Cubs Number Hunt, Bridge Hike and It’s a Knockout!

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Just a few little photos from the last three weeks!

Thank you to Colonel Hathi for designing the many-times-postponed Number Hunt! The Cubs followed compass bearings around the area looking for clues that would lead them to a number. Lots of fun.

Thank you to Bagheera for leading our Hike the Bridge. We made it about three quarters of the way across in the time we had available. Some cubs had to overcome a fear of heights. All cubs seemed to enjoy themselves even though they got soaked!

Thank you to the whole team and a parent for helping with this week. Raksha engineered an amazing It’s a Knockout competition which was thoroughly enjoyed. Chil and Baloo provided the victuals for a delicious BBQ! Meat from Lower Failand Organic Farm and Molesworths Butchers. Veggies from Lloyds.

Cubs go cycling!

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The pack enjoyed a lovely sunny evening cycle ride through Ashton Court and along Festival Way.

A large group of the pack formed a fast moving peloton reaching in to the heart of Long Ashton while a more cautious team built their confidence greatly whilst overcoming hills, nettles and various bicycle malfunctions!

Bicycles help social distancing for the team briefing!

Many thanks to our cycle expert, Bagheera, for planning and leading the evening and to the Parent Helpers that joined us to help with supervision.

Cubs enjoy the Time on the Water!

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Last night our cub pack enjoyed a few hours of delightful summer sun, fun & silliness in the harbour.

Cubs started off by getting themselves equipped and moving the vessels to the water. After a short tutorial from the staff at All Aboard Watersports, they set off – voyaging downwind and up the harbour for a while. While the sailing dinghys played games outside the Cottage Inn, the stand up paddleboards and kayaks ‘fell’ in Cumberland Basin and warmed up with a bit of racing!

Here are a selection of the pictures for your enjoyment.

Adults – fancy joining in?

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We’re planning some fun stuff in Cubs – just as our Scouts and Beavers are! Here is one message from a parent:

What an awesome event for them
Wish I had been in Cubs

a Cub’s Dad!

My response is from the Bear:

The past year and a half has been tough for so many and young people need Scouting more than ever. But Scouts need volunteers to make that happen. The good news is that volunteering is #GoodForYou, it’s good for your CV, your wellbeing and your community too. So give it a go and join us πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

Chief Scout Bear Grylls

Navigation and Investitures

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Our last of 3 sessions at Woodhouse Park in mixed weather – lots of lovely sunshine and views, but it did rain our our parade (investiture) at the end!

The cubs learnt about contours using the models that the sixers had created. And the sixers led discussions on a the last few parts of the Fire Safety badge.

Map Bingo for a massive bar of chocolate was probably my highlight – even though I didn’t win!

Cubs enjoy learning about maps

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We had a lovely session out at Woodhouse Park last night – and we didn’t get too wet! Over these 3 weeks we will complete the first 3 levels of the Navigator Badge

The cubs started by running around the field to North, South, East and West then to NW, SW, SE and NE! Solidifying their knowledge of 8 points of the compass. We had a go at pinpointing ourselves on the Woodhouse Park map and working out how to identify features using the Legend.

Imagination and creativity engaged gears as the cubs created their own map of an island – sometimes trying to use the official Ordinance Survey symbols to represent items. Here’s the activity on OSM. Here are some of the results:

We finished with a mad map relay game using a Woodhouse Park map overlaid with a grid. If you want to have a go yourself – here is the map and the instructions. The right hand column contains answers – hide it from your cubs!

167th Cub pack Zoom Investiture

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In a first for the 167th cub pack, we formally welcomed six newish cubs to the pack this evening with a Zoom Investiture.

Supported by their family and in front of their pack, they told us what the Cub Law is and made their promise:

I promise that I will do my best

to do my duty to God and the Queen

to help other people

and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Congratulations to you six new members of the world-wide family of Cubs – we look forward to seeing you do your best in cubs over the next few years!

Open Advent Window 24 – Manger Scene

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Christmas Good News

Video Message from James Watson
(Minister of Westbury Baptist Church)

Congratulations, you have made it to Christmas Eve and our final stop on the Advent Window Trail. Watch on to see Billy’s Lego Nativity scene and find out what is the Good News that we are waiting for in these final moments of Advent.

Is it “Bristol Safe from Zombie Attack!” …

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Open Advent Window 23 – Choirs and Instruments

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Always Praising

In heaven, there is praise of God being sung continuously and Jesus said that, if his disciples weren’t praising God – then the rocks would cry out (in praise instead)! But now, during Covid, we can’t sing together as we used to.

Perhaps you’ve sung some carols on the streets (within the government’s covid guidelines, of course). Maybe you’ve been to church and hummed along as the musicians sung! What we can all do is …

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