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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