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 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.
We have two Cub Packs:
Mosquito: Monday - 6-7.30pm
We’ve adapted to online scouting while preparing to seize opportunities to safely reunite in person. We are proud of our sense of community in what can be lonely, fearful times, and tremendously proud of our Cubs’ resilience and commitment to their Cub promise. Members of our pack have had to isolate to protect others and even lost loved ones to this virus. Members of our Group have since joined RVS (Rushmoor Voluntary Service) to support their community with the vaccination programme.
In the Autumn Term the entire Scout Group came together to pro-actively keep a Scout Group going in spite of the challenges ahead and spent many hours assessing risk, planning and documenting ready for whatever may be thrown at us. Highlight of the Autumn Term 2020 was the Remembrance bike ride and creating a commemorative poppy at the allotment.
Spring Term 2021 involved the Cubs allotment project, birdwatch, community, nature, self-sufficiency, and co-operation.
We hope a highlight of the Summer Term will be harvesting and eating our potatoes, herbs and vegetables in a delicious salad!
Trident: Thursday - 6-7.30pm
Trident and Hornet Cub Packs have recently (2021) combined themselves into just Trident Cub Pack. Trident works strongly with our Mosquito Cub Pack, sharing resources and programme planning to give a similar experience to our youth regardless of which pack they join.
Recently Trident Cub Pack has been out for hikes in the local woodland, helping with the Group’s allotment plot, and starting to learn the knots needed for pioneering projects!
What do Cubs do?
Our Cub Packs
Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors. Camps and trips out from the Scout HQ are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs.
Evenings usually begin with a quick game and then the Grand Howl ceremony.
Meetings are a mix of games, craft work, quizzes, drama, drawing, singing, visits and visitors etc. The programme is kept varied and challenging and, above all, fun. No two meetings are ever the same.
At the end of the meeting there is usually another game and a closing ceremony.
Going on adventures
Race down a river. 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, or go on a moonlit hike through your hometown. 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.
Learning new skills
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, or help you to succeed in whichever job you decide to do when you grow up. But the most important skills you’ll learn at Cubs are the ones that will make you feel confident and happy in your own skin. We call these character skills, and they include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. 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.
Badges and Awards
Over the course of 2½ years, Cubs will have the opportunity to gain over 50 activity badges. These are a step up from the Beaver badges, with more variety and needing a little more effort to complete – but the satisfaction of having earnt an arm full by the time you leave the pack is worth it all!
The ultimate goal for every Pack is to give each Cub the opportunity to earn the Chief Scout’s Silver Award.
This is the highest award a Cub can earn. To complete it, you need to earn six Activity or Staged Activity Badges of your choice, as well as all seven of the Challenge Awards.
This Scout HQ page gives the placement template for all of the uniform badges for Scouts.
Badge Sewing support
Jackie Cheeseman, a grandparent of a former scout in our Group, will sew badges onto beaver and cub jumpers and scout and leader shirts. She charges 50p per badge and very generously donates all she raises to our Group. Simply arrange to take her the garment and badges and Jackie will let you know when they are ready, and pay cash on collection. Please contact us to make initial contact with Jackie if you don’t know her phone number and address. She sews badges for any child or leader in any scout group, brownie or guide unit, indeed anybody. Spread the word!
The Cub Scout Law and Promise
At investiture Cubs must know the Cub Scout promise and know and understand the Scout Motto, Sign and Handshake. They should attend sufficient meetings to get to know the other Cubs in their Six and the Leaders. The Cub Scout Log Book contains all the information needed in a very readable format and is available from the district shop.
Promise: 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.
Cub Scout Law: Cub Scouts always do their best, think of others before themselves, and do a good turn every day.
What do Cubs wear?
Uniform consists of a green sweatshirt and navy blue trousers. In the summer navy blue shorts can be worn instead.
These items should be purchased from our district shop in Crondall, as the small amount of profit goes back into local scouting, and can be worn immediately. The shop is open Saturday mornings 10am-12pm during term time. After about five weeks, new joiners are invested at a formal ceremony and the gold and scarlet group scarf, woggle and badges are presented.
A gold Group T-shirt is available from our T-shirt distributor, and is often worn in place of the Scout shirt in warm weather or instead of the formal uniform during games or outdoor activities. Please email them at email@example.com if you would like to buy one.