CubJam100 Wild West


Wild West CubJam 100 – 28th May – 3rd June 2016

Howdy All…. Yee Haa..

Where do we start……..

Firstly, to say that finally all of the arrangements had come together as 24 Cubs and 6 leaders gathered for the journey to CubJam100. This journey had started many months before when Baloo had signed 2nd Bracknell Cubs up for 24 places at this great event.

After an uneventful journey to Gilwell we started to construct our camp (We won’t mention the minibus incident….). Tents were erected, Marquees were constructed and tea was brewed. We were in Tombstone…..

The week started with a gathering of the masses for the opening ceremony and general sing along and dancing, with a wild west theme.

Yes, I can confirm that 2nd Bracknell Leaders do now have a reputation for dancing and singing. We were even accused of having practised the routines beforehand ………

During the week there were many arranged activities and also a number of free format activity. We had some Cubs take part in the CubJam’s Got Talent competition. And they did well but unfortunately did not make it to the live finals…….

There was swimming, zorbing, archery, climbing wall, assault courses, trampolines. Other aactivities on site including Wild West Games, Magic Shows, Music Workshops, Wild West Carnival Crafts, Treasure Hunts, Gilwell Park Site Activities.

Day trip to London visiting the Planetarium and Cutty Sark. After a ride on the Thames clipper bus to Greenwich we had a mad dash up the hill to see the planetarium show. This was followed by lunch in one of the rooms in the planetarium provided by the planetarium for our group. Then in the rain back to the Cutty Sark for a quick look around the famous Tea Clipper then back to the bus for the journey back to Gilwell.

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The children all got to take part in all of the activities but swimming seemed to be the favorite.

We joined in with other groups even inviting one small cub group back to our camp for a BBQ one evening.

The children all completed the Personal challenge of trying all of the food served on camp even if they did not like it.

It was a long week but all had a great time. There were some very tied people and even some of the cubs were tired by the end of the week.

As a leader I can say I was very proud of how our 24 cubs all took part and were great ambassadors for 2nd Bracknell.

Patrick ‘Hathi’ Doherty

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Kayaking with Cubs at the Wokingham Waterside Centre – June 2015

Sorting out my old video collection the other day I can across a film that I used to love.  It is a film about an American football team, the Titans, the film is aptly named ‘Remember the Titans’.  It was a film about a sports team who worked to overcome racial intolerance; they were a mixture of white and black players in late 60’s.  So what has this got to do with Cubs?

At the end of last term the Cubs leaders decided a joint meeting would be a good idea.  Something fun, something out of doors rain or sunshine, and something everyone could participate in?  Not too much to consider remembering Staggs meet on a Tuesday and Wolves and Foxes on a Thursday.

Kayaking at the waterside centre, sounds perfect but then the logistics started to fall apart, too many Cubs to have everyone kayaking at the same time on one day.  So on w/c 21st of June the Cubs descended on the waterside centre 24 Cubs on the Tuesday and 32 Cubs on the Thursday.  Once again 2nd Bracknell Cubs trip to the Wokingham waterside centre came with gorgeous weather and fantastic coaches.

Kayaking3Though it did give Baloo a nightmare in group allocation and form collecting so a big ‘Thank you’ to him and all his effort and time to make the kayaking run smoothly.

The Cubs had loads of fun, some came out of the kayaking looking like they had fallen in, some did fall in, and some stayed dry.  So what has this got to do with an old American football team film?

Kayaking2Just like in the film, sport united the Cubs; they had to work with Cubs they may not know, it taught tolerance, communication, fairness and helped enhance physical coordination and strength.  It also united the Leaders and parents, working in a unit can sometime become insula, these joint meetings with a common activity are so important to the Cubs, Parents and Leaders alike.





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Foxes Cubs – March 2014 residential

In October 2013 I wrote a piece for the website about the Cubs narrow boating experience.  On contemplating why we take the young people away I came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter where we took the young people and I said something along the lines of ‘So where should I take the Cubs next?  A nice warm, large, hall in Bracknell, comfy sofas and not a canal, lake or even pond in sight.’  So that is exactly what we did this weekend, except there was a pond.

We stayed at the Guide centre in Bracknell, a nice warm hall, huge kitchen, comfy chairs, two large halls and lots of modern conveniences but what did we do in the middle of Bracknell so close to home and in the middle of a housing estate?

The Foxes Cubs had wanted to do their navigator badge at the beginning of September term but it was way down on their list of things to do.  After discussing a few residential themes with the Cubs they decided they wanted to do things with compasses and maps.  This suited me down to the ground.  In my other volunteer role with Girl Guiding I hold my Level 2 walking which allows me to take groups into open country, Dartmoor for example.  I love walking qualification, I love maps and I love passing on skills – perfect. ‘Can we go to the cinema?’ was another suggestion which again in September sounded such a good idea.  So we ended up with a weekend planned around maps and a trip to the cinema.

Friday night was all excitement and all about setting up beds next to friends, showing off sleeping bags and generally finding the toilets and where food was going to be cooked because for a Cub it is very important to know when and what you are getting to eat.  I also had two excited adults as it was their first camp as well.  I have forgotten how excited I was on my first night away with Brownies at seven years old and I have forgotten that going away is such a new experience for Cubs and for adults.  For me and the first aider (another old hand at residentials) Friday night was about to be prepared, being organized and ensuring there was a steady supply of coffee.  After hot chocolate, hot cross buns, a fire drill, deciding on our rules and making a glow bug it was time for bed.  I am always surprised when I take kids away; usually you only get to know them for 1 and half hours a week and sometimes that child is completely different to the one you have for the weekend as was the case his weekend.


By 11.30 the girls were asleep and only a few of the boys were still wiggling in bed.  First movements were at 5.15am but after being told it was not time to get up I had peace and quiet until 7.00am.

A flurry of activity had everyone up and dressed, bedrooms tided and sitting eating cereal, 50 rashers of bacon and 30 eggs disappeared in a flash.  After chores of washing up, wiping up, sweeping and clearing the table (yes all the Cubs did chores and they know how to) h

we sat down and looked at the local area on different types of maps.  The Cubs drew their own maps of the area and a route to Jocks Lane Park.

Using the OS Map, a street map and a compass we eventually found our way to Jocks lane were the hi vis jackets the Cubs were wearing came into their own, I could see them all.


Back to the Guide Centre for lunch of hot dogs and only a few moans when I said we were going back out again.  This time to follow a trail around the local area, allowing the Cubs to see the type of street furniture we have in Bracknell.  The trail led us back to the Guide Centre for cakes and ‘rest hour’ though I have to admit this was more for us leaders than the Cubs who seem to have endless energy.

Tea was jacket potatoes and the Cubs could choose their filling, followed by apple crumble and ice cream.  After washing up outside in the dark, this was a firm favourite with the Cubs, there was just time for some craft, covering notebooks and finger monsters, before lights out.  Everyone was fast asleep by 9pm.


Sunday saw the Cubs get up a little more slowly but 60 sausages and 54 hash browns soon disappeared.  The Cubs then made their packed lunch as we planned to eat at the park.  We walked to the cinema where the Cubs each bought their kids fest of popcorn, drink and sweets and we settled in the seats to watch the Disney film ‘Frozen’ it was really, really good and all the Cubs were impeccably behaved.

oAfter another ‘400 mile’ walk in ‘100 degree heat’ the Cubs had time to play and then we walked back.  I’m not too sure if it was because the Cubs knew that when we got back it was time to go home or that they were worn out from the 5 miles we had walked over the weekend.

Asking the Cubs what they liked the best, we had ‘sleeping with all my friends’, ‘playing in the park’, ‘the food’, ‘seeing the film’ and ‘the zip wire’.  When asked where they want to go and do the next residential, we had ‘somewhere with a big zip wire’, ‘somewhere to walk the plank’, ‘bunk beds’, ‘near to a play park’, ‘3 nights’, ‘apple crumble’ and ‘no more walking’  and for us leaders ‘decent showers’.  If anyone has any suggestions of a location let me know.

This was presented for publication in March, but editorial constraints have delayed it [Ed.]

Sponsored Walk raises over £700….!!

You may remember a weekend when it didn’t rain…?

Well, the Group Sponsored Walk on the 20th October which looked like being a wet affair was extremely successful and we managed to stay dry..!! The results are in and after an absolutely fantastic effort through sponsorship 22 Young People raised the Grand sum of £718…!!

A very big Thank You for the Group for putting on the Sponsored Walk but in particular to

Name Section
Ewan Coyle Bisons
Abbie Crook Bisons
Connor Hughes Bisons
Nick Lockington Bisons
Jack Wooster Mounties
Jozeph Zambaux Mounties
Giles Harper Lumberjacks
Joshua Priestley Lumberjacks
Ben Tyler Lumberjacks
James Hall Pioneers
Daniel Winfield Wolves
Mathew Bangs Wolves
Benjamin Wigg Wolves
Rhys Jones Foxes
Robert Harpur Stags
Hannah Molley Stags
Katie Molley Stags
Vincent Custance Belfast
Christopher Menon Belfast
Joshua Molloy Belfast
Jack Morris Belfast
Matt Lee Explorers

Next Time it would be great to see many more of you….!!