The Cub Scout section is for young people (boys and girls) usually between the ages of 8 and 10½. These ages are flexible (to within six months either side), this allows for young people to move with their friends or when they are best suited to move on to the next section. This makes sure the young people enjoy their time in Scouting as much as possible.
Cubs are the second section of the Scouting family and wear a green sweatshirt. Groups normally meet weekly at the group, known as the Beaver Scout Colony. Meeting places vary between groups and may be schools, church halls or community buildings. Some Scout Groups have their own headquarters that they meet in.
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. Many groups also take part in district led activities as well as organising day trips to places such as a theme park, zoo or local attractions.
Many of the badges available are activity badges, these are designed for Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to give them the chance to try new things and form new interests.
These are designed to be that bit more ambitious. They may involve completing tasks at the group, in the community or maybe even at home. The badges follow a number of themes, some are physical, some are more outdoors, whilst others are about the community or the world in which we all live. They are as the name suggests, designed to challenge young people, but completing them is a great achievement.
Some of our badges are sponsored by outside organisations. Some of these organisations provide resource packs to enable young people to work through the badge and make it easier for them to know how they are getting on with them.
The Chief Scout's Silver Award is the highest award which can be gained by Cub Scouts. In order to attain it, Cubs must have completed six Challenge Awards by the time they are ready to move on to Scouts. They can, if necessary complete this in the early stages of being in the Scout section.