Who are Cubs?
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
Every week, we meet together in our Pack to take part in lots of interesting and challenging activities.
What do Cubs get up to?
Being a Cub is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends.
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. 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
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 collecting donations for a foodbank, or planting trees in a public place.
What does a Cub Pack look like?
Our Pack is led by an adult Cub leader traditionally nicknamed Akela after the wise leader of the wolf pack in Rudyard Kipling’s novel, The Jungle Book.
As well as the Cub leader, other adults are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe. Within their Pack, Cubs are also part of a Six. A Six is a smaller group of Cubs, headed up by a Sixer and a Seconder. Sixers and Seconders are Cub Scouts who are chosen to take on leadership responsibilities, such as welcoming new people to the Pack, being extra helpful on camp, or taking charge of a particular game or activity.
The bigger Scout family
Cubs are also members of the global Scout family. Closer to home, we are also part of 3rd Wingerworth Scout Group – See here for more information.
Promises and Ceremonies
As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Cub is about going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Pack, you’ll explore these ideas by making a promise (a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday).
Every time a new Cub decides to join, they make their promise out loud in from of their leader and fellow Cubs. The process is known as being ‘invested’, and usually takes place a few weeks into your Cub experience, once you’ve had time to settle in. Sometimes family and friends might come along to see this, too.
Everyone is unique but there are some things all Cubs agree on – such as the importance of treating everyone in the Pack with kindness, and doing your best to care for the community and wider world in which you live. Depending on your own beliefs, you might also promise to live by your faith.
Cubs choose the promise that best suits them. Options can be found here.
Find out more;
Joining – Please go to our Membership Enquiry page.
Uniform purchase – The Chesterfield District Scout Shop can help.
Uniform / Badge Placement – click here.
Badges – For more information on the Badges Cubs can work towards click here.