Cubs

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; whilst allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.

The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers and we meet Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. Cub Scouts are aged between 8 and 10 ½. 

During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps. Participation and personal development, rather than meeting set standards, is the key approach, and there are a range of badges and challenge awards that Cub Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

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The start of Scouting

Scouting was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who was an Officer in the British Army. He organised the very first Scout Camp in 1907. It took place on Brownsea Island in Dorset and a group of older boys tried out all sorts of exciting activities.

At first, only boys over the age of eleven were allowed to become Scouts, but their younger brothers weren't too happy about this because they also wanted to join in with all the fun!

Wolf Cubs and The Jungle Book

In 1914 Lord Baden-Powell started an experimental scheme for younger boys. Lord Baden-Powell was good friends with Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book. The programme for his Wolf Cubs was based on the Seonnee wolf pack from this book. This is why our leaders have names like Akela and Bagheera. When a new Cub Scout joins the Pack, he is like Mowgli entering the wolf pack.

The First Grand Howl

The very first public gathering of Wolf Cubs included a Grand Howl and took place on 16 December 1916. This means that it was the 90th birthday of Cub Scouts in 2006 and we had a year of special events to celebrate.

The Wolf Cub Uniform

In 1916 a Wolf Cub wore either a blue or green knitted jumper, a knotted scarf, shorts, long socks and a green cap with yellow piping. Stars were worn on the cap and Sixer and Seconder stripes were worn on the arm. The Cubs who gained both stars could work towards the proficiency badges and there was a Leaping Wolf Badge to help Cubs move up to Scouts.

The first Cub Scouts

In 1966 the Wolf Cubs changed their name to Cub Scouts. Instead of working for stars, they worked for three Arrow Badges. In 1991 more changes were made, with the badges being updated and girls being allowed to join for the first time. Most Groups now have girls in their Cub Packs. There are still some Packs which just have boys but, from 1 January 2007, all Scout Groups have to let girls join if they want to.

Worldwide Family of Scouting

Cub Scouts are members of a worldwide family of Scouting that includes most of the countries in the world. Cubs in different countries will wear different uniforms, have different names and receive different badges than you (though most of them will have the same purple Membership Badge) – but they all enjoy having fun! Every four years, Scouts from all around the world meet up to camp together at a special event called a World Jamboree. This gives them a chance to make new friends and find out about each other’s cultures.