Cubs is for young people aged 8 to 10½

Our Cubs meet on Tuesday 7:00-8:30 and Thursday 7:00-8:30

Who are Cubs?

Cubs are for young people aged 8 to 10½ who wish to:

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make new friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond

Every week, we gather in our Cub Pack to take part in lots of interesting and challenging activities. We achieve anything we set our minds to, and have lots of fun along the way.

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What do Cubs get up to?

Race down a river. Tell stories by torchlight. Fall asleep beneath the stars. Alongside your Pack, you’ll spend plenty of time in the great outdoors.


Together, you might build a den in your local park, create an edible raft out of sweets, or go on a moonlit hike through your hometown. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures right on the doorstop, because being a Cub is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Cubs learn by doing, and so will you. Some of the skills you develop will be practical, like knowing how to cook a delicious meal or give someone first aid. Others will allow you to become a master at your chosen hobby, or help you to succeed in whichever job you decide to do when you grow up. But the most important skills you’ll learn at Cubs are the ones that help make you feel confident and happy in your own skin. We call these character skills; skills like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead through our own accord. Whatever skills you’d like to learn, it’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Cubs work as a team to help other people. Together, you’ll learn about global issues and what we can all do to help solve them. You’ll also make an impact in your own community. Activities could include campaigning to save your local library, collecting donations for a foodbank, or planting trees in a neighbouring park.

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Awards & Badges

Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Cubs can develop skills in IT, science and astronomy?


Our activity badges allow Cubs to demonstrate their love of various pursuits, and help them find new interests. They are awarded when our young people meet the requirements and show they’re an expert, or at least enjoy the activity.


We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which gives the Cubs a chance to take on ambitious tasks and try new things that prepare them with #SkillsForLife.

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Uniform

You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!

What do Cubs wear?

Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, navy blue trousers or shorts. At formal occasions such as Remembrance Sunday Parade uniform also includes blue Scout activity trousers or school trousers/skirts.

Why is uniform important?

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone feel part of the Pack. It also gives you a place to show off all the badges you earn.

Where can I buy it?

Uniform can either be bought from the online Scout shop or a local supplier. If you’re stuck, ask adult volunteers to tell you more about what to buy and where to buy it. We recommend using the scout store.

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Promises and ceremonies

As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Cub is about going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Pack, you’ll explore these ideas by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.


Making the promise is a big celebration within the Pack. Every time a new Cub  joins, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Cubs. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into Cubs, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.


Everyone is unique but there are some things all Cubs agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.

Cubs choose the promise that best suits them. 

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Who leads Cubs?

Each Pack is made up of young people aged 8 to 10½, led by an adult Cub leader traditionally nicknamed Akela after the wise leader of the wolf pack in Rudyard Kipling’s novel, The Jungle Book.


As well as the Cub leader, other adults are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe. Other young people aged 14 to 18 might help out, too. These are Explorer Scouts taking part in the Explorer Scout Young Leader programme. Within their Pack, Cubs are also part of a Six. A Six is a smaller group of Cubs, headed up by a Sixer and a Seconder. Sixers and Seconders are Cub Scouts who are chosen to take on leadership responsibilities, such as welcoming new people to the Pack, being extra helpful on camp, or taking charge of a particular game or activity.

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How to join

Lots of young people want to join Cubs and you might have to wait for a space to become available before you can start your journey. If you have any questions about accessibility, it’s best to contact us in addition to your application. By being upfront about additional needs from the start, parents/carers can work in partnership with local leaders to make sure their young person has the best experience possible.


On your first night at Cubs, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in.

Eventually, you’ll get your own Cub uniform to wear to meetings and camps. Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone to feel a part of the Pack. It also gives you a place to show off all the badges you earn.


For Cubs, the uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, navy blue trousers or shorts. Uniform can either be bought from our online shop – Scout Store – or from a local supplier. If you’re not sure where to start, adult volunteers can give you more information about what to buy and where to buy it.

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