Introduction to Cubs
The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½. For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. They are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in creative and adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.
Further information about the structure and ethos of Cubs (and scouting in general), including information on flexibility for young people with special needs, can be found on the UK scout website.
There are two 2nd Tonbridge Cub packs: Vinell pack meets Mondays 6.30 pm to 8 pm, Cribb pack meets Wednesdays 6.30 pm to 8 pm. Both operate during school terms at our Headquarters on The Ridgeway, Tonbridge. Drop in or register your interest on the Join page.
During their time as part of the Pack, Cubs will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps and sleepovers. Recent highlights have included a visit to the Fire Station, a trip to Clip n Climb and a Charity Bring and Buy Sale.
Like all Scouts, Cubs can work towards a range of different badges. There are two main types of badges: Challenge Awards and Activity Badges. There are seven Challenge Awards for Cubs, which cover the primary areas we focus on in our programme: Adventure Challenge, Outdoor Challenge, Skills Challenge, Teamwork Challenge, Team Leader Challenge, Our World Challenge, and Personal Challenge. Each requires Cubs to complete a number of different tasks which can be spread across their time in the Pack. Successfully gaining all of the Challenge Awards (together with 6 activity badges) entitles a Cub to the Chief Scout’s Silver Award, the highest award available in Cubs and an achievement to be very proud of!
Activity Badges are more specific, aimed at particular interests and activities. Whatever your Cub is interested in, there will be a badge for them to work towards. There are the “classics”: Pioneer, Home Safety, and Backwoods Cooking for example, but also badges as wide-ranging as Digital Citizen, Martial Arts, and Sports Enthusiast. Although we work towards these in meetings from time to time, most can also be completed at home – we love to hear about all the exciting activities our young people get up to in their own time.