Cub Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years.
From an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea island in 1907, it has spread to 216 countries and territories, with an estimated 28 million members.
Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a ‘look-in’. In nearly a century, the section has constantly evolved and adapted its programme and methods to meet the changing needs of each generation of young people, and these days admits girls as well as boys.
Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 1/2, who make up the second section of the Scouting family, between Beavers and Scouts.
Under some circumstances, Cub Scouts can join the Pack as young as 7 1/2 if, for example, they have friends joining at the same time, or are mature enough to move on early from Beavers, (and there is space in the Pack). Such decisions are taken by Cub and Beaver Scout leaders.
During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting.
There are a range of badges available which Cub Scouts can wear on their uniforms to show everyone how well they’re doing.
Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Sometimes they will be able to go camping with the rest of the Pack and take part in all kinds of outdoor activities.
A Pack of Cub Scouts is organised into Sixes, with each Six named after a colour, and a Sixer and a Seconder in charge.
The recommended maximum size of a Cub Scout Pack is 30 Cub Scouts. To meet local circumstance this maximum number may be increased, either in the long term or the short term with the agreement of the Group Scout Leader.
Cub Uniform and Badges
Cubs should have a full uniform of a Cub Scout sweatshirt, dark trousers and the group scarf. During normal meetings, it is best to wear a tee-shirt (e.g. the Cub polo shirt) under the sweatshirt to allow the sweatshirt to be taken off during activities.
The scarf, woggle and badges are supplied by the group as part of the investiture; the sweatshirt needs to be purchased by the Cub.
A Cub may wear their Bronze Chief Scout’s award on their Cub uniform until they gain their Silver Chief Scout’s award.
For badges with several levels, such as participation awards and staged activity badges, only the highest numbered badge achieved should be worn on the uniform. The hghest number earned in the Beaver Colony for each of these awards can continue to be worn on the Cub uniform until superceded by a higher number.
It is essential that every item of uniform is named to ensure lost property can be returned to the right owner.