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About Cubs

What do Cubs do?

Cubs take part in a wide range of activities that are designed to be interesting and to challenge them. At the same time they have fun, adventure and make friends along the way. They do this through taking part in a programme of activities provided by the Leadership team such as: camping, playing games, trying new things and exploring the outdoors.

How Cub Scouts are organised

Wolf Cubs, as they were originally called in 1916, used Rudyard Kipling’s story The Jungle Book as their theme. Some Packs continue to do this today. They use characters and events as an inspiration for the names of Leaders (such as Akela for the Cub Scout Leader) and activities. Cub Scouts meet together as a Pack and work within a  variety of  small groups  called  “Sixes”. A  team of adults will run the Cub Scout Pack, usually led by an Akela. Some will be Uniformed Leaders, others may be informal Assistants or helpers. Explorer Scouts who are Young Leaders might also assist the Leadership team in the Pack.

Cub Scout Programme

Every Cub Scout participates in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. This ensures that all young people experience a quality programme covering a wide range of subjects. To help, the Balanced Programme is divided into a number of Programme Zones and Methods to ensure Cubs develop in all the Personal Development Areas.

Programme Zones

The following are the six Programme Zones for Cub Scouts. As part of the Balanced Programme they will take part in activities from all the zones regularly.

  • Outdoor
  • Adventure
  • Community
  • Fitness
  • Creative
  • Global
  • Beliefs and Attitudes


These Zones are delivered using 11 methods, which give the programme variety and range. The Methods are:

  • Outdoors Activities with others
  • Try new things
  • Make things
  • Team challenges
  • Games
  • Singing, stories and drama
  • Visits and visitors
  • Help other people
  • Themes
  • Prayer, worship and reflection

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