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District Cub Boating Day

The Basics
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019
Start/Finish: Choose either morning (08.30-12.45) or afternoon (12.00-16.15)
Park and meet the Cubs at Wolvercote public car park (not suitable for minibuses due to height restrictions; if you are bringing a minibus we suggest you contact The Trout Inn)
Boating at 33rd Oxford Boat Base, King’s Lock, Wolvercote**
Please note that part of the route from the car park does not have a footpath so requires walking on the road.
£5 per Cub, payable in advance (see below for details and about cancellations*)
Cubs need clothes and shoes (eg plimsolls) that can get wet. Please arrive ready dressed in boating clothes

Bring a complete change of clothes including shoes, and don’t forget towels and sunscreen. Cubs will get wet!
Schedule: View the schedule
Information for parents: Download information sheet
Information for Leaders: Booking form

This year's Cub Boating Day will follow the same format as the last couple of years, with every Cub having the opportunity to try out two different water activities.

Participation goes towards the following staged badges:
  • Time on the Water, +2 sessions
  • Paddle Sports (stage 1), sections 3, 4 and 5
  • Nautical Skills (stages 1 and 2), section 1
If you wish to complete Paddle Sports stage 1 and Nautical skills stage 2 badges with your Cubs you can download the booklet and suggested answers put together by 33rd Oxford Jacala Cubs; completion of everything in this booklet, together with attendance at the District Boating Day (or a similar taster session) covers all requirements for these badges.

Leaders may also decide to count participation in this event towards other badges such as the Our Adventure Challenge.

How many?
We are limited to a total of 80 Cubs, 40 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon. This is a very popular event and no matter how we allocate spaces someone always ends up disappointed, but we are trying to take as fair an approach as possible.

How do we book?
Due to the popularity of this event, numbers for all Packs will initially be limited to a maximum of 10 Cubs per Pack.  Priority will be given to Packs who did not attend last year, and remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  You can respond immediately, and we will add you to the reserve list in the order in which you respond.

All bookings must be made using the booking form by 30 April.  Confirmation of spaces will then be sent to successful Packs, following which payments must be submitted by 27 May to secure places.  If any spaces remain after 27th May, these will be made available to Packs which already have 10 secured.

How do we pay?
Please note that parents must make payment (£5) for the event directly to their Pack Leader.  Payment covers the costs of boat fuel and electricity at the base, a donation to those who assist and refreshments for the Cubs.

Leaders: £5 per Cub is payable in advance by cheque or cash, after places have been confirmed and needs to be clearly labelled with the name of your Pack and the name of the event; cheques should be made payable to Oxford Spires Scout District.  Details of how to submit payment has been sent out by email.

*Note: if you book a space which is later confirmed you will be required to pay the £5 unless you cancel no later than 1st June (so we have time to fill it) or we manage to fill it despite a later cancellation.

Adult help needed
David Eyles, from the 33rd, will be running the event. However, the more qualified adults we have on the water, the more Cubs we can have out and having fun. If anyone is / knows someone who is water qualified for Scouting purposes please ask them to contact David ( to offer their assistance!

We also need adults on the bank to help Cubs get ready / prepare refreshments / generally be available to assist.  Each attending Pack must also have at least one adult with them who will be responsible for their Cubs on the day.

Information for Leaders
When collecting permission forms or consent through Online Scout Manager for this activity, please ensure that you ask whether your Cubs are able to swim and ensure that we are made aware of any non-swimmers.  They are still able to participate fully but it means that the instructors are better equipped for the session.

**Note: If any Leader or Cub who wishes to attend is unable to walk from the car park to the boat base we are able to make special arrangements for parking which is located just on the other side of the lock (it will still be necessary to cross the lock and walk along the footpath to the boat base).

  • Book spaces: 30 April
  • Payment: 27 May
  • Cancellations: 1 June

If you have any questions please contact

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