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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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Event: St George’s Day, 22 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23 April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

This year the District is holding its event in Parham Park on Sunday 22 April.

Timetable
13:30: Arrive at Parham Park.
13:45: Groups start to form up
14:00: St George’s Day service including renewal of Promises
14:30: Activities begin
16:00: End of activities. Depart Parham

How to get there
You will need to make your own way to Parham Park. Use the main entrance near Cootham on A283 and follow the drive through the park until directed off to the left to reach the East Plain. The postcode for satnav purposes is RH20 4HR and you can see a route online.

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises.

I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and to the Queen, 
to help other people 
and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Colour party
We will need somebody to carry the Parbrook flag and will select them at our Pack Meeting on 17 April. We don’t think that we need escorts this year but if that changes we will select them on the day. Group flags will line up behind the District Chaplin to provide a backdrop for the service.

What to wear
You should wear your uniform top and scarf. Unlike recent years we hope that it will be warm enough not to wear coats for the service although they may be useful to sit on. Otherwise please dress appropriately for the weather.
With the whole District wearing the same uniform it is a good opportunity to remind you to check that yours is clearly named, just in case you should get separated from it during the afternoon.

What to bring
Although there is no charge for the activities there will be some refreshments and stalls to raise money for the young people from the District who are attending the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019. We hope that everybody will be able to bring around £2 to spend on the jamboree stalls.  There will be leather branding, s’mores, friendship bracelets and most importantly for the parents tea, coffee and cake.
Cubs may like to bring a water bottle to keep themselves hydrated through the afternoon but do make sure it is named and goes home again.

Who can come?
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend. We have created an event on My Scout so that you can let us know whether or not you plan to come.
Parents and siblings are all welcome to join us for the afternoon and will be encouraged to join in with the activities. As usual any non-Cub children will remain the responsibility of the adults that they come with.

What activities are there?
Each group will be running activities and there will be the Jamboree contingent stalls too. In addition the District will be running pedal cars, grass sledges and a soapbox rally.  The rally will have 2 tracks for younger ones and older ones and everyone is welcome to make a team of 3 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders) or 4 (Cubs and Beavers) to set their fastest time around the track.  There will be a prize in each category.
Jodie, the District Youth Commissioner, will have a graffiti wall where Cubs can leave their ideas and thoughts about Scouting. There will also be a selfie booth.


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.”

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.

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.