September 2023 News Update
'Cub Dine with Me' took place in February, where the Cubs planned and cooked a meal to eat, and then invited one of their parents along to eat with them at the end of the evening. They also washed and tidied up afterwards!
What a busy weekend we had in TS Norton in March! Our Beavers and Cubs joined together for an action-packed day of activities on Saturday, with half sleeping over on Friday night and half on Saturday night. There with creative, cooking and land boating sessions set up around our HQ and the boathouse, and lots of cakes and marshmallows were eaten during the weekend!
Our Cubs had great fun doing a town quiz and hike before the Easter Holiday. They had to follow instructions and look out for the answers as they navigated their way around. The hike counted towards their outdoor badge and counted as '1 Hike away'.
Our Cubs joined others from Warwick District to celebrate St George's Day at Warwick Castle. They paraded through town, undertook a renewal of their cub promise, watched the amazing bird show, met a knight on horseback and explored the ramparts! They also got to see the new Trebuchet fire and even managed to tie up their leaders!
In April everyone enjoyed our annual awards and AGM, alongside our traditional quiz and puddings evening! Congratulations to the Cubs who were presented with their Chief Scout's Silver Award.
Our Cubs had the most amazing weekend at Horley Scout Camp In May, and certainly booked the sunshine! They made camp, breakfasted, shot, nature trailed, pioneered, built some amazing camp shelters, went on nature trails, did some mini ‘tomahawk’ throwing , circus skills, cooked a meal on the fire and much more!
The highlight of the summer term is always boating, where our Cubs take turns to kayak, canoe and pull (row). They get a chance to try a capsize if they are brave enough, and there are always lots of games being played.
These skills will be further developed when they move up to Scouts!
Term ended with a party with the Beavers in TS Norton!
December 2022 News Update
In October 2022 our two cub packs had the most amazing camp at Alfrey Activity Centre - Broadwater where they sun shone and they had the chance to put all the skills they'd been learning over the past year into action.
Everyone had been having fun learning all about building bridges and testing their strength
We enjoyed a Winter walk through Kenilworth, clocking up 4km in 1.5 hours!
We were proud to see so many of our Cubs helping with the Royal British Legion poppy collection and joining the group at the Remembrance Sunday parade in Warwick.
Remembrance Sunday is always a great opportunity for a full Group photo with everyone looking very smart
September 2022 News Update
Our two Cub packs, Atlantic & Pacific, have enjoyed a busy Spring & Summer Term, with lots going on in an around TS Norton as well as camping, biking and water adventures! We are about to head off on Cub Camp, with more Cubs than ever before, where they will get to hone some of the skills they have learnt over the past year. Looking forward to campfires, archery, shooting, wide games, cooking and much much more!
During pack nights cubs undertook a number of activities for their Disability Awareness Badge, this included a visit from a blind lady and her Guide Dog, carrying out activities one handed and a visit from Trevor to learn about Sign Language.
We went on a visit to the Fire Station, getting a look around their vehicles, trying on some of the kit and watching one of them come down the firemans pole
In January we celebrated Burns night, with the chance to eat haggis and learn Scottish dancing and have a go at highland games!
We were excited to meet the High Sheriff who came to visit Beavers & Cubs to find out more about what we do, and we learnt a lot about what a High Sheriff wears and does too!
We celebrated St Georges Day at TS Norton & around the park with fun activities!
In March the Cubs from Atlantic and Pacific Packs joined together in an Activity day at Rough Close. This was a day of traditional scouting with penknife skills, tent pitching, cooking, shelter building, fire building and all ending in a campfire before heading home for the night
What a weekend all our youngsters had at #GetinCamp 2022 at Ragley Hall in May when they joined 1,000s of other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from across Warwickshire Scouts for an action-packed weekend of amazing activities put on by scout groups across the county
We celebrated our annual awards, at our AGM, congratulations to all the winners!
We enjoyed an adventure this time on bikes along Stratford Greenway. A fun day!
Over the summer term the Cubs have been out on the water, taking part in Canoeing, Kayaking, Pulling and even a day sailing, well it's more of a day drifting in the sunshine, being towed around the lake, paddling the dinghys and swimming around boats. During the pack nights they were learning lots of skills in teamwork to lift the boats, what to do if they capsized, we even invited the parents to come along with their Cub on a Canoe trip. up the Avon.
December 2021 News Update
We were very happy once we could start meeting face to face again after Easter, Zoom was ok and we had fun but now we could have lots more fun on the water and land. In September we also launched our second Cub Pack 'Atlantic' and they are now enjoying all their new adventures! Our original Cub Pack is now called 'Pacific'
In the Summer Term Pacific divided up into two groups, one on the water and one on 'land', this allowed for social distancing but also gave us the chance to get to know the Cubs properly at long last. Half of the Cubs had not actually 'met' us as they had joined during lockdown.
