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Report: Space race weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2017 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

This year we were on the Parbrook Space Race so the site became our secret research base where our teams developed their rockets to send into space. Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather and we had to make some changes to the programme and deal with wet tents at the end of the weekend.


On Saturday we divided into three teams which the Cubs named Space Raiders, Space Invaders and Moon Pigs. We visited the new adventure course to test astronaut fitness. It was sunny and warm on the field so we made our lunch to cook on the fires before some fire lighting practice with flint and steel.  As the weather closed in we made our model rockets and ended the day with songs in the marquee.

On Sunday it was wet at first. Getting the Cubs to work in their tents to make their bedding rolls into their tents was a bit tricky. It is always tempting for Mum to make the bedding roll at home but on a Sunday it is the Cub who has to do it and if they haven’t done it before they will struggle. It is always best to practice at home and we had been through what to do in our pack meeting just before camp. The day brightened up enough to stop the tents dripping and allowed us to do our eggs in space activity on the field. By lunchtime it was raining again so we were grateful to have baked potatoes for lunch. We just had time to launch a few bottle rockets before it was time to go home.


Our guest list was:

  • 17 Cubs – Abigail, Finley, Finn, Harry, James, Jasmine, Joshua, Kristian, Lucybelle, Luke, Martha, Poppy, Robin, Thomas B, Thomas F, Tommy, Violet
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Bagheera, Hawkeye, Jacala, Josh (Fri & Sat), Marian, Max, Rama (John), Shere Khan, Tabaqui

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend. Also to the parents who did the less glamorous tasks such as cleaning the toilets, taking rubbish and recycling home and coming to the hall after camp to help us hang up the tents to get them dry. Remember – 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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Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

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Joining: Parbrook space race weekend

This page will have the latest news before camp and remember to follow us on Instagram @ParbrookCubs for pictures from camp during the weekend.

Friday update

Camp is still on. The field is very soft following the recent rain so make sure you park in the car park and walk down. The timing of the worst weather is now Saturday night into Sunday when we hope that the Cubs will be asleep in their tents. Our wet weather shelter is the marquee but it can be a bit draughty so make sure you bring plenty of warm fleeces etc plus welly boots. Watch out for updates via Twitter once our advance party gets to the site this afternoon – we plan to be there from 1530.

What to do now

Please make sure that you have paid your camp fees of £30 and returned our usual online health form. We need a new health form every time we go away.

When is the camp?

The camp is from Friday evening 29 September through to Sunday afternoon 1 October. On Friday evening the Cubs should arrive from 7pm. If you think you might be much later than this please let us know.
On Sunday afternoon the camp ends with our closing ceremony at 3.30pm. We hope to be off site at 3.45pm.

Where is the camp?

The camp is being held at Stedham Camp site, which is rather tucked away in the South Downs on the other side of Midhurst. You will need to make your own way to the site.

How do we get there?

Although a lovely site when you get there, access is along some very narrow single track roads with high banks on each side. Passing is difficult on these lanes so please be considerate to other drivers (probably other Cub parents) and the verges if you meet somebody coming in the other direction. To reduce the chance of meeting any of our parents in the narrow section, we suggest that you approach via Woolbeding and leave via Stedham village. You can download a map of the route and detailed step by step directions from http://tiny.cc/Bill2Sted. The nearest postcode to the site for satnav purposes is GU29 0PY which takes you to just south of the site.
Once onto the site you should follow the drive until you come to the car parking area at the top of the main field. Please park there and then carry your gear down the field to the camp. You will see the kitchen area and large white mess tent marquee in front of you.

What to wear

You must arrive wearing your uniform top. This means your cub sweatshirt/t-shirt and group scarf. Uniform trousers are not required.

What to bring

We’ve published the kit list which tells you what else to bring. Make sure that you bring a warm, waterproof coat as we will be outside for much of the time, whatever the weather. The weather is getting colder at night too so make sure you bring at least 1 warm blanket to keep you cosy overnight plus your welly boots for first thing in the morning when the grass is wet. We lose a lot of heat through our heads so wearing a woolly hat is a good tip if you think you may get cold in your sleeping bag.
You should also bring an empty 1.5 litre or 2 litre plastic bottle and a cardboard tube from a toilet or kitchen roll.

