Cub Scouts all over the country meet together in Packs, just like ours, and take part in all sorts of different activities.
Cub Scouts are boys and girls aged between eight and ten and a half. They all make the same promise and take part in the same ceremonies.
Every Pack has a Cub Scout Leader (usually called “Akela”) plus some assistant leaders and other helpers.
The Cub Scouts were started by Robert Baden-Powell in 1916 using some of the themes from the book The Jungle Book written by his friend, Rudyard Kipling.
To be a Cub Scout you’ll need to enjoy:
- Having lots of fun
- Trying out loads of new things
- Playing all sorts of exciting games
- Making tons of new friends
What Cubs do
If you become a Cub Scout you will:
- Play games
- Make things
- Take part in songs, story telling and drama
- Go on visits and meet visitors
- Spend time outdoors
- Take part in activities with others
- Help other people
- Find out about themes
- Take part in prayer, worship and reflection
- Take part in team challenges
- Try new things
As well as our weekly meeting, we take part in all sorts of activities at weekends and in the holidays. There are district and county competitions where you get the chance to try out some of the skills you might have learnt as a Cub or at home or school. We also go on Pack trips and outings – we might have a visit to the ice rink or go for an Adventure walk around the town or into the countryside. And, of course, we do plenty of camping – sometimes on our own and sometimes with other Cub Scouts.
Your Investiture is a special ceremony where you officially become a Cub Scout. All of the Leaders and the other Cubs in your Pack will be at your Investiture. You can also invite your family and some friends along if you want to.
Promise, Law and Motto
To become a cub scout you will make the promise in front of the pack. Before you do this, you need to learn about the Cub Scout Law. You do not need to remember the law word-for-word, but you must understand it. The Cub Scout Law is a few simple rules that we ask every cub to try to keep – at times it can be a challenge, but during our activities we try to give you a better understanding of how you can live up to the promise and keep the law.
Cub Scout Promise*:
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
Cub Scout Law:
Cub Scouts always do their best
Think of others before themselves
And do a good turn every day
Cub Scout Motto:
To Be Prepared
*For different religious beliefs or for foreign nationals living in the UK there are alternate promises.
The Scout Handshake
The tradition was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. When he was a soldier in Africa, he saw lots of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields. He noticed that it was a sign of great trust to offer your left hand when shaking hands. This was because you had to put down your shield, and leave the other person holding their spear.
The Scout Salute
The Scout Salute is made with the right hand. It is used during the opening ceremony on Colony night and also at other special times – such as when you are presented with a badge.
The Scout Sign
The Scout Sign is made the same as the salute except that you hold your right hand at shoulder height instead of putting it up to you head. It is used when you make your promise during your investiture and whenever you are renewing your promise.
The badges below will be awarded for you at your investiture to sew onto your uniform.
The Group Scarf
Every Scout Group has a scarf in its own special colours. Our scarf is Maroon, with a Gold and Black border. The pack is split into different sixes and you will be identified by a coloured woggle (Blue, Red, Yellow, White) which you’ll receive at your investiture.
Moving on to Scouts
When moving on from the Cub Pack to the Scout Troop you will need to transfer several badges onto the new uniform before investiture. Many Cubs will transfer all their other badges to a camp blanket. Some Cubs wish to keep their uniform with all the badges they’ve earned on them. If so, you may purchase these badges again.