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Report: Pack meeting – RepTylers

Our pack meeting on 16 October 2018 was a bit different as we were visited by the RepTylers from Brighton and their collection.

During the evening we met snakes, spiders and lizards. The Cubs got the chance to hold or touch the creatures – in some cases having to overcome their fears to do so. We even got Akela to hold the tarantula.

As you will see from the pictures, 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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Click to see more photos from our evening

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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from our meetings while we are there.

Photos provided by Jacala. Thanks to Jem and Ryan from the RepTylers for making it such a fun and interesting evening

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Welcome to the autumn term

Welcome back

We hope that you had an enjoyable summer break and are looking forward to a packed term of events at Parbrook Cubs. This term is one of transition as we have 5 Cubs preparing to move up to Scouts. We also have a lot of new Cubs who have either joined us recently or will be starting this term. Although the current team of leaders will be leaving at the end of term we have planned a packed programme of pack meetings to keep us all busy right through to December.

When we last saw most of you it was at our end of term evening at Nowhurst. It all seems a long time ago now but you can remind yourself of the hot spell by looking at our report from that evening.

Those of you that came to Summer Camp at Downe had a great week of activities, adventure and close encounters with the local deer which roamed through the site. We hope to have the photographs from camp online soon but until then you can get a taster by seeing the pictures that Jacala posted on our instagram account. We had a visit from the District Commissioner on Friday evening and he was so impressed with our campfire that he recorded a video of “Cecil was a caterpillar”.

We need your help more than ever this term

At the end of the summer term we sadly said goodbye to Bagheera, Keego, Nagina and Baloo and this has left a bit of a hole in our team for this term. We start the term with 26 Cubs and have 14 weeks of pack meetings this term. If everybody took their turn we could have 2 parents each week and everybody would only have to help once. However, we hope that you’ll like it so much that you’ll want to do more. We have some activities that we are running as “bases” over a few weeks and it would be great to have the same adult running them each week. For now we have marked the weeks on the programme where help is required. You can register to help by clicking the red “I can help” button when you view the programme on “My Scout“. If this works then it will save us having to allocate parents to each week.

Don’t drop and run

Now that we only have a maximum of three leaders in our team we need to be more careful at the start of our meetings. Our child protection rules mean that we cannot have just one leader present with Cubs. So, when you are dropping off please come into the hall so that you can be sure that we have enough adults to run the programme that evening. We may ask you to stay for a while if any of our leaders are delayed. Jacala commutes from London and Tabaqui from Chichester and both are by train which adds that level of uncertainty when trying to predict arrival times.

Dark nights – rules for picking up

Just a reminder that we don’t let the Cubs leave the hall unless they are with an adult that they know. It will be dark by 8pm very soon so please come into the hall to pick up. If your Cub is going home with somebody else then do let us know when you drop them off. Also, you may like to bring a torch to help negotiate the uneven paving slabs between the road and the hall.


Our programme for the term

You can download a copy of the programme for the term from our website. This is the one page of A4 version which is ideal for pinning to the fridge to remind you what is planned each week. For more information about what we will be doing and the chance to register as an adult helper that week you should pop along to My Scout and click on the programme tab.

Spy school weekend camp

Our last tent camp of the year takes place over the weekend of 21-23 September and we hope you and your Cub will be able to join us. We will be returning to Stedham in the South Downs which is one of our favourite camp sites. Our activities will be spy related on Saturday although we will end Saturday night with our traditional camp fire and songs. On Sunday we hope to mix spy school with scouting skills as, after packing away their gear, the Cubs will be lighting fires and cooking their own lunch. The cost of the camp has been reduced to £30 and you can reserve your place through the events tab of My Scout. We have provided much more information including directions to the site and advice for our first time campers on the website.
All our Cubs are invited and you should have received an invitation from My Scout to book your place. If not, just pop along to the events tab and register there. We are grateful to those that have volunteered to come and help us during the weekend but still need somebody to help Marian in the kitchen and an extra pair of hands to help with the programme and other tasks such as camp fire building. If you can help please let us know when you register or contact a leader.


A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs

This term is the last one where Akela, Jacala and Tabaqui will be running Parbrook Cubs. This gives a great opportunity for people with new ideas or skills to step up and take over the running of the pack. We’ve put more information on the website but would urge anybody that is interested to speak to our Group Scout Leader, Zoe Jenkins.

Group AGM

The group is holding its AGM on Friday 7 September at the hall. It is a great opportunity to meet the leaders from the other sections and hear a little about what they have been up to. Unfortunately neither Akela or Jacala can attend the AGM but anybody who wants to know more about what we do can easily find out from the reports page of the website. To help the organisers with their planning please click the appropriate link in the AGM invitation that you have been sent from My Scout.
We had been expecting that the AGM would be the ribbon cutting on the new extension to the scout hut. However, the building work clearly didn’t take place during the holidays as had been planned. Hopefully they will explain all at the meeting.

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.

New leaders needed to run Parbrook Cubs

A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs

At Parbrook Cubs we have been very fortunate in recent years to have a stable leadership team supported by our young leaders and parents. However, things change and as children get older and move sections some of our regular helpers go with them. The end of this term sees us saying goodbye to Keego (Gemma) and we have already lost Bagheera (Jane) from our regular meetings. Next term we will see a number of the older Cubs moving up to Scouts, taking their parents with them. This includes Akela. Fortunately Akela and Jacala have agreed to stay on until Christmas so that they can provide some continuity and assistance to the new leaders that will take the pack forward into 2019. We are now urgently looking for those new leaders to run things, either to help from September or to take over in January.

Akela said “I joined Parbrook when Max started and running our programme has been great fun. However, now that Poppy is too old for Cubs I need to support my family in their new activities. Cubs has been great for all of the family but you do need a team of leaders to run things properly and avoid it all falling to one person. Everybody is busy these days but we hope that by taking their turn on the rota or even helping at camps our new parents will see what a great pack they have joined and will be able to contribute to its running.

Jacala said “when I moved to Billingshurst in 2006, Parbrook Cubs had just 7 members. Since then, working with a great team of leaders, we have built the pack up into the success that it is today. However, as many of you know, the commute from London makes committing to an 1830 start a bit tricky and although I love the website, social media and planning side of things I cannot step back up to run meetings single handed. Running things with Nick W has shown how important it is to have connections to parents e.g. via the school, as catching people face to face is so much better than just sending e-mails that people don’t always read. Having received my 30 years of service to Scouting award last year I am finding that coming up with new ideas for our programme is getting difficult and I don’t want to get into a rut or be the person that stops change because “we always do it that way”. The pack desperately needs an injection of new ideas and skills to take it forward and I don’t want to hold them back. Whoever steps up will find a generous balance in the bank thanks to our Easyfundraising and a cupboard full of camping equipment including our new tents. The building blocks are there, we just need the new people.

Sadly we know that e-mail appeals like this rarely result in anybody stepping up to fill the gap and so we plan to run next term with a parents rota. We will allocate two parents to each week and hope that you will be able to support us. Feel free to swap your weeks amongst yourselves if you find yourself unable to do the week we have suggested. Our currently advertised camps in August and September will go ahead as planned and as usual we welcome extra adult helpers at camp – especially in September.

If you would like to know more please discuss with any of our leaders or contact Zoe, our Group Scout Leader. For those that say that they would like to help but cannot manage a Tuesday evening there is good news. We have lots of behind the scenes roles that are still important but don’t have to involve a Tuesday evening. Have a look at our join us page for ideas of roles available.

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.