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Welcome to the summer term 2018

After such a long period of wet and cold weather we are hoping that things will improve as we start the Summer Term. As usual we have a packed programme of activities to enjoy on a Tuesday evening. You can download your copy from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. We are hoping to be outside on the field as much as we can so don’t forget to bring your water bottles if you think that you might need them. Do make sure that they have a name on and try to remember to take them home again at the end of the evening as we always seem to have some left.

St Georges Day Parade

With St George being the patron saint of Scouting we always celebrate his day which is of course 23 April. This year the District has decided to do something a bit different so we have been invited to attend an event at Parham House near Storrington. After a short service and the important renewal of the Promises there will be an afternoon of activities to try out. Pop along to the website for more details – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/event-stg18/ and don’t forget to let us know if you plan to attend by registering through My Scout.

Jamboree on the trail

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 will be the sixth year that we have taken part and our event will follow the usual format. We invite Cubs and their families (and well behaved dogs) to join us for a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 12 May. We will start from Whiteways Car Park and then follow the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way on a circular walk. We will have more details online shortly and you will can register through My Scout. There is no charge for taking part and everybody can earn a commemorative Jamboree on the Trail 2018 blanket badge

Spider camp

Our camp this term will be at Nowhurst which is near Broadbridge Heath. We will be sleeping in tents on the weekend of 9-11 June. Despite just being 15 minutes away it is a secluded spot that we always enjoy visiting. We already have 13 names on our guest list but there is plenty of room for more. You can find details at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nowhurst18/ and register through My Scout. Don’t forget that the camp fees are due before camp.

Summer camp

We have been delighted with the response to Summer Camp at Downe which takes place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August. The number of campers we can take is restricted by the size of groups that the campsite will take for activities. We have now filled the 12 places that we have available. Details are on the website at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/event-downe18/ and camp fees should be paid before camp.

Weekend camp at Stedham

Our final tent camp of the year will be at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We will have more information about this camp online nearer the time but you can register via My Scout if you would like to reserve a place. Camp will take place over the weekend of 21-23 September

Come and help us at our camps

We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments – you don’t even have to camp as you can visit for the day. Have a look at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/join-us/#adults for a bit more detail and have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Billingshurst Show

The annual parade and show takes place on Sunday 24 June. With some of our leaders away that weekend we are looking for a couple of parents to volunteer to coordinate our involvement. We have a place in the parade if we want it but, as we have seen in recent years, it is very hard to find anybody that has a vehicle that we can use. This means that if we are going to take part at all then we will be walking which reduces options. We also need to run a stall on the field in the afternoon and have been given a target of raising at least £50. If you would be able to help us run our part of the show or have any ideas please let me know. Without parent help we will not be able to take part in the parade.

Easyfundraising

We are grateful to all of you that support our Easyfundraising when you shop online. With the donation reminder toolbar all you have to do is click to confirm that you’d like us to receive a donation when you shop at a participating site. We have now received the final payment for 2017 and raised just over £250. This is a bit down when compared to last year but still allows us to subsidise our camps and trips. If you don’t already support us then pop along to https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ to find out more and sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/. So easy, why not?

Don’t forget to let us know if you can help with our camps or the Billingshurst Show

Nick Wainewright, Akela

 

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Report: Pack meeting on the train

On  6 March 2018 we took our pack meeting to Horsham Station. We travelled by train of course as the evening was part of the Go-learn programme provided by Southern and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership.

We started the programme with a week of learning about trains and railway safety in the hall with Angie from the CRP. Then it was off to the station with Andrew from Southern to put it into practice.

The first step was to get our tickets for the journey – special Cub ones of course. Then our party of 23 Cubs and 6 adults was ready to board the 1830 to Horsham.

We had two I-Spy books to work through – one for the train journey and another to help us explore Horsham station. The time flew by with trains coming and going before it was time for us to get the train home again

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Thanks to Rann and Caroline for coming with us. We certainly need extra adults when we are out and about. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers and there are lots of ways that you can help us.

We are very grateful to GTR/Southern and the Sussex CRP for letting us take part in their Go-Learn programme and to Angie and Andrew for spending time with us to help us work through it.

