The Cub Scout section is for young people between the ages of 8 and 10½. The Cub Scout programme is packed with fun and adventure, and is designed to present every young person with new challenges and prepare them for when they become a Scout. Each Cub Scout will gain some of the 7 'challenge' and 33 'activity' badges that are available, during their time in the pack; and also have the opportunity to go camping for a full weekend, for the first time.
Cub Scouting began in 1916 as a result of the younger brothers of early Scouts wanting to join in the fun of Scouting. Baden-Powell decided to start a new section called the Wolf Cubs, which by tradition, has adapted ideas from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". The concept of a wolf pack often features in ceremonies and Cub leaders traditionally take the name of a Jungle Book character.
Scouting has adapted and evolved over time and the Cub section has experienced a number of changes. In 1967 Wolf Cubs became 'Cub Scouts' and since 1990, girls have been allowed to join. More recently, a new uniform and programme were introduced to the section in 2002, as part of a major revamp of Scouting as a whole. The original objectives however, still remain and any young person who is a Cub Scout in the modern era is certain to benefit a great deal from it.
Cub Scouting is all about fun and adventure, and celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. Within a year of the launch of Scouting by Baden-Powell in 1916 there were 30,000 Cubs. Now there are over 150,000 Cubs enjoying Scouting in the UK, with many more waiting to join (more adult volunteers always welcome!) Keep your eyes on THIS website to see how we, in North Yorkshire, are going to celebrate the CENTENARY OF CUB SCOUTING!
Here are some programme ideas for Leaders to download: