Cub Sleepover - 16th/17th March 2013

Thirteen Cubs, one Scout, one Explorer and three Leaders enjoyed a sleepover at the Scout Headquarters in the middle of March.

After a quick Grand Howl and safety brief it was off on a hike around the local area to put into practise the Cubs map reading skills that they had been working on over the last few weeks. The hike took in a variety of footpaths, bridleways, tracks and roadways allowing the Cubs to get practical experience of what the different map symbols meant and what signs they could expect to see along their route. The route was just over four miles and a picnic lunch was had half way round. The hike took a little over three hours to complete and though a few Cubs were beginning to flag a bit towards the end they all qualified for their Hikes Away 1 badge.

Back to the headquarters for some indoor games while tea was being cooked. The Sixers and Seconders organised a game of Build and Defend (two teams both try and build a plastic cup pyramid while the other team throws balls to knock it down). This was followed by a game hockey and then a game of bench ball (two teams try to throw a ball to their team mate stood on a bench)

Evening meal was spaghetti bolognaise with garlic bread followed by cake, biscuits and fruit. After everything was tidied away it was off outside for a campfire.

Despite the earlier rain in the day a good campfire was soon blazing. Cubs took turns to tell jokes of varying quality followed by singing several campfire songs. Then we got down to the serious business of cooking marshmallows and dampers on the fire. Many marshmallows were turned into smores and disappeared very quickly!

After everyone had their fill of marshmallows it was back into the hut and settle down to watch the big screen with popcorn. Then after hot chocolate it was off to bed.

Up at 6:30am to start tiding everything away. Breakfast of cereals, bacon, fried and scrambled egg, baked beans, eggy bread, and toast followed.

By the time everything had been cleared away, the washing up done, and all the errant socks, trousers and other clothing had been returned to the correct bag there was just time to award Nights Away badges and to do flag down before the parents arrived to take the Cubs home.