Cubs

For boys and girls between 7½ - 10 years old

What to expect from Cubs Scouts

Cubs are boys and girls aged between eight and ten/eleven. Cub Scout meetings are theme based, usually using an element of the Boomerang element of the badgework as the basic starting point.

The range of experiences through this badgework system covers camping, campcraft, first aid, personal health and hygiene, knowledge of Australian flora and fauna and symbolism through flags etc, as well as an appreciation for the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This book forms the basis for the Grand Howl and the Packs structure based on a Wolf Pack.

The Cub Scouts have a yellow Record Book. This is a record book that indicates the experiences and learnings of a Cub Scout. The first section (pages 3 – 15), of the book provides information on such things as the Cub Scout Law and Promise, an overview of the most significant badgework that can be achieved at Cub level, and placement of badges etc.

The next section deals with a particular pathway of badgework – The Boomerang Series. The Boomerang badgework starts at Bronze and works up to Gold. The difficulty increases through the series as the Cubs mature and their experience grows.

The majority of this badgework is undertaken during the course of regular Cub Scout Program. It is expected that one level of the Boomerang Series is achieved in each year that the Cub attends. The ultimate conclusion to this series is the Grey Wolf Badge.

Cub Scout Achievement Badges

This section of the Yellow record book is the area where badgework / learning by the Cub can take place outside of the normal Cub program.

It is worth taking some time to sit and look through this section with your Cub, as there will be many things that a Cub does at home as an interest, a hobby, a sport or at school that can contribute to earning these proficiency badges.

There are two levels. The first level is Green and is considered to be the basic stage of learning or experience. The Maroon level is Level 2 and requirements are obviously more advanced.

For a Cub to have their interests recognized, they need to provide evidence that they understand the elements of the badgework they are doing. This can be done by:

  • Discussing the requirements with the leader or a designated badge “examiner”,
  • Getting a letter from a Teacher or Sports Coach,
  • By writing a small sentence or two in their own words and handing this “report” to the Leader.

The badge will then be signed off in the book and the badge presented at the next possible Grand Howl.

The final section is for those with advanced experiences, skills and personal ambition.

It is important that the Cubs refer to their books often. It could certainly be used to give them reading experience as the sections are small and easy to manage. It is also a way for you to share Cubs with your child by helping them to achieve growth and learning at home.

Major Events for Cub Scouts

In March each year there is a District Camp held within the general area that compromises the Cubs of eight Cub Scout Packs coming together for a weekend of camping and activities. The District also holds a range of other activities through the year to bring the Groups together, such as Cub Cars, A swimming carnival, a bike hike, or a Cub Ramble (hike).

The most significant event for Cub Scouts is Cuboree. Cubs are prepared for a 4 night, 5 day event that occurs every three years. The last Cuboree took place at Gilwell Park near Gembrook, in September, 2014, the next, September 2017. Cubs arrive at the location on the Monday and begin with an orientation of the huge site. Opening parade that night begins the official event.

The next three days are filled with themed activity bases, where a huge range of things are tried, played with, found, experienced and enjoyed. Each night provides entertainment such as a campfire, a disco and finally the closing parade on the Thursday night. Friday is pack up day and on the bus for home.

This is a huge event for Cubs and can really be a challenge, but is significant in their preparation for the biggest experience in a Scouts career – the Jamboree.

Meet the Leaders

Bunyip

Paul Bosanko a.k.a. Bunyip

Bunyip is the primary Leader of both the Joey Scouts and the Cub Scouts. Bunyip became a Leader for the newly formed Joey Scouts for 1st Beechworth Scout Group, in 2009, to support his son’s participation in the program.

Find out more about Bunyip
Eagle

leader-eagleHelen Leek a.k.a. Eagle

Helen identifies her best experience to date as going to Cuboree 2014 and seeing the Cubs trying amazingly new and different things.

Find out more about Eagle

Meeting Structure

The 1½ hour meetings are usually structured as follows:

  • Flag Break/Grand Howl
  • Game
  • Activities – usually theme based
  • Break/snack
  • Activities/proficiency badge work presented by Cubs

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