Happy birthday Cubs! Though we have been partying hard all year, today is the day to truly celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts.
What’s on today
Cubs will be everywhere today! Don’t miss us on national breakfast TV and on Facebook Live with Reuters at 8.35am. We are in the Telegraph this morning, and then this afternoon on BBC Newsround. It’s a jam-packed day in the lead up to the big event tonight.
What’s on tonight
At 19.16, we’re asking all our members, both young people and adults, to renew their Promise. Make sure you share your Promise Party photos with the Movement by tagging them with #Cubs100 on social media, and sign up to Thunderclap to help broadcast our message worldwide. Using this Twibbon on your social media profile photo is a fun way to show your support.
Essex International Jamboree – the largest ever joint Scout and Guide camp in the UK – has become even larger! We are giving a Junior Jam opportunity for Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows.
Junior Jam has been created especially for our younger sections, who are warmly invited to enjoy a full day of Jamboree experiences with their friends and leaders. Just choose whether you would like to come along on either Sunday 31st July or Monday 1st August.
For just £20, all the young people will receive their own scarf and badge before joining in the EIJ Experience Trail. They will then enjoy a full day of exciting activities. These activities include climbing, abseiling, bouncy castles, low ropes, crystal maze, crafts and many more.
Please note: Junior Jam is for groups (Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows) with their leaders to do a structured day of activities, not the opportunity to go and meet up with groups that are at EIJ. No bookings for individuals will be taken. Your booking will only be secured on receipt of full payment and accompanied by your reference number which will be sent to you on receipt of initial booking form
Belchamps has a great range of events over the coming Scouting year with something for every section. We are trying to offer leaders some great easy additions to their programme.
Kicking off in September with some 24 hour sleepovers a great easy way to get the section together for and overnight event. In October we have our first ever Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to other Scouts from around the world followed by our creepy camping weekend when the centre turns eerie.
In November it’s the annual Firework display with 2 displays this year one for the younger children with less bangs and the main one with our usual 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks. There is also the giant Bonfire and some fabulous light shows from Pluto jugglers.
In December we have our annual Christmas sleepovers and the fun spectacular day on the last weekend before Christmas with the centre lit up in its normal winter wonderland.
In January and February its 2 nights for the price of one on all of our buildings, with badge weekend in January and Winter Camp in February, its a busy couple of month.
March see’s more Sleepovers plus Mud Mania; the new tough mud style challenge. We’ve got lots of training courses running in March and April too, including rifle shooting, Archery, campfire leaders and Fencing. And in April its the second year of Survive Belchamps.
For a free events guide call 01702562690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 12th June our Cubs arrived at Belchamps camp for two nights. I was really excited as it was my first time camping outside.First we chose our tents. I was with my two school friends. We unpacked our things and played on the field. We had to collect lots of wood for the camp fire. At first it felt uncomfortable in the tent but I settled down and was soon cosy. We broke the world record for staying up all night talking!
On Saturday I woke up with the leaders shaking our tent! I had a yummy bacon sandwich to start my day, in the ‘coop’. Next we played games with the leaders on the field. After that we had great fun on the giant wrecking ball but it was hard to balance because the leaders tried to make it wobble!
In the afternoon we had a race on the pedal go-karts, we went really fast, I came in second place.
My favourite part was cooking our dinner on the campfire. We melted marshmallows and squashed them between two chocolate biscuits. I loved watching my popcorn popping on the fire. Before bed we played the Survival Game in the woods. It was really dark and scary, we had to escape from the forest and find our way back to camp.
On Sunday we watched the Minion movie while having breakfast in the ‘coop’. I enjoyed playing ‘Be be back to base’. This is a game where you have to get back to base without being caught.
It was good playing Hide and Seek in the woods because I found an enormous bush to hide behind and no-one could find me. In the end I had to jump out and give them a fright.
I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend away and earned four badges, but I was so tired when I got home. I can’t wait to go camping again. I really enjoyed being outdoors and I made new friends.
Alfie, aged 8
Everyday Adventure in Leigh-on-Sea, Eastwood and Westcliff-on-Sea