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Event: Spy school weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September takes us back to lovely Stedham camp site in the South Downs


Camp is still on and will run to the timings we have previously stated. However, Cubs will no longer be sleeping in tents. We are sorry that this will change the experience of the weekend but wanted to still go to Stedham rather than divert the weekend into our own hall. Having said that, we are still expecting the weather to be cool, wet and windy at times so please make sure you have your welly boots, warm clothes and a waterproof coat. Waterproof trousers are not required. Do take care on the narrow lanes and please park in the car park when you arrive as the field is too wet for vehicles to drive on.

What to do now

Please make sure you have paid your camp fees, take time with your Cub to do your bedding roll so that they can make it themselves on Sunday. Print off a copy of the directions to the site and have a look at them before you hit the single track roads around the site. 


When is the camp?

The camp is from Friday evening 21 September through to Sunday afternoon 23 September. On Friday evening the Cubs should arrive from 7pm. 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 3.30pm. We hope to be off site at 3.45pm.

Where is the camp?

The camp is being held at Stedham Camp site, which is rather tucked away in the South Downs on the other side of Midhurst. You will need to make your own way to the site. Since we were there last year the Midhurst Youth Trust has replaced the marquee with an oak shelter which looks very smart.

How do we get there?

Although a lovely site when you get there, access is along some very narrow single track roads with high banks on each side. Passing is difficult on these lanes so please be considerate to other drivers (probably other Cub parents) and the verges if you meet somebody coming in the other direction. To reduce the chance of meeting any of our parents in the narrow section, we suggest that you approach via Woolbeding and leave via Stedham village. You can download a map of the route and detailed step by step directions from http://tiny.cc/Bill2Sted. The nearest postcode to the site for satnav purposes is GU29 0PY which takes you to just south of the site.
Once onto the site you should follow the drive until you come to the car parking area at the top of the main field. Please park there and then carry your gear down the field to the camp which will be in front of you.

Will Velo South affect access to camp?

Velo South has been cancelled but was not expected to have an impact on our camp.
The Velo South cycling event takes place across the area on Sunday. To allow the event to take place there will be a number of road closures which will be put in place by West Sussex County Council. However, both Billingshurst and Stedham are inside the “ring” and the A272 will be open throughout. As a result we are not expecting this event to impact ours. You can see the map of road closures on the Velo South website.

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

Please check the kit list. There are no special items this time. Make sure that you bring a warm, waterproof coat as we will be outside for much of the time, whatever the weather. 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. We lose a lot of heat through our heads so wearing a woolly hat is a good tip if you think you may get cold in your sleeping bag.
If you are new to camping and would like more information then have a look at our camping with the Cubs page.

Is there any paperwork to do?

We now have all the health forms – thank you.
As part of our secret agent theme we want all our Cubs to have a code name that they can use during the weekend. Please give it some thought before camp as you will need to register it when you arrive on Friday.

How much does it cost?

The camp site at Stedham is well equipped and so has higher camp fees than some other sites that we visit. This means that the cost per Cub should be £40. However, as usual we are reducing the cost using our Parbrook Cashback. As it will be the last camp run by the current team we are taking a hefty £10 off the fee – meaning that it will only cost £30.
We can only continue to offer Parbrook Cashback on our events if you carry on raising money for us when you shop online. Make sure that you have registered at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ and remember to click through when you shop online. The Easyfundraising app and donation reminder toolbar are also available to make it even easier.

Who is on the guest list?

Camp was open to all our members. At 18 September the guest list had 19 Cubs on it and has now closed. We now have all the health forms (HF) and nearly all of you have paid your camp fees (Pd). The guest list is:

  • Adam (Pd+HF)
  • Ava (Pd+HF)
  • Dominic (Pd+HF)
  • Harry (Pd+HF)
  • Izzy (HF)
  • James O’M (Pd+HF)
  • James W (Pd+HF)
  • Jasmine (HF)
  • Joshua (HF)
  • Lucybelle (Pd+HF)
  • Luke W (Pd+HF)
  • Martha (Pd+HF)
  • Owen (HF)
  • Philip (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas B (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas H (Pd+HF)
  • Tommy (Pd+HF)
  • Tyler (Pd+HF)
  • Violet (Pd+HF)

Adult help required

We are delighted that the core camping team of Akela, Tabaqui, Kaa, Jacala and Marian will be joined by Rann, Katie and Beck for this camp. However, there are also a number of behind the scenes activities that we would like help with, for example – transporting gear to and from camp, helping put up and take down tents. Have a look at our opportunities for adults page for more information about these roles.
Remember that anybody camping with us needs to have had the Scouting DBS check so do let us know in plenty of time to sort out the paperwork. You can start the process by filling in the occasional helper form online.

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 so 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.

