Welcome to the Cub Scout area of our District website. We have 14 Packs of Cubs within Barking & Dagenham and a very active programme throughout the year.
Cubs in B&D get the chance to take part in swimming galas, sports days and football competitions. They are tested on their abilities across a wide range of skills with competitions seeing them do first aid, map reading, knots, tracking, shelter building and more.
Cub Scouts is for 8 to 10½ year olds who like being challenged in an exciting and fun enviroment. Cub Scouts usually meet once a week as a "Pack". The Pack is run by trained, voluntary leaders and helpers.
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How old are Cub Scouts?
Cub Scouts are aged between 8 - 10½ years.
What do they do?
They have fun!... They also
- play games
- gain badges
- go on outings and visits
- look after themselves
- look after their surroundings
- go camping and learn about the outdoors
- help others
- create things
- become Scouts
Cub Scout Promise
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to my 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
Cub Scout Motto
What badges do they earn?
Cubs can gain a wide range of badges and awards. There are Group Awards that allow all members of the group to work together and Challenge Awards that are gained as part of a balanced programme.
But that's not all! There are many Activity Badges that you can complete at any time while you are a Cub Scout. These cover everything you could possibly be interested in. From Astronomy to Writing, Computers to Science and Music to Gardening. If you have a hobby, interest or favourite sport there is an Activity Badge that you can work hard for, gain and wear on your uniform with pride.
Participation Badges recognise the length of time a young person has been a member of the Scout Movement.
Ultimately there is the Chief Scout's Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cub can earn.
Every Cub (and Scout) wears a set of badges to identify themselves. They have a Membership Badge to show they are in Scouting, a District and County Badge along with a group Name Tag to show where they come from. If a Cub works hard enough they may become a Sixer or Seconder and they will have a stripe to add to their uniform.
Every now and then there are special events that allow you to wear a special badge for a short period of time. These normally stay on your uniform for around a year. When the time comes to remove the badge you can add it to your collection. Many Scouts keep a collection of badges and may even add them to a 'camp blanket' which makes a good talking piece when you wear it around the campfire.
What do they wear?
Cub Scouts wear a full uniform. Scouting is a uniformed organisation and the uniform tells everyone that you are a Cub Scout. For instance, people can tell what Pack you belong to by looking at the colour of your scarf. The uniform consists of:
- Dark green long sleeved sweatshirt or Group T-shirt
- Group Scarf
Most packs will have other items of uniform. The exact details differ from Pack to Pack. The following may be included as part of your uniform:
- Long trousers / Skirt
- Activity Trousers
- Black shoes
- Cub Scout Powerpack
- Notebook, pencil, handkerchiefs
How do I join?
Perhaps you know a friend who is a Cub Scout...ask them if you can come along to a Pack meeting and see what all the fuss is about. Take a look at the groups page to find the nearest Cub Pack to where you live. You can complete a join form or contact the DC (District Commissioner) who will give you any details you may wish to know.
Most groups will be glad to let you stay for a night or two to see what it is like. You will need to bring your parent/guardian along so that a few forms can be filled in. If you enjoy Scouting (and many people do!) you can find out how to become a full member from the leaders at your chosen group.