Introduction to Cubs

‘The best part of Scouting is definitely the camps. I love every activity we do apart from swimming. They told us the pool was 24 degrees centigrade. Minus 24 more like!’

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; whilst allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.

The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½.
There is core flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 7½ and can move to Scouts between age 10 and 11.  It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.


The Cub Pack is structured around Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book stories, with Akela, the head wolf, in charge of a Pack of wolf Cubs. All other Cub Leaders are sometimes named after characters from the stories, for example Kaa, Rama, Baloo.

All Cubs belong to a ‘Six’. Each Six has a leader who is called a ‘Sixer’ and the second in charge is a ‘Seconder’.  The Sixer is expected to support their Six in activities and during the settling in period for new Cubs.  The seconder takes on this responsibility if the Sixer is not present.


During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps. Participation and personal development, rather than meeting set standards, is the key approach, and there are a range of badges and challenge awards that Cub Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

Most of the activities that a cub gets to take part in will be organised by the local group and leaders.   They are however given the opportunity to also take part in District, County and National events.  For more details on these please look at the sub section for “District Cubs Events”

The Cub Scout Promise

There are a number of variations of the Cub Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK within Scouting.  for a full listing of the possible Cub Scout Promises please see the sub page.

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