Keeping up to date when we are at camp

During camp our important updates will be via Twitter so remember to follow @parbrookcubs, text follow parbrookcubs to 86444 or check our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/parbrookcubs. We also hope to provide photos from the site on our instagram feed – www.instagram.com/parbrookcubs

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Event: Billingshurst Show, Sun 24 Jun

This year the Billingshurst Show takes place on Sunday 24 June. It is the main fundraising event for the group and a great part of village life and so we are keen that everybody takes part.

The main show information is available on the Billingshurst Show website but there are lots of ways to get involved:

Badge competition now closed
Each year all the Scouts and Guides that help on the stalls or behind the scenes with the show get presented with a souvenir badge. The badge for this year was designed last year so now it is time to design the 2019 badge. Just download the form and draw your design in the box. Completed forms should be posted in the box in the hall. We hear that there has not been a single entry so far so that increases your chance of winning – but only if you post your form before the closing date of Thursday 21 June.

SETTING UP THE SHOW

Please complete our show helpers form and return it to Cubs, Nat Evans or Zoe Jenkins to let us know what time you can help set up or take down.

Friday
There is a lot of fetching and carrying to be done to get all the necessary tables, chairs, fencing and equipment into position. Help is wanted from 3pm to 5pm.

Saturday team
As you can imagine, there is a lot to do to get the field ready for the show. There are tents to put up, stalls to organise, tables to distribute and countless other tasks. The group is asking for parents who can help with this task. You don’t have to volunteer all day but even an hour would be useful. There are slots from 9.30am to 5.30pm

ON THE DAY

Parade
We asked for a team of parents to run our entry in the parade but sadly did not get any interest. As a result we will not be taking part. It gets harder every year to find a vehicle to use  and walking in the parade never gets the same attention from the judges. However, if you want to see the parade then the route is available on the show website.

Bake off
The bake off competition has been expanded this year with new categories. Simply take your baked goods to the Bake Off tent (opposite the food court) before 2pm on the day of the show. See the show website for bake off categories.

Our stall
Once we get to the field we will be running two stalls in the Scout area. We have a world cup sweepstake game where you can buy a country for £1 and potentially win £10 if yours is the country we have chosen. (No football knowledge required).
We also have a paper aeroplane target game. For 50p you can have a piece of paper which you can then fashion into a plane. We have a book of designs to give inspiration. Once built and decorated you can then fly your plane to see if you can hit the target.
We are grateful to Nat Evans for organising our stalls and have invited the Cubs to staff it in slots throughout the afternoon. You can do any slot but we have notionally allocated Reds from 1300 to 1345, Yellows from 1345 to 1430, Greens from 1430 to 1515 and Blues from 1515 to 1600 (when its a knockout starts). You can let us know what time slot you can do by registering on My Scout.

Scouts and Guides knock out
At 4pm the Scouts and Guides will be taking their turn in the arena for an “it’s a knockout” event. The first category will be rainbows v beavers. This will be followed by our competition of brownies v Parbrook v Dauxwood Cubs. Thanks to everybody that has volunteered to be on our team. We hope that the other Cubs will be there to cheer us on.
Further categories will then pitch the Guides against the Scouts. We hope that there will still be plenty of people around the arena to cheer us on. See our 2009 gallery below for the last time we beat the Brownies!

Donations
At short notice we have been reminded that the Beavers are running a cake stall and would welcome donations brought along on the day. Not sure if you can combine that with the bake off. Also the Guides are running their usual chocolate tombola which may be a bit tricky with the weather looking so warm. They are also looking for donations.

TAKING DOWN THE SHOW

Sunday deconstruction team
When everybody goes home the real work starts. Volunteers are wanted between 5pm and 8pm to take things down and load up the lorry.

Monday morning distribution
The final task is to return everything to where it came from. Allan and Chris will be sorting things out but need extra help between 9am and 12 noon.


Visit our past events page for a reminder of our Billingshurst Show entries for 2015 (vive la France), 2014 (Brazil),  2013 (Summer Holiday), 2012 (Mr Benn),  2011 (Lion King), 2010 (Kung Fu Panda) or 2009 (In the Jungle Book).

Event: Jamboree on the Trail, 12 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 21st year and the sixth 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 12 May
Meet Grassy area near 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

Saturday lunchtime update: the rain looks set to be with us for the afternoon so do make sure you have a waterproof top and maybe trousers with you. 

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.

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 12 May 2018. 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. We will walk together as a group.

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. This year our hike will just be for our Cubs plus families and friends of Parbrook Cubs.

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

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 JOTT21 badge after the event (as well as an extra hike on their hikes away score). We’ll also give JOTT21 souvenir badges to anybody else who walked with us and would like one – just let us know how many on the day. 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 in previous years by looking at our JOTT reports. If you haven’t walked with us before then the photo album gives a good idea of the terrain and scenery

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.”