A few of the fun outdoor adventures that Cub Scouts (ages 8-10) enjoy are challenging hikes, weekend camps, and an introduction to water activities like canoeing or kayaking.
With the Cub Scout motto of “Do Your Best” front and centre, Cub Scouts are encouraged to try new and more challenging activities. Learning important first aid skills, paddling a canoe for the first time, or leading a game at camp will open the door for Cubs to try other adventures they never thought possible.
Along the way, Cub Scouts learn how to take care of themselves and work as a team – and most importantly have a lot of fun!
The Cub Scout program focuses on six activity areas: The Natural World, Outdoors, Creative Expression, Healthy Living, Home and Community and Canada and the World. Activities include:
- Challenging hikes, weekend camps and outdoor activities
- Water activities like canoeing and kayaking
- Games and sports
- Music, storytelling and play-acting
The Cub Scout Program
The Cub Hand Book will introduce you the six activity areas of Cub Scouts. While your Cub will Scout only see the fun and excitement the activities present, each area focuses on a clear purpose and goal
The six areas are:
- Natural World: which will help create a feeling of care and concern for the natural world and an interest in nature study.
- Outdoors: which will provide opportunities for Cubs to develop self-confidence and early leadership skills through the introduction of basic camping and other outdoor pursuits.
- Creative Expression: which encourages Cubs to creatively explore and express themselves through activities which utilize imagination and innovation.
- Health and Fitness: which encourages Cubs to lead active and healthy lives and to have a positive image of themselves.
- Home and Community: which creates in a Cub a positive feeling of family and community responsibility, as well as personal self-reliance through opportunities to develop home care skills and knowledge about various community resources.
- Canada and the World: which provides opportunities for Cubs to better understand how to actively participate in Canadian society and the world we live in.
Stars and Badges
For each of the activity areas Cubs can earn a Star by completing certain requirements. There are six areas so there are six stars:
- Black Star: Natural World
- Green Star: Outdoors
- Tawny Star: Creative Expression
- Red Star: Health and Fitness
- Blue Star: Home and Community
- Purple Star: Canada and the World
Along with the stars there are a number of activity badges that Cub Scouts can earn. Each badge comes with a set of requirements to be complete in order to earn the badge. The badges are grouped with the six stars depending on the focus of the badge. Many of the requirements of one badge are similar to the requirements for other badge. In this way by completing one activity you may be on your way to completing more than one badge.
In addition, there are awards that can be earned by earning a combination of stars and badges. These awards are carried through to the Scout program and are worn with the Scout uniform until the equivalent Scout level award is earned.
Parents Role in Cubbing
Scouting is family based. Activities offered, plus the values and skills provided, are aimed at supporting your efforts to teach your child what is needed to become a well-rounded person. Your personal involvement is important to help reinforce the lessons your Cub Scout learns. Here are some suggestions to help you become involved:
- Sit down with your child and look through the Cub book together. What activities do you find interesting or appealing? How can you work on these activities as a family?
- Find out what activities leaders plan to run. See if you can help out.
- Get to know your leaders by their real names. Leaders are truly interested in your child’s welfare. Tell them what your child likes to do. This will help them plan fun activities
- If your Cub is interested in working on an activity outside of the meeting or you want to make it a family project, talk over your plans with the leaders. They can provide useful tips and tell you how it fits into the weekly programs.
- Your talents, hobbies, and interests are great program assets worth sharing with children. Find out how you can become a resource for the pack’s program. Cub Scouts really enjoy showing off for an adult family member that attends a meeting.
- Become a leader. You will be with your Cub Scout during a special time and see him/her develop and grow before your eyes.
Organization of the Pack
The Wolf Cub theme is based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It provides a sense of outdoor adventure and fantasy that appeals to a Cub’s imaginative mind. The “pack” refers to all members in your child’s Cub Scout program. Within the pack, Cub Scouts are broken into small groups called “sixes”. A Cub who is asked to lead a “six” is called a “sixer.” The Sixer has an assistant called a “second.” Cub Scouts usually rotate through these early leadership roles based on age and experience.
The primary adult leader of the pack is referred to as “Akela” – the name of the old wolf and leader of the pack in the Jungle Book. Other leaders take a “jungle name” such as Baloo (the bear), or Bagheera (the panther). The pack may also have a “Kim” – a Scout who works with the Cubs. Kim is another Kipling character. Older Cubs are sometimes invited to work with the Beaver Scouts Colony. Each Cub helper working in a colony is called “Keeo,” after a character in the Beaver book Friends of the Forest.
After learning a bit about Cub Scouts, your child will be ready to become “invested,” or formally welcomed into the pack. You will be invited to attend the “investiture ceremony” to help welcome your child into the Cub pack.
When a youth joins Cubs he/she is a “Tenderpad.” This is a term used to describe the soft skin on the bottom of a real wolf cub’s feet. The older wolves help the Tenderpads learn about the pack, and while they learn, the cub’s feet grow tough. Tenderpads may wear the Cub Scout shirt, but no neckerchief. There are four Tenderpad requirements you must pass before you become a Wolf Cub:
- Repeat and explain the Wolf Cub Promise and the Wolf Cub Law
- Perform the Grand Howl with other Cub Scouts
- Demonstrate the Cub Salute and handshake, and repeat the Cub Motto
- Read or listen to the story of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouts.
The Wolf Cub Uniform
The official Wolf Cub uniform consists of:
- Wolf Grey Uniform Shirt
- Group Neckerchief (presented at Investiture)
- Nekerchief Slide (presented at Investiture )
- Cub Hand Book
- All badges and crests necessary are supplied by the Pack
New badges received should be securely sewn on before the next Cub meeting or activity.
Cub Scout Promise
I promise to do my best,
To love and serve God, to do my duty to the Queen;
To keep the law of the Wolf Cub pack,
And to do a good turn for somebody every day.
Cub Scout Law
The Cub respects the Old Wolf,
The Cub respects himself/herself.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.