Cubjam 2013 took place at Gilwell Park. It was enjoyed by contingents from North Wales to Colchester and from Guernsey to Yorkshire. During the event the 1227 boys and girls taking part completed around 7,400 nights away, and the adults with them completed some 66,500 hours of volunteering just during the event itself. Add in the volunteer staff hours during the week, plus set up and organising over the past few years then it comes to a staggering 150, 000 or so!
The week of pirate adventure began with a big opening ceremony on the Saturday evening, including the first ever live performance of a new Cubjam song and a special greetings message from the UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls. On Sunday the UK Chief Commissioner for the Scout Association, Wayne Bulpitt, spent half a day on site joining in the fun. During the week the Cub Scouts tried out a wide range of activities (from archery to zorbing), taking part in “Cubjam’s Got Talent” and enjoying a day out in London. On Thursday everyone took part in a massive carnival, followed by a fairground and party night, before formally finishing with a closing ceremony on the Friday morning.
The closing ceremony included a 20 year Award presentation to the main organiser, Steve Hall, and a presentation to the NSPCC of the £600 raised during the week (donations for mobile phone charging, teas / coffees plus a raffle).
Here’s a chance for those that where there to reminisce, and those that weren’t to see the kind of fun that lies ahead at Cubjam2016.
Visit the 2013 pages to enjoy reading all the copies of the Daily Signal from our week aboard ship, sharing just some of the fun we had! A summary of the week can also be found in our final press release from June 2013.
Here are just a selection of the hundreds of comments received:
“I think that Cubjam is awesome because you get to make your own choices and you get a lot of freedom” – Becki (Cub Scout)
“Cubjam is a great way to mix, make new friends and have some fun doing activities. It also tests if you can survive without your parents. I think Cubjam is fantastic!” – Milan (Cub Scout)
“This week has been the best week of my life and it has been my first Cubjam. My favourite thing was going to London” – Kaillyn (Cub Scout)
“I really enjoyed zorbing. Zorbing is something I will definitely do again!” – Thomas (Aged 9)
“A bit emotional about all the voluntary hours given to make this happen. You're a tremendous team- thank you so much (and as a bonus my son's socks may well provide an answer to the current growing problem of antibiotic resistance...)” – Polly Faber
“Thank you so very much for giving my son the most amazing time. He has a disability and was very wary of going away. He was even considering leaving Cubs. Well he has come home glowing! He is so full of life and I've never seen him so happy! Thank you!! X” – Lisa Dunn
“My son was at Cubjam, he had such a great time. He has already spoken to me about volunteering when he is a Scout, before Cubjam he was unsure if he even wanted to be a Scout...thank you Cubjam J “- Lisa Laing
“My son came in 2009 and had such a good time I volunteered for this one!! Now I know why he enjoyed it so much.” – C.H. Waters
“Brilliant. I've loved reading the Daily Signal and all the photos & updates on Facebook, Cubjam FM and the website. Cubjam crew, you are amazing.” – Caroline Brough
“Thanks for everything, my son came home and now wants to continue into scouts next year after not wanting to before. I think he really gets Scouting now!!!!” - Tamasine Cairney
“Thank you so much for everything you have done for the Cubs and all the planning it must have taken you all. I had one very tired and muddy cub return today and she has only just stopped telling me about everything she has done!!! And as a parent can I also say a huge thank you for the way you have made it so accessible for family to see what exciting events you had planned. I am going to miss Cubjam FM and my Daily Signal!!!! HUGE pats on the backs for you all xx” - Roni Clinch
“And ..... Relax !! Thank you all very much. My Lucas (Ashton Cubs) has been scrubbed and has finally fell asleep after talking about how great it was ... It's brilliant what you all do. The pictures and updates kept us landlubbers up to date so thanks ... A fantastic experience he will never forget x” - Julie Lloyd
“Thank you, thank you and thank you. My boy had the most amazing week. I couldn't buy his enthusiasm when he is talking about his experiences. Xx” – Charlotte Graetz
“Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in giving the cubs a week to remember. The photos and being able to listen in on Cub Jam FM was a touching idea. Very many thanks , Ffion had a brilliant 6 days.” – Jen Cook
“My very first Cubjam, and it has been truly amazing. It has been a fantastic week and I will be bringing my Cubs to the next one. A big thank you to all of the staff and crew for a fantastic week. The best bits have to be seeing the Cubs have fun and the coach entertainment from 2nd Ely Cubs Wednesday morning” – Sammi Myhill, 2nd Ely
“On hearing the theme for the next Cubjam, all my cubs on this year’s camp wanted to go. Shame they will be too old!!!! Oh well - I'll just have to go myself and tell them all about it along with a new crop of Cubs of course!! Bring on the WILD WEST!! “ - Andrew Thorpe