Harry Potter Camp
On the weekend of the 2-4th of February 28 cubs from Jupiter and Dragon Cub packs attended a Harry Potter camp at Belchamps. The camp was a resounding success and all those that attended the weekend had a fantastic time and all came away with new spells.
The Cubs and young leaders were sorted by the sorting hat into their respective houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. The sorting set the tone for a magical weekend.
After this the cubs coloured their household crests and they went on a hike around the site.
The following morning the different houses started to attend their different classes, wand making, Defence against the Dark arts, Find the philosophers stone, and the Sorceress hunt. Each of these lessons were thoroughly enjoyable and the cubs learned lots of new things.
They all came away from the camp with their own wands, uniforms and also medals and wizard’s hats.
The Sorceress hunt was to enable them to find the ingredients for the potions to be used on Sunday. The cubs found the philosophers stone after a hike searching around the campsite. They also discovered how to repel death eaters during defence against the dark arts by using nerf guns.
Each of the classes had house points up for grabs in order to determine which the best house was for the camp. The cubs also competed in an inter house quidditch tournament which they thoroughly enjoyed and got rather muddy.
They then had a wide game which where the cubs earned more points for their houses. It was a really enjoyable and fun day at Hogwarts.
On Sunday they had a few final classes, they had a potions class where they had to perform different tasks in order to make slime. They also competed in the Triwizard’s tournament and a muggle studies class in the art of fire lighting.
The scores were then calculated to determine who was the winning house and the winning house was Ravenclaw, second place was Gryffindor, third place was Hufflepuff and in last place was Slytherin. All those who attended the camp had a great time and can’t wait until the next one.
Over the weekend the Cubs had 2 cameras with them to take pictures.
Hornchurch District Cubs Scooter Rally
Another successful year for the Scooter Rally with 65 Cubs from 12 packs attending. Every Cub that I speak too really enjoys this event.
As you know we hold the event at Crow Camp the ideal home for this event. With the forest and small slopes, we can construct a good track for the racing. We changed the format of the event this year. We now have teams of three cubs this has made it fairer for smaller packs to be able to win this event.
It was a cold day but the rain held off. The track was dry and full of leaves. Cubs kept warm with Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs which ran out too soon, I will need to buy more next year.
I would like to thank the leaders who turned up to assist with the event without them we could not run this event.
Congratulations to 1st Squirrels Heath who won the trophy this year. The cubs were presented with Certificates for First, second and third.
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||1st Corbets Tey / 1st Cranham
||1st Squirrels Heath / Ist Rainham / 8th Hornchurch Mercury
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District Cub Camp 2017
This year’s camp was held at Gilwell park (the home of Scouting).
It was attended by 10 Hornchurch Cub Groups. There were plenty of site activities Freefall 2, Ariel Trek, Wobbly Pole, Jacobs Ladder and also our own bases to keep the Cubs entertained. Saturday evening there were bases supplied by each group and the Cubs went round and had a go at all of these. The weather held out and the sun shone most of the time. On the Sunday morning, we held the District Cubs Sports day, sports included were obstacle course, welly throwing, sack race, egg and spoon and normal running.
The results of the Sports day were
1st 2nd Squirrels Heath
2nd 7th Hornchurch
3rd 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
Well done to the Cub of the camp who received a certificate and also a Scout hand spinner which was the envy of all the Cubs. I am sure that all the Cubs and leaders had a really good time. I know my Cubs are looking forward to next Year.
Thanks to all the leaders that worked together to make this event happen.
Bob Wallace DCSL
Congratulations to 1st Corbets Tey Cubs
1st Corbets Tey Cubs came first in this years District Cubs Soapbox Derby. Not such a big turn out this year as the weather has been very wet this week, But on the day only a couple of quick showers showed up. Ten teams took part in the figure of 8, oval, obstacle, team challenge and endurance race. No major crashes during the day (not one plaster used) just a few loose wheel nuts. We also had an individual scooter challenge time trial. Congratulations to Oliver from 8th Hornchurch Jupiter Cub pack who took home the trophy. The best decorated cart was won by 7th Squirrels Heath Cubs.
The final race was the leaders race. Six excited leaders jumped into the carts and were pushed by the Cubs. The unlucky Cubs who picked Jack to push had a very hard job to do. Lisa Millington from 1st Corbets Tey came first closely followed by Mick Cross from 1st Elm Park.
1st Place Memories 1st Corbets Tey
2nd Place Mercedes Racers 3rd Rainham
3rd Place Terminators 7th Squirrels Heath
Best Decorated cart 7th Squirrels Heath
Fastest cart 2nd Elm Park
1st place Oliver 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
2nd Place Harry 2nd Elm Park
Fastest Cub (Beaver) Leader Lisa Millington
Cubs doing some community gardening at Brunswick Court OAP home.
Cubs District Scooter Challenge
Hornchurch District Cub Air Rifle Competition
The District Cub Air Rifle competition was held at 8th Hornchurch Headquarters. This year 55 cubs attended the competition from 8 different cub packs; 1st Elm Park, 2nd Elm Park, 2nd Rainham, 3rd Rainham, 8th Hornchurch Jupiter, Apollo, Dragon and Mercury.
The Cubs were in two different age groups under 9 ¼ and over 9 ¼. The under 9 ¼'s shot in the morning and the over 9 ¼'s shot in the afternoon.
Before the Cubs shot for the competition they were each given a practice turn to ensure that they are all familiar with the air rifles. While the Cubs were shooting the waiting Cubs were occupied by a Video being shown on a large screen TV and the others were playing games out side on the grass.
Read more: Hornchurch District Cub Air Rifle Competition
District Cub Camp 2016
Friday 24th June saw 250 Cubs, Young Leaders and Leaders from across the District arrive at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre for this year’s District Cub Camp. With 2016 being 100 years of Cubs, the main theme behind the camp was Adventure!
We kick started the weekend with a campfire led by Jack Bresslaw and Ben Bushaway - great job again guys! Thank you.
Supper and bed was next on the programme, but we all know that on first night of camp bed doesn’t necessarily mean sleep! However, by about 1:30am I think most Cubs had finally given in and gone to sleep.
Bright and early Saturday morning (and I mean 4:30am early!!), the Cubs were awake, ready for a day of fun and adventure - although I’m not sure the leaders were quite as ready!
Breakfast was served, and the Cubs then set off for their day of site activities - Archery, Rifle Shooting, Assault Course, Water Rollerz, Slacklining, Cork Guns, Pedal Karts, Demolition Derby, Bungee Run and Caving Simulator. The Assault course saw some of the Cubs get extremely muddy after the rain!!
After dinner we set up our Fun Fair Side Shows and the Cubs got to spend their tickets to have a go on them all - earning prize tickets as the evening went on. These included Hook-A-Duck, Hoopla, Guess the weight of the sweets, Find the Key, Splat-A-Rat, Peggy, Higher or Lower, Penny Push, Cover the Number, and lots more!
After a slightly earlier night, Sunday morning saw lots of tired Cubs get up and pack their kit away ready to go home, but not before they had been to spend their hard earned pocket money in the shop! We also attempted to make a Cubs 100 video, but the wind sadly put a stop to this! We’ll try again another time.
Lisa Jones ADC