Cub Scouts go out and about!
With the assistance of their Leaders, Cub Scouts begin planning their own adventures, brainstorming what they would like to achieve and what they would like to do as a group. They often spend weekends away together camping, fishing and exploring, and go to sports meetings, visit factories, go to the zoo, the museum, or the fire department headquarters.
Cub Scouts all help each other, and try to help other people too. They are encouraged to find and develop ways to contribute to their community, participating in community service activities like the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Clean Up Australia Day, visiting a nursing home or helping to re-vegetate an area of bushland.
Other activities that a Cub Scout might do include:
- Games: Leaning about team work, 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 Scouts 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.
Cub Scouts get to see a lot and do a lot. Why not come along and join the fun?
A young person must have had their 8th birthday prior to commencing in the Cub Scout Section. Youth are able to commence their progression to the Scout Section at any time after their 11th birthday and will have completed their progression by their 12th birthday.
“I’ve had so much fun being a Cub Scout, trying out lots of activities such as canoeing and camping for the first time!”
Cub Scout Promise and Law
Each member of Scouts Australia will have the option of making either of the following two Promise versions, both of which have the support of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
On my honour, I promise or
To do my best,
To be true to my spiritual beliefs,
To contribute to my community and our world,
To help other people,
And to live by the Scout Law
On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to my God, and
To the Queen of Australia
To help other people, and
And to live by the Scout Law
We also now have one Law to be used across all five Sections of the Scouts Australia membership:
Be friendly and considerate
Care for others and the environment
Do What is Right
Be trustworthy, honest and fair
Use resources wisely
Believe in Myself
Learn from my experiences
Face challenges with courage
Cub Scouts focus on the three key headings of the Scout Law. Though the sub points may provide useful discussion points, the emphasis is on the headings for this section.
Cubs Have Fun!
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 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, 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. The first badge 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). You'll know your Sixer by the two yellow stripes worn on their left pocket.
The Sixer often has a `Second' as a helper (a bit like a Vice-Captain) who wears one yellow stripe. You too could eventually wear these stripes one day and become a Sixer or a Second of your Pack.
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 as 'Bagheera' (The Panther - the teacher of hunting) and `Baloo' (The Bear - the teacher of Jungle Law). The names are from the famous Rudyard Kipling story “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.
Fun Near You
Cub Scout Packs meet regularly at a place close to you. The Pack Leader would love to see you at the next Pack meeting.
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
- Practise 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.