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Report: Navigator’s weekend at Walton Firs

Our weekend camp in February 2017 took us back to Walton Firs activity centre in Cobham.

With stormy weather forecast for Friday evening we braced ourselves for the worst but apart from being a bit damp the weather didn’t really affect us at all.

We were using the Brunswick building which is rather a long, dark walk from the car park. A good test for those bedding rolls which kept everything dry until it could get inside the building. Once unpacked we had an explore of the site in the dark before heading back to the toilet block which was even further than the car park.

The main activity on Saturday was to work on our stage 2 navigator badge. We explored sketch maps, Billingshurst landmarks and sank some battleships as we learned about grid references. It wasn’t all inside though. The sun put in an appearance in the afternoon which meant our tracking and orienteering activities were a good chance for a run about on the field. After dinner we finished off with a game of spooky spotlight.

With the badge work out of the way we were back outside again on Sunday. Walton Firs has an infamous adventure course which is known for its mud and its rope swing. It didn’t let us down and it was pleasing to see all our Cubs have a go – there are pictures of almost all of them on the rope swing in the gallery. After a quick brush down it was time for a visit to the shop – the money had been burning a hole in their pockets all weekend. After lunch we handed over to Akela for “I’m a Cub Scout, get me out of here”. As usual the time raced by but we managed to fit in blow football with maltesers, feely boxes and a bush tucker challenge before the parents arrived.

More photos from Walton Firs
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We’re grateful to Bagheera for helping Marian in the kitchen and to Jacala, Tabaqui, Akela and Josh for running the activities. We’re always short of adults who want to camp overnight with us or help in the kitchen so do let us know if you fancy helping. We need a minimum number of adults on site overnight.

You can keep up with what is going on at camp by following us on social media. We tweet occasional messages each day but the main photo stream is on our instagram account.

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Event: Navigator’s weekend camp

Our spring term camp has a navigation theme as we work towards the new staged navigator badge.  This is a level 1 camp as we will be sleeping in dormitories with bunk beds. We’ll have full access to the camp site and hope to be outside for some of the time, weather permitting of course.


What to do now? We’ve published our nights away information sheet which includes directions to the site, timings and the kit list. We will be outside for some of the time so please make sure you have wellies and a good waterproof coat.


Where: We’ll be camping at Walton Firs activity centre which is just off the A3 near Cobham. See their directions page for location information or follow our directions.
When you turn off the A3 and go down the hill look for the left turn immediately before the river bridge. This is Convent Lane which takes you back under the A3. Continue along the lane until you see the camp site turn. Remember that you must park in the main car park and then walk down the site with your gear to the Brunswick building.

When: Camp starts at 7pm on Friday 3 February and runs through to 3.30pm on Sunday 5 February. It should take about an hour to get there but neither the route via Guildford nor via the M25 is particularly nice on a Friday evening.

What: We’ll work towards the stage 2 navigators badge. This will involove both indoor and outdoor activities including the on site orienteering. We’ll have time for wide games and if the weather is good enough will tackle the famously muddy Walton Firs adventure course.

Who: Camp is open to all our cubs. However, numbers are limited by the beds available.

At 29 January we have 17 Cubs and 1 Scout on the guest list which is now full. We’ll use this list to record payments and completed health forms (HF):

  • Abigail (paid+HF)
  • Emily (paid+HF)
  • Finley W (paid+HF)
  • Finn L (paid+HF)
  • Harry (paid+HF)
  • James S (paid+HF)
  • James W (paid+HF)
  • Jasmine (paid+HF)
  • Lucybelle (paid+HF)
  • Martha (paid+HF)
  • Max (Scout – paid+HF)
  • Megan (paid+HF)
  • Poppy (paid+HF)
  • Robin (paid+HF)
  • Thomas (paid+HF)
  • Tommy (paid+HF)
  • Violet (paid+HF)
  • William (paid+HF)

Helpers: Marian will be looking after the kitchen with help from Bagheera. Akela and Jacala will be running the activities with help from Tabaqui and Josh (Saturday).

