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, and having lots of fun along the way.
Being a Cubs is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends:
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. 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.
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. But the most important skills you’ll learn at Cubs are the ones that will make you feel confident and happy. We call these character skills, and they include things like integrity and initiative. 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.
Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Cubs can develop skills in fundraising, science and mechanics?
Our activity badges allow Cubs to demonstrate their love of various pursuits, and help them find new interests. They are awarded when our young people meet the requirements and show they’re an expert, or at least enjoy the activity.
We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which gives the Cubs a chance to take on ambitious tasks and try new things that prepare them with #SkillsForLife.
Completing awards challenges you to do more, learn more and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.
Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. From athletics to photography, there’s something for everyone.
You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!
Cubs uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and our groups coloured scarf or ‘necker’. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as t-shirts, hats, hoodies, trousers or shorts, if you’d like to.
Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means you can run around and get messy without ruining your other clothes. It makes you feel part of a team. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out. And it gives you a place to show off all the brilliant badges you earn.
Uniform can either be bought from the online Scout shop or a local supplier. If you’re stuck, ask adult volunteers to tell you more about what to buy and where to buy it. We recommend using the scout store.
As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Cub is about going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Pack, you’ll explore these ideas by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.
Making the promise is a big celebration within the Pack. Every time a new Cub joins, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Cubs. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into Cubs, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.
Everyone is unique but there are some things all Cubs agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.
Cubs choose the promise that best suits them.
When: Monday, 7pm – 8.30pmWhere: Methodist Church, CottinghamLeader: Kim (Akela)Availability: Places available
When: Thursday, 6.30pm – 8pmWhere: Methodist Church, CottinghamLeader: Steve (Akela)Availability: Places available
All of our leaders are trained volunteers, working to make sure Scouting is safe and open to all. Some lead the Pack week in and week out. Others visit occasionally to help run a session or drop in to share their skills. No matter how much time you have to spare, find out about volunteering on your own terms.