A term of pioneering

When the cubs revealed last term that they had a voracious appetite for pioneering, I needed no second bidding. This term, they’ve been developing their skills in knotting and lashing and have become pioneering experts.

Early in the term, we spent an evening refreshing ourselves on some knots and some basic lashings, and put this into practice by building some A-frames.

Camp gave us an opportunity for a more ambitious project: a grand gate for our campsite!

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Then this evening, we took things to another level, literally, with a rope bridge.

DSC_0106I’m pleased to report that all cubs made it safely across the river!

Spring Cub camp

IMG_0177The Cubs spent a weekend in the Bedfordshire countryside, packed with adventurous activities. A few days after getting back and I’m just beginning to recover from the exhaustion – I’m guessing the same goes for the cubs! Here are the highlights. See below for all the rest of the photos from the camp…

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Autumn Cub Camp: Thetford Forest

CampThe Cub pack headed to Thetford Forest this year for their Autumn camp. The whole thing was guided by our founder, Lord Baden-Powell, drawing on his Wolf Cub’s Handbook.

Let’s let him take us through some of the cubs’ activities this weekend in his own words…

Every Scout aims at being a good camper, because you can’t be a backwoodsman or a pioneer unless you can look after yourself in all weathers in the open.

pitchingNow that we’ve packed our kit let’s be off, shall we? Before you go, and the whole time you are away, say to yourself, “I am going to make this the jolliest camp there ever was FOR THE OTHER CUBS.”

"Knock the Blob"

“Knock the Blob”, a game from the WCH

And when you are in camp remember that as you are there to have a splendid time you must keep in mind the Cubs’ patent dodge for making themselves happy – that of helping other people and particularly Akela.

There are lots of ways in which a tenderfoot suffers in camp. But there is no roughing it for an Old Scout; he knows how to make himself quite comfortable.

cookingIn order to be a good Cub a fellow must know how to lay and light a fire.

FirelightingEvery Cub must be able to tie knots properly. LashingWhat duffers ordinary boys are at tying knots! They make a sort of tangle of string or rope, which probably they can never undo again! That would never do for a sailor or for a bridge builder.Bridge builtKnots are quite easy to learn, and as soon as you know them you can teach other people how to make them.

lashing2Young wolves learn to look after themselves in the wild. They learn to watch birds and animals day by day so as to learn their habits, just as a boy Wolf Cub does. But the boy’s object is to know more about them, and to take a friendly interest in their doings.

Practising fox-walking

Practising fox-walking

Now tracking and stalking are fine things to do, but if you are to be a good tracker you want a great deal of practice and training.

Practising fox-walking

Practising fox-walking

CampfirewchTexts and images from The Wolf Cub’s Handbook, Lord Baden-Powell (15th Edition)


More photos of the camp

Cubs activities in 2015

As we get our activities lined up for the coming term, it’s time to take a look back at some of what the Cub pack has got up to in the last term. (That is to say, I’ve just got round to going through my photos.)

Archery, maypole dancing, a visit to an old people’s home, a tour of our local fire station, bowling, canoeing, parents’ evening…and that’s just the ones I had time to take photos of!

Sir Gawain and the Knights Away: Cubs Spring Camp

It’s been a while since the Cub pack’s Spring Camp in the Peak District: it’s about time I got some photos out to the world! See the bottom of this page for a large number of photos.

IMG_6095The theme of the camp was Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a story with a close connection to where we were camping. Our band of knights encountered many a challenge and accomplished many a feat of derring-do, too many to recount in full, but particular highlights should be recorded.

Perhaps most notable was their descent from a terrifyingly high bridge, lowering themselves through thin air. Then there was the epic journey on foot along the spectacular Roaches ridge in two separate groups, navigating themselves.

IMG_6209Back at camp, our knights were never idle. When they weren’t building our grand fortress gate, they were inventing and building numerous items of camp furniture, making flags and heraldic crests, laying trails of tracking symbols, hunting for treasure, cooking food over a fire and digging around in the undergrowth to discover its hidden inhabitants. And let’s not forget the necessary components of day-to-day life on camp: collecting firewood, helping with cooking, washing up, fetching water, and so on.

The cubs’ enthusiasm, helpfulness and general positive attitude to the activities, as well as the more mundane everyday aspects of camp life, was fantastic and made the camp great fun for all of us! Well done to them all, especially those camping with us for the first time!


Winter Camp 2014

Mess tentA short camp is no excuse for cutting down on activities, just a reason to cram everything into a shorter time! Nor is winter an excuse to hide away indoors. We succeeded in cramming a large number of outdoor activities into this winter’s camp and absolutely exhausting all the cubs, not to mention the leaders.

We learned about Morse code and semaphore, map reading and compass bearings. We hiked under cover of darkness, including first aid on a broken arm (simulated) and a chance to put newly acquired Morse code skills to use to call for help. We crawled through woods playing wide games in the middle of the night and enjoyed hot chocolate and songs by the campfire, diligently kept burning until the early hours of the morning by Kaa and Kichi (though the cubs went to bed a little earlier).

Washing up

Washing up

Then, in the morning, we practised our compass bearings in order to unlock hidden padlocks. We held a Remembrance Day parade at 11am. And all the while, we consumed large amounts of food. And, of course, there were all the usual camp activities – pitching tents, cooking, washing up, etc.

The cubs, as we usual, were tremendous, good-naturedly mucking in to deal with whatever tasks needed doing throughout the weekend and launching themselves with enthusiasm into all the activities.


See for yourself some of what we got up to (though much of the camp was in darkness, so sadly undocumented):