Develop new skills. Soar to great heights. Being a Cub opens up a whole other world.
Who are Cubs?
Cubs are young people aged 8 to 10½ who:
- Master new skills and try new things
- Have fun and go on adventures
- Make friends
- Are curious about the world around them
- Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond
Every week, they gather in groups called Cub Packs to take part in lots of interesting and challenging activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, having lots of fun along the way.
What do Cubs get up to?
Being a Cub is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways, excitement and adventure are key. There are a huge variety of activities on offer 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.
Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends:
Going on adventures
Race down a river. Tell stories by torchlight. Fall asleep beneath the stars. Alongside your Pack, you’ll spend plenty of time in the great outdoors. Together, you might build a den in your local park, or create an edible raft out of sweets, or go on a moonlit hike through your hometown. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstop, because being a Cub is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.
Learning new skills
Cubs learn by doing, and so will you. Some of the skills you develop will be practical, like knowing how to cook a delicious meal or give someone first aid. Others will allow you to become a master at your chosen hobby, or help you to succeed in whichever job you decide to do when you grow up. But the most important skills you’ll learn at Cubs are the ones that will make you feel confident and happy in your own skin. We call these character skills, and they include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. Whatever skills you’d like to learn, it’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.
Cubs work as a team to help other people. Together, you’ll learn about global issues and what we can all do to help solve them. You’ll also make an impact in your own community, through activities such as campaigning to save your local library, collecting donations for a foodbank, or planting trees in a neighbouring park.
What do Cubs work toward?
There are a huge range of badges available which Cub Scouts can wear on their uniforms to show everyone how much fun, challenge and adventure they are participating in, hopefully culminating in the top award for Cub Scouts: the Chief Scout’s Silver Award.
Activity and Staged Badges
Many of the badges available are activity and staged activity badges, these are awarded for participating, and showing progression, in a wide variety of subjects such as becoming an expert in something you love, or trying something shiny and new. From athletics and astronomy to photography and pioneering, there’s something for everyone.
These are designed to be that bit more ambitious, they are as the name suggests, designed to challenge young people, but completing them is a great achievement. Challenge Awards are all about stepping outside your comfort zone. Try out something you wouldn’t normally be interested in. Take the lead on something that scares you. Along the way, you’ll unlock hidden talents and stand tall.
Chief Scout’s Silver Award
The Chief Scout’s Silver Award is the highest award which can be gained by Cub Scouts. In order to attain it, Cubs must have completed six Challenge Awards by the time they are ready to move on to Scouts. They can, if necessary complete this in the early stages of being in the Scout section.
Within their Pack, Cubs are part of a Six. A Six is a smaller group of Cubs, headed up by a Sixer and a Seconder. Sixers and Seconders are older Cub Scouts who are chosen to take on leadership responsibilities, such as welcoming new people to the Pack or taking charge of a particular game or activity.
They wear leadership stripes to celebrate their hard work and make sure everyone knows who they are.
Sounds great! How can I join in?
To join the adventure, use our Group finder here to locate your nearest Cub Scout Pack, or you can contact us here and we’ll put you in touch with them. With over 100 across the county, there’s bound to be one for you!