July was a short month with only three weeks of meetings. However, it included the sailing taster which earned a number of our Cubs two activity badges (+20 each). We’ve not added in badges earned at Sussex100 as they will be presented in September. At the end of the month it was the Yellows who had pulled ahead to take the top spot.
The Cub of the Month competition was incredibly close with our winner being just a single point ahead of a number of Cubs and no less than nine Cubs being within 5 points. So well done to Aiden for ending up as our Cub of the Month.
For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.
We launched our sunflower competition on 6 May when we sent you home with your seeds in a pot. Since then things have progressed nicely and we are now hearing about sunflowers that are as tall as a Cub.
We’ve got quite a few pictures now so have put the newest ones first.
Starting to look a bit past its best
Last time we saw this it was only up to the to of the bricks. Now look at it
Coming on nicely and the flower is starting to form
The tallest one is 2.34m. Can anybody beat that?
Crikey, it just keeps growing. Lovely flower out now and 2.5m tall
Nice shoes! Sunflower still got a way to go though
Now even taller but with the first signs of a yellow flower on the very top
20 days since the last picture and how it has grown
Coming on nicely – make sure you keep it watered
Coming on nicely
No slugs when you grow your plant indoors
Plant is a bit nibbled but still growing
Growing nicely but not Jacala height yet
Two plants to choose from
The tallest flower that was reported to us was Jacala’s 2.5m monster, closely followed by Adam’s 2.34m. Well done to all our growers. Hopefully the birds will enjoy the seeds.
We’ve heard that Alex, Zack and Akela did not manage to grow their sunflowers.
We’ve started off our tallest sunflower competition by planting our seeds. Over the next few months we want you to keep us posted with progress in growing your sunflowers. When we get to the summer we can start to see who has grown the tallest flower. No sponsors or any funny business – this is just for fun although it will be nice to wander round the village and see all the sunflowers.
We sent each Cub home with a pot, some soil, two seeds and a plastic bag. Hopefully the soil was still in the pot and the seeds are buried in the soil.
You now need to moisten the soil (don’t flood it) and put the pot back into the plastic bag. Tie up the top so that it is sealed and put the pot onto a bright windowsill. Over the next few days you should see the bag gradually steam up as it acts like a little greenhouse. There should be plenty of moisture in there to allow the seed to germinate.
When you see green shoots let us know. Then you can take your pot out of the bag and let the seeds grow. Eventually your plants should be big enough to plant outside where they can really get growing.
You won’t have to bring them back to Cubs – we’ll accept photos as your plants grow taller.