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Report: Space race weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2017 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

This year we were on the Parbrook Space Race so the site became our secret research base where our teams developed their rockets to send into space. Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we had to make some changes to the programme and deal with wet tents at the end of the weekend.


On Saturday we divided into three teams which the Cubs named Space Raiders, Space Invaders and Moon Pigs. We visited the new adventure course to test astronaut fitness. It was sunny and warm on the field so we made our lunch to cook on the fires before some fire lighting practice with flint and steel.  As the weather closed in we made our model rockets and ended the day with songs in the marquee.

On Sunday it was wet at first. Getting the Cubs to work in their tents to make their bedding rolls into their tents was a bit tricky. It is always tempting for Mum to make the bedding roll at home but on a Sunday it is the Cub who has to do it and if they haven’t done it before they will struggle. It is always best to practice at home and we had been through what to do in our pack meeting just before camp. The day brightened up enough to stop the tents dripping and allowed us to do our eggs in space activity on the field. By lunchtime it was raining again so we were grateful to have baked potatoes for lunch. We just had time to launch a few bottle rockets before it was time to go home.


Our guest list was:

  • 17 Cubs – Abigail, Finley, Finn, Harry, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Kristian, Lucybelle, Luke, Martha, Poppy, Robin, Thomas B, Thomas F, Tommy, Violet
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Bagheera, Hawkeye, Jacala, Josh (Fri & Sat), Marian, Max, Rama (John), Shere Khan, Tabaqui

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets, taking rubbish and recycling home and coming to the hall after camp to help us hang up the tents to get them dry. Remember – 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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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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Joining: Parbrook space race weekend

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.

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?

 

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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
Click on the photo album banner on this page to take you to the gallery. You’ll then see a map and all the photos displayed. Click on a photo and then in the top right of the screen a white “i” to open the info window which includes our captions. You can then scroll through the photos with the arrow keys or by clicking on the arrows at left and right of the screen.

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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Report: pack meeting – rafting

On 14 June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington so that we could do some rafting. On what was a very warm evening we had a great turnout and built 3 rafts with help from the Ashington scout leaders.

We started by working on building the rafts themselves. Because of our numbers we had three teams, each working with the Ashington leaders. After a few clove hitches and lashings to make the frame the blue plastic barrels were fixed on.

Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was time to get the rafts in the water. At first all was well as the Cubs paddled their way around the island but then a few slipped off the rafts into the water. By the end of the evening the rafts were forgotten and all the Cubs were in the water – with their buoyancy aids of course.

 

We’re very grateful to the leaders from Ashington for providing us with such an enjoyable evening.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from our rafting evening

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one 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