The Cubs enjoyed trying all our different boats, canoes, kayaks and pioners (small rowing boats ) with most being awarded their Nautical Skills 2 badge, along with Paddlesports 1, all whilst playing games on the water and having fun. Learning to go in a straight line is much more fun in a game!
The 'land' group also had fun, playing games, orienteering to complete Navigator 2 badge they had started on Zoom, running, jumping and throwing for their Athletics badge, and doing some lashings towards their Pioneer badge.
The Cubs also got to go sailing at Draycote Water too!
At the end if the summer term over 100 badges were awarded, well done Cubs!
Our New HQ TS Norton was formally opened in September by Sal Montgomery, Scout Adventurer, with our Cubs joining in the opening ceremony by helping reveal the Funders Board and everyone enjoying the afternoon activities around the park and on the water!
This Autumn term we have continued to have fun. We went on a walk around Warwick, but think it was more of a talk, they were definitely talking a lot quicker than they were walking and had so much to say to each other!
We had great fun on a weekend camp at the Alfrey Centre near Meriden, climbing, shooting arrows as well as pellets, cooking on open fires lit by themselves and sledging down a Cresta run and lots more. The weather was absolutely amazing, bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, just what we needed with all the windows and doors wide open. This was the first over night stop for all of the Cubs, usually there are just a few on each camp who have never camped with us before, they were all so excited and just got stuck in with everything, smiles all around. A great weekend!
We have also been tying knots, doing string trails, growing cress and crystals, fizzing Coca Cola, splitting water and playing lots of games.
'Over 140 more badges were awarded recently, 6 of which I'm proud to say were Chief Scouts Silvers, well done to Alastair, Megan, Thomas, Zac, James and Manuel. A great achievement especially after this last year. '
Andrea, Pacific Cub Leader
Our new Atlantic Cub Pack was formed in September with a few Cubs transferring from the existing pack and from Beavers, and many enthusiastic new starters from the waiting list.
We started by getting to know each other and learning a little about Cubs and Scouting through games and activities, including icing gingerbread Cubs. The Cubs then learnt some navigation skills and put these into practice on a short hike. They have also been looking to the stars whilst working on their astronomer badge. 2 of our longstanding members joined with Pacific Pack for Cub camp.
Our newer members enjoyed their first nights away experience at our sleepover at TS Norton, during which they chopped, baked and fried, to achieve their chef badge, toasted marshmallows on the fires they had lit, orienteered around the park (in perishing weather), explored the boathouse with a string trail, raised the roof with an indoor campfire, and managed to fit in a little sleep!
On Remembrance Day, which happened to fall on a Thursday, Anita, a minister from St Mary's church came along to talk to both Cub packs and Beaver colonies, about why we have Remembrance Day and its importance. This was well received by the Cubs who listened intently and joined in with the discussion.
Cubs joined with the other sections and other Scout groups and community groups for the Remembrance Parade, a good turn out, some very smart Cubs and they were so well behaved and marched really well.
Our Cubs turned out to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Market Square and at Warwick Castle!
We have also enjoyed making eco Christmas baubles from cardboard ready for our Christmas Tree that was on display as part of St Marys Christmas Tree Festival.
September 2020 News Update
Cubs have carried on meeting online and doing lots of fun activities at home; including taking part in the virtual 'Big Cream Tea'; County Camp and even a sunflower growing competition! We are now preparing to start meeting again at the Scout hut very soon and can't wait to see everyone again in person.
Our Summer Sunflower Growing Competition produced some impressive results!
Many of the Cubs took up the challenge to grow the biggest sunflower over the summer. Seeds were distributed while we were in lockdown back in April. Alex and Matthew grew the largest flowers, but they weren’t the tallest plants. Unfortunately, Alex’s flower broke off in the strong winds! There were some truly impressive sunflowers out there, some measured 2.5 and 2.85 metres tall, certainly much taller than any Cub!
The overall winner with the tallest sunflower at a whopping 3 metres is Hannah. Well done Hannah and all those who took part!
County Cub Camp
Cubs braved the thunderstorms in June as they joined other Cubs from across Warwickshire Scouts in the virtual #CubsTogether overnight camp.
They were set a challenge to earn the 'International Activity Badge' during the camp. You can see some of the amazing recreations of the World Scout Logo they made (not an easy task!); some brilliant models of famous world landmarks made out of recycled materials (or lego!) ... and see some interesting food was eaten from around the world .. including Korean chicken, croissants and Lamb koftas!
