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Celebrate Spires 2018 - sign up now open!

posted 6 Sep 2017, 08:23 by ADC Cubs

2018 is Oxford Spires’ 20th birthday – so we’re holding a camp to celebrate!

The camp will take place at Youlbury on the late May bank holiday weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The theme of the camp is “Celebration” and we will end with a great big birthday party on the Sunday.

More information is available on the camp information page.

District Cubs Sports Day

posted 17 Jul 2016, 13:55 by ADC Cubs   [ updated 17 Jul 2016, 13:56 ]

Cubs from Oxford Spires met together at Horspath Athletics Track on a (mostly!) sunny Sunday, for the second Oxford Spires District Cub Sports Day. More than 60 Cubs from nine different Packs took part in the event which earned them all their Athletics badge.

The Cubs were all given a worksheet to complete in advance, to make sure that they understood how to stay safe during athletics events and knew the right sort of clothing to wear. As they arrived at Horspath they were split into eight teams (with a mix of Packs in each) and given a number to wear.

We began the day with a warm up, before making a start on the eight different athletics events: all of the Cubs completed the following bases:

    50m races: sprinting* and skipping*
    25m fun races: egg and spoon, three-legged, sack race, bean bag balance
    High jump*
    Long jump*
    Shuttle runs*
    1,000m run* and Sergeant jump*
    Team Assault Course
    Throwing: cricket ball*, football, javelin and discus

As well as earning their Athletics badge by participating in the day, they were also earning points from the starred events, which went towards their Athletics plus badge. These scores were recorded throughout the day and gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each event. In addition medals were awarded for the best team in the team assault course.

The day ended with a presentation ceremony, celebrating the achievements of all of the Cubs and taking the chance to say a huge thank you to all of the adults who gave up their time to make the event a success.

We’re looking forward to returning to Horspath in two years for a repeat of this very enjoyable day.

District Cub Boot & Compass Challenge

posted 23 Mar 2015, 04:42 by ADC Cubs

We had beautiful weather and an excellent turnout for this year's District Boot & Compass Challenge in Bernwood Forest.

Twenty three teams attended from 10th Oxford, 22nd Oxford, 28th Oxford, 33rd Oxford, 43rd Oxford, 54th Oxford, Wheatley and Yarnton. They competed to find their way around a course in the fastest possible time. Armed with compass, whistle, pencil and answer sheet they were given a series of bearings and had to find their way from base to base, recording the letters and numbers along their way.

The winning team was from 33rd Oxford (Jacala) with a time of 24 minutes. In second place were 10th Oxford (just 26 seconds behind) and in third place were 43rd Oxford (26 minutes and 21 seconds). The full score sheet is shown below.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all the leaders and parents who helped out.

Boot & Compass Results


District Superheroes Camp 2015 - Badge Design Competition

posted 22 Feb 2015, 08:12 by ADC Cubs

Thank you to everyone who entered the badge design competition. We had loads of amazing designs to choose from and narrowing it down to a shortlist was very difficult. If your design didn't get picked it wasn't because we didn't like it, but we had to choose the ones which we thought would look best as badges (so some of the very beautiful detailed designs didn't make it through as a result).

We now need your help to pick a winner from each Section and an overall favourite to be made into a badge for camp:

Vote Now!

District Cubs Boating Day

posted 23 Jun 2014, 00:50 by ADC Cubs

Cubs from all over Oxford had a fantastic day on the water on Saturday 21 June. The 33rd Oxford Boat Base hosted almost 80 Cubs over the course of the day, with separate morning and afternoon sessions. The Cubs were asked to complete special water activities passports, to check they knew how to stay safe, and they each got to try out three different activities: kayaking, canoeing and pulling. All of the Cubs earned their Water Activities badges, which were awarded at the end of each session.

We had a glorious sunny day for the event, but this didn’t mean that the Cubs didn’t get wet – a lot of them opted to take a swim after one – or in some cases all – of their boating sessions!

Cubs from nine different Packs attended: 2nd Oxford, 10th Oxford, 28th Oxford, 33rd Oxford Jacala, 40th Oxford, 43rd Oxford, 1st Thame Jacala, Wheatley and Yarnton; next year priority will be given to all those Packs which were unable to get spaces this year. It’s a brilliant day and the Cubs always love it.

Thank you to everyone who helped out, including the leaders from 33rd Oxford and 22nd Oxford – and others – who gave up their Saturday to give the Cubs this wonderful  day.

District Cubs Sports Day

posted 8 Jun 2014, 02:20 by ADC Cubs

Cubs from Oxford Spires met together at Horspath Athletics Track on a very soggy Saturday, for the first ever Oxford Spires District Cub Sports Day. More than 80 Cubs from ten different Packs (2nd, 4th, 10th, 22nd, 33rd Jacala, 33rd Mowgli, 35th, 40th, 43rd and 1st Thame) took part in the event, which earned them all their Athletics badge.

The Cubs were all given a worksheet to complete in advance, to make sure that they understood how to stay safe during athletics events and knew the right sort of clothing to wear. As they arrived at Horspath they were split into eight teams (with a mix of Packs in each) and given a number to wear: however, the torrential rain that began as the event was getting going quickly washed off most of their labels…

We began the day with a very damp warm up, before making a start on the eight different athletics events: all of the Cubs completed the following bases:

  • 50m races: sprinting* and skipping*
  • 25m fun races: egg and spoon, three-legged, sack race, bean bag balance
  • High jump*
  • Long jump*
  • Shuttle runs*
  • 1,000m run* and Sergeant jump*
  • Team Assault Course
  • Throwing: cricket ball*, football, javelin and discus

As well as earning their Athletics badge by participating in the day, they were also earning points from the starred events, which went towards their Athletics plus badge. These scores were recorded throughout the day and gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each event. In addition medals were awarded for the best team in the team assault course. 

After the first two events, the rain finally stopped and everyone began to cheer up a bit; and by lunchtime the sun had started to shine! For the cool down session at the end of the afternoon it was a glorious day and we were all putting our sun cream on.

The day ended with a presentation ceremony, celebrating the achievements of all of the Cubs and taking the chance to say a huge thank you to all of the adults who gave up their time to make the event a success.

We’re looking forward to returning to Horspath in two years for a repeat of this very enjoyable day (though we’re hoping for less rain next time)!

District Cubs Treasure Hunt

posted 26 Mar 2014, 14:07 by ADC Cubs   [ updated 26 Mar 2014, 14:11 ]

Our first ever District Cubs Treasure Hunt took place on the afternoon of Sunday 23 March. A total of 137 Cubs, from 14 different Packs gathered at Falkland's House in Oxford, split into 31 teams of between three and six Cubs and were given their hunt packs. At 2pm they set off into the city centre, armed with a map and the following tasks:
  • Collect 10 items specified on a list (including a fortune cookie and a stranger's autograph), plus fill a matchbox and a beanbag
  • Answer 10 questions about locations marked on the map
  • Take 10 specified photos, with a "Happyland" character in each one
  • Identify where 10 photos were taken
  • Complete five different challenges
They had a (damp and chilly) hour and a half, before returning at 3.30pm to get their items checked, their photos viewed and their answers marked. The winners were The Odd Kids from 33rd Jacala Cubs, scoring an amazing 99.5 points. Starstruck, the Wheatley team, came second with 89 points while third place was taken by Crocodile Hunters, also of 33rd Jacala, with 84.5 points.

The Cubs all seemed to have a good time, though we did receive a few complaints about how far they had to walk and the fact that they got hailed on!

Final scores are shown below:


Operation Kandersteg - District expedition to Switzerland

posted 10 Mar 2014, 11:14 by ‎(DESC)‎ Explorers


From 10th to the 18th August a contingent of scouts, explorers and leaders will be flying out to the Kandersteg Scout Centre to take part in cultural, adventurous and scouting activities at the international scout centre.

Find out more about our trip: link to webpages

District Cubs Kub Kar Competition

posted 8 Feb 2014, 15:01 by ADC Cubs

It's known as Pinewood Derby in America and Kub Kars in Canada and now it has arrived in Oxford! Take a block of wood, four plastic wheels and some nails and see what you can create ...

We received our kits before Christmas, giving us plenty of time to come up with some pretty impressive vehicles, including a hot dog, a cheetah, an American school bus and an F1 car!

The Cubs and their cars finally came together in Kidlington on 8th February, with almost 100 Cubs from eight different Packs (4th, 10th, 28th, 33rd Jacala, 35th, 43rd, Thame and Yarnton). After being meticulously weighed and checked for compliance with the rules the cars were each assigned a number and placed in their garages ready for the contest.

While the Cubs were hearing the rules, the design competition was being judged by an expert panel of leaders and parents - we got 25 adults to each pick their top three cars; the cars earned three points for a first place, two points for second place and one point for third place. Car number 19 (the snazzy F1 Car from Thame) was the clear winner, with the bus in second and third going to a 43rd Oxford creation.

The races then began: distance races took place on a steep track, seeing how far they managed to keep going once they came off; and speed races took place on the long track, seeing which car reached the end first. The races operated on an elimination basis, with one contest for distance and two for speed. After a series of knock-out rounds we found a first, second and third place in every category, including the leaders' speed contest. Medals were awarded in each category and a special mention goes to car 19 which was placed in each contest - winners of the races also received William's F1 caps.

Every Cub who took part did a great job and everyone had a wonderful time - and got to keep their fantastic cars at the end. And we had a brilliant end to the day with the award of six Chief Scout's Silver Awards, so an extra special well done to those Cubs!

District Cubs Treasure Hunt

posted 25 Jan 2014, 01:29 by ADC Cubs

This is a brand new event for 2014! Starting in the centre of Oxford, Cubs will have 90 minutes to answer questions, complete challenges, take photos and scavenge for a list of items. All Packs are welcome to participate, entering teams of between 3 and 6 Cubs - full details available here.

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