Cubs activities & things to do

I wanted to let you know the cubs Leaders want to keep scouting and we are planning to put some activities together. We cannot meet face to face but we will be meeting virtually in the near future to see what we can do. This is new for all of us, things are exciting for those that will be off school but we are aware that some of you, as children of key workers, will still be going to school. We would like to do some additional activities for those that want a distraction or to keep busy. This will be important for many of us in the coming weeks and months.

The Scout Association has already put together a list of badge work that can be done at home. The online service, OSM, that we subscribe to as a group has also said it is working hard to produce material that can be used when there is no face to face meeting. We want to let the dust settle a little bit before we send out this information and try something. We will all have the challenges of adjusting to what is the new ‘normal’. Whether that be home schooling, working from home or avoiding close proximity to others.

For now I would just like to say there are things you can be doing in your everyday activities.

Think of your Cub promise

I promise that I will do my best

do my duty to God and the queen

help other people and

keep the Cub scout Law

Please think of this promise every day

If any of you have made your mothers a card or gift for mothering Sunday send us a picture of what you made. It would cheer us up but also count towards a badge.

I am sure you will be helping about the house so keep a record and this will count towards your home help badge.

If there is anything we can do let us know.

Stay safe and we will be in touch


York Cubs cooking competition

On 14th April, teams of 4 young people from Groups across York took part in the York Cubs cooking competition at Snowball Plantation.
Despite being 1 man down, James Murray, Daffyd Chiplin and Adam Foster put in a great team effort to represent 1st Clifton and proudly showed off their many skills. They got their own fire stove going before peeling, cooking and mashing potatoes to serve with the peas and sausages that they also confidently cooked themselves.
For pudding they prepared freshly made custard from custard powder and milk which they served with Swiss roll. Finally they made tea or coffee for the judges before the inevitable washing up!
We’re very proud to say that the boys earned a very respectable 3rd place – congratulations!

Spotlight on York Rescue Boat

York Rescue Boat is an organisation that was set up to provide better safety in and around the York rivers. Part of this is the education of young people so that they may know what actions to take should they find themselves in an emergency.  The team gave Atlantic Cubs a great insight into their role, what they could do in an emergency, prior to everyone having the chance to rescue a buddy – on dry land of course!

You can find out more information about the York Rescue Boat here

Snowball Fun February 2018

Not ones to miss an opportunity to get out and about – the building works at the hut gave Atlantic Cubs a great excuse to go to Snowball.

Once in, the cubs enjoyed a number of games and challenges before putting their backwoods cooking skills to the test. ‘Campfire made wagon wheels’

Why not try these next time you have a BBQ?

You need:

  • skewer
  • marshmallow
  • 2 chocolate biscuits

To make:

  1. place the marshmallow onto the skewer and gently roast over the fire/BBQ until golden brown – don’t leave it too long or it will catch fire!
  2. using the biscuits (chocolate side) trap the marshmallow between the biscuits and pull it off the skewer.
  3. voila you have your very own ‘wagon wheel. Be careful the marshmallow will be hot and very sticky!

Finally, a HUGE THANKS goes to our parent helpers, without whom we would not have been able to hold such activities.



Clever Cubs

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.

Cubs 100 celebrations

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.

Promise Party

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.


It’s a bug’s life!

1stcliftonsteveibtansySteve 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

img_4598-2-1280x918Special thanks to Barry for organising the backstage meeting and all his hard work getting the children involved with the Tansy project.

Buglife Tansy project

tansy-beetleAs 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.

tansy-plantJulia 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.