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The Cub Scout Pack..

Cub Scouts in the Group must be, or have formally been, a pupil at George Heriot’s School.

The Pack meets every Friday evening, during the school term, in the school gym from 6.30pm until 8.00pm
 
The Cub Scout Pack core age range is 8 to 10½ years old

However,
the Pack is open to boys and girls aged from 7½ to 11 years old.  A child can join the pack from when they reach 7½.  This allows them to join at a convenient time in the session i.e. start of a term.  Cubs can stay until their 11th birthday.

The Cub Scout Leader (CSL) runs the Pack usually with a team of Assistants (ACSL) who all give their time freely and have had training to help them do an effective job.

Cub Scouting, by tradition, has adapted some ideas from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.  You may find that some of the Leaders are know to the youngsters by the names of the animals in this book.  The youngsters usually call the Leader Akela, and may meet others such as Baloo, Bageera and Kaa.  These Leaders are responsible for planning and running the programme of games and activities for Pack meetings and special outing and events.

The youngsters work in small groups called Sixes, which are led by older Cub Scouts, called Sixers and assisted by Seconders. Each Six is identified by a coloured woggle, worn at the top of the Group neckerchief.  The 7th has several Sixes, the   BLUE   six,  GREEN  six,  GREY six,  RED  six,  YELLOW   six and the WHITE Six.

The Pack has simple ceremonies, one of which is the investiture to which you are invited, when your youngster will be asked to make the Cub Scout promise.

There are variations of the Cub Scout Promise for different faiths or citizenship outwith the commonwealth.

The Cub Scout Promise is:


They will also be asked to try and keep to the Cub Scout Law which is:


What do Cubs Scouts really do?

Cub Scouts will enjoy a great deal of fun and adventure whilst in the Pack.  They will have an opportunity to gain badges.  These are given in recognition of the effort made by each youngster at his or her own level of development and understanding.  The Cub Scout Programme includes such activities as:

  • Camping 
  • Caring for the Environment  
  • Model Making  
  • Cooking  
  • First Aid  
  • Exploring  
  • Helping Others  

The Programme

 The  programme is split into three main areas: Awards, Challenges and Activity Badges.

 Awards:

This Award is presented to a Beaver Scout when he or she is invested into the Cub Scout Pack

A young person joining the Cub Scout Pack after the age of eight, and who has not previously been a Beaver Scout, will start work on their Cub Scout Membership Award straightaway.

The badge is presented at the Investiture ceremony when the new Cub Scout makes their Promise.

These are special badges that are awarded after each year of attendance.

This badge is the highest award available in the Cub Scout Section.

The Moving-On Award is intended to help a make a smooth transfer from one section the the next.

Challenges: 

The Challenge Badges offer a variety of activities so that Cub Scouts can develop personal interests and skills.  There are seven Challenge Badges 

To gain the Chief Scout's Silver Award  a Cub Scout needs to complete all the Challenges and six activity or staged activity badges. This includes Nights Away Stage 3. The Challenge Badges can be attempted by a Cub Scout on their own, by a small group or by the whole Pack. A Cub Scout should take two to four months to complete a Challenge Badge

There is an additional badge Cubs can achieve, developed by Scottish Scout Headquarters:


Activity Badges

Activity Badges are designed to further develop a Cub Scout's skills and interests. They are an optional addition to the Balanced Programme.  There are thirty-seven activity badges that Cub Scouts can achieve.  They cover a wide variety of activities. 

Activity Plus Badge

If  there is an activity you would really like to do more of or if you have the highest level of any of the badges, the Activity Plus badge allows you do more for your Activity.

Staged Activity Badges
The Staged Activity Badges have been designed to provide a unified approach throughout the Sections.
A young person can gain whichever badge is appropriate to the level they have reached. It is possible, for example, for a Beaver Scout who is an excellent swimmer to gain a higher level badge than a Scout who has just taken up swimming.

Details of all these awards can also be found in your youngster's Cub Scout Badge Book.

The Pack Programme.

You may ask the question ‘how do I find out about these activities and events’.  The Cub Scout Leader will inform you by letter, email and through your youngster.  If at any time you are not sure about the arrangements for a Pack activity, do have a chat with the Leaders after the Pack meeting or contact them at home.

The Cub Scout pack meets regularly.  The Pack is often taken out on visits in connection with the programme of activities.  Sometimes the Cub Scout Leader invites visitors to speak to the Pack, like a local Policeman or Fireman.  You may find that the Cub Scout Pack has links with other Cub Scout Packs locally and through out the Area.  They join together for special events such as district competitions and activities or national events and camps.

 What do Cub Scouts wear?

Cub Scouts have a smart, practical uniform comprising of a green Scout sweatshirt and a Scout Group scarf.  There is also a woggle to hold the scarf in place.  For below the waist, they can also wear school uniform or green Cub Scout tracksuit bottoms. You only need to buy the sweatshirt.  The Pack will supply the scarf, woggle and badges

More details about the uniform, stockists and badge positions are available here.

Camps and Pack Holidays

 Ask any Cub Scout what they like best about being a Cub Scout and most of them will reply camping or pack Holidays.  Most youngsters’ love being out of doors and the camps and pack holidays are very special – certainly very different from school trips!  It is a chance to try some special activities that cannot be done at the regular Pack meeting.

 Your youngster will have the opportunity to camp in tents and sleep indoors on a Pack Holiday.  The Cub Scout Pack usually goes away for a weekend two to three times a year.

 The Cub Scouts go away with their own Pack and also they have the chance to join a larger camp mixing with other Packs, from the local District, Region  or Nationally.  Occasionally, a special camp is organised by for both youngsters and parents to participate in.

 The Leaders in the Pack are specially trained before they are allowed to take youngsters away on a camp or Pack Holiday.  They take on the responsibility to look after the Cub Scouts with same level of care as if they were their own large family of youngsters.

 The Leaders will often need to take along extra adult help to help assist with the catering arrangements or equipment.  This extra help many include Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, Instructors (for special activities) or parents/guardians to help with general supervision.  Outing away from the hall, including camps and Pack Holidays require a ratio of 1 adult to 8 Cub Scouts plus an extra adult









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