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Report: Spider weekend camp

Our weekend camp in June 2018 took us back to Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath. It may just be 15 minutes up the road but it always feels a world away when you get there.

As we were camping on the Spider site we used that as the theme. Our spider inspired bases on Saturday included making spiders webs, following the trail to a spider’s larder, hanging by a thread on he climbing tower and negotiating the spider’s web in the woods. We also had time for our spiders v flies wide game.

We’re grateful to Mel and Marian for looking after things in the kitchen, to Rama, Kaa, Bagheera, Rann and Tabaqui for running the activities and Chris Evans and his team for bringing along the tower. Also a special mention to those that came to help pitch tents or transport equipment so that everything was ready when the Cubs arrived on Friday night, especially Martin, Jon and Lara.

We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us and so do let us know if you fancy helping. We need a minimum number of adults on site overnight.

You can keep up with what is going on at camp by following us on social media. We tweet occasional messages each day but the main photo stream is on our instagram account.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

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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.

Event: Spider camp, June 2018

Our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst where we’ll discover a web of spider themed activities during the weekend. There will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.


Help wanted: We are grateful to those parents who have already volunteered to help during the weekend. We still need your help to transport gear to the site. We will be meeting at the hall at 2pm on Friday to load up. You can either bring the gear over from 4.30pm or when you bring your Cub at 7pm.


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 carefully, respecting the neighbours and other parents who may have already dropped off and be departing.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 8 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 10 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of spidery activities to keep us busy including a spiders web challenge and the chance to dangle by a thread.  As usual we will have plenty of time for games in the woods (including the return of our popular spiders v flies wide game), fire lighting, campfire songs and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Camp has been open to all our members but to allow us to make final arrangements the Guest List is 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’ll have Marian looking after things in the kitchen but she will need a kitchen helper or two. You don’t have to stay overnight unless you’d like to but we will need you to help with preparing breakfast. We’d welcome extra adults to help us during the weekend (anybody that camps must have a Scouting DBS check) and especially taking gear to site on the Friday afternoon and pitching the tents. Do talk to a leader if you are interested. If you are unsure of the sort of help we need then see the “helper at camp” section of our join us page.

Guest list at 5 June – 15 Cubs:

  • Adam (Pd+HF)
  • Evan (Pd+HF)
  • Finn
  • Harry (Pd+HF)
  • Izzy (Pd+HF)
  • James (Pd+HF)
  • Jasmine (Pd+HF)
  • Lucybelle (Pd+HF)
  • Luke W (Pd+HF)
  • Martha (Pd+HF)
  • Phillip (Pd+HF)
  • Poppy (Pd+HF)
  • Rohan (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas B (Pd+HF)
  • Thomas H (Pd+HF)
  • Violet (Pd+HF)

Cost: Camp fees for the weekend are £25 which of course includes all the activities and food. Thank you to everybody for having paid your camp fees in advance.

Booking: You could reserve your place online via the events tab in My Scout but the guest list has now closed

Bring: We have now issued a camp specific kit list. The only unusual item is that we would like each Cub to bring along two plastic milk bottle tops – ideally different colours but you can always swap with other Cubs. Our camping with the Cubs page has useful information for those who have not camped with us before.

Previous camps: We regularly 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.

Report: End of Summer term 2017

We always like to end our summer term in style so on 25 July 2017 the Cubs, leaders and parents enjoyed an evening at Nowhurst Camp Site.

We started off with an investiture and asked the District Commissioner to present some awards (before we presented her with a surprise). Then it was over to the camp fire for some songs including some led by the three Cubs that were leaving us to go to Scouts. We ended the evening with marshmallows on sticks that Mike had prepared during the evening.

We were delighted to see such a good attendance from Cubs and their families. Cubs is not just kids stuff – there is challenge and adventure for adults too so if you are a Cub parent who enjoyed the evening why not come along to one of our camps or expeditions?

 

End of term at Nowhurst - photo gallery
More photos from Nowhurst

Jacala – 30 years
During the presentations the District Commissioner caught Jacala unawares as he thought that HQ had delayed presentation of his award to mark 30 years of service as a leader. We aren’t sure how but Kath had managed to find one which was a lovely surprise.
Nick was Assistant Cub Leader at 2nd Bracknell from 1985 to 1993 and then Cub Leader from 1998 to 2006 when he moved to Sussex. He joined us in November 2006 before becoming the leader in 2008. In 2012 he stepped back to become Assistant Cub Leader again. He also ran Cubs at Stubbington House boarding school (in Ascot) in the early 1990s and 1st Wood End Cub pack in North Warwickshire from 1994 to 1997.
2nd Bracknell nominated Nick for the award of merit and then surprised him by turning up at a camp at Nowhurst in 2013 to present it.

Viewing the captions for our photos
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Report: Gold rush weekend at Nowhurst

Our weekend camp in June 2017 took us back to the Spider Site at Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath.

We’d heard that there was gold in them there hills and so set off to discover more about the Californian Gold Rush and to look for gold ourselves. We were delighted to have 20 Cubs on our guest list which with our support team made it one of the largest camps we have had for a while.


Once unpacked on Friday evening we started with a wide game in the woods. Saturday morning started earlier than expected for some of us with some of the Cubs making enough noise to need a visit from Jacala and Akela from 4.30am – more or less as soon as it got light. After a brief shower of rain early Saturday morning the weather switched to gold rush mode too with lots of lovely sunshine. On Saturday morning we found out some more golden facts and made jumping frogs – just like the frogs of Calaveras County in the story by Mark Twain.

On Saturday afternoon the Cubs went prospecting with a whole list of activities and challenges to do. These included panning for gold and also rope making which was part of the pioneer badge that we had been working on. Being in the wild west we included a sharpshooter challenge which turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Activities on Saturday ended with our usual camp fire (built by Rama), songs and of course hot chocolate.

On Sunday the time raced by once the Cubs had been inspected, packed away their gear and swept out their tents. They still had time to collect firewood and make fires using sparks from a flint and steel rather than matches.

More photos from Nowhurst
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We’re grateful everybody that helped us run the weekend – starting off with the parents who loaded up their cars to transport the gear to site and then helped pitch the tents. Then to Caroline and Chil for helping Marian in the kitchen and to Jacala, Tabaqui, Akela, Shere Khan, Rann, Rama, Craig and Kaa for running the activities.

A special mention to the Harris family who all turned out to help us, despite no longer having any family members in 1st Billingshurst. It is always great to see our former members and we’re really grateful for all your hard work over the weekend.

Also to Rann who as a parent of a new Cub decided to take the plunge and join us for the weekend. We were able to present him with his camper badge to recognise that it was his first night away with us (and hopefully not the last).

We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us or help in the kitchen so do let us know if you fancy coming along. We need a minimum number of adults on site overnight.

You can keep up with what is going on at camp by following us on social media. We tweet occasional messages each day but the main photo stream is on our instagram account.

If you enjoyed the gold rush weekend then don’t forget to register for our other camps in 2017. We have three more opportunities including our week-long summer camp in August. Registration is via My Scout.