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Cubs Go Capital: October 2011

posted 15 Jul 2011, 03:27 by Jonathan Chicken

On  Friday 28 October we set off mid morning on an epic journey with Cubs from around the district. Travelling by coach, we’ve planned a truly capital adventure specially aimed at 8-10 year olds. On Saturday,  we plan to visit the Science Museum where we’ll visit Launchpad which is packed with over 50 interactive exhibits, plus electrifying shows and lively demos! 
Lion King Logo
Later, we’ll visit the Natural History Museum to discover the gentle giants and 
bloodthirsty hunters that roamed the Earth and see 3D dinosaurs too. A river boat trip up to Tower Bridge completes a hectic but fun day in London. After our evening meal we’re off on our coach into the West End to see the award winning musical, The Lion King.   

On Sunday, we pack our bags, and head out by coach around London’s sights with an accredited Blue Badge Guide who’ll take us around famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. Finally, we finish with the highlight of the weekend, a flight on The EDF, London Eye.  What a weekend!!
We will travel by executive coach (toilet, DVD, air conditioning)  with KJS Travel. Our District Scouts have used this company many times. The lead driver, Malcolm Stewart, is highly regarded by our adult team. 
Picture of our coach and lead driver, Malcolm Stewart
The company conform to our safety requirements and drivers have current safeguarding checks in place. Journey time from home is around 6 hours, though we plan to make regular stops and make the most of the journey with a full ‘Cubs on Tour’ entertainment programme. We expect to leave home late morning on Friday 28 October and return mid-evening on Sunday 30 October (the end of the half term holiday)
Youth Hostel Dining Room
We will stay on a full-board basis at the Youth Hostel Association’sHolland Park Hostel in Kensington. This is a special hostel designed to accommodate large groups of young people. The hostel is secure and young people  sleep in single sex dormitories on the same floor as their adult leaders. Rooms are secure and have good toilet and shower facilities. Adult leaders have used this hostel on previous London trips, as recently as 2007. We anticipate a ratio of one adult to every 5 cubs attending.

Cubs will not need any special equipment for the weekend, only a good waterproof coat. Those attending will receive a special ‘Cubs Go Capital’ hoody that we’ll be wearing with their group necker. Cubs are fully insured for the adventure with the Scout Association and the adult team includes leaders with significant experience in leading children’s visits to London.