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Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years. From an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea island in 1907, it has spread to 216 countries and territories, with an estimated 28 million members.

Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a ‘look-in’. In nearly a century, the section has constantly evolved and adapted its programme and methods to meet the changing needs of each generation of young people, and these days admits girls as well as boys.

Cubs are usually aged between eight and ten and a half years old, though they can be as young as seven and three quarters. A group of Cub Scouts is called a Pack, and each Pack can be split up into smaller groups called Sixes; at 7th Colchester we have four sixes (red, blue, green and yellow). Cubs have a Promise, Law and Motto.

The Cub Scout Uniform

The Cub Scout Promise:

All members are asked to make a commitment to Scouting with a Promise.

The Scout Association is an inclusive and values based Movement which supports its Members to engage with spirituality in an exciting and meaningful way. The Scout Association is an open Association and does not identify with one faith exclusively.

Membership is open to all those individuals who share our fundamental values, and are willing to make a commitment to them, expressed by the Promise and Law.

There are a number of variations of the Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes of individuals within Scouts. We believe that this approach is inclusive. Celebrating and understanding difference, including difference in faiths and beliefs, is an important aspect of the educational and developmental side of Scouting.

If you would like to see the Promise options please click HERE

The Cub Scout Law:

Cub Scouts always do their best
Think of others before themselves
And do a good turn every day.

The Cub Scout Motto

Be Prepared

Flag

The Cub Scout flag is yellow, bearing the Scout symbol and motto.

At the very heart of Scouting, is a commitment for Scouts in any section to be a respectable member of the community. Therefore, respect for oneself and others, honesty, good general behaviour, time keeping etc. are all attributes expected of a Scout.

7th Colchester’s Cub Pack produced their own Code of Conduct which is to be adhered to during any Pack meeting, visit or outing. Our Cubs earn points throughout each term for good deeds, acts of kindness etc. and the ‘Six of the Term’ wins an award to take home.

There is a wide range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub Scout Section.

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.

Staged Activity Badges

The staged activity badges have been designed to provide a unified approach throughout the sections. There are 15 activity badges staged across the sections.

This means that a young person can gain whichever badge is appropriate to the level they have reached. It is possible, for example, for a Beaver Scout who is an excellent swimmer to gain a higher level badge than a Scout who has just taken up the activity.

A young person should always wear only the highest of each staged badge type that they have gained on the uniform.

Challenge awards

Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.

Cubs Chief Scout Silver Award

The Chief Scout’s Silver Award is the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve. In order to attain their Chief Scout Silver Award, a Cub Scout must have completed seven Challenge Awards by the time they join Scouts.

Core badges

In addition, there are a number of special badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Pack, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.

Cub Scouts should sew their own badges onto their cub sweatshirt as and when your son/daughter is awarded them.

If you would like the opportunity to do something you’d never thought of doing, whilst having lots of fun and giving back to the community at the same time, please get in touch – we can always do with more leaders!