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Cub Scouts (8-10½ years old)

Cub Scouts (8-10½ years old)

The best part of Scouting is definitely the camps. I love every activity we do apart from swimming. They told us the pool was 24 degrees centigrade. Minus 24 more like!’ – John, Cub Scout

There are nearly 130,000 Cub Scouts in the UK. A Cub Scout Pack has up to 36 Cub Scouts and is split into smaller groups called Sixes. Each Six can have a Cub Scout in charge of it called the Sixer.

A weekly Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors. Cub Scouts are able to go to Cub Scout camps or indoor Pack residentials and enjoy a variety of expeditions.

In the District we book venues and run a wide range of events for Cubs each year. These vary from action-packed swimming galas, bowling competitions and night hikes, to memorable District Cub Camps, outings to Legoland and a sunny afternoon of raft building.

After the raft race there’s time to cool down…

Badges

Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. From athletics and astronomy to photography and pioneering, there’s something for everyone. Click below to explore all 52 activity and staged badges.

Challenge Awards are all about stepping outside your comfort zone. Try out something you wouldn’t normally be interested in. Take the lead on something that scares you. Along the way, you’ll unlock hidden talents and stand tall. You can also find the core badges available to every Cub below:

Uniform

Cubs wear a dark green sweatshirt with a Group scarf and a woggle in the colour of their Six. This is available to buy in most school uniform shops and online at the Scout Shop.

Below you can check out where to sew on the different badges and awards. If you have any questions you can always ask your leader!

The Promise

As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Cub is about going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Pack, you’ll explore these ideas by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.

Making the promise is a big celebration within the Pack. Every time a new Cub decides to join permanently, they chat through their promise with their Cub leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Cubs. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. The process is known as being ‘invested’ into Cubs, and it usually takes place a few weeks into your Cub experience, once you’ve had time to settle in.

Everyone is unique but there are some things all Cubs agree on – such as the importance of treating everyone in the Pack with kindness, and doing their best to care for the community and wider world in which they live. Cubs make a promise to do their best to make a positive contribution to society. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.

Cubs choose the promise that best suits them. Options can be found below.

For Christians, Jews and Sikhs

I promise that I will do my best to
do my duty to God
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

For Hindus and Buddhists

I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to my Dharma
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

For Muslims

I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to Allah
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

For humanists, atheists and those with no defined faith

I promise that I will do my best
to uphold our Scout values,
to do my duty to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

The Cub Scout Law

Cub Scouts always do their best
Think of others before themselves
And do a good turn every day.

Cubs on a walkie talkie treasure hunt (part of the JOTA weekend)

 

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls