How were we going to make this empty field look like a party was going to happen?
Later all the groups and their tents began to arrive Vans and lorries needed unloading and very quickly the grass began to disappear.
The brilliant Sound system arrived and was installed by Tom and Friend from Fusion Sound Lighting so that everyone could know what was about to happen next.
Gazebo, Garage tents, party tents, frame tents, hike tents and shelters of all description were quickly erected and so we were nearly ready.
Thanks to Melanie. The story of Cub Scouting and Sutton Cubs.
The Bunting was up, the field was ready, so what was missing?
Firstly with my ADC and then the breakfast crew. Croissants and porridge Thank you.
Saturday 9th July 2016
Safely on board with their leaders, off they went to Polyapes thanks to the support of Chivers Coaches and their friends at Banstead Coaches.
The quiet overnight site was vanquished with the noise of happy Cubs by 8-30 and the excitement had begun.
The opening Ceremony was at 9-30 and the sight of our Cubs in Electric Yellow shirts ready for the Fun was breathtaking.
We felt it was a special occasion and warranted a opening Grand Howl. The biggest my ADC has ever run.
We awarded Wood Beads to Robert 1/16th Sutton, 10 year Service certificate to Katie from 1st Wallington, 5 years certificate to Catharine from 1st Cheam.
Then it was off to the bases. Archery, Fire lighting, waffle making, periscopes, International Badge, Model Airplanes with Steve Midson, Navigators Badge, Road Safety, Leaping Wolf Tests, Magic or balloon new skill, cardboard box cooking, pioneering, flags & saints, problem solving, woggle making, while a group of Mums prepared and delivered lunch for 150 helpers.
Just some of the many activities to do on Saturday.
Exhausted from the wide variety of activities available it was time for a sit down, a drink and some cake from The Bakery in Carshalton Beeches and then a demonstration of Martial Arts by Yamabushi Yodokan Judo club.
I secretly devised mine in my ADC’s garage before we went.
Here is mine made earlier as I was having such fun seeing all the Cubs enjoying the event and taking part in so many different activities.
Each pack had to supply different Cubs during the evening to take part in the Games section to earn points for their Packs to go into the District Challenge. Thanks to Mark Sagrott and Bernisi Morrin who arranged the event for us.
It ended with a Tug of War before each pack took part in a Pinata Fiesta
After collecting a glow stick the children returned to their Pack area for cocoa and preparation for bed. Not sure how much sleep was had.
SUNDAY 10th July
Breakfast was eaten in their camping areas, before assembling for the special photograph (in “Sunshine Yellow shirts today) which was followed by a Cub Scouts Own led by Matthew Hewitt GSL 11th Wallington.
The morning was then devoted to more work on Floats and lots of Fairground Games.
Burgers, Sausages and Vegetarian options plus the obligatory sauces
Sitting in the sun for a rest seemed to be appreciated by most.
While all this had been going on the extra Leaders and the Explorers had been carefully striking the Sleeping areas to allow the children to continue with the fun and games.
The Packs then returned to their secret preparations for the Finale.
In the presence of The Deputy Mayor Mr Steve Cook and his wife The Deputy Mayoress Mrs Pauline Cook, the finale began.The music was provided by Kingston and Malden Scout and Guide Band. The two MP’s for our area Tom Brake and Paul Scully also very kindly attended during the afternoon.
Then the Parade started
After the parade of the Floats Mr Deputy Mayor selected the top three for prizes
The winners were 1st Wallington.
Presentations for Best Flag, Bunting, Costumes and Masks were awarded.
Our ADC then presented Steve & Jill Luck, Sian & Matthew Hewitt and Anne Nelson with personally designed plaques by Coluna for all their work towards CUBARNIVAL.
Mr Deputy Mayor helped our departing ADC(Cubs) cut a marvellous cake.
It was then time to bring the flags down on CUBARNIVAL
We wish for another 100 years of Cub Scouting across The World.