This year’s trip to London took place over the weekend of February 29th to March 1st 2020. These London trips are always great fun for the Cubs and a great chance to do something a bit different, like sleeping over on a Boat.
The Lord Amory was an old ice breaker that has been converted for the Scout Association to run water activities
The Lord Amory is located in the London docks surrounded by the skyscrapers of Canary wharf and the 02 Arena.
On the Saturday the Cubs not only enjoyed a Train ride up to London, the Tube and DLR to get around but a fun filled 3 hours at KidZania near Shepherds Bush, this facility has been designed purely for Children where they can sample and try various trades/professions. (Just like us on the 9 to 5 parts of our life but undertaken in a very child friendly way). As recompense for their efforts they can earn Kidzos, this being the Currency that is accepted there. The Cubs get to choose what they want to do and when they want to do it, and then they can decide whether they want to save up as much Kidzos as possible or spend it as quick as possible, all in the name of Fun!
Then it was off to the Lord Amory via the DLR for Pizza and a film before obviously a late night .
On the Sunday, the Cubs were treated to a Full English Breakfast before packing their kit to be taken home while they stayed in London for more fun.
They enjoyed a lovely walk over the Docks and through the middle of the skyscrapers before running in to the London Half marathon, this did surprise the leaders a little as they didn’t realise it was on (or didn’t admit it was on) but made for a great bit of viewing and cheering. An interesting diversion through Canary Wharf shopping centre. Then back to the DLR and Tube to The Postal Museum in Islington. This is far more fun than it sounds and we get to go on the old Mail Rail, a smaller version of the Tube. These mail trains ran to some of the major railway stations in central from 1927 – 2003. The aim was to collect & deliver mail bags to the sorting offices to save going through the congested streets of central London. If you wish to visit you will see some of the old sorting offices & stations that trains stopped at.
This is just one of the many interesting things to see at the Postal Museum.
Once we were all done with the Postal museum, we had a nice walk though some of old London to Farringdon station to get the train home, this is just highlights some of the many fun things the Cubs get to do!
Look out for more Story’s from the Cubs and their adventures.
This year the beavers have been a bit more adventurous compared to previous years. We started out the year slowly by doing things like Disability Awareness and celebrating the Chinese New Year, before trying a new and exciting activity which was Geocaching. We did this around Hassocks, and it helped to introduce the Beavers to orienteering type skills.
As the weather improved, we ventured outdoors for some Hikes. We went to the Chattri, we had a scavenger hunt around Adastra Park and a Meadow Walk at Pyecombe Golf Club.
This year the Beavers got to attend the one day Go Beavers event at Blacklands farm. Which was full of fun with games, craft making, climbing walls, bush craft, tree ropes and many other activities. The day had almost perfect weather if a little warm at times
We ended the year off with our most adventurous activity to date, Paddle Surfing and Yachting at Hove Lagoon. This was not only a fantastic activity but this time the weather conditions where perfect.
Looking to the future, we are hoping to continue with having more new experiences and adventures that the Beavers will hopefully remember with fondness when they think back to their time within Scouting.
This year Cubs started out with the Annual swimming games and Gala.
Tie dying T shirts proved to be lots of fun!
We enjoyed our annual London trip, once again staying in Docklands on a converted ice breaker ship, with a Visit to the Postal museum was far more interesting and lots more fun than a lot of the Cubs feared. We then enjoyed a different take on Mother’s Day this year by using power tools to create the gifts.
In the summer term the cubs really enjoyed making ARMPIT Fudge, this was not only a tasty first for us but very mess and enjoyed by all. The Cubs enjoyed the sun with several outdoor activities ranging from hiking to the chattri to doing bash craft at Woods Mill.
Many of the cubs had a fantastic time at the Annual Dads and Cubs camp which we held a lot earlier this year than normal due to the County Cub Camp in September. We had fantastic weather all term and before finishing of the year with a bounce by visiting to Jump in, a trampoline fun park.
Looking forward we will be starting the year with the County Camp which will be great fun we hope to do a lot more adventures stuff that we have already booked and have exciting ideas for next year’s London Trip as well as the Dads and Cubs camp
2019 has been a busy year in scouts with our year starting with the district raft race last September and ended with climbing last term.
The other district events we’ve taken part in this year included the quiz and checkpoint challenge hike in January, swimming gala in February where we came in position 4th and 7th, the 24 hour challenge in March where 3 of our scouts took part and the cooking competition in April where scouts have just a week to learn a recipe and then have to cook in teams of 4 without any help and present a 4 course dinner to a judging panel. We did really well, coming joint 3rd and 5th and being the only group in the district to have two teams.
A new event in our programme was the Monopoly Run up in London. Lots of miles clocked up racing from location to location whilst seeing the sites.
We continued with our exciting camps including a toothbrush camp in September where scouts brought minimal equipment, a gadget camp in October, one of our most popular events of the year the Children in Need Sleepover where the scouts assemble here with lots of cardboard and made shelters outside to sleep in all night. As well as having a huge amount of fun and trying to keep warm they raised a very impressive £1,371 for the charity. Many thanks to all of you who supported and sponsored our Scouts. We also added a new cycle camp to our programme, where scouts cycled from Shoreham to Guildford and raised over £1500, with a date for next year already in discussion. Our last camp this summer was at Broadstone Warren where the scouts had an opportunity to try new activities.
The end of term meeting is always memorable, and this year included ice skating at Brighton Pavilion at Christmas and bowling in the marina in the spring, which entered the scouts into the worldwide jamboree. A total of 1102 teams took part and we came 105th, 129th, 154th and 180th.
We also try to help around the village include the bag packing in Budgens’s in December and litter picking during our hikes and will be repeating this again this year.
Badges covered included astronomy, rifle shooting, electronics, model maker with robot wars, pioneering and knots which including investing new scouts by making them walk the bridge they made, local knowledge, DIY where we made the pallet chairs outside and last term we ran a practical first aid evening where we need to apologise again for sending your scouts home covering in fake blood stains.
As leaders we get very proud to see our scouts grow in confidence and enjoy the activities we plan out. We are particularly proud of two individuals who have taken their scouting experiences to a larger level, one training with the National Scout Rifle Team and one getting selected to join the district team and go to Poland for the European Jamboree next year