Apache Cub Pack – Review of 2016/17

This last year has just flown by. 2016 was of course the year of the Cub Centenary and Apache Cub Pack attended several events to mark the occasion. We gained a couple of new leaders – Paul and Graham. Both have settled in really well and I think are enjoying their time with us.

Last June we did some sport type events including rounders and the athletes badge. June was also when we went on the 1st Wootton Bassett Cub Centenary Weekend to Bournemouth/Brownsea Island. We joined up with Pathfinder Cub Pack for the weekend. We all travelled down to Butchers Coppice on the Friday. On the Saturday we travelled by ferry over to Brownsea Island where we wandered around the Island, having lunch and playing games. We travelled back for dinner at the Camp Site followed by a camp fire. Sunday we played some games followed by lunch and a brilliant home made cake to celebrate the Queens Jubilee before travelling home. Everyone who attended had a really good weekend.

Unfortunately because of various reasons Apache did not have their own summer camp but there will be one in 2017. In September after the summer holidays there were some communication activities including looking at morse code, silent signalling, tracking etc. There was also the District day event at Roves Farm to celebrate the Cub Centenary. There were various activities on site including nerf guns, woggle making, singing, cooking. The day ended with a camp fire. A good, albeit long and tiring, day was had by all.

October the Pack learnt various knots and also learnt how to make rope, making some themselves using a home made machine that a leader from the south of the County bought in to show us. The Cubs thoroughly enjoyed that night. The Pack also hosted their own community event as part of the Cub Centenary event where we had some of the older generation from Wootton Bassett visit the Scout Hut. They were served tea with sandwiches and cakes. The Cubs then showed them some of the activities they had been doing including knotting, making key rings and first aid. Some of the visitors even then joined in a couple of games. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and we had some very good feedback from our visitors (we might even do the event again).

We also worked on the astronomy badge as well as printing/art work. The Pack also produced a photo collage to celebrate the 100 years of Cub Scouts of activities they had taken part in during 2016. The culmination of the year’s Cub Centenary celebrations was the District Promise Event at the Heelis Building by the Outlet Village in Swindon. A few old fashioned parlour games were played followed by food and drink. Then everyone present made the Cub Promise at 1916 hours, the same time as other Cubs around the World.

January 2017 saw us entering the District Scrapheap Challenge, a fun event. We also took part in the District Chess Competition in February followed by the District Swimming Gale in March. At Cub meetings during this time we covered a variety of activities from Chinese New year and Burns night (where we ate haggis) to first aid and pioneering.

Before the Easter holidays we went to the Swindon District Gang Show which everyone who went enjoyed. We even had two of Apache’s Cubs in the Show and they did a brilliant job.

After Easter we mainly concentrated on getting ready for the Wootton Bassett Carnival which we entered as St George (following on from our own celebration of St George as the patron saint of Scouting). Unfortunately the weather was not that kind to us again and it was a rather soggy occasion. We achieved a Highly Commended and I am proud of those Cubs and Leaders that turned up for the Carnival despite the rain.

We have a summer of various activities to look forward to including water rockets and maybe some rounders again!

Many thanks to all the Leaders that have helped Apache Cub Pack and all the parents that have volunteered to help us at various events we have gone to – you have all been brilliant.

Akela