Spring term update

We have 5 weeks of pack meetings remaining this term and for 3 of them we will not be meeting at the hall. Please check the programme information on My Scout to make sure you know where to go and to volunteer as a parent helper.

Pack meetings 27 Feb & 6 Mar
We are pleased to be welcoming Angie from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership to our meetings. She will be coming along to help us with our programme about railway safety. We are taking part in Southern’s Go Learn scheme which aims to make sure that young people are safe when around the railway. For Cubs this week we are in the hall but on 6 March we are putting what we learned into practice with a train trip to Horsham. As a result the meeting will run EARLIER than usual and you will need to meet us at the station, booking office side, by 1815. Trains permitting we will be back at 1945. We will tweet any changes to the times, particularly if the return journey is delayed so do make sure that you are following us at twitter.com/parbrookcubs.

Pack meeting 13 March – lambing live
We will visiting the lambs at the Chichester College farm near Pulborough. All the information about the evening is on our lambing live page.

Pack meeting 27 March – wide game in the woods
We’re celebrating the return of the lighter evenings by heading to the woods for a wide game. While it will be too early for bluebells we should see some spring flowers too. Uniform top and scarf are required then dress for the weather. The woods are always muddy so we suggest welly boots. We will end the evening with an investiture in the woods

District Quiz – Monday 12 March
We are delighted to almost have enough Cubs for two teams at the District Quiz. Each team needs 4 Cubs so we just need one more to get to our two teams. There is more information on our quiz page and you can register your place on My Scout.

Camps – now booking
Pop along to the events section of My Scout to register your interest in our forthcoming camps. We currently have 10 nights away on offer with camps in June (Nowhurst), August (Downe) and September (Stedham). Don’t forget to pay your deposit online when you register.
We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments.
If you are new to camping with us and are unsure what it is all about then our camping with the Cubs page may be helpful. In addition we have lots of photos from previous camps on our reports page so have a look and see what we get up to. Have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

St Georges Day Parade
This year the District parade will be on Sunday 22 April. All of our Cubs are expected to attend and so please try and keep the date free. We hope to have more information soon.

Subs
We don’t like to hassle for Subs at the start of term when so many people are making demands for money. However, we do need to remind a few of you that your £35 Subs are now due. Please pay using online banking – our details are in the noticeboard section of My Scout if you don’t have them.

Easyfundraising
With it being peak holiday booking season do remember to click through from our Easyfundraising site (or use the donation reminder toolbar) when you are booking online. Flights, travel insurance and hotels are large earners for us and the money we raise stays with Parbrook Cubs where we use it to keep our camp fees as low as we can.

Food miles and charity homework
It isn’t too late to complete your “Half Term badgework” on food miles. We need you to complete that section of your global issues badge at home.

Complaints process
Our team of volunteer leaders tries to work with Cub parents to deliver the best Scouting that we can. Our “not just kids stuff” policy is an open invitation for extra adults to be part of our camps, expeditions and pack meetings and to find out more about how we work. From your involvement and feedback we know that you are generally happy with the way that we operate and the activities that we do.
Sometimes we have to make decisions on behalf of the pack that you may disagree with individually. We hope that you will let us know if that is the case, taking the opportunity to discuss with one of the leaders. However, if you would like to talk to somebody in the group who is not involved in the day to day running of the pack then our Group Scout Leader, Zoe Jenkins, should be able to help. She manages the running of the whole group from Beavers to Scouts and you can use our website form to contact her.

Manchester “bee” badges
We have enjoyed seeing the bee badges on uniforms. However, the time has come to remove them from your uniform and transfer them instead to your camp blanket. There is no rush to do it immediately but we hope that they will have been removed when we return after Easter.

 

Welcome to the spring term 2018

Welcome to the Spring Term 2018
I hope that you had a great Christmas and are now looking forward to a new term at Parbrook Cubs. As usual we have been working behind the scenes to plan a packed programme of activities to get us through to Easter. We’ve also got 11 nights away planned between now and the end of the year.

So what have we got planned for this term?