Cost: The cost of indoor accomodation is always increasing and the building alone is costing us over £400 for the weekend. By the time you add in the equipment costs and food the camp fee works out at £56.
This is a lot more than we normally charge so fortunately we have been able to use our Parbrook cashback to reduce the cost to £41. Some paid an £11 deposit last term but the full camp fees are now due.

Remember that we can only offer Parbrook Cashback discounts if you help us by raising money when you shop online. Use the app or donation reminder toolbar to make sure that you don’t miss out on any donations. For more information and to sign up please visit our Easyfundraising page.

Bring: We have published the kit list which contains a few tweaks from normal because we are camping inside. Please remember a pair of clean “indoor shoes” to wear in the building. If the weather is suitable we will be attempting the infamous Walton Firs adventure course with its mud and rope swing across water. Make sure that you have sufficient clothes that don’t mind getting muddy (and plastic bags to put them in) to allow you to change after the event.
We have a number of first time campers who may find our camping with the cubs page useful when consdering what kit to buy. For the more experienced camper it still has a few useful reminders.

Paperwork: Thanks to everybody for completing all the necessary documentation

Badges: In addition to the navigator badge you’ll earn two nights to your nights away score which may result in a nights away badge. Activities during the weekend will also count towards other challenge badges.

Walton Firs: We last visited Walton Firs for a pack holiday in March 2012. You can see our photos from that event in our gallery.

Report: Brazil camp

Our weekend camp in June 2014 took us back to Walton Firs camp site near Cobham.

We’d picked up the Billingshurst Show theme of Brazil and used it for our theme. So we climbed Sugarloaf Mountain, went into the gold mines and of course trekked through the Amazon jungle on the infamous adventure course.

Although the forecast had been for a hot and sunny weekend, things changed early on Saturday morning when we had a thunderstorm and some very heavy rain. No noise from the Cubs though. We found out later that Billingshurst had experienced a severe thunderstorm around the same time so we’d done well to be away. Everything was fine until we headed to the adventure course on Sunday where parts of it were so muddy we decided not to use them.

For more pictures please see our
Brazil camp gallery

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Joining: Brazil camp

Our weekend camp at Walton Firs is fast approaching and we can now confirm the arrangements.

When is the camp? Camp starts at 7pm on Friday 13 June and runs through to 4pm on Sunday 15 June. On Friday evening the Cubs can arrive any time between 7pm and 7.30pm. Please do not arrive before this. The journey from Billingshurst should take you about an hour. On Sunday afternoon the camp ends at 4pm after a closing ceremony at 3.45pm. Parents are welcome to come and watch the closing ceremony.

Where is the camp? The camp is being held at Walton Firs Activity Centre near Cobham. From the M25 junction 10 head East on the A3 towards London. At the first exit, the A245, take the third exit off the roundabout heading into Cobham. After 30 metres and just before the bridge over the River Mole, turn left along Convent Lane, (signposted Notre Dame Convent School). Go back under the A3 and follow the lane for 300 metres. Look out for the Walton Firs entrance on your left (not quite as shown on Google maps). You may find our online directions useful. When heading home you may find it easier to turn left out of Convent Lane and then continue on the A245 via Cobham and Leatherhead. In any case you should not turn right out of Convent Lane so if heading back to the A3 please do so via the Sainsbury’s roundabout.
Once onto the site you should follow the drive until you come to the car parking area. Vehicles are not allowed on the field so please park there and carry your gear across to our site. We are straight across the field from the car park on site 7.

Transport: You will need to make your own arrangements for getting to and from the campsite.

What about food? As usual with these camps, the first food we will be providing will be a snack and a drink at supper time. 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 a packed lunch or your own supplies. We do not allow Cubs to bring sweets or drinks to camp.

Pills and Potions: If you require any medication during the camp please ensure that it is clearly labelled and handed into the kitchen when you arrive. If you sometimes need an inhaler for asthma or hayfever tablets please remember to bring them. Activities at camp can be strenuous and tired Cubs are more liable to need their inhalers.

Kit List: The kit list is available online. Please check the weather forecast as you pack and make sure that your Cub has plenty of appropriate clothes. We’re hoping that it will be hot and sunny so don’t forget a hat and remember it still gets cold at night so you’ll need warm clothes for that. Don’t forget to bring the research that you have done as part of your pre-camp homework. We will hopefully get a chance to visit the shop but this will be for souvenirs rather than sweets. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3.

What if I need to get in touch with the leaders at camp? We will have a Home Contact. This is somebody not involved in the camp who can co-ordinate links with parents in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong. For this camp the Home Contact is Raksha – Phyllis Gravett who may be contacted on Billingshurst 783530. The Home Contact holds emergency information about all the Cubs at camp and therefore may ring you if the leaders are unavailable for any reason. It is likely that the leaders will have their own mobile phones with them but we cannot rely on them as there may be a poor signal.

Updates when at camp: We can’t promise but it is likely that Jacala will be posting messages and pictures on Twitter while we are at camp. If you follow @ParbrookCubs then remember that you can get the messages sent to you as text messages so that you don’t have to keep checking the website. If you do not follow us then pop along to http://twitter.com/parbrookcubs to see the latest messages.

Guest list: The following Cubs have a place at this camp: Grace,  Zack, Craig, Lily, Adam M, Jake, Ollie, Adam S, Olivia, Holly and Harry. They will join Akela, Jacala, Tabaqui, Hawkeye and John Harris. We’re pleased to have Marian and Mel Nicholas looking after the kitchen. We unexpectedly have a spare place at camp so do let Akela know urgently if you can fill it. Seems a shame to go to camp one short.

Paperwork: As usual we need to have a completed health form for each Cub on our trip. We can now accept these online so please complete the online health form. We still need forms from Jake and Olivia. We also need the balance of your camp fees. Most people have paid a £10 deposit so now have a further £20 to pay. We’ve kept our camp fees as low as possible by using our Parbrook Cashback.

Help wanted: sWe’re grateful to Mark Wingate for use of his van to carry our tables and benches and to all the parents who took kit home with them on Tuesday. Please bring it along when you deliver your Cub. If any adults are available to help put up the tents we’d be grateful so please let us know. We plan to be on site from around 5pm.

Hopefully that will give you all the information that you need but if not do use the comments facility to let us know your question.

Event: Brazil Weekend camp

Our summer term camp picks up the Brazil theme from the Billingshurst Show. We expect to climb Sugarloaf Mountain, explore the rain forest and head deep underground into the gold mines – all without leaving the camp site. This is a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents.

Where: We’ll be camping at Walton Firs activity centre which is just off the A3 near Cobham

When: Camp starts at 7pm on Friday 13 June and runs through to 4pm on Sunday 15 June.

What: We’ll work towards one of the tasks in the global challenge as our activities help us discover more about Brazil. We’ve also a number of on-site activities booked including wall climbing (Sugarloaf mountain), caving (gold mine) and the legendary (and often muddy) activity course (exploring the rain forest)

Who: This camp is now full. We’re sorry that we had to limit the numbers at this camp but Walton Firs charge for activities in groups of 12 and we didn’t have enough campers to be able to afford two groups (24 Cubs).
The following Cubs have a place at this camp: Grace, Alex, Zack, Craig, Lily, Adam M, Jake, Ollie, Adam S, Olivia, Holly and Harry

Helpers: Akela, Jacala and Tabaqui are pleased to be joined by Hawkeye and John Harris on this camp. Marian will be looking after the kitchen, helped by Mel Nicholas.

Cost: The camp fee is £30 and most people have paid a £10 deposit to secure their place. This means that the balance of £20 is now due.

Bring: We’ll publish the kit list nearer the time but there are not likely to be any differences to the standard kit list.

Paperwork: You’ll need to complete our online health form before the event. It is now all done online – no need to print anything out.

Badges: We are not working on a specific badge at this camp but our activities will go towards the Outdoor and Global challenge in addition to adding two nights to your nights away score.

Walton Firs: We last visited Walton Firs in March 2012. You can see our photos from that event in our gallery.