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.
Click the album to see pictures from our paddle sport testerGoogle 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.
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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For Summer Camp 2017 we returned to Blackland Farm activity centre near East Grinstead. In what was a rather unsettled summer we did very well with the weather
Our theme was the Orient Express and each day we visited a new country. The Cubs each researched a country to tell us about so that we could complete our passport each day.
Camp ran from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 August with our mini-campers leaving us on the Wednesday. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents. With Sussex100 in 2016 we hadn’t had a proper summer camp since 2015 which meant that none of our campers had been on such a long camp with us.
Our countries and activities were:
Sunday – start our journey in London, Make passports & country flags
Monday – Paris, France. Climb the Eiffel Tower and abseil from it
Our night away in February 2018 took us to Runway’s End activity centre near Farnborough. It was a level 1 camp as we had warm 5 bedded rooms, each with their own toilet and shower. However, the high cost of this sort of accommodation (and the VAT that they charge) meant that we restricted our stay to just one night.
Camp started at 10am on Saturday morning and we were grateful for the warm building as the weather outside was cold and damp. Two of our campers were transferring from Beavers so we started with investitures.
With the formal part of the camp out of the way we had a quick game of hockey before venturing outside in the damp to explore the site and its fixed orienteering course. The bases were a little tired and well hidden – some groups never did find number 2. As the rain came down, the paper sheets that had to be punched at each base became increasingly soggy so we were glad to return inside for soup and sandwiches.
After lunch we were in the hands of the Runway’s End instructors. Unfortunately our climbing instructor was ill so one of the groups did archery instead. Several of the Cubs earned a special sticker that showed that they had popped a balloon on the target. The other group headed for the caving centre. After their safety briefing the Cubs changed into their caving suits and headed into the purpose-built caves. Just like real caves the roof was dripping with water and the tunnels were a bit damp in places. One of the groups was so confident in the tunnels that it went through them with no torches on at all. We were grateful to have Rann with us as he took some of the Cubs through tunnel 1.
After a warming dinner of Marian’s homemade lasagne followed by chocolate pudding and ice cream the Runway’s End duty manager decided that we needed to do a fire drill. So we dutifully headed outside into the rain. After being assessed for compliance we headed for the woods for a soggy game of spotlight. Then it was back inside for camp fire songs in front of the wood burning stove.
On Sunday the sun was shining for our hike along the Basingstoke Canal. We started near the Farnborough Road bridge and then headed along the canal to Eelmoor Flash. The canal was mostly sheltered from the breeze but when we got to the actual end of the runway it was a bit more exposed and rather chilly. That didn’t stop the Cubs wanting to stay and watch the planes. The second one to take off was operated by Vista Jet and its website gives a clue of what it may have been like inside. After returning to Runway’s End for a hot lunch we had some team building games in the hall before it was time to head for home.
Our guest list was:
19 Cubs – Adam, Emily, Finley K, Finn L, Harry F, Harry L, Izzy, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Lukas, Luke K, Luke W, Martha, Poppy, Tegan, Thomas, Tommy, Violet
Leaders and helpers – Akela, Keego, Jacala, Rann, Marian, Lindsay
We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Remember – Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers, especially helping Marian in the kitchen. Do ask if you would like to get involved next time.
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On 17 October 2017 we held our pack meeting at Billingshurst fire station.
The fire fighters welcomed us to the briefing room. We discussed the sort of incidents that the fire brigade attend, the importance of smoke alarms, tips for making a 999 call and the importance of a regularly checked smoke detector and knowing your escape route.
Then it was into smaller groups for a tour of the fire engine and a chance to try on the protective gear. We has a chance to try out the hose before returning to the briefing room where the BEAT responders were meeting. They gave us a demonstration of the defibrillator and the chance to practice resuscitation.
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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