Is there any paperwork to do?

As usual you will need to complete our online health and emergency contact form (HF). Please make sure that you have also paid your camp fees, ideally via online banking.

Who is on the guest list?

We are delighted to have 18 Cubs with us at camp. They are:

  • Abigail (paid+HF)
  • Emily (paid+HF)
  • Finley (paid+HF)
  • Finn (paid+HF)
  • Harry (paid+HF)
  • James (paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (paid+HF)
  • Joshua (paid+HF)
  • Kristian (paid+HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid+HF)
  • Luke (paid+HF)
  • Martha (paid+HF)
  • Poppy & Max
  • Robin (paid+HF)
  • Thomas B (paid+HF)
  • Thomas F (paid+HF)
  • Tommy (paid+HF)
  • Violet (paid+HF)

What about food?

As usual with these camps, the first food we will be providing will be a hot drink and biscuit before bed. You should make sure that you have had your tea before you come. Apart from that we will be providing a full service of meals through from Saturday breakfast until Sunday lunchtime so there is no need to bring your own supplies. We don’t allow food or drink in the tents, not even water bottles. We will have squash or water available at all times so please don’t bring your own. Sweets in the tents cause litter and can attract insects so we do not allow the Cubs to have sweets at camp.

Pills and potions

If you require any medication during the weekend please ensure that it is clearly labelled and handed into to a leader (not buried deep in a bag) when you arrive at camp. If you sometimes need an inhaler for asthma please remember to bring it. Activities at camp can be strenuous and tired Cubs are more liable to need their inhalers.

Last minute checklist

We’ll keep the web page updated until Friday lunchtime. After that all updates will be via Twitter so remember to follow @parbrookcubs, text follow parbrookcubs to 86444 or check our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/parbrookcubs. We also hope to provide photos from the site on our instagram feed – www.instagram.com/parbrookcubs

We are looking forward to a great weekend. Please check the weather forecast and come prepared for the cool nights. If you have any last minute questions or concerns do get in touch. Contact information is provided on the kit list.

Report: Brazil weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2016 took us back to lovely Stedham in the South Downs. This year we picked Brazil as our theme so that we could have our own Olympic games and explore the Amazon jungle, building shelters and trying some jungle fruit. There was plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. Camping at the end of September can be a bit of a gamble with the weather so we were delighted to see blue skies each day.  It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

On Saturday the Olympic part of our theme allowed us to work on the athlete and athlete plus badges with a wide range of running, throwing and team events. We ended the day with songs around the camp fire.

On Sunday our theme moved us to the Amazon jungle where we made shelters in the woods. We found out what you should eat if you want to be an Olympic athlete but also tried some jungle fruit – some familiar, others less so. After lunch we just had time to light small fires using flint and steel before ending the camp by investing three new Cubs.

Our guest list was:

  • 19 Cubs – Abigail M, Abi S, Aiden, Charlie, Emily, Ethan, Evan, Finley W, James, Jasmine, Joshua (Fri & Sat), Katie (Sat), Lucybelle, Martha, Max, Megan, Poppy, Robin, Thomas
  • 1 Beaver – Rohan (Sat)
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Bagheera, Chil (Andrew), Emma (Sun), Jacala, Keego (Sat), Marian, Rama (John), Phoenix (Sun), Tim (Sat)

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.

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Google 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.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from camp during the weekend

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Event: Brazil weekend camp, 23-25 Sep

Our weekend camp in September takes us back to one of our favourite sites at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. With all eyes on Rio for the Olympics this summer we’ll be focussing on Brazil but there will be plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Last minute reminders:

  • Please pack for the weather – it will be cold at night/early morning and wet on Sunday morning so welly boots and warm tops are essential plus a good blanket/fleece ot two to go with your sleeping bag.
  • For those on the guest list please note that there is some pre-camp research to do – see our homework sheet and bring it with you.
  • Remember that our first meal will be Saturday breakfast so make sure you have had your main meal before you come to camp.
  • We’ll see you at 7. Please use the one way system outlined below as the lanes are very narrow.

