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Introduction to Cubs

‘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!’

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. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½. 
There is core flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 7½ and can move to Scouts between age 10 and 11.  It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs. For further information, see our guidance on age range flexibility.
 

Structure

A Cub Pack is usually organised into small groups called Sixes, each headed up by an older Cub called a Sixer, and often with a Seconder as well. Sixes can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Cub Scout Pack. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Cub Scouts to gather at points at the start, during or at the end of the Pack meeting.


Activities

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.

Further information about badges and awards for the Cub section can be found here

 

The Cub Scout Promise

There are a number of variations of the Cub Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK within Scouting.

The Cub Scout Promise poster is available to order from the Print Centre, or can be downloaded here.

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.

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 subjects of independent Commonwealth countries, foreign nationals and individuals who are stateless, the following wording can replace ‘duty to the Queen’

…to do my duty to the country in which I am now living.

Further information about The Promise in Scouting can be found here.

The Cub Scout Law:

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


The Cub Scout Motto:

Be Prepared

Uniform

Cubs may wear a dark green sweatshirt with a Group scarf (often called a necker) and a woggle in the colour of their Six.


Flag

The Cub Scout flag is yellow, bearing the Scout symbol and motto.

 

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