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Activity Centre near Farnborough

Report: Pack holiday at Runway’s End

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.

More photos from our night at the museum

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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Event: Pack holiday

We like to go away each term but in the spring term it is too chilly to camp outside so we look for an alternative. This is called a pack holiday rather than a cub camp – level 1 on our camping with the Cubs scale. However, indoor accommodation is expensive so we have decided to go away for one night and use the money saved to pay for activities instead.

What to do now

We have now published our joining instructions which contain the kit list, confirmed timings and other details about the arrangements for the weekend.
Please pack for the weather that is forecast. On Sunday it looks as if our hike will be particularly cold so gloves, scarves and a woolly hat are definitely in order.

When is the sleepover?

We start on Saturday morning 3 February at 1000 and run through until 1600 on Sunday 4 February

Where is the sleepover?

We will be staying at Runways End activity centre near Farnborough. This site is now run jointly by Hampshire County Council and Blackwater Valley Scouts

How much does it cost?

We have set the camp fees at £42 of which at least a £12 deposit should be paid when you reserve your place. This includes a Parbrook Cashback discount of around £10 per person – using the money you raise for us via Easyfundraising to keep your camp fees as low as we can. We can only do this if you continue to raise funds for us when you shop online so make sure you are signed up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs

How do we get there?

You will need to make your own way to and from the activity centre. We included directions on the joining instructions.

What is on the programme

After we have settled into our en suite bedrooms (yes really) we will explore the site. After lunch we will split into 2 groups for caving and archery. On Sunday we will have our traditional hike along the canal (wrap up warm).

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform. Once we have started camp we will change into activity gear. While the building will be nice and warm inside, please make sure that you have suitable clothes for being outside – warm hat, scarf, gloves etc. We will be outside on both days, weather permitting, and our hike on Sunday can be particularly chilly by the canal.

What to bring

There is nothing special on the kit list for this weekend. You will need to think about suitable footwear as you cannot wear outdoor shoes in the building. The specific kit list for this camp forms part of the joining instructions.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each of the en suite bedrooms sleeps up to 5 Cubs using bunk beds.

Is there any paperwork to do?

Thank you to everybody for completing the necessary paperwork

Who is on the guest list?

Cub places are limited to 20 because of the activities that are being run for us on Saturday. We only managed to fill 19 of the places (but had to pay for 20 anyway). At 31 Jan the guest list is:

    • Adam (paid+HF)
    • Emily (paid+HF)
    • Finley K (paid+HF)
    • Finn L (paid+HF)
    • Harry F (paid+HF)
    • Harry L (paid+HF)
    • Izzy (paid+HF)
    • James (paid+HF)
    • Jasmine (paid+HF)
    • Joshua (paid+HF)
    • Lukas (paid +HF)
    • Luke K (paid+HF)
    • Luke W (paid+HF)
    • Martha (paid+HF)
    • Poppy (paid+HF)
    • Tegan (paid+HF)
    • Thomas (paid+HF)
    • Tommy (paid+HF)
    • Violet (paid+HF)

What about food?

We will provide a full meals service from Saturday lunch through to Sunday lunch. Please do not bring your own supplies. Food, including sweets and drinks, is not allowed in the bedrooms.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and has been mentioned on your health form. You should hand it to a leader when you arrive.