  • Badgework – we will be working on the environmental conservation and global issues badges which are two that we haven’t worked on before. Don’t forget that you can check your personal progress with badges on My Scout
  • Visits – we try to get out and about when we can. This term we have our rescheduled visit to Pets at Home, we’ll be visiting Horsham station as part of a programme of work with Southern, we have 2 chances to explore the woods in the dark and we hope to revisit Brinsbury for another session of lambing live. We also hope to have a number of visitors coming to see us to help with our pack meetings this term.
  • Nights away – we advertised our night away at Runways End last term and already have 18 of the 20 places filled. We are also grateful to the parents who will be coming with us.

You can download our one page programme which is ideal for sticking on your fridge to remind you what is coming up this term.

Pack meeting – 16 January
As part of our week looking at disasters we want to make shelters in the hall. We’d like those of you that have bedding rolls to bring in the groundsheet and cord that you use so that we can use it in the activity. We’ve put a reminder in the online programme.

Minimising e-mails
We do all that we can to keep you informed about what is happening at Parbrook Cubs. Communication is important to us but we know that everybody gets loads of e-mails and us adding to the load doesn’t always mean that our messages will be read. We still prefer e-mail to paper notes but try to keep our e-mails to a minimum. There may be important messages that you need to know but you can easily check for yourself. Jacala works hard to keep the website up to date and you can get our programme in your calendar, e.g. on google calendar (just add our .ics files – see website for the links). The same information is available if you log on to My Scout and check the programme tab. If you are not sure how to do any of these things then do please ask. The e-mail version of this note will include a link to the My Scout programme to get you started.

We’re social
Parbrook Cubs is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each has its own purpose and you can find out more by reading the social media page on the website. We get good feedback from our instagram posts which tend to pop up during pack meetings or our camps so that you can see what we are doing.
Did you see our 2017 best 9 on Instagram? They are the pictures that got the most likes in the year but scrolling back through the feed gives a good insight of what we have been doing. We have certainly been busy. We’re grateful to all of you that helped us with our activities last year and hope to see you at more of our events in 2018. If you’d like to help but aren’t sure how then have a look at the “not just kids stuff” section of our join us page.

Nights Away
Our camps and sleepovers are important to us and with 32 Cubs in the pack we hope for record attendances this year. Our online calendar already has our camp dates listed and they will appear in My Scout events when they are open for booking. For now do make a note of the dates for the rest of the year as we already have 11 nights away planned:  8-10 June, 12-18 August and 21-23 September.
As usual we are always looking for extra adults to come and enjoy camp with us. If you want to stay overnight then you’ll need a Scouting DBS so do let us know in plenty of time.
For those on our guest list for Runway’s End it is now time to pay the balance of your camp fees. We will shortly be sending out joining instructions at which time you will need to complete our online health form as usual.

Easyfundraising
We have just received the quarterly donations for July to September 2017 which added another £42 to our total raised in the year, taking it to £209 so far. Our income from Easyfundraising looks to be down this year which is unfortunate as we want to use the money to replace one of our tents this summer. Our blue tents were bought in 2011 and have had 6 years of use by excited young campers. The group does not pay for our equipment so we need to fund it ourselves. We’d rather do it painlessly this way than have to start thinking about sponsored walks etc so please pass on the fundraising links to your friends and family so that everybody can help. See our fundraising page for all the details.
Holiday bookings are good earners for us and can make a world of difference so do remember to click through or to activate the donation when booking online. Also, if you are shopping at Amazon, Ebay, Hotels.com or Expedia do take a moment to read the guide to make sure that your donations count as you have to approach them differently.

Gift Aid
The group can benefit from Gift Aid from your Subs and also Easyfundraising donations. To make sure that we get gift aid on Subs you will need to complete a separate gift aid declaration – we will send you one from My Scout in the next few days. Unfortunately this does not link up with Easyfundrasing but when you register your account you can include gift aid too. If you already have an Easyfundraising account then just pop along to the Gift Aid settings under “My Account”. You just need to complete your address and tick a box. Easy.

Group news
The group now has its own Facebook page. If you’d like to see what messages are being posted then search for “1st Billingshurst Scouts”. We hope that you have already “liked” the Parbrook Cub Pack page.
The Guides hope that you remembered to save your stamps from all the Christmas cards that you received. There is a box in the kitchen for you to leave your donations.

