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Report: Summer Camp 2018

For Summer Camp 2018 we returned to Downe Scout Activity Centre at Biggin Hill in Kent. After the long hot summer we didn’t have a completely dry week but still did well with the weather

Camp ran from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August with our mini-campers leaving us on the Wednesday. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

With Charles Darwin having lived nearby we found out about him and his life and also visited his house during the week.

Our guest list was:

  • Full week (9): Lucybelle, Thomas, Adam, Martha, Violet, Izzy, Jasmine, Joshua
  • Mini camp (3): James, Tommy and Luke
  • Adults camping (5) – Jacala, Marian, Kaa, Tabaqui, Helen and Luke (scout helper)
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Click to see photos from Downe

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from camp while we are there.

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Report: Pack meeting – RepTylers

Our pack meeting on 16 October 2018 was a bit different as we were visited by the RepTylers from Brighton and their collection.

During the evening we met snakes, spiders and lizards. The Cubs got the chance to hold or touch the creatures – in some cases having to overcome their fears to do so. We even got Akela to hold the tarantula.

As you will see from the pictures, Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

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Click to see more photos from our evening

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from our meetings while we are there.

Photos provided by Jacala. Thanks to Jem and Ryan from the RepTylers for making it such a fun and interesting evening

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

Pack meeting: end of term at Nowhurst, Tue 24 Jul

We’ll end the Summer Term in our traditional way with an evening at Nowhurst camp site. We hope that other family members and friends of the pack will come along to join us at the camp fire.

When: Our last pack meeting this term will take place on Tuesday 24 July. We’ll start at 6.30pm as usual but end at 8.30pm.

Where: We will be using  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. Once you turn onto Nowhurst Lane you will find that access is via a narrow road (see site map). Please be considerate to other users including parents that may be leaving the site as you arrive. The site entrance is signed and is the second turn on the left – it is always tempting to go up the first road but please resist! A one way system operates through the camp site. Please enter by the first entrance and then leave the car park by the exit. We are using the Spider site but you will need to leave your car in the central car park and carry your gear to the site. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully.

What: We’ll start the evening by collecting firewood and then our helpers will build the fire while we have a wide game. We’ll then present some awards before we end the evening with a camp fire.

Who: We hope to see all our Cubs but also extend an invitation to other family members (who must be accompanied by an adult who retains responsibility for them) and friends of our pack.

Cost: There is no charge for attending this event

Bring: You must arrive at camp in your uniform top (Cub t-shirt is fine) and scarf. Bring a folding chair to use at the camp fire. Check the weather forecast before you come in case other clothing is required, e.g. waterproof top. We’ll have some squash and biscuits later in the evening and hopefully some toasted marshmallows but please bring the usual water bottle in case you need a top up after running about in the woods.

Insect bites: The Spider site has a pond nearby and, as we found at our camp in June, the insects can be rather hungry. If you are targetted by such creatures we suggest using some insect repellent before you come.

Previous camps: We visit Nowhurst regularly and you can search for our reports from Nowhurst events online.

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2018

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail.

This was our sixth year of taking part and nine brave Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to a rather soggy South Downs. It was great that so many family members and friends of the pack were able to join us for our hike.

You are never guaranteed good weather at this time of year and after several sunny hikes in recent years it seemed that our luck with the weather had run out. Although the morning was dry, the afternoon was wet although thankfully not windy otherwise the exposed sections of route would have been very unpleasant. The low cloud and reduced visibility meant that we didn’t see the spectacular South Downs views that this walk is known for.

We were pleased to meet walkers from 1st Barnham and 2nd Felpham who were doing a similar route to us but in the other direction. Together their group had 100 walkers which is quite impressive.

We published the map of the route online so suggest that families head back to Whiteways on a drier day and try the walk again.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT21 souvenir badge. (Hikes Away badges are awarded at levels 1, 2, 5 and 10 so not everybody will get a badge this time but their participation has been recorded).

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions. Thanks to Jacala for the pictures.

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

Scroll down this page for the links to our JOTT reports from previous years