16-17 June 2016: Cub Fest

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We had a fantastic weekend at Cub Fest, the County Cub Camp celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouting. We took 18 Cubs, 5 adults, a young leader, a Scout and a Beaver with us to Cornbury Park, to join more than 1,500 other Cubs and 300 adults.

After getting our tents up on the Thursday evening we arrived on Friday in sunshine and got changed into our evacuee costumes (Oxford Spires were representing the 1930s and 1940s). We made our way down the hill from our campsite to the opening ceremony in the central camp area, collecting our hot-dogs and burgers on the way down. We arrived just in time for the rain to start and enjoyed a soggy opening ceremony. However, we decided that we were too cold and wet to stay for the camp fire, so we headed back up the hill (lots of exercise at least) to change into dry clothes. We held our our camp fire (with lanterns and familiar songs) in our mess tent and had an excellent view of the fireworks.

The Cubs were in bed by 10.30 and were mostly quiet by about 11.30 (not bad for the first night of camp!) but they did start getting up at about 5am the next morning ... After a cooked breakfast it was time for activities to commence. Our first zone was the Future and the Cubs had a great time trying out a range of the following:
  • Leap of faith (jumping off a tower onto a foam mat)
  • Laser quest
  • Giant football
  • Junk modelling
  • Penalty shoot out
  • Bridge building
  • Gyroscope
  • Gladiator challenge
  • Roller skating
  • Segways

After a sandwich lunch pack at our campsite we moved into the Past for a new set of activities:

  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Rope making
  • May pole dancing
  • Ping pong
  • Fire lighting
  • Welly wanging
  • Axe throwing
  • Animal handling
  • Fairground games
  • Woggle wall
  • Velcro wall
  • Bouncy castle
  • Grass sledging

After a (rather late...) dinner the Cubs either went along to the evening's entertainment, or came back to camp for a football match. They were thoroughly worn out by the time they went to bed at 10.30pm and there wasn't much sound coming from the Cubs by 11pm! Even the leaders were in bed by midnight ... which was a good thing as our breakfast sitting was at 7am the next morning!

After another fry-up we went back to camp and got all our bags packed and most of our tents down before heading back down the hill for Cubs Own. We then moved onto our final activity zone: the Present! We had lots of fun here, with:

  • Zorbing
  • Rocket making
  • Paracord woggles
  • Circus skills
  • Sumo wrestling
  • Archery
  • Blindfold trail
  • Water slide
  • Painting
  • Climbing
  • Bouncy slide
  • Inflatable crocodile
  • Parachute games
  • Blindfold tent pitching
  • Giant pendulum
  • Bungee run
  • Marshmallow toasting
  • Gang show dancing
  • Giant bubbles
  • Air hockey
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Pancake making

We then headed up the hill for lunch, a little pick and to get everything down and put away. The closing ceremony was at 2pm and we then headed back up the hill one last time and said goodbye to some very tired looking Cub Scouts.

Thank you to everyone on the Cub Fest team, who enabled our Cubs to have such a fantastic experience!