What are Cubs?
Cub Scouts are young people usually aged between eight and ten years old. They belong to the second section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Cub Scouts from their eighth birthday either directly or coming up from the Beaver Colony. They can move to the next Section, Scouts, between ten years and six months and eleven years six months. (this is normally by agreement between the respective section leaders concerned).
Cub Scouts wear a dark green uniform sweatshirt, Cub are members of a “Pack” and normally operate in “sixes” with older Cubs becoming “sixers” with added responsibilities. Cubs continue the theme of making friends, working in teams, playing games, going on visits and helping others. The Cub Pack usually meets once a week.
Cub Scout Packs also organise camping weekends usually in tents, extending the adventures of sleepovers they may have experienced in the Beaver Colony. These camps are usually held at Scout run campsites. There is normally a “Group” sleepover (joining with Beavers and Scouts) held in July using our Scout Headquarters as a base.
When do Rayne Cub Scouts meet?
We have two Cub Packs, they meet on Tuesday evening between 6-30p.m. and 8-00p.pm. We always meet during school term time. If it’s a school holiday then we don’t meet.
What do we do?
We start and finish each meeting with a short ceremony called Grand Howl. Each evening each themed with either a craft session or discussion topic and games normally in teams called sixes. In the warmer months we often go outside for walks, explorations or outdoor games. We even venture occasionally in winter giving the Cubs a taster of walking and exploring at night. Often youngsters bring in an item from home, perhaps related to a hobby, this they will explain to the rest of the Pack often earning themselves a badge. Occasionally, we join other Cub Scouts in the area for visits to museums, swimming galas, sports days and even the local Pantomime.
A lot of our activities relate to different proficiency badges that Cubs can attain. Gaining these badges give the cubs a good deal of pleasure and a feeling of accomplishment and pride. By the time they leave us (usually after about two years) they may well qualify for the prestigious Chief Scouts Award (Silver).
CLICK HERE for information about the various Cub badges, many of which can be pursued at home.