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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.

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

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
Click for more photos from Nowhurst. Remember to click on the white “i” in the top right corner to see our captions for each photo

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.

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2017

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 fifth year of taking part and we had a record turnout as 13 Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. Numbers were further increased by 17 Dauxwood Cubs and their families who joined us this year.

You are never guaranteed good weather but this year it was again a gloriously sunny afternoon which made the views from the South Downs Way even more spectacular.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT20 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.

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

Report: St George’s Day Parade 2017

Our annual District parade was held in Billingshurst this year and was actually on St George’s Day itself.

It was the last parade to be organised by Kath Bridger, our District Commissioner, who steps down in June. She asked for something different so our parade through the streets was followed by the renewal of Promises and some award presentations. After that it was time for a picnic on the field before we were entertained by Hawking About and had a chance to try out some other activities.

We had 20 Parbrook Cubs in the parade which we thought was a great turnout, especially as we haven’t returned to Cubs yet after the Easter break. Well done to James for carrying the flag and to his escorts, William and Elliott. Everybody gets +10 points for coming and those with extra tasks gained an extra +5 points towards our monthly points competition.

Those that follow our Instagram account got updates during the event. Remember that we only tweet a few pictures so Instagram has more photos on the day.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.

Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

Welcome to the Summer term 2017

Hello everyone and we hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break and are looking forward to the summer term.

We’ve got lots of fun things lined up for this summer and so we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday for an evening of fun and games.

Many thanks, Akela

St George’s Day parade
Well done to everybody that came along to the St George’s Day parade and picnic. We had 20 Cubs in the parade and the District Commissioner said that we all looked very smart. We’ve got some photos of the event but if you have any good ones that we can include in our report then please e-mail them to Jacala.
A particular mention for James who carried the flag for us. We were a bit worried that it might be too heavy, especially in the gusty winds but he managed it very well.

So what else do we have in store for you this term?

Programme for this term
Towards the end of last term we held a pack forum where we asked each six to come up with ideas for our programme. It is what Scout HQ call “youth shaped Scouting”. We’ve tried to include their ideas in the programme for the term. We hope that you like it. Note that two of our evenings in June will be held on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday. We’re popping down to Ashington Scouts for a rafting evening and challenging Dauxwood Cubs to a rounders match at their pack meeting. In return the Dauxwood Cubs will be visiting us in July and will also be coming on Jamboree on the Trail.

Jamboree on the trail
Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 20th year and each year more people take part.
Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.
So we will again be meeting at Whiteways for a circular walk in the South Downs on the afternoon of Saturday 13 May. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/event-jott2017/.  You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout and we have invited the Cubs from Dauxwood to join us too. In addition to increasing your hikes away score everybody that takes part can get a special JOTT20 badge for their camp blanket.

It is camping season again. This summer we are offering you the chance to camp in tents for a total of 10 nights at our camps in June, August and September. We hope that you will want to join us. Before we get onto the details of each one we have an annual appeal for help to get our gear to camp. If anybody has access to a van that can be used then we would be very pleased to hear from you. Summer camp has the most gear as we have to take it all from tables and benches to gas bottles. Our other camps involve less kit but still have the sort of things that people are not so keen on having in their cars. If you can help then please speak to one of the leaders.
We also always need helpers at camp – either to help put things up and take things down at the start and end of camp, to help in the kitchen or to help with activities. Adults that camp with us need to have the usual Scouting DBS check which takes a few weeks to sort out so please let us know in plenty of time.

Gold rush camp at Nowhurst
Our first camp of the term is just up the road at Nowhurst near Broadbridge Heath. We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so thought we had better go an explore. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/event-nowhurst17/ and we already have 16 Cubs on the guest list. You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout.

Orient Express summer camp
Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. We will be camping at Blackland Farm near East Grinstead. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/event-summer17/. We’re hoping to have a few more names for this camp as we currently only have 4 who want to camp all week (Sun to Sat) and an additional 2 for the mini-camp which runs from Sunday to Wednesday. Hopefully when you have camped with us at Nowhurst you’ll want to do more and the numbers will increase.

Weekend camp at Stedham
We haven’t yet opened our September tent camp for booking but you can see the dates in our calendar and in the events tab of My Scout. Make a note of the weekend (Fri 29 Sep to Sun 1 Oct) and we’ll let you know when you can book.

We’re pleased to have recently received the latest donation to our funds from Easyfundraising. Thanks to all of you that remember to click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online we received a very nice £127 for the October to December 2016 quarter. This takes the total raised this way to an amazing £506 for the whole year and in addition the gift aid raised £95 for Billingshurst Scout and Guide funds. 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.

Get our dates in your calendar
Our weekly programme is available as a .ics link that you can paste into your online calendar such as google. There is a separate link for camps and group events. The links and some instructions are given on the home page of the website – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/.
Of course if you prefer the good old paper version then we can provide that too – just download it from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf