The Cub Pack is led by a team of Cub Scout Leaders (CSLs) with support from time to time from Young Leaders who are participating in the Duke of Edinburgh young leaders scheme. The leaders are also assisted by parent helpers on a rota basis.
Cubs enter from Beavers or the big outside world at the start of the term after they are 8 years old. They stay in Scouts until the term after they are 10½.
The Pack will has between 24 and 30 Cubs, and they are split into Sixes. The Pack meets weekly on a Thursday evening at the 2nd Scout HQ. We start at 6:30pm (prompt, so arrive not before 6:20pm), and the evening usually ends at 8:00pm. Organised excursions and visits will have varying start and finish times.
In addition to the weekly meetings, the Pack also undertakes several camps and other events throughout the year. Camping is an integral part of Scouting, and we hope you will want to join in!
The Pack consists of up to 6 Sixes, each led by the Sixer and deputised by a Seconder. Sixers are responsible for maintaining order within their six by setting good examples of dress and behaviour. These positions are filled on application at the appropriate time. This is not always chosen on age, but if an individual is ready to lead or deputise a six. Any cub who is looking to achieve Six or Seconder must have the Promise Challenge Badge.
Scouting is now over 100 Years Old. The centenary was in 2007. Many stories and traditions are widely available in books and freely on the internet. www.scoutbase.org.uk has a useful history area where traditions can be studied. Here are some basics to get you started.
Cub Scout Promise:
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen
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
The Scout Salute:
Use the salute as a sign of friendship
Use it when you meet Akela or other leaders
Use it at Grand Howl and Flag Break
A Salute at Shoulder Height is called the Scout sign
Be Prepared is the Scout Motto – are you prepared for anything?
Always with the left hand. This is because in Africa, shaking the left hand was a sign of great trust as you had to put down your shield but allow the person you are meeting to keep his spear in his right hand !!
Origins of Cub names
Cub Packs are so called as all leaders names are from Rudyard Kipling’s JUNGLE BOOK. Why not read the story or rent the film to familiarise yourself with the names? The leader of the pack is AKELA and Other leaders in the pack could be Baloo, Bagheera or Chil.
The Grand Howl
This is a special way of saying ‘Hello’ to the Leaders and a way of reminding you about your Cub Scout Promise every time you do it.
When you have made your Promise and been invested as a Cub Scout, you will be able to join the Grand Howl. Cub Scouts start by forming a circle, with Akela (or another leader) standing in the middle. The Grand Howl begins when Akela’s arms are raised then lowered. The Pack squats down like the wolves did and call out: " Akela, we will do our best!". The Duty Sixer then stands at alert, salutes Akela and says "Cubs! Do your best!". The rest of the pack then stands and salutes, saying "We will do our best!".
Straight after the Grand Howl has taken place, the Pack faces the Flag. The Duty Sixer will then break the flag and the Pack will salute simultaneously.
The Cub Section Programme
Within the Pack, we follow the Scout Association's programme for the Cub Section. The programme consists of a range of activities, which we aim to cover when planning it using a variety of methods. In addition there are a very large number of badges and awards which Cubs can gain (see section on Badges later in this handbook).
Joining the Pack
Before you are truly a member of the Cub Pack you must be invested. This is an important occasion when you will make the Cub Scout Promise - this is the same promise that every Scout, Explorer and Adult takes when they join the Scout Movement. Before you are invested, you will also need to buy your Cub uniform (see section on Uniform).
Our regular Pack night takes place on a Thursday evening. We start at 6:30pm - please arrive on time so we can start the meeting promptly. Cubs must NOT arrive before 6:20pm and MUST be brought into the hut by an adult, not left in the car park. This also applies to outside events – Cubs must be delivered to the meeting place. If there is a meeting away from the Hut, Cubs MUST arrive on time at the meeting place as we WILL leave promptly. 2 Leaders must be present before you can leave your child either at the hut or at an event.
The meeting starts with Grand Howl and Flagbreak. If you are late, please wait by the Kitchen until flagbreak is finished.
After flagbreak, there will be a uniform inspection, after which we normally start the evening with a game, before moving on to the main activity of the evening. We try to run a vary wide range of activities, from Pack challenges, guest speakers, wide games, cooking, outings, etc. Towards the end of the evening, notices will be given out, and Cubs will be dismissed around 8:00pm.
Cubs will be collected by an Adult. If someone else is collecting your child, make sure everyone knows (including the Cub). Leaders don’t deliver uncollected Cubs!
Of course, sometimes the activity for a particular week cannot follow this format, especially if we are going to be away from the hut. If we will be meeting at a different place or time to usual, an email with the details will be emailed out a week or two before. If you miss a week or don't get an email, make sure you find out from a friend or from one of the leaders what is going on!