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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Open Advent Window 20 – Advent Candle

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Prince of Peace

Reflection by James Watson
(Minister of Westbury Baptist Church)

So, what’s your favourite game to play at Christmas? Monopoly? Trivial Pursuit? Charades? Or perhaps you’re happier on your X-Box or Nintendo Switch?

Whichever you prefer, I wonder if you’re anything like us, with many of our best planned family games ending up in arguments! Whether it’s plastic counters, or plastic controllers, something gets thrown across the room!

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Open Advent Window 18 – Kings at Manger

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One Hump, Two Hump

Video Reflection by James Watson
(Minister of Westbury Baptist Church)

These Kings, or wise men as we know them, were astronomers. They looked at the stars in the sky and followed signs that they saw. They would have come to Jesus on camels most probably.

Here is a poem from the Rhyming Bible by Bob Hartman – grab a free copy here!

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Open Advent Window 17 – Good King Wenceslas

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Reflection by Adrian Rogers (aka Colonel Hathi)

Good King Wenceslas may be one of the most popular carols ever written – but the story behind it is a little gruesome.

The man we know as ‘Good King Wenceslas’ was Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia. He was also known as Vaclac the Good, but he lived only a short life, probably from c.907 to 935.

When his father died there was a power vacuum in Bohemia and Wenceslaus’ mother was banished and his grandmother killed. But once the dust had settled the people of Bohemia decided they would like Wenceslas to be their ruler and his mother returned to rule as regent until young Wenceslas reached the age of 18… at which point he promptly banished her!

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