If you get involved with our group you’ll find yourself joining with other like-minded parents to do things you never imagined or thought possible. So far at Caldecote we parents have been surprised to find ourselves:
- Getting muddy
- Walking through a dark field, by torchlight (very exciting if you’re of a certain age), surrounded by “zombie cows” – at least that’s what Zendon then aged 10 told us they were!
- Skidding on ice (yes it’s true, you can actually fall over)
- Making catapults in the garage
- Playing “Simon says” for the first time in 30 years
- Throwing snow balls (no it’s not true, they don’t actually blind you)
- Propelling toboggan + child across the snow outside the village hall, powered by mega-bungy (there are no hills in East Anglia: what else are we supposed to do?)
- Den building
- Playing bicycle polo
- Sleeping under the Leaman’s hedge, West Drive
- Feeding small children wasabi peas (there was a reason – it was part of our “international food” quiz!)
- Eating camp-fire cooked wild pigeon (again, at the Leaman’s, West Drive)
- Ordering industrial strength drainage pipes, mixing up copious amounts of fibreglass, and firing air-powered soft-drink bottle rockets at one of our cars
- Eating more sausages than previously thought possible
- Getting really really muddy.
Without Cubs as an excuse, we doubt that we’d otherwise have bothered with much of the above.
You can be a hero
Your kids may just still be young enough to think that doing stuff with you is a little bit cool. Soon they’re liable to start thinking their parents are a bit of a waste of space (after all, it’s the natural order of things). So we reckon you’ve got a very very short window to get involved with them and the things they like doing, have some serious fun with them, and build your relationship for the future. Along the way, you have the chance to provide a model of leadership that your child could carry with them for the rest of their lives.
How you can help
All parents go on a parent rota, generally committing to attend their child’s group once a term. Depending on what’s planned for the evening, sometimes we really need the extra pair of hands, sometimes we don’t. No matter what’s planned for the evening though, having you there is a chance for you to get involved in what your kids are doing. It’s also a chance for us to get to know a parent who might have something to offer the group.
In addition to the parent rota, people have helped the group for example by:
- Running one of our badge programmes over say a series of three weeks. In the past we’ve had parents offer to come in and take Cubs through a badge programme oriented around a topic they have some enthusiasm for (e.g. astronomy, science, navigation, local history, archaeology). There are plenty of badge ideas online
- Providing materials
- Arranging access to an interesting workplace or club facilities
- Attending our termly planning meetings and contributing ideas
- Helping supervise big events e.g. where we’re outdoors and spread over a site
- Contributing game ideas, and running games
- Completing one of the little admin jobs for us (one of the little jobs that, if they’re spread around, are not a big problem for any one person)
- Preparing or checking our receipt and payment records
- Organising fun days out for us
- Filling a role on our group’s committee (it’s just like a board or a charity committee, with chair, treasurer, secretary: without parents filling these positions for us the group wouldn’t be able to operate – so we reserve extra special love for our committee members)
- Taking a step towards a formal leadership position (without the formal leaders, we can’t operate e.g. when one of our regular leaders is away with work). Somebody needs to do it!
We are not actually short of help, but without our parent helpers we wouldn’t be able to operate. We’re always very interested to hear from people who might have something to offer.
Contact us about getting involved
Please speak to one of the group leaders if you’re interested in getting involved or email Darrin Steel caldecotecubs [AT] outlook [DOT] com.