Falcon Pack have had a busy year full of fun and adventure. We’ve been camping, Scout Car racing and earned lots and lots of badges!

We started the year working towards the Scientist and First Aid badge and launching the Cubs100 Wildest Birthday Ever as Cub Scouts turned 100 this year. We played some Australian games during an Australian themed night for our World challenge badge as well as an I’m a Cub Get Me Out Here Bush-tucker trial.

February brought pancake night and a very tasty Tuesday night! We carried on with the 100 Years of Cubs theme with a night making our totem pole for the County camp in July, and a pack flag for the District banner.

The pack entered  team in the Districts cub quiz while the rest went on a night hike around the local area. A trip to Megazone followed with the Cubs making sure the Leaders came bottom of the leader board!

In April the Cubs started working towards the Disability Awareness badge by learning about Braille by using digestive biscuits, chocolate spread, and marshmallows to spell out their names. Derby Mountain Rescue paid us a visit showing us around their vehicle and tell us what they do. Harrison, our Young Leader got to see how secure the stretcher is if you were up a hillside!

As the nights started to get lighter the Cubs made a survey of the services available to the people of Ripley making sure we ended up at the Chip shop for a well earned reward at the end of the walk. The Cubs had a Buddhist night making Vesak lanterns from straws and tissue paper.

May also saw both Falcon and Alpha pack go camping at Walesby over Spring Bank weekend taking part in loads of exciting activities. You can read more about the Walesby camp here.

As June came around we got outdoors playing rounders and getting ready for the National Scout Car Races practicing on the go-karts. A trip to Trent Lock was a brilliant night learning how to kayak as well as a first trip in our new minibus!

A team of four Cubs competed at the National Scout Car Races and then the following weekend joined the rest of the Pack in joining Alpha pack on an action packed camp at Drum Hill to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.

As term finished we took a trip up to Matlock Meadows for a tour of the Ice Cream farm and of course a sample! Followed by a mini-Olympics to get in the sporting spirit for the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics.

Cubs returned after the summer with the cyclist badge learning how to fix a puncture and oil a bike.  We experimented to see how important it is to wear reflective clothing when riding by taking photos in the dark with hi-vis jackets and the camera flash.

The Cubs100 theme continued with the takeover day at Alton Towers getting to experience the thrills of the roller coasters. Back to Tuesday nights and we followed the Farm to Fork trail at Tesco learning about the fish counter, fruit and veg and the bakery.

We spent an evening at building catapults with garden canes and firing ping-pong balls across the hall. Followed by a night climbing at Drum Hill.

The run up to Christmas included the District’s Indoor Football competition where, with Alpha pack, we came 3rd place. A night hike across some muddy fields for chips at McDonald’s. Two nights were run by Sixer’s who planned all the nights activities from Grand Howl to flag down developing their leadership skills (Definitely the Cub Leaders of the future!)

Finally we closed out the Cubs100 year with a promise party on the 16th December the same day 100 years ago that Cubs started to renew our promise, and eat cake.

It’s been a fantastic year only made possible by the support of Sue, Mary, Harrison, Maria, Kelly, and Lisa. Hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and here’s to a fantastic adventure packed 2017.