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Report: End of summer term 2016

On 19 July 2016 we took our pack meeting to Nowhurst to celebrate the end of the Summer Term.

It was one of the hottest days of the year but pleasantly cool under the Nowhurst trees. We had a busy programme of activities to fit in.

We started by collecting wood for the fire which was lit by Mike and John while the Cubs had a wide game in the woods. Then we made a special presentation to Raksha who was celebrating 40 years as a 1st Billingshurst leader. After that we asked our Group Scout Leader, Glyn, to invest Keego as an Assistant Cub Leader. After some more photos and toasted marshmallows we were almost out of time but just squeezed in some camp fire songs and presented the badges earned at the sailing taster.

As usual we were pleased to be joined by so many family members and friends of the pack.

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

Raksha – 40 years
In 2016 Phyllis Gravett, Raksha, received her 40 years service award. This represented an amazing commitment to 1st Billingshurst where she helped with both Dauxwood and Parbrook Cub packs and to Petworth & Pulborough District where she was badge secretary. Jacala has only known Raksha for the 10 years he has been at Parbrook but we looked back through our archives to see her in action

You can see those photos online



Pack meeting: end of term at Nowhurst, Tue 25 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 25 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 invest Kristian and 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.  We are delighted that our outgoing District Commissioner Kath Bridger will be joining us for her last duties before she steps down at the end of July. We may also see the new District Commissioner.

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 if the weather has been wet the insects can be rather hungry. If you are targetted by such creatures we suggest using some insect repellant before you come.

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

Event: Weekend camp, Jun16

Our weekend camp in June takes us just up the road to Nowhurst where we’ll have plenty of time to celebrate the centenary of Cubs by trying some of the activities that they might have done over the 100 years. 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.

If you are on our guest list please see the joining instructions

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 17 June and run through until 4pm on Sunday 19 June with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy as we look back on 100 years of Scouting skills. 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 and a few other challenges on the way.

Sunday: We’re repeating our Father’s Day Fun Day on the Sunday. Parents who want to visit for the day or Cubs that can’t camp but would like to do some of the activities can join us at 10am on Sunday. You’ll need to register via Groupspaces so that we can cater for the numbers. Activities are likely to include a cricket/rounders game, fire lighting, cooking your lunch on the fire and working in teams to make shelters. The cost for a day visitor, adult or Cub is £3

Who: Camp is open to all our members. 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 (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.

Guest list at 12 June (16 Cubs):

  • Charlie
  • Clementine
  • Elliott
  • Ethan
  • Finley W (paid)
  • Isabella
  • James
  • Jasmine
  • Joshua
  • Kinley
  • Lucybelle
  • Martha
  • Max
  • Poppy
  • Robin
  • Thomas
  • William

Cost: The cost of the weekend is £27 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 £24 which you have all paid.

Booking: Our guest list is now closed. Thank you to everybody on the list for completing their health form (HF).

Bring: The kit list shows all that you need to bring. 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.

Report: End of summer term 2015

On 21 July 2015 we took our pack meeting to Nowhurst to celebrate the end of the Summer Term.

After collecting wood for the fire we had a wide game in the woods. Then Akela invested Abi and Katie. We ended the evening with some camp fire songs and toasted marshmallows.

It was a pleasantly warm evening and we were pleased to be joined by so many family members and friends of the pack.

For more pictures please see our Nowhurst gallery

Thanks to Tabaqui and Jacala for taking the photos

Report: Spider weekend camp

Our weekend camp in June 2015 took us back to Nowhurst camp site near Broadbridge Heath. It may just be 15 minutes away but it is a world of difference.

As we were camping on the Spider site we used that as the theme. We followed the web to the spider’s lair challenge, made spider puppets and models and enjoyed spider cakes. We also introduced a new wide game – spiders v flies. On Sunday we had our Father’s Day funday. We were pleased to be joined by so many Dads who made their camp fires and lunches and enjoyed a competitive rounders game on the Stumps site. We ended camp with Chief Scout’s Silver Award presentations to Craig and Harry. Well done to both of them for getting our highest award.

We’re grateful to Lara and Kelly for helping Marian and Hawkeye in the kitchen, to Matt, John and Tabaqui for running the activities and to Phoenix and Hathi for all their help with the crafts and the campfire.

Having recently lost a lot of our experienced campers we were concerned to just have 14 Cubs at camp. However, there was a lot of interest from the Dads and from our new campers so we hope to see you all again on our next camps. 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.

For more pictures please see our Spider weekend camp gallery

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos