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Review 2016-17: Cubs

Phil Cooper
The cubs had an action packed year which started off with a memorable trip to Brownsea Island in June as part of our Cubs 100 celebrations, marking 100 years since Baden Powell introduced the Cub Section. 35 cubs, leaders and parents travelled to Poole and back by train and the cubs carried all their own kit to and from the island, which was an impressive feat. Activities on the island included low ropes, team building challenges, a visit to the Scout Stone, a campfire as well as a walk in search of the timid and beautiful red squirrels. The older cubs were lucky enough to camp for the night on the same campsite that Lord Baden Powell used for the first ever Scout camp in 1907. On the way back home we stopped off at the RNLI lifeboat HQ in Poole and to hear a talk about the work of the RNLI.

At the end of June we took part in the Esher District Group Camp at Walton Firs which included a Guinness World Record attempt! Our cubs, along with the other District Cub Packs (and ably organised by the Dittons) successfully created the largest ever human World Scout Membership badge, consisting of over 300 cubs. The Cubs 100 celebrations concluded in October with a District Centenary Celebration at Polyapes which included a day of fun activities, as well as the unveiling of a purpose built totem pole.

Other highlights included two sponsored events to raise funds for the Scout Association’s Promise Path Appeal and Children in Need. For the Promise Path Appeal, the cubs completed a series of sponsored PE exercises in the Scout HQ and in the process raised £290 for the Scout Association to help disadvantaged communities with vital grants.

The cubs also particularly loved the visit by the Reptile Man in November, who brought in a selection of creatures, from lizards, to giant tortoises and even an albino Burmese python! It was an opportunity to see, and in some cases hold, reptiles that they would never normally have the chance to experience first-hand.

Not to mention all the other activities completed this year, which included: a day hike, St George’s Day Parade, building bivouacs, swimming, rounders, backwoods cooking, road safety, mosaic making, climbing, pioneering, Remembrance Sunday, entertainment badge, making crackers, a visit to AirHop, ‘Highland Games’, a visit from a dentist (our very own Ian Broderick), taking part in the District Cross Country on Oxshott Heath (coming 3rd overall with 4 cubs in the top 20: Oliver Peyton, Thomas Fleming, Harry Emmerson and Ben Cooper), making pancakes, understanding religious festivals, making sweets and lots of teamwork challenges.

Cub Pack Highlights

  • Weekend trip to Brownsea Island
  • Guinness World Record for the largest human World Scout Membership badge
  • Camping at Walton Firs
  • Fundraising for two good causes
  • Reptile evening

The highest award that can be earned as a cub is the Chief Scout’s Silver Award which was gained this year by George Sturmer, Joe Moylan-Jones, Henry Bhamra, Ethan Peebles, William Blunden, Jack Branney, Max Higgins, Rae Cruickshank and Rhys Jones. Congratulations to all.

The cub leadership team said ‘goodbye and thank you’ to Emma Kingsley and Leala Padmanabhan and welcomed David Cruickshank and Deepa Solanki to join the team of Debs Beaney, Chris Beaney, Phil Cooper, Alex Higgins, Paul Rayner and Theresa Platt. We wish to thank everyone who has helped us, in any way, to provide such a varied programme. We hope you have found it a fun and very rewarding experience. With your continued support we can keep offering a challenging, fun programme of the highest standard.

The cub leadership team would particularly like to thank parent reps Nicole Murray, Dionne Baker and Anna McKenna for all their amazing help and support, and also Rachel Branney who stepped down as parent rep and who did such a wonderful job for the cubs over several years.

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Review 2015-16: Cubs

Leadership Team

The summer got off to a good start with group camp at Walton Firs at the beginning of May. The sun shone and the cubs took part in lots of activities including backwoods cooking, navigating an obstacle course, map work, caving and crate climbing. They especially enjoyed the challenge of branding pieces of wood with hot metal!

District camp at Polyapes followed in June, where nights away and camper badges were earned. Activities there included rope walks, a bouncy castle challenge and a laser chase.

During the autumn and spring programmes, the cubs worked on the Astronomer and First Aid Badges. They showed great enthusiasm producing models of different constellations and maps of the solar system. We were delighted that GP (and Scout Leader!) Harvey was able to lead one of the First Aid meetings and get the cubs really engaged in tasks including treating burns, cuts and nosebleeds and the correct use of the recovery position.

As we celebrated the Centenary of Cub Scouting, several of the meetings focused on learning more about Lord Baden Powell and the history of the Scout movement and preparing for the camp at Brownsea Island – one of the highlights of 2016!

District events included a particularly exhilarating day hike (in which the cubs fielded two teams) in challenging weather at Leith Hill, the annual Pinewood Derby and a well-attended cross country run in Oxshott.

Other activities during the year included making a radio programme about the Cub Centenary, Christmas wreath making, cooking pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, swimming at Hampton Pool, bivouac building on West End Common and games at Hinchley Wood rec.

The highest award that can be earned as a cub is the Chief Scout’s Silver Award which was gained by Francis Avizius, William Emmerson, Oliver Game, Connor Hays, Jamie Lund, Joe Moylan-Jones, Arjun Panesar, Harry Randolfi, Matthew Robinson, Scott Smith, George Sturmer, Thomas Sweeting and Idris Wills. Congratulations to all.

The Cub Leadership team welcomed Paul Rayner. The team led by Akela Debs Beaney assisted by Chris Beaney is thus Phil Cooper, Alex Higgins, Emma Kingsley, Leala Padmanabhan, Paul Rayner and Theresa Platt. We wish to thank everyone who has helped us, in any way, to provide such a varied programme. We hope you have found it a fun and very rewarding experience. With your continued support we can keep offering a challenging, fun programme of the highest standard. Any new programme ideas are always most welcome.

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