Cubs

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of skills, adventure, 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 Beaver Scouts. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½.
There is core flexibility in the age range of Pack members, and this is determined for individuals by its Leader:  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.

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. Uniform and other clothing items can be purchased from Scout Store here.

Structure

A Cub Pack is usually run by a Leader and Assistant Leader together with regular helpers, often assisted by parents.  The children are organised into small groups called Sixes, each headed up by an older Cub called a Sixer, aided by a Seconder. Sixes often work as a team in activities and games and come together for the opening and closing “Grand Howl” when badges and notices are given out.

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 and camps. Doing their best is the key approach, with participation leading to the learning and improvement of skills resulting often in the award of badges. There are a range of badges and challenge awards that Cub Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements, mostly done with the Pack, but working towards some badges at home or at a club is encouraged.

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.

For Christians, Jews and Sikhs

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 Muslims

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 Hindus and Buddhists

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 humanists, atheists and those with no defined faith

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 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 Motto:

Be Prepared!

Flag

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

The Cub Scout Law:

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