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Report: Spy school weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2018 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was to be a level 3 camp sleeping in tents but had to change to a level 2 instead.

Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we really got hit this year. Forecasts of heavy rain and gales meant that we had to change our plans. We decided to still go to Stedham but the Cubs had to sleep inside where we knew they would be dry and warm.

This was the last camp to be run by the current leader team before they step down at Christmas. We are urgently looking for new leaders to start a new chapter with Parbrook Cubs from January 2019.


As the Cubs arrived on Friday they made their ID cards and fingerprint key rings which we would use through the rest of the weekend. There was also time for a starlit wide game in the woods before bed. The unfortunate down side of being indoors in the warm and dry is that one noisy Cub is enough to keep all of the others awake. Also the thick classroom walls meant that the leaders outside could not hear the noise.

On Saturday we concentrated on our spy school activities. We split into three teams which then conducted three spy missions – a team challenge guiding their team through the minefield without speaking, a planning activity choosing the kit needed for the mission and a trying to get through our laser maze. After lunch with the rain pouring down we moved in to the new oak framed marquee for our afternoon activities and games. Sadly the continuing rain meant no camp fire but with it being the last camp for a number of our experienced campers we still had camp fire songs.

On Sunday it was still raining. After breakfast the Cubs were able to pack their gear inside but were getting a bit restless at being cooped up. Fortunately by mid-morning there was a bit of a break in the weather and they were able to make the most of the adventure course. We’d planned lunch on fires which wasn’t possible but the Cubs still made their pitta pizzas. By the time the parents came to pick up it had turned into a lovely day on the field. With our leaders giving up at Christmas it meant the end of an era on our camps with Marian retiring from camp cooking. As she has been a key part of our core camping team since 2007 we presented her with some flowers.


Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Adam, Ava, Dominic, Harry, Izzy, James O’M, James W, Jasmine, Joshua, Lucybelle, Luke W, Martha, Owen, Philip, Thomas B, Thomas H, Tommy, Tyler, Violet,
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Jacala, Tabaqui, Kaa, Marian, Rann, Rama (Sat), Shere Khan (Sat), Caroline (Sat), Katie (Sat), Beck (Sun)

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend, especially Katie, Caroline and Bec who provided kitchen support on each day. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets or taking rubbish and recycling home. 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.

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Click to see photos from Stedham

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 and Tabaqui 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: End of term at Nowhurst

We always like to end the summer term with a family evening at Nowhurst. This year our meeting was on 24 July 2018 which was in the hot spell, making things even more enjoyable.

After starting with flag break we had time for a wide game before a few presentations and ending with a camp fire. A perfect way to end the term

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Click the album to see pictures from our evening at Nowhurst. 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 Tabaqui for taking most of the photos

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

Report: paddle sport taster

On 14 July 2018 we had the opportunity to join a paddle sport taster session organised by the District. Although originally scheduled to be held in Ashington where we did the rafting last year, the venue was changed to the Wey and Arun Canal at Drungewick Slipway.

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 onto the water. During the hour long session the Cubs had the chance to try various water craft. Some of them even managed to stay in them although there were quite a few splashes.

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Click the album to see pictures from our paddle sport tester. 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.

We’ve got lots of photos from the event but think that this one is definitely worth drawing attention to – we call it “challenge accepted“. You’ll also find it in context in our photo album.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos, to the District team for providing such a great afternoon and to all the Cubs for trying the different craft so enthusiastically.

Cubs participating were: Emily, Martha, Rohan, James, Luke, Philip, Harry, Jasmine, Izzy, Violet, Finn, Adam and Poppy.

All of the Cubs that took part gained an extra event on their time on the water badge. Note that badges themselves are only presented at 1, 2 and 5 events so not everybody will get one this time.

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