Review 2017-18: Cubs

Theresa Platt

The summer term got off to a good start with Group Camp at Walton Firs, followed soon after with District Camp at Polyapes with a mediaeval theme, so Hinchley Wood built a trebuchet. For some Cubs this would be their first overnight camp gaining them their first Nights Away badge. Camper badges and Outdoor Challenge badges were also gained by many Cubs. These involved putting up tents, playing wide games, backwoods cooking. Other outdoor activities included rounders, night hike, bivouacs, Nerf guns, Go-Ape and a sponsored run around Giggs Hill Green in the dark to raise funds for Children In Need.

Back in the HQ we learnt what makes up our digestive system and how it works and made collages to show this. The Cubs honed their map reading skills and cycling proficiency, made coloured, scented candles and made their own set of juggling balls. They even had a go at movie making to show an audience what goes on at Cub meetings. These movies were strung together and at the end of term we had a very late night Pack meeting where the Cubs snuggled down in their sleeping bags watching their own movies, munching on hot dogs and popcorn, and also watching the Jungle Book movie before going home just before midnight.

Other highlights were a visit from a policeman and a science evening which culminated in making ice cream use liquid nitrogen. That was a really great evening. The Cubs also learnt about hydraulics and each Six built their own hydraulic lift. Lots of fun was had that night.

Cub Pack Highlights

  • Go-Ape
  • Making ice cream using liquid nitrogen
  • Visit by a Policeman
  • Sponsored run for Children in Need
  • Nerf guns
  • We had a couple of cooking sessions making pizzas and shortbread. A team took part in the new District Cooking Competition. Another new event was the District Quiz. Each Pack ran a quiz night using the same questions which were supplied by District, to select a winning team to go forward to the next round. The Hinchley Wood team did us proud and the event was a success. Some Cubs made and shaped wooden cars to take part in the District Pinewood Derby (racing cars down a track).
    The highest award that can be earned as a Cub is the Chief Scout’s Silver Award which was gained by 9 Cubs this year. Well done to Rhys Jones, Lukka Bodinnar, Sam Vincze, Jamie Tebbs, Ashley Wright, Noah Goddard, Matthew Shinn, Thomas Fleming and Alexander Walmsley.
    The Cub Leaders, (that’s Debs Beaney, Chris Beaney, Phil Cooper, David Cruickshank Alex Higgins, Paul Rayner, Theresa Platt and Deepa Solanki) welcomed Nathan Ward and Juliette Smillie to the team and look forward to incorporating their new ideas into the programme. The Leadership team wish to thank parent reps Nicole Murray, Anna McKenna & Laura La Frenais and everyone else who has helped, 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. New programme ideas are always most welcome, especially if you come and help deliver them!