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This page will have the latest news before camp and remember to follow us on Instagram @ParbrookCubs for pictures from camp during the weekend.

Friday update

Camp is still on. The field is very soft following the recent rain so make sure you park in the car park and walk down. The timing of the worst weather is now Saturday night into Sunday when we hope that the Cubs will be asleep in their tents. Our wet weather shelter is the marquee but it can be a bit draughty so make sure you bring plenty of warm fleeces etc plus welly boots. Watch out for updates via Twitter once our advance party gets to the site this afternoon – we plan to be there from 1530.

What to do now

Please make sure that you have paid your camp fees of £30 and returned our usual online health form. We need a new health form every time we go away.

When is the camp?

The camp is from Friday evening 29 September through to Sunday afternoon 1 October. 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.

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. You will see the kitchen area and large white mess tent marquee in front of you.

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

We’ve published the kit list which tells you what else to bring. 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.
You should also bring an empty 1.5 litre or 2 litre plastic bottle and a cardboard tube from a toilet or kitchen roll.

Is there any paperwork to do?

As usual you will need to complete our online health and emergency contact form (HF). Please make sure that you have also paid your camp fees, ideally via online banking.

Who is on the guest list?

We are delighted to have 18 Cubs with us at camp. They are:

  • Abigail (paid+HF)
  • Emily (paid+HF)
  • Finley (paid+HF)
  • Finn (paid+HF)
  • Harry (paid+HF)
  • James (paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (paid+HF)
  • Joshua (paid+HF)
  • Kristian (paid+HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid+HF)
  • Luke (paid+HF)
  • Martha (paid+HF)
  • Poppy & Max
  • Robin (paid+HF)
  • Thomas B (paid+HF)
  • Thomas F (paid+HF)
  • Tommy (paid+HF)
  • Violet (paid+HF)

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.

Last minute checklist

We’ll keep the web page updated until Friday lunchtime. After that all 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

We are looking forward to a great weekend. Please check the weather forecast and come prepared for the cool nights. If you have any last minute questions or concerns do get in touch. Contact information is provided on the kit list.

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Welcome to the Autumn Term 2017

Hello everyone and we hope that you had a great Summer break. As those of you that came to Summer Camp will remember, we had the best week of the holidays in terms of weather. We’re hoping that it is saving itself for a fine and settled weekend when we go to camp at the end of the month as it has certainly been pretty poor recently.

Contents

  1. New term, new programme
  2. Nights away this term
  3. Easyfundraising
  4. News from 1st Billingshurst

1. New term, new programme

 As usual we have planned a packed programme of activities between now and Christmas. So what have we got planned?

  • badgework – we will be working towards the home safety, animal carer and communicator badges
  • visits – we will be taking our pack meeting to the fire station and pets at home – and all our meetings are on our usual night this term
  • nights away – in addition to our tent camp at Stedham we have not one but two museum sleepovers. More details below
  • seasonal items – being the autumn term we have also got the usual activities around Remembrance Sunday and that will be followed by our Christmas 4-pack

You can download your own copy of the programme to pin on your fridge from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. You will find a more detailed version in My Scout. Everybody should have had an e-mail about camps recently which includes the My Scout link to that event. Don’t forget to create yourself an account so that you can log in to see badge progress, the programme and to book on our events.

You can also add the programme details to your online calendar – google, outlook, etc. Just use the links to add the .ics file – http://tiny.cc/parbrookprog and http://tiny.cc/parbrookcal

Parents meeting
We will be having a short meeting for parents at the end of our meeting on 19 September. Please do try to come along at 1950 if you can.

Leaders this term
We are hoping to have three young leaders helping us this term. This will allow us to give more priority to working in sixes and to allow them to develop more as a team. There are some events in the programme where we will need extra help – you’ll find them marked in the programme on My Scout so do please take your turn, rather than just leaving it to our familiar faces who might like the chance not to be called on every time.

What is Scouting all about?
If you wanted to explain to somebody why they ought to join us then you could do worse than show them this picture from our end of term evening at Nowhurst. It has it all – outdoors, fires, songs, family, smiles, together. You can see our other photos from that great evening online via our reports page.

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2. Nights away this term

If you came to all our nights away this year so far then you could have already been away for 10 nights. This term we have the chance to add a further 4, making an amazing 14 nights in total this year.

While we have a regular team that we can call on for our camps, it has been noted that Marian, Kaa, Hathi, Rama, Shere Khan and Hawkeye are all parents of Cubs that left some time ago (or the Cubs themselves). Although it is great to have them along it does mean that some of our current parents (with the exception of Rann and Chil of course) are not taking the opportunity to come to camp too. We are always on the look out for more helpers so do ask if you fancy it.

All of our nights away are open for booking via My Scout for all our members that have been invested – just go to the events tab and see what is available to book. Our new starters this term cannot come to camp until invested so will be able to come to our Chichester museum trip.

