Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 1/2, who make up the second section of the Scouting family, between Beavers and Scouts.

Originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a ‘look-in’, it is now open to all.  Beavers moving on into Cubs are encouraged to become a bit more independent and start to make a contribution towards the programme and activities.

A Pack of Cub Scouts is organised into Sixes, with each Six named after a colour, and a Sixer and a Seconder in charge.

During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try lots of different activities as well as go on trips and multi-night camps.  They will also start to learn basic knife and tool handling skills, light and cook on campfires, tie knots and work as a team.

The Cub Scout Promise

The Cub Scout Motto
“Be prepared”

We recently asked out Cubs what they had enjoyed during the last year – here’s a wordcloud showing the results – the font size indicated how often a specific thing was said.


Here’s a short animation about what Cubs think:


Cub Scouts wear a green sweatshirt with a Group scarf (often called a necker) and a colourful woggle, the colour of which may identify their Six. For details of where to purchase the uniform, please see our FAQ.


There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub Scout Section from Activity badges, Challenge badges and Core badges. If you want to read more about the different badges and the requirements to achieve them, you can find them on the Scout Association website here.

The diagram below shows where to sew on the badges when they are presented. Click on it for a larger image.



Pioneering – knots and lashings
Click here to see some videos demonstrating some of the basic knots, bends and lashings that can be used for simple pioneering projects.