Pathfinder Cub Pack – Review of 2017/18

In July we held our summer camp at Potterne, this time we had lovely weather unlike
the rain on the previous year. In September we had a day trip to Youlbury to give
the cubs a chance to use the abseiling wall and the crate stacking – again lovely
weather on a great day out. While there we also did a recce for our planned Summer
camp this year.

In March we had a sleepover for the older cubs in the pack. On the
Friday evening, we were able to do some air rifle shooting and, on the Saturday,
morning took the bus to Lyneham to visit the REME Museum, well worth a visit. In
April, we had a weekend in London visiting London Zoo for the Bedbugs experience,
quite unusual to be woken in the morning by lions rather than cubs.

We took part in the District Chess competition and were the only cub pack to have
more than 1 team – we had 3 teams. To top this, we came 2nd, 3rd and 4th and with
many of the cubs who took part still being quite young, we can have high expectations
for next year. We had a practice for the swimming gala and several cubs earned
their swimming badges. We then found that due to diary clashes the District
Swimming Gala has been moved to later in the year, so we still have that to look
forward to.

We had 14 cubs take part in JOTT this year, including some very young cubs, so a big
well done to them, 8-year olds walking 11 miles is quite an achievement. Many thanks
to Steve and Olly for arranging this event. All the cubs who took part should be
proud of what they did and wear their badge with pride.

We have 2 young helpers at present – Kian and Nav who joined us to meet the
requirements for their DofE award. One of the highlights of the year for me was
when Nav’s sister came along for the evening and gave us a lesson in Bhangra dancing.
Some of the cubs, a bit like me, had 2 left feet, but others were really good.

Due to the drive and hard work of mainly Louise and James we have had some great
success in the carnival again this year. We won Best in Class, ARC Trophy for
Children’s effort and participation, plus we were Overall Carnival Winners. We can’t
do any better than this – but plans are already on the go for next year’s entry.
We had a really great visit to Swindon police station – thanks to Graham for arranging
this for us. We also had a visit to the Sikh Temple, The Wiltshire Golf club, Jubilee
Lake and a Quiz Walk in the town as well as another walk from Hackpen to Barbury
Castle.

As always, I must thank our pack Leaders who give so much time to help with the
smooth running of the pack and also the parents who have stepped forward to help
when we have needed an extra pair of hands, we really appreciate the time you give.