Where: We will be camping at Stedham camp site near Midhurst

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. The lanes that give access to the camp site are extremely narrow so please follow our one way system rather than your satnav to avoid meeting too many other parents in places where passing is difficult. This will take you via Woolbeding when going to the site and via Stedham village when leaving. Even then you will have to use Tote Lane in both directions. The journey from Billingshurst should take around 45 minutes. You can find directions online.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 23 September. Please do not arrive before that as we will still be preparing the site. Camp will run through until 3.45pm on Sunday 25 September with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm. This ceremony will include the investiture of 3 of our new members.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy. We’ll also be working on the athlete’s badge as we stage our own mini olympic competition during the weekend. There will still be plenty of time for games in the Amazon jungle and a few other challenges on the way.

Who: Our camp was open to all of our members – including new starters and visiting Beavers who we will invest at camp. As you can see below, we’ve quite a team providing the food and activities for the weekend.

Guest list at 17 September – 19 Cubs:

  • Abigail M (paid+HF)
  • Abi S (paid+HF)
  • Aiden (paid+HF)
  • Charlie (paid+HF)
  • Emily (paid+HF)
  • Ethan (paid+HF)
  • Evan (paid+HF)
  • Finley W (paid+HF)
  • Isabella
  • James (paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (HF+HF)
  • Joshua (Fri & Sat, paid+HF)
  • Katie (Sat)
  • Lucybelle (paid+HF)
  • Martha (paid+HF)
  • Max (paid+HF)
  • Megan (paid+HF)
  • Poppy (paid+HF)
  • Robin (paid+HF)
  • Thomas (paid+HF)

Adults

  • Akela
  • Bagheera
  • Chil (Andrew)
  • Emma (Sun)
  • Jacala
  • John H
  • Keego (Sat)
  • Marian
  • Phoenix (Sun)
  • Tim H (+ Rohan, Sat)

Cost: Stedham has increased its camp fees again this year but thanks to our Parbrook Cashback we have managed to keep the camp fees at the same amount as last year. Remember to support us via Easy Fundraising when you shop online. This has reduced the cost you have to pay from £37 to £29 per person. We have now paid the camp fees to the site.

How to book: The guest list has now closed so that we can make the final arrangements for camp.

Paperwork: You need to complete our online health form (HF). This gives your permission for us to take your Cub to camp, includes emergency contact information for the weekend and lets us know of any dietary needs. As we have a number of new campers we’d appreciate early sight of any dietary or medical needs. All forms are now in, thank you.
We’d like you to research some facts about Brazil before camp. There is a homework sheet for you to complete. We’ll go through the answers at camp on Friday evening but you’ll find most of them on the National Geographic kids website.

Bring: We’ve now updated the kit list for this camp to show all that you need to bring. There is nothing out of the ordinary required for this camp but don’t forget to bring your homework too. If you are new to camping please see our camping with the Cubs page for more information. At this time of year the nights can be quite cool so blankets/fleeces are essential.

Previous camps: We used to visit Stedham every year but after our camp in 2012 it was put up for sale. We returned in 2015 and are glad to have the opportunity to visit again.

Report: French weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September 2015 took us back to one of our favourite sites at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We enjoyed finding out about France for our Billingshurst Show float so thought we’d use the theme for the whole weekend. There was plenty of time for the usual camp fires and wide games too. It was a level 3 camp as we slept in tents.

We used to visit Stedham every year but after our camp in 2012 it was put up for sale. This is the first year it has been open since then and we were delighted to find that things were more or less unchanged.

Our French influences were perhaps rather subtle but we included a petanque competition, building the Eiffel Tower, storming the Bastille and even got to taste some French cheeses. Although the nights were cold the days were beautifully sunny, helping us enjoy the lovely views of the South Downs.

Our guest list was:

  • 15 Cubs – Abi, Aiden, Craig, Daniel, Ethan, Henry, James, Kinley, Lily, Max, Robin, Theo
  • 1 Scout – Holly
  • Leaders and helpers – Akela, Jacala, Tabaqui, Hawkeye, Marian, John, Andrew (Chil), Jane (Sat), Phoenix (Sun), Mike (Sun)

We’re grateful to all the helpers who came along to make it such a good weekend.

For more pictures please see our Weekend camp gallery

Thanks to Jacala & Tabaqui for providing the photos