When you join Cubs at 2nd Cambridge Scout Group, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things. Here’s everything you need to know.
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, in their own communities and beyond
Every week, they gather in groups called 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.
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 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.
Where do Cubs meet?
The Cub Pack meets weekly (during term time) on Tuesdays 6.00-7.15pm at Netherhall School, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge CB1 8NN.
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 Promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.
Making the Promise is a big celebration within the Pack. Every time a new Cub decides to join permanently, they chat through their Promise with their Cub leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Cubs. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. The process is known as being ‘invested’ into Cubs, and it usually takes place a few weeks into your Cub experience, once you’ve had time to settle in.
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 their best to care for the community and wider world in which they live. Cubs make a Promise to do their best to make a positive contribution to society. Cubs at 2nd Cambridge also Promise to live by their faith.
Cub Scout Promise
I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to Allah and then duty to the country in which I am now living,
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.
You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!
What Cubs wear
Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent the 2nd Cambridge Scouts Group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies or navy blue trousers, if you’d like to.
Why uniform is important
Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone to feel a part of the Pack. It also gives you a place to show off all the badges you earn.
Badges and Awards
Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. From athletics and astronomy to photography and pioneering, there’s something for everyone. Completing Challenge Awards lets you do more, learn more and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.
All of our leaders are trained volunteers, working to make sure Scouting is safe and open to all. Some lead the Pack week in and week out. Others visit occasionally to help run a session or drop in to share their skills. No matter how much time you have to spare, find out about volunteering on your own terms.