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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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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

Event: French weekend camp

Our weekend camp in September takes 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 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.

Nous allons à la South Downs pour un thème camp de week-end française en Septembre. Nous espérons que vous voudrez vous joindre à nous pour notre dernier camp de tentes de l’année.

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 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 40 minutes. You can find directions online.

When: We start at 7pm on Friday 25 September. Please do not arrive before that as we will still be preparing the site. Camp will run through until 3.45pm on Sunday 27 September with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

What: We’ll have a full weekend of activities to keep us busy as we work for our new International badge and my World challenge. We’ll also have plenty of time for games in the woods and a few other challenges on the way. On Sunday we hope to be able to fit in rifle shooting to see if those that came to Summer Camp have improved since then.

Who: Our guest list has now closed and we hope that nobody else will drop out as we have had a few this time. We’ll have Marian looking after things in the kitchen and Akela, Jacala and Tabaqui will be joined by Hawkeye, John Harris, Mike Devereux and Andrew Webster. However, we’d still like a kitchen helper on Saturday afternoon to help prepare dinner.
If you are on our list then don’t forget that we’ll need the usual online health and consent form (hf). Because our activities include rifle shooting we have to have specific permission to allow your Cub to take part in that activity so do make sure that you tick the box. Without it the instructors will not allow the Cub to shoot.

Guest list at 21 Sep (13 Cubs):

  • Abi (pd+hf)
  • Aiden (pd+hf)
  • Craig (pd+hf)
  • Daniel
  • Ethan (pd+hf)
  • Henry (pd+hf)
  • James
  • Katie (pd+hf, not Sat eve)
  • Kinley (pd+hf, not Sat eve)
  • Lily
  • Max (hf)
  • Robin (pd+hf)
  • Theo (hf)
  • Holly (Scout – pd+hf)

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay – so remember to support us via Easy Fundraising when you shop online. This has reduced the cost you have to pay from £35 to £29 per person. Some of you paid a £9 deposit last term but full payment is now due. Those that have now paid their camp fees are shown as (pd) in the guest list.

Bring: The kit list shows all that you need to bring. There is nothing out of the ordinary required for this camp. Don’t forget that you must arrive at camp in uniform.

Previous camps: 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. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.