Cubs is the second section of the Scouting family, between Beavers and Scouts. A Cub Pack consists of up to 36 young people organised into Sixes, with each Six named after a colour, and a Sixer and a Seconder in charge. The Pack is lead by a team of adult volunteers.
At Ardsley Cubs we run a varied programme, using a mixture of fun activities and games to promote personal development, self-confidence, getting on with others, teamwork, and responsibility.
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of 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.
During their time in the Pack, Cubs get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. Cubs also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Best of all they will be able to go camping with the rest of the Pack and take part in all kinds of outdoor activities.
There are 33 activity badges available to Cubs, plus a further 6 staged activity badges which can be earned in any section. Activity badges allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
Young people normally join Cubs (or transfer up from Beavers) at 8 years old. We can take people as young as 7½ if they have friends joining at the same time, or are mature enough to move on early from Beavers, and there is space in the Pack.
This is our Cubs at Diggerland in Castleford in June 2014, enjoying a very hands-on day driving mini-diggers, dumper trucks, bobcats and various JCBs. It was great fun, deespite the weather, which could have been kinder to us.
One of our Cubs tackles the woodland assault course at last year's District Camp. Over 1000 Beavers Cubs and Scouts from all over Barnsley came together for the weekend, taking part in a range of games and activities.
This is us on a recent visit to Brampton fire station, being shown around by White Watch. We explored their newest fire engine, and learned about the specialist equipment they use rescue people from crashed cars, collapsing buildings, tower cranes, and underground sewer pipes.
Learning about the community is an important part of being a Cub
Check out the requirements for the challenge awards here
Find out about the 33 activity badges you can earn as a Cub
Details of what to buy, where to buy it, and where to put all those pesky badges.
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