Space race weekend at Stedham
Our first night away this term is only a few weeks away at the end of September so we need to move fast on the arrangements. We will be returning to one of our favourite camp sites in the South Downs. This year the site will be home to our rocket lab as teams of scientists work to design and fly their rockets. But who will fly highest and will they all make it to the launch pad? It should be a fun weekend of activities and those that came to the full summer camp can’t wait to share the new songs that we learned at Blackland Farm when we have our Saturday night camp fire.

Submarine museum sleepover
Jacala has been looking at this venue for a while but they need a high number of campers so we were delighted when the Beavers asked if we would like to come on their trip in October. We will leave Billingshurst by coach on Friday evening and have a tour of HMS Alliance (submarine) before settling down for the night in the museum. On Saturday after breakfast we will cross Portsmouth Harbour on the ferry and climb the Spinnaker Tower before picking up the coach for the trip back home. Note that this trip may be cancelled if the organisers do not get enough interest to fill the required number of places.

Night at the museum
We had already planned our own museum sleepover at the start of December. This time we will leave Billingshurst by train as we head for Chichester. We’ll have time in the museum once it is closed to the public and then settle down to sleep amongst the exhibits. On Saturday morning we will catch the train back to Billingshurst where we will then go to the Scout Hut for a day of activities, finishing at 5pm.

We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend at least one of our nights away events this term. More information about each one, including timings and costs, is on My Scout so do have a look at the entry on the events tab.

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3. Easyfundraising

Our Easyfundraising statement for Apr-Jun17 is now in. Thanks to all our online shoppers that remember to click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online and helped us raise £74 in the quarter. That takes our total for the year so far up to a nice £167. However, it looks as if our Jul-Sep quarter is a little low so don’t forget to click through when you shop online.

It really is easy to raise money for us when you shop online – that’s why we call it painless fundraising. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/for more details and remember that the money we raise is kept by Parbrook Cubs and used to reduce the costs of camps and expeditions – just look for “Parbrook Cashback” to see where it has saved you money.

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4. News from 1st Billingshurst

Those that came to our end of term evening at Nowhurst back in July may remember that things have changed in the District and our group during the summer. We were able to present Kath Bridger with flowers to thank her for her time as District Commissioner and for the support she has given us, not least by regular visits to present Chief Scout’s Silver Awards.

She has now been replaced in that role by Glyn Pullen. As a result the Group Scout Leader in our group has changed to Zoe Jenkins who was previously the leader of Dauxwood Cubs. Tracy Evans has now stepped into that role athough Zoe is still helping too. If you need to contact Zoe then the gsl at 1stbillinghurst.org.uk e-mail address is the best way to get in touch.

A lack of leaders and helpers is badly affecting our Beaver colonies with both Monday and Tuesday unable to take new members until their leader situation is resolved. This explains why some of you have younger children that are stuck on the waiting list and have been unable to join Beavers. if you know anybody that would be able to help with Beavers do please get in touch with Zoe.

We are pleased to see that things are rather more stable in the Scouts where Allan Smith has taken over as Scout Leader at the Friday (Downlands) troop. Allan is also group quartermaster and looks after us really well when  we need equipment for camp so we are sure he will make a great Scout Leader too.

Closer to home you will spot that we start the term with almost 30 in the pack. It is great to be so popular but it does make taking new starters from the waiting list a bit of a challenge as we have to give priority to transfers from other groups and then Beavers who need to swim up. This term we will welcome 1 Beaver, 2 transfers and 3 from the waiting list. Unfortunately it does not look as if we will be able to take any more from the waiting list in the near future. However, Dauxwood Cubs starts with around 15 members so should have capacity.

Those of you with children in Beavers have already been asked if you want them to come to Parbrook when they are 8. This has allowed us to “book” their places to guarantee that they get in. Over the next few weeks we will be asking those who will be 10.5 this year or next to give an indication of which scout troop they might like to attend. This is to allow the troops to start considering their availability.

Finally, the group has asked us to remind you about gift aid. We can claim it on the Subs that you pay each term and the money raised goes into Billingshurst Scout and Guide funds. Registration can be done via My Scout and many of you are already signed up. We’ll send an invitation e-mail to others in the next few weeks.

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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.


What to do now if you are on our guest list


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 on site in the afternoon of 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.
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:

      • Monday – France – building the Eiffel Tower (crate challenge), visiting the top (abseiling)
      • Tuesday – Germany – picnic hike and visit to the Bluebell Railway
      • Wednesday – Austria – climbing the alps and swimming in the River Danube. Mini-campers go home
      • Thursday – Hungary – Buda Castle caves and archery
      • Friday – Romania – Danube to the Black Sea cruise (open canoeing)

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 has been open to all our members but the guest list has now closed.

Guest list at 11 Aug (3+8):

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

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activities 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. In addition, sites such as Blackland Farm charge VAT for camp fees and activities – immediately raising their charges by 20%.
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. Full payment is now due.

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.

Bring: The joining instructions include the kit list which has some extra items when compared to a normal weekend camp. Summer camp is different to other camps as we ask for donations of cakes for the kitchen. You’ll also need your swimming kit. To get the best from our international theme there will be some pre-camp research – do ask if you aren’t sure what you need to do.

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.

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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.