May 31, 2021

Endeavour Cubs Spring/Summer

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The Spring Term was another exciting time for the Endeavour Cubs with even more Zoom meetings.  We concentrated on the Teamwork and Team Leader Challenge badges.


The first half of the term the Cubs refreshed their memories about compass points with Wolf Island, which is drawing a fictional island and following instructions which describe the locations of places of interest.  We made kilts for teddies and had a go at ‘Caber Tossing’ (bottle flip challenge) for Burns Night, and we celebrated Chinese New Year with a quiz and making origami ox-head envelopes to give messages of hope to friends or family we’ve been missing (socially distanced of course).  The Cubs have also worked in teams for a game of Battleships


We were joined by Tim from Rhythmicity Drum Workshops back in January for a fun filled evening of loud noise!  Just like the good old days when Cubs made a lot of noise down the Hut.  The Cubs came prepared with improvised instruments made out of saucepans, kitchen utensils, plastic containers and rice, and anything else they could find around the house (that wasn’t easily breakable), and we played rhythms together, and somehow, because of the magic of Zoom, we actually sounded really good, and no I didn’t have my speakers turned off!


For the second half of term we branched out and invited the Beavers to join our online activities and we had great fun playing more games like Simon Says, an online escape room, as well as a few others.  We found out about how Scouting started and how far across the globe the Scouting family is spread (pretty far!).  We also got creative writing our own short poems, here are a couple of examples:


There was a young man called Bob

He had not a tooth in his gob

He went to the dentist and saw the apprentice,

and now he can eat ten corn on the cob.


There once was a budgie with a tie

He thought that he could fly

He flapped his wings, and fell in the bin

That clumsy budgie with a tie


At the end of term the Beavers and Cubs played a game of Dungeons and Dragons to rescue Bagheera from the dungeon of the evil Lord Kiwi.  The game was brilliantly put together by one of our Young Leaders and his father, and we are extremely grateful for all the work they put in to run a fantastic evening for us.


During the Summer Term, although Zoom meetings will continue for us, we will be reducing the amount of screentime by encouraging the Cubs to spend time outside by setting challenges for their Personal Challenge and Adventure Challenge badges.  We will also be working on our first aid skills, and have a couple of really exciting guests joining us later in the term to teach the Cubs some things that we might not have been able to do very easily if we were meeting face to face and had to contend with the rush hour traffic.


February 27, 2021

Endeavour Cubs Autumn/Spring 2020-2021

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The Autumn Term we tried some online meetings with the Cubs.  This was going to be a challenge for us Leaders, but despite the odd technical difficulty we managed it!  It has been fantastic to see and speak to the Cubs again, even if it is via a computer screen.

The Cubs had the chance to get messy for Diwali making salt dough Diva Lamps, act silly playing Pass the Sombrero for Day of the Dead, use their imaginations hearing about the Greeks writing stories in the night sky and making toilet roll constellation viewers, learnt new skills with pioneering, and got very tired trying out Zumba by following videos on YouTube.

Cubs also gained some essential skills for life by doing work towards the Home Help activity badge, as well as finding out about other cultures from around the world with the International activity badge.

The Cubs have all done amazing and have completed so many badges as evidence of their effort and dedication.

The Spring Term promises to be another exciting time for the Endeavour Cubs with even more Zoom meetings.  We’re going to be concentrating on the Teamwork and Team Leader Challenge badges.  How can you do team activities over Zoom I hear you cry?  Well, we’re going to be doing activities where the Cubs have to work together to play a tune or play a game, and play games where Cubs take the lead.

September 26, 2020

Endeavour Cubs Summer/Autumn 2020

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The Summer Term for Endeavour Cubs was like no other in the Pack’s history, but that didn’t stop us, and as promised we just used our imaginations a bit more!  There were loads of activities for the Cubs to do at home, including Bike week, camps at home, athletics, virtual escape rooms, Taskmaster-style challenges, Wallace and Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day, learning about their pets and how to look after them, as well as learning about nature and keeping track of the changes they notice over several months.  In all if the Cubs managed to squeeze in every activity, they would have completed 9 badges just in that one term, as well as being well on the way to completing several others!

This Autumn Term we’re changing things up a bit and we’re going to try some online meetings with the Cubs.  This is going to be a challenge for us Leaders, probably more so than for the Cubs, but we’re hopeful that the inevitable technical difficulties will be minimal (fingers crossed!).  It’ll be great to see and speak to the Cubs again, even if it is via a computer screen.  We’re going to be focusing on the Skills and World Challenge badges and have lots of fun activities planned, including pioneering and boat building!

September 28, 2015

Fireworks – 31st October 2015

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As the Saturday before Nov 5th is our regular date, and this year it co-incides with Halloween we are increasing the fun by adding a FANCY DRESS COMPETITION to our regular delights.  We have two categories – under 14s, and 15 and over, which definitely includes adults. (BTW, home made costumes preferred.)  We’ll have some decent prizes as well as the option to light a very special firework.

5.30pm for a 6.15pm start.

Adults £5, children £4, under 5s free.  Family (2+2) just £14

And sorry, no sparklers, but plenty of mulled wine, toasted marshmallows, burgers & hot dogs, tuck and our favourite – the tombola!

May 20, 2015

40th Oxford is 75 years old

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The 40th Oxford Sea Scout Group was founded in 1940, though it was then located in central Oxford.  We have lots of celebrations planned.

In September last year Beavers, Cubs and Scouts went to Portsmouth to see the ships after which our sections are named.  On June 6th we have a big party planned at Youlbury.  We invite everyone who has had a close connection with the Scouts, at any time in the last 75 years, to join us for a BBQ and campfire.  Please email for more information.

Arrangements for the Day: 8.30    1.00

Parents, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts should arrive at the site and make their way to Bluebell site for 8.30am, to ensure that we can sort everyone into the correct activity group ready to leave for the activities at 9.15am.

All Group members should be in sensible activity wear and have trainers or boots on ready for the activity sessions. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts must wear their Group neckerchief.

Everyone should bring with them a packed lunch and drinks, together with a coat or waterproof. Although we have some chairs and tables available, you may wish to bring your own chairs or blankets to use during the day.


Arrangements for the day:  1.00    8.30

1 –  once the activities have been completed, everyone will return to our sites and join parents and siblings for our packed lunch.

2. – 4.30pm:  we will be running a range of activities for everyone to join in. These include:

Ballista building competition, Have a go on the slippery pole, Craft activities, Tug of War

5. – 5.30pm:  BBQ and drinks for everyone  Camp Fire

8./8.15pm – close of Camp Fire and our Celebration Day

8.30pm  –  Depart for home


Reply Slip and Permission Forms

To ensure that the event runs smoothly we need some additional information from you. This is needed for catering purposes and to enable us to notify the site of the numbers we are expecting. Could you please complete the Reply Slip attached to this letter.

As with every Scouting event, we also need parents to complete the attached Permission Form for each of the Group members attending the event – without the completion and return of this form, they will be unable to attend the event.

Please return both forms to your Section Leader by 20th May

We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th June.