Autumn term update

As usual we have a lot going so here are some updates

October pack meetings

  • There will be no Cubs on 24 October. Although we normally meet in Half Term we are giving it a miss this year. With the current forecast it will probably be wet and windy anyway so maybe not the best time to go to the woods.
  • Our planned visit to Pets at Home that was due to take place on 31 October has been postponed until the new year. We needed additional adult helpers to make up for a number of leaders that were unavailable but sadly only one parent came forward. We won’t be meeting at all that week

Help wanted
There have been a number of evenings this term where we have identified that we need additional adults. We had hoped that by just targetting the weeks where help is most needed and making it easy to sign up using My Scout we would get the helpers that we needed. At the moment we still have gaps for the poppy cash counting evening on 14 November. Don’t leave it to the usual faces – just pop along to My Scout, click on the programme tab and click on the red “I can help” button to sign up.

Home safety badge
Last week we did most of the work required to complete the home safety badge. We sent everybody home with a “useful numbers” form that needs to be completed and returned to us. We have already had a number returned so well done if that includes yours.

Parbrook numbers
Last week we invested 4 new members who all did very well saying their Law and Promise. This has now taken our numbers above 30 and very close to our maximum number which is 32. Although we lose two of our eldest members in December we have another 2 Beavers to come up after half term and more after Christmas. As you’ll have noticed, the hall seems very full and it can get quite noisy. We are fortunate this term to have our three young leaders who have each been managing one of the sixes. However, with 2 of them on D of E work it is likely that we will lose them after Chistmas. This leaves us in a difficult position.
We have decided that until Easter 2018 we will restrict new joiners to just those Beavers that we have already offered a place (because they have a brother or sister already with us). All other Beavers and any new starters will be directed to the Wednesday night Dauxwood pack as they currently have about 15 members.

Activities to do at home
With us about to have a 2 week break from Cubs there are still things that you can do at home.

Other reminders
We still have a few Subs outstanding for the Autumn Term. Those that were invested last week only need to pay us a half term but for everybody else the full £35 is due. Remember to pay us via online banking – our bank details can be found in the “notices” tab of “My Scout”.
We now have 16 Cubs on the list for our night at the museum and then activity day at the hall on 1 & 2 December. We have to confirm final numbers to the museum shortly so if you are still thinking about coming please get your reply in quickly. Again the booking can be made on “My Scout” and everybody who has not yet confirmed will have had an automated chaser message with a link to the event which was sent out on 14 October.

Group fundraising

There are a number of fundraising events that are coming up to raise money for Billinsghurst Scout and Guide group funds

Billingshurst Fireworks – Saturday 21 October
The group will again be doing the teas at the fireworks. Fortunately they are fully staffed with Guide parents but donations of cakes to sell on the night would still be welcome. These can either be delivered to Sally MacPherson or to our GSL, Zoe Jenkins, at the hall on Friday evening during the Downlands Scout meeting (6.30pm to 8pm)

Bag packing at Tesco – Saturday 18 November
The Scouts and Guides will be bag packing at Tesco in Pulborough all day on 18 November. Although no Parbrook leaders are available, Cubs are welcome to join Dauxwood Cubs between 1300 and 1500 although there will be leaders there throughout the day. Cubs should be in uniform.

Billifest – Saturday 2 December
The weekend of our night at the museum camp sees the Billifest taking place in the High Street and Jengers Mead. The group is again running the refreshment stall. While this is under the watchful eye of Helen Pullen, she has asked for additional helpers to drop in and give her a break from time to time. In addition to selling refreshments the Billifest is also a useful showcase for the group and we hope that we might even find a few new leaders at the same time.

Monthly fun draw
The Group Exec is again running its monthly fun draw as a fundraiser for Scouts and Guides. Subscriptions of £10 per number must be paid by 22 October so that the first draw can take place at the Exec meeting at the end of the month. The monthly prize is £10 although there are two months with a £25 prize. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from http ://www . 1stbillingshurst . org . uk/fundraw2017 . pdf

Used postage stamps
The Guides continue to collect used postage stamps. There is a box in the kitchen where you can leave your donations.