Cubs are young people aged between 8 and 10½, who make up the second section of the Scouting family, between Beavers and Scouts. Cubs form a Pack, which is made up of groups of Cubs, known as Sixes. Sixes are named after colours and each Six is led by a senior Cub known as the Sixer.
Cubs normally meet 6.30 – 8.00 pm on a Monday night at the Scout Hut.
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Programme details are published on this website and also on Online Scout Manager (OSM).
Email the leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a dedicated private WhatsApp group for the parents and guardians of Cubs. Membership is managed by the section leaders.
Cub Scout Leader
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Who is Cubs 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.
What do Cubs 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.
Becoming a Cub: Investiture
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. After a few weeks of trying Cubs, members who want to stay are invested. It is helpful if they have their green Cub jumper at this point. During this short ceremony, a Cub makes their Promise. They receive their Group Scarf, woggle, Group, District and County badges and their Membership Award. They are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family. Often several new Cubs are invested at once.
Cub Scouts wear a green sweatshirt, the 1st Stocksfield Scout Group scarf (sometimes called a “necker”) and a coloured woggle (to keep their necker on). The woggle is the colour of the six they are in (see below on how Cub Scouts are organised).
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 Start of Cubs
Cub Scouting began in 1916, due to pressure from the younger siblings of Scouts. It 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.
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.
How Cubs are Organised
Today, 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, sometimes led by a leader known as 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.
Badges and Awards
There are a wide range of badges and awards for Cubs 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.
A full list of Cub badges is available on The Scout Association website.
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. 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.
The Challenges have been developed to extend Cubs’ skills and experience in a particular area. The Challenge badges are hexagonal and worn on the chest.
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. Cub Scout Activity Badges are round and red and worn on the sleeve.
Staged Activity Badges
There are also a series of staged Activity Badges, which gives a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting. These can be worn in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
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 to be invested into the Pack immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.
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 badge in the Cub section, with coloured pictures for each badge. Although this information is freely available on the Cubs pages of the Scout Association website, it is useful to have it all in a book, and at £5.00 it is reasonably priced. It has been updated recently to cover the latest badges – old copies have white text on the cover.
Buy the Badges & Awards book
Scratch-Off Achievement Chart
There is also an A3 scratch-off poster that retails at £7.00. As Cubs earn their badges they can scratching them off the poster to reveal a picture of the badge underneath. It seems rather expensive for what it is and cannot be passed on from an older to a younger sibling.
Buy the Scratch-Off Chart