Congratulations to Pacific Cubs who recently won the District round of the 2017 Cub County Quiz.
This is the second year in a row that the pack have gained a place in the County final and we wish them the best of luck when they travel to Thirsk to take part on 19th November.
September 2017 – term starts:
Scouts – Friday 8th 7-9pm
Pacific Cubs – Monday 11th
Sharks Beavers – Tuesday 12th
Atlantic Cubs – Wednesday 13th
Dolphins Beavers – Thursday 14th
During 2016, 100 years of the cub scouts section has been commemorated in many ways. We finished off our own celebrations with two exciting events – the regional Cubs 100 flag parade at Flamingoland and the district Promise Party held at York University.
We were watching the forecast all through the week and whilst it was a cold day it didn’t rain. That’s not to say we didn’t get wet though!
We started the day by parading the 1st Clifton, Atlantic and Pacific pack flags around the park with groups from all over the North East region, much to the excitement of a rhinoceros that was charging around its paddock.
We met back at the start point where the giant necker was suspended from the masts of the pirate ship. This necker is made up of signed individual neckers from groups throughout the Region.
We spent the rest of the day following the zoo trail. After being nominated for his commitment to Cubs activities James Byatt from our Atlantic pack was lucky enough to be chosen to represent North Yorkshire feeding the Meerkats. Being in the enclosure having meerkats walk all over him was an experience I suspect he will remember for a long time.
To finish the day we went to the Sea Lion show, where we renewed our Cubs promise, and were thrilled by the skills of the sea lions. Lots us were on the front row and several Cubs were part of the show when they got soaked by Clive the sea lion. After the show we went to see the sea lions in the back pool. Not wanting us to feel left out the other sea lions seemed to take joy in soaking the rest of us stood watching!
A thoroughly enjoyable day. Special thanks to Kathryn Surtees for helping out with driving the minibus.
The Promise Party was a national celebration that included a Promise renewal and was held on 16 December 2016 at 7.16pm (19:16) to commemorate the official registration date of the Cub Scout section.
We all had a fantastic time at the University, what a great way to end the year and celebrate all the activities we’ve enjoyed in this centenary year and everything we enjoy about being cub scouts.
Steve Backshall, presenter of wildlife programmes such as Deadly 60 and Fierce, brought his Wild World tour to York this week and several very excited 1st Clifton Cubs and Beavers had the amazing experience of meeting Steve backstage during the show interval.
As Steve is a Cubs 100 Ambassador and Buglife’s Vice President, Barry had arranged for the children going to the show to meet with Steve backstage to talk to him about their conservation work with the Jewel of York, the Tansy beetle. Unfortunately Steve’s packed schedule meant there wasn’t enough time to chat but they did get their photo taken with Steve and a giant Tansy beetle (not a real one!).
We’re proud to be Buglife’s Tansy champions! Tansy champions meet wildlife hero
Buglife Tansy project
As part of their learning about wildlife and conservation, our Beavers and Atlantic Cubs have been involved with the Tansy project throughout this year. The project aims to protect the rare and endangered Tansy beetle, the ‘Jewel of York’ – these beautiful beetles can only now be found along the banks of a short stretch of the river Ouse and in one other part of the country so we are very lucky that they live right alongside us here on Rawcliffe Meadow.
The children have learnt that endangered animals are not all big and their threatened habitats are not all a long way away. With the help of Julia, Buglife’s Tansy project officer, the project has taught them about this first hand and in their own local environment, opening up an exciting new area of exploration and discovery.
Julia brought some Tansy beetles along to our scout hut for us to see up close. She also had some Tansy plant seeds that we were able to sow and watch the plants grow. When they were ready, our Dolphin Beavers helped Julia to plant out their plants on the meadow along with some more from Julia’s greenhouse. It has been fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children have been about being outside, learning about animals and about how plants grow.
On a lovely summer’s evening, our Cubs went on an exciting adventure hiking around Rawcliffe Meadow in search of Tansy plants and beetles in the wild and were thrilled to spot them several times. We’ve been pleased to hear that some of them have even made trips back to the meadow since the group trip to share their knowledge and experience with their families.
Having fun, enjoying being outside, learning new things and having adventures with friends are what the Cub and Beaver programmes are all about and the Tansy project has been a great opportunity for us to do all these things as well as getting involved in a project within our community.
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