Well done to those who lasted the night in a tent and the leaders too who braved the rain! Think those who chose an indoor den, might have got more sleep
'HMS Teddy' Adventures!
HMS Teddy, our new Hut Bear has been out and about visiting lots of our Cubs and their families this Summer and has got up to all sorts of adventures!
He's been camping, gone on safari, been canoeing and much , much more!
If you'd like HMS Teddy to come and stay for a visit, please get involved in the new hut fundraising and help raise money for your new scout hut!
Well done everyone who took part in our Summer 'Virtual Cream Tea' we raised nearly £2k!
Well done to Emmy who won the Cub prize for raising over £200!
May 2020 News Update
VE Day Celebrations
Cubs learnt lots about life during the war, and what happening on VE Day and even had a go at some war-time recipes!
Since we can't meet together at the moment, lots of Cubs, leaders and young leaders joined in with Camp@Home, where the whole group camped in their gardens on in an indoor den on Saturday 2nd May. It looked like everyone had a brilliant time!
Here are just some of the things that our Cubs got upt to: cooking yummy meals outside, drinking hot chocolate, eating Marshmallows, sleeping (!), making a vlog with pancakes, sparklers and a fire, having a dog for company in the tent, making great film the tent being pitched, eating ice lollies, having very scary hair, making a lovely cooked breakfast, playing hide and seek in the dark, looking for hedgehogs and bats.
It’s not very often you get to enjoy your garden at night and our Cubs certainly made the most of it.
We done to 2nd Warwick Cubs!
We also had fun making this necker throw challenge!
Lockdown Activities! The Cubs have been keeping themselves very busy at home in other ways too
Cubs joined in the 'Clap for Carers' and renewed their promise on St Georges Day and lots sent Easter Card to Galanos House, our local Royal British Legion Care home.
Lots of Badge Work
In March, lots of Cubs were presented with badges, after all the hard work they'd been doing over the term.
They are continuing to work towards badges at home, badges earnt include Artist, Home Help, Skills and even Astronomy!
Congratulations to Jamie on receiving his Chief Scouts Silver Award, the highest honour a Cub can achieve. Well done!
Cubs also enjoyed a visit to WAGS in February to support Gabs who was part of the cast!
January 2020 News Update
Frosty Frigate 60
Autumn 2019 saw the Cubs away on two camps. Highlights of Frosty Frigate 60 in Portsmouth included:
• Standing/jumping/tip-toeing across the glass walkway on the observer deck of the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower.
• Venturing inside a WW2-era submarine, including a look through the periscope at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.
• Getting as close as possible [for civilians] to the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.
• Exploring inside the decks of HMS Warrior, a 19th century iron-hulled battleship. Testing the hammocks was a popular activity.
• The guided tour of HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. Cubs managed to clear the extremely low deck ceilings, leaders had some near misses. Gory mannikins of cannon-mutilated soldiers in the surgery were a hit.
The older Cubs had a Sixer and Seconder camp at the Alfrey Activity Centre Broadwater near Meriden, activities included:
• The assault course and shelter building activities provided excellent opportunities to collect significant quantities of mud :-)
• Despite the rain the Cubs learnt how to safely prepare, light and maintain a campfire, and successfully cooked their own food.
• Some Cubs managed to observe the Geminids meteor shower, visible above the dusk horizon.
• The climbing wall and shooting provided contrasting physical challenges.
Back at HQ, many new Cubs have now joined the pack. Lots of badges have been earned, and plenty more challenges await the newcomers.
William and Toby received their Chief Scout's Silver Award, and have been sent on their way up to Scouts – farewell and good luck!
Our cubs had great fun at Warwick Victorian Evening in November when they swapped their uniforms for a more historical look!
Thanks to everyone who visited our bottle spinner stall and helped us raise another £250 for our new HQ!
November 2019 News Update
Cubs made the most of the evening twilight before the clocks went back with a walk up the hill to the triangulation station at Radford Semele.
Back at the hut, they learned to send & receive secret messages using cipher wheels and invisible ink.
They used these decryption skills at the 'Kenilworth Castle Challenge' to break the code puzzle, alongside 600 hundred other Cubs from Warwickshire.
It was also great to see so many cubs at the Remembrance Day celebrations - here's 3 of them having a bit of fun after the parade!
Mai and Robert received their Chief Scout's Silver Award; the highest award a Cub can get; and together with Millie and Elizabeth these Cubs have now been sent on their way to Scouts – farewell and good luck!
We’ve plenty of new faces in the pack, and are looking forward to adventures together through winter into the New Year.
Our older cubs also enjoyed attending the recent Scout Open Evening when they learnt all about the 2 week Scout Summer Camp. It's happening from 19th July to 1st August 2020, so keep those dates free!