An Introduction to the Cub Scout Section
Cub Scouting began in 1916, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Currently there are somewhere in the region of 140,000 Cubs in nearly 8,000 Packs! Many Cub Scouts will have been Beaver Scouts, but some will join Scouting for the first time as Cubs looking for fun, adventure and friendship.
Who is Cub Scouting for?
Cub Scouts is open to young people aged between eight and ten and a half years old who want to join and can make the Cub Scout Promise.
The Cub Scout Promise
Scouting differs from many organisations in that it requires its Members to make a Promise. The wording for Cub Scouts is slightly simpler than that of the Scout Promise. There are several versions, designed for different faiths:
- I promise that I will do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.
- I promise that I will do my duty to Allah and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.
- I promise that I will do my duty to my Dharma and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.
- I promise that I will do my duty to God and to the country in which I am now living, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.
- 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.
By making the promise a young person becomes a Member of the worldwide Movement; they become a Scout.
The Cub Scout Law
Every Cub should know their Cub Scout Law, put simply it is something they should try to remember in their everyday lives. The Cub Scout Law is:
Cub Scouts always do their best, think of others before themselves and do a good turn every day.
The motto for all Members of the Movement is:
The Cub Scout Uniform
Cub Scouts wear a green sweatshirt. They will also wear the Group scarf (sometimes called a “necker”). They will also have a woggle, to keep their scarf up. The woggle is the colour of the six they are in (see below on how Cub Scouts are organised). There are many other items of optional uniform.
How Cub Scouts are organised
Wolf Cubs, as they were originally called in 1916, used Rudyard Kipling’s story The Jungle Book as their theme. The Pack use characters and events as an inspiration for the names of Leaders (such as Akela for the Cub Scout Leader) and activities.
Cub Scouts meet together as a Pack and work within a variety of small groups called “Sixes”. A team of adults will run the Cub Scout Pack, usually led by an Akela. Some will be Uniformed Leaders, others may be informal Assistants or helpers. Explorer Scouts who are Young Leaders might also assist the Leadership team in the Pack.
Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family.
What do Cub Scouts do?
Cubs take part in a wide range of activities that are designed to be interesting and to challenge them. At the same time they have fun, adventure and make friends along the way. They do this through taking part in a programme of activities provided by the Leadership team such as: camping, playing games, trying new things and exploring the outdoors.
Cub Scout Programme
Every Cub Scout participates in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. This ensures that all young people experience a quality programme covering a wide range of subjects. To help, the Balanced Programme is divided into a number of Programme Zones and Methods to ensure Cubs develop in all the Personal Development Areas.
Badges and Awards
Even though the emphasis is on a Balanced Programme of activities, there are still badges and awards for Cub Scouts to aim for during their time with the Pack. Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level.
The Membership Award
This award helps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the promise and become a Member of the Movement, if they have not been a Beaver Scout. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.
?Joining In Awards
The Joining In Awards recognise a commitment to Scouting. They celebrate Cub Scouts participating in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.
Note that the Scout Association changed the programme in 2015. As such Cubs who joined before this date may hold badges from the old syllabus, which do not appear here, or look slightly different. This is not a problem and they can keep them on their uniform. All activities from Easter 2015 use the new programme.
The Challenges complement the Balanced Programme. These have been developed to extend Cub Scouts’ skills and experience in a particular area. The seven Challenges in the Cub Scout Section are:
Activity Badges are optional, but they provide an opportunity to reward a young person who has taken part in an activity over a period of time. They should raise interest and extend a young person’s skills throughout their time in Scouting. There are 36 Cub Scout Activity Badges:
- Animal Carer
- Athletics Plus
- Backwoods Cooking
- Book Reader
- Disability Awareness
- Environmental Conservation
- Fire Safety
- Global Issues
- Home Help
- Home Safety
- Local Knowledge
- Martial Arts
- My Faith
- Personal Safety
- Physical Recreation
- Road Safety
- Sports Enthusiast
- Water Activities
- World Faiths
Staged Activity Badges
In addition to the Cub Scout Activity Badges, there are 14 Activity Badges staged across all the Sections, which gives a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6 – 18. They are:
- Air Activities
- Community Impact
- Digital Citizen
- Digital Maker
- Emergency Aid
- Hills Away
- Nautical Skills
- Nights Away
- Paddle Sports
- Time on Water
Chief Scout’s Silver Award
This badge is the highest award available in the Cub Scout Section. It is gained by completing all the Challenge Awards, plus any six activity or staged activity badges.
The Chief Scout’s Silver Award can be worn on the Scout Uniform once they move onto Scouts.
The Moving-On Award
This helps ease the transfer of a Cub Scout to the Scout Troop. It also allows the Cub Scout to be invested into the Troop immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.
Pack Holidays and Camping
Ask any current or former Cub about what they remember most (and enjoyed most!) about being in Cubs and they will probably say Pack holidays or going camping. Camps give the Pack the opportunity to go away together. Camps and Pack holidays are an opportunity for Cubs to take part in activities that they would not otherwise be able to do at regular Pack meetings. The experience of being away with the Pack is a very special experience for Cubs.
Why get involved?
Cubs gives young people a taster of the exciting activities they will do more of in Scouts. They will go camping, try adventurous activities outdoors, make new friends and enjoy themselves whatever they are doing!
Scout Association Publications
If you (or your Cub) want to know more, there are a range of publications on offer. We hold a copy of each in the Scout Hut – ask one of the Leaders if you’d like a look. None of these are required purchases.
Badges and Awards
This A6-sized book fits into your pocket. Aiming at both Cubs and their parents, it lists the requirements for every single badge in the Cubs section, with coloured pictures of each badge. This book uses the new 2015 requirements that we are now following in Stocksfield. It is useful to have all this information available in a book, and at £4.00 it is reasonably priced. It can be purchased online from:
Please note that details of all the badges and their requirements are also available free online at:
Cub Activity Log
The log in an A4 cardboard wallet which comes with a sticker sheet featuring each of the Cub badges. These are designed to be stuck into the accompanying A4 guide, which also contains information about being a Cub, your pack, ceremonies, activities, etc. The price of £4 has not gone down well with some purchasers. To make matters worse, the wallet has three slots designed for optional A6 booklets – covering Outdoor and Adventure (booklet 1), Being a Chef and Other Cool Challenges (booklet 2) and Spotting Meteors and other Amazing Activities (booklet 3) that retail at £2 each. If you do decide to purchase the set, you are better buying them all at once, together with the wallet for a total of £10 – saving you £2. The set can be purchased online at: