remember to pay your camp fees online too. We’ve added a few boxes to the registration form so that adults can volunteer to help with transport and tent pitching before camp plus in the kitchen or with activities during the weekend.
Note that separate events have been created in My Scout for the full camp and the mini camp. Make sure you book on the right one.

Bring: The standard kit list shows the sort of things that you need to bring. We’ll issue one specifically for this camp nearer the time. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. There will be some pre-camp research but we’ll tell you more about that next term.

Previous camps: We last camped at Blackland Farm for Summer Camp in August 2013. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.

Event: Gold Rush weekend camp

We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst to find out. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

What to do now: Please see the joining instructions and kit list

We’d like help transporting the kit on Friday. If you can help please meet us at the Scout Hut between 3.30pm and 4pm. Thanks to those who took gear after Cubs on Tuesday

Where: We will be camping on the Spider Site at Nowhurst Camp Site near Broadbridge Heath.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on Nowhurst Lane which is narrow and twisty so please drive slowly, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 9 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 11 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy as we live life as a prospector. We’ll be making shelters, panning for gold and as usual the Cubs will be cooking their own lunch on fires that they have made. We’ll also have plenty of time for games in the woods. a camp fire on Saturday evening and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp was open to all our members but the guest list has now closed. With Nowhurst being just up the road it is an ideal event for first time campers (in which case you may find our camping with the cubs page useful).
We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend, especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested.

Guest list at 9 June (20):

  • Abigail (paid, HF)
  • Amelia (paid, HF)
  • Daniel (paid, HF)
  • Elliott (paid, HF)
  • Emilia (paid, HF)
  • Emily (paid, HF)
  • Harry (paid, HF)
  • James S (paid, HF)
  • James W (paid, HF)
  • Jasmine (paid, HF)
  • Joshua (paid, HF)
  • Kristian (paid, HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid, HF)
  • Luke (paid, HF)
  • Martha (paid, HF)
  • Megan (paid, HF)
  • Poppy (paid, HF)
  • Tommy (paid, HF)
  • Violet (paid, HF)
  • William (paid, HF)

Cost: The cost of the weekend is £29 but as usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. This reduces the camp fees to £25.

Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.

Booking: The guest list is now closed.
Once booked, please complete our online health form (shown as HF on our guest list when we have received a completed one). We need a new one from you every time we go away, just so that we know the information is completely up to date.

Bring: We have now issued the joining instructions which includes the kit list for this camp. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. Remember that there is no electricity on site so you’ll need a good torch for those night time trips to the loo although the night is quite short at this time of year. Don’t forget that you must arrive at camp in your uniform.

Previous camps: We often visit the Spider Site at Nowhurst, both to camp and for our end of term evening in July. Have a look at our reports from past events to remind yourself what it is like.


Event: Jamboree on the Trail, 13 May

Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 20th year and the fifth year that we have taken part.

Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.

Summary of arrangements
When Saturday 13 May
Meet Picnic tables outside Whiteways Cafe, 2pm
Wear Uniform scarf with appropriate layers for weather. Don’t get caught out by the sun – likely to be cool and windy on the hilltops. 
Bring Snack and water bottle
Return Whiteways Lodge Car Park by 5pm
To do now Health form required for those not walking with their family

Where: We’ll be starting from Whiteways car park and doing a circular walk which includes a stop at Bignor Hill. In total the hike will be just over 5 miles but we’ll be taking it nice and gently. Although we plan to follow the same route as previously, this year we will walk it the other way round – so starting with the open countryside and ending up with the forest. (This change of direction is not shown on the map)

Start: There is a free (but often busy) car park at Whiteways Lodge, just off the A29 at the top of Bury Hill. Why not come along a bit early and take advantage of the food and drink on offer at Whiteways Cafe. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for an ice cream at the end too.

When: JOTT day is 13 May 2017. We aim to leave the car park at 2pm, stop at Bignor Hill at about 3.30pm and be back to the cars at around 5pm

What: We will be hiking in the South Downs – taking in parts of the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way. You can see the route on a map but remember that we are going to walk in the reverse direction to that shown.

Who: Our JOTT hike is open to all our Cubs and their families. We will look after any Cubs that come on their own. Family, friends and dogs must remain your responsibility. Obviously we can’t accept any non-Cub children unless they are with an adult.
We’re pleased to be joined by Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack too.

Paperwork: We would like to have an idea of the numbers that are likely to take part. Please book via My Scout as usual and Cubs walking on their own must complete our usual health form.

Cost: This is not a fund raising event. There is no charge for taking part

Wear: You should wear clothes appropriate to the weather on the day including strong shoes for walking in (no wellies). Cubs should wear your scarf but the rest of your uniform is not required. Remember that it can be windy up on the Downs so even on a sunny day it can be quite chilly – a windproof/waterproof coat is a good idea to have in your bag, even if rain isn’t forecast.
We suggest that you have a number of layers that you can put on or take off as the need arises. The sun is strong at this time of year and part of the route is very exposed so consider a hat and sun cream if the weather looks as if it may be required.

Bring: You should bring a water bottle and a snack or two in a day sack that you can carry. We’ll be sitting on the grass when we stop for our break at Bignor Hill so make sure you have either a mat or a coat to sit on.

Badges: All Cubs that take part will get a special JOTT20 badge after the event (as well as an extra hike on their hikes away score). We’ll also give JOTT20 souvenir badges to anybody else that would like one – just let us know how many on the health form. We’ll order them after the event when we know the numbers that attended and present them when they come through a few weeks later.

We’re social: Watch out for postings on our instagram page during the event.

Last year: You can see how we got on on our JOTT16 page. If you haven’t walked with us before then the photo album gives a good idea of the terrain and scenery – just remember that last year’s downs will be ups this year.

Event: Revised swimmers badge validation sessions

What: Keego has arranged swimmers badge validation sessions for Billingshurst Cubs and Beavers. There will be two sessions with different badge stages on each. These new dates replace the originally advertised session on 18 February which has now been rescheduled.

Where: Billingshurst Leisure Centre, Station Road

When: We have split the sessions across two evenings, both running from 6pm to 8pm. We’re grateful to the Leisure Centre for letting us have the time which would otherwise be used by children’s parties

  • Saturday 4 March – badge stages 1, 2 and 3
  • Saturday 18 March – badge stages 3, 4 and 5

Wear: No need to arrive in uniform. Anyone wishing to try for their stage 3 or 5 badge will need to bring shorts and t-shirt to swim in as one element requires this.

Badges: If there is a particular stage badge that you’d like to work towards please let us know when you register so that we can make sure we have the necessary equipment. As usual we will only present you with the highest badge that you earn, even if you complete multiple stages during the session

Cost: There is a £4 pool fee which must be paid to the leisure centre in advance. Normal swimming memberships aren’t valid for this session.
If you have already paid for the February session then the leisure centre can either transfer this to one of the new March dates or give you a refund.

Who: Open to all our members. We’d welcome some non-swimming adults to help mark off the Cubs and Beavers as they complete the necessary tests. Please let Keego know if you can help.

How: You need to reserve your place at the Leisure Centre, phone 01403 787500. They are also collecting the £4 pool fee which needs to be paid in advance. There is no need to register separately with us as Keego has access to the Leisure Centre systems.

Need to know more? Please contact Keego (Gemma) direct. As with all Parbrook leaders you can e-mail her using her jungle book name at parbrook.org.uk

Event: District Quiz

What: Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will come together for their annual general knowledge quiz evening on Monday 27 March. This year it is being orgainsed by 1st Billingshurst Cubs as Dauxwood pack won the competition last year.

How: 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 questions thrown in. As introduced in 2016, there will be a Joker round where you can choose to play your joker and get double points on the round. There will be 9 rounds of 10 questions (giving 90 points + 10 extra for Joker round = 100 points)

Where: Billingshurst Primary School, Station Road, Billingshurst. You will need to make your own way there. Parents are welcome to stay. If any adults who are attending the evening wish to make up some “fun” teams and take part, they are most welcome. There is no team entrance fee for this but obviously you cannot win!

When: Please arrive at 6.15pm so that we can start promptly at 6.30pm. We expect to finish by 8.30pm.

Wear: You should wear uniform for this event

Cost: There is an entry fee of £5 per team but that will be paid by Parbrook Cubs. Refreshments will be provided – no other money is required.

Who: Any of our Cubs could have entered our teams. However, the registration date has now passed. A team must be made of 4 Cubs – one aged 8, one aged 9, one aged 10 and one other Cub. Ages should be at the date of the quiz.

We currently (14 Feb) have 8 Cubs on our guest list which is just right for two teams. Well done to Robin, Elliot, Thomas, Jasmine, Poppy, Martha, Joshua and Luke for registering. We will work you out into two teams nearer the time.