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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.

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Not just kid’s stuff

We’re very grateful to all our leaders and parent helpers for the support that you give us. We couldn’t do it without you.

We’ve always got room for extra regular helpers, so if you’d like to take a more active role in our pack just ask. We give a few ideas of roles on our join us page. We have jobs to suit all time commitments. Your skills and new ideas could be just what we need and you would hopefully find that you enjoy it too.


Occasional helpers

If you think that you might like to help it is best to get the paperwork out of the way. You can start the process by completing our online form. The details get sent to our Group Scout Leader who will then be in touch to guide you through the rest of the process.

Uniformed leaders

The paperwork for you is a bit more tricky. You need to complete a more complicated form. We currently only have it as a PDF but you should be able to complete it online, save it and e-mail it back to us. Alternatively, print it out and complete it the traditional way.

Remember that Cubs is not just kids stuff.

Manchester emergency appeal

September update
Our badges have now arrived and have been distributed to the sections. The badge can be worn on uniform until the end of the year. They go into the “occasional badge” position above the world badge and joining in awards – see badge chart
We have some spares which are available on request for £1 each.


 

MANCHESTER BEE BADGE UPDATE (12 July):

Badges and packaging are now arriving and your orders are starting to be dispatched.

We are using a local independent “Made in Manchester” company and we’re dispatching orders as fast as the badges are being made.

We would ask that you please be patient whilst we process orders as it’s for an enormously good cause and we are reliant on our already busy volunteers to meet deadlines.

These guys are using their family time, annual leave, weekends and working round the clock to ensure your order gets to you, correctly and timely.

Thank you to everyone who has placed an order so far. Combining sales and bulk orders we are approaching 60,000 badges which is a testament to your goodwill and kind hearts.

Yours in scouting

MCR COMMISSIONERS


The events in Manchester on 22 May 2017 shocked the nation.

Greater Manchester Scout County commissioners have launched an occasional badge showing the worker bee (a symbol of Manchester for over 200 years) as a positive gesture of togetherness.

Proceeds from the badge will help the victims of the Manchester bombing by supporting the British Red Cross “We love Manchester emergency fund“.

As promised we ordered 85 badges on 9 June for Parbrook Cubs, Dauxwood Cubs, Arun Scouts and friends of the group.

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.”