Cub Scouts have a lot of fun doing a lot of interesting things. There are games to play, codes and skills to learn, places to see and new friends to meet.
Cub Scouts all help each other and try to help other people too. Cub Scouts get to see a lot and do a lot. We spend weekends away together camping, fishing and exploring. We go to sports meetings, visit factories, go to the zoo, the museum, or the fire department headquarters. We learn bushcraft, and we learn how to fly model airplanes, even fly in real planes!
There’s a lot more Cub Scouts do too. Why not come along and find out?
Fun in a Pack
You’ll find there are around 24 boys and girls in your Cub Scout Pack. All of them are just like you. They all might have different interests and be good at different things, but they all want to enjoy themselves and have fun. Like you, they’ll be learning new things each week and discovering how great it is to be a Cub Scout.
Fun from the start
At your first Pack meeting, you may feel a bit shy to begin with but you will be paired up with a ‘buddy’ and it won’t take long to get to know everyone.
You’ll learn the Scout Salute, the Handshake, the Motto, the Grand Howl, Pack Calls, and other ceremonies, the Cub Scout Law and the Cub Scout Promise. The leaders will help you. You’ll soon be making friends with the other Cub Scouts and having a terrific time!
Fun in a Six
Your Pack will be divided into `Sixes’, so named because each `Six’ will have 6 people in it.
One of the first badges you’ll put on your uniform is the colour patch of your Six.
Fun with your Sixer
One of the boys or girls in your group will be your ‘Sixer’ (a bit like the Captain of your school sports team). The Sixer is usually an older Cub who has shown some leadership skills and is prepared to help other Cub Scouts.
You’ll know your Sixer by the yellow tape that says ‘Sixer’, worn on their left pocket.
The Sixer often has a ‘Second’ as a helper (a bit like a Vice-Captain) who wears a yellow ‘Second’ tape. You too could eventually wear these tapes one day and become a Sixer or a Second of your Pack. Everyone gets the opportunity to be a Leader in Cub Scouts.
Fun with your Leaders
Your Cub Scout Leaders are adults who may once have been Cub Scouts themselves!
Your Leader is known as ‘Akela’ (The Wolf – the one who stands alone).
Akela’s helpers are known by other names from the Jungle Book such as ‘Bagheera’ (The Panther – the teacher of hunting) or `Baloo’ (The Bear – the teacher of Jungle Law).
The names are from the famous Rudyard Kipling story “The Jungle Book”.
Fun with Imagination
The Jungle Book provides the names for the Leaders but it also provides inspiration for many of the games and lessons learned in Cub Scouts. The Jungle Book provides excitement and action combined with the strict moral code of the Jungle Law.
There is development of skills and the passing on of those skills to others as expressed in the stories of Mowgli: there are the lessons of the importance of physical fitness, love of nature, self-reliance, obedience, loyalty and courtesy. Therefore almost all aspects of Cub Scout philosophy can be found in the Jungle Book.
Fun earning Badges
Cub Scouts can earn Achievement Badges by doing things that interest them and by learning new skills like cycling, electronics, sports, cookery, boating, writing and more.
There are also special Boomerang Badges earned by doing things like tying knots, first aid, hiking in the bush and building models. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold Boomerang Badges.
The programs in Cub Scouts emphasise exciting and challenging activities based on individual needs.
- Opportunities for interaction in small groups
- A sense of belonging and achievement
- Practice leadership and problem-solving skills
- Develop a sense of fair play and justice
- Satisfy curiosity and the need for adventure
- Develop fitness and creative skills
- Provide new experiences and the opportunity to learn by doing
- Provide the opportunity to make choices and decisions
- Provide the opportunity to express and respond to individual spiritual development needs
- All Cub Scout activities are designed to be appropriate to age, development, social competence, family and community circumstances.
Activities that a Cub Scout might do include:
Community service: this is an important aspect of Scouts as building better citizens is our core aim. Community service activities might include participating in Clean Up Australia Day, visiting a nursing home or helping to re-vegetate an area of bushland. Cub Scouts are encouraged to find and develop ways to contribute to their community.
Games: Learning about teamwork, leadership and co-operation while developing gross motor skills and building physical confidence.
Outdoor Activities: Getting out in nature on activities such as a nature hike can make Cub Scouts think about the environment they are in, and start to care about it. At the same time, they learn skills such as how to pack for a hike, how to read a map and how to navigate by compass or GPS. They might even have the fun of geocaching or special activities to complete on the journey!
Environmental activities: A large part of the Cub Scout Award Scheme focuses on the environment and Scouting has a strict environmental charter. Specific projects such as caring for a pet or area of native bushland can count toward a badge while increasing the Cub Scout’s knowledge of the world around them.
Camping: Camping offers a whole range of activities that you just can’t access from the hall. Cub Scouts can get further afield into the environment and learn more about themselves and their Pack on an extended adventure.
Other activities might include:
- Sailing and other water sports
- Rock climbing
- Building a billycart
- Land Yachting
- Making water rockets
Girls and boys aged 7 to 11
Section based on the Jungle Book
Runs Monday 6 – 7.30pm
Leader in Charge: Caitlin “Mao” Boogaard-Austin