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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Making the most of Cubs 100

Wayne visited Mega Camp in Essex where he joined 1,500 Cub Scouts to help kick off their Year of Adventure…

The Wildest birthday ever

Skreens Park Activity Centre, Essex, was the venue for Essex Scouts' space themed Mega Camp over the weekend. 1,500 Cubs, plus their leaders, gathered for the weekend’s camp while lots of activities kicked off their Year of Adventure.

The most recent census has confirmed that retention of nine and 10 year olds continues to be a significant challenge for us, so it was great to have an opportunity on this occasion to speak to Cubs themselves, as well as their leaders and parent helpers who were clearly having nearly as much fun as the Cubs!

The challenge of the retention of Cub Scouts also lies behind the theme of adventure that we have chosen to celebrate the centenary of Cub Scouting in 2016, following a Year of Adventure this year. 2016 promises to be the wildest birthday ever!

We have recently launched the programme for Cubs 100, details of which can be found at scouts.org.uk/cubs100, with further exciting news to follow shortly.

Outdoor adventure

Very much in the way that we used the centenary of Scouting in 2007 as a launch pad for the next one hundred years (rather than simply celebrating the past) we intend to capitalise on the Cub centenary in a similar way with ambitions to reverse the relative decline in membership at ages nine and 10 in particular.

Perhaps not surprisingly, most of our research indicates that Cubs leave when they get bored with their programme, and highlights the importance of a high quality, adventurous programme for this age range. Hence, the theme and flavour of the support resources are aimed at facilitating this.

This was reaffirmed in talking with the Cubs on Saturday, who left me in no doubt that it is the outdoor activities that they favour most in their Cub programme and clearly something we would lose sight of at our peril.



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