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Joining Cubs

You can go to the Cub's meeting once you are eight years old, or over. After you've been to your first meeting, you'll soon find that you are ready to join the Pack and find out what Cub Scouting is all about. To become a Cub you need to earn your Membership Award - for this need to find out about the Cub Pack by: Getting to know the other members and leaders in your Six and Pack Finding out about the ceremonies and traditions in your Pack. Finding out about the activities that your Pack does. Finding out the meanings of the badges you will receive. Showing that you know about the family of Scouts, worldwide Scouting and the history of Scouting. Become a Cub Scout by making the Promise when you are Invested

If you are a Beaver Scouts, you can start the Cub

Membership Award about three weeks before you are

due to join the Pack as part of your Beaver Moving-on

Award. You can wear this on your Cub Scout uniform and

can transfer these Beaver Scout badges to your new Cub

Scout uniform:

Joining In Badge (highest number) Moving-On Award Chief Scout’s Bronze Award Any Staged Activity Badges that you have (highest stage gained). Download information about Cubs

Getting Invested

Your Investiture is a special day when you make your Cub Promise for the first time, then you become a member of Wedmore Cubs and receive the Membership Award, which means that you are part of the worldwide family of Scouts. If you don't already have one, you will also be given a lemon coloured scarf (sometimes called a ‘necker’) with the ‘Isle of Wedmore’ badge on it, to show that you belong to Wedmore Group. Your parents and family usually come to hear you make your promise, at the investiture ceremony, which is your formal welcome to the Pack. It is an important occasion not just for you as a new Cub, but also for the whole Pack.

Cub Promise & Law

As far as possible you should try to learn your promise off-by-heart, as it is important that you try your best to live by it.  However we understand that you may get nervous when having to speak in front of the Cub Pack, so during your investiture you will usually repeat your promise after a Leader. The Cub Scout Promise is: ‘I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law’ By making your Promise, if you are new to Scouting, you become a Member of the worldwide Scout Movement. There are alternative wordings of the Promise for members of faiths for whom the original wording is inappropriate. Every Cub Scout should also know the Cub Scout Law, which is: ‘Cub Scouts always do their best, think of others before themselves, and do a good turn every day’ Download a Cub Promise sheet

Your uniform

You need to buy your uniform a few weeks after you join the Pack. This is to make sure that you are settled, and that Scouting is for you. The main parts of the Cub Scout uniform are: Group Scarf – Wedmore Scout Group wear a lemon coloured scarf. Sometimes it is called a ‘necker’. It has the Wedmore Group badge on the back of it. The scarf is presented to you when you are invested into the Pack. Most Beaver Scouts like to wear their old scarf. Woggle – This is a small coloured plastic ring, which holds the scarf in place. The colour shows the Six that you belong to. Sweatshirt – A dark green sweatshirt that you can sew your Cub Scout badges on. Trousers – These are dark blue with a scout logo on them

Challenges & badges

So that you can see how you are getting on in the Cubs, there are a number of Challenge Awards to try to gain. You will do most the things that you need to complete these, during your normal weekly meetings. There are also some Activity Badges to test your skills and to help you to with new interests; which can also help to complete some of your Challenge and the Chief Scout's Award. As well as special staged badge that cover a range of topics and skills that you can tackle through your time in the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. You may need help from a grown up person to understand what you need to do for some of the badges.

Challenge Awards

You need to gain all of the Challenge Awards plus  six activity or staged activity badges of your choice, to get the Chief Scout's Silver Award. There are seven Challenge Awards to test your skill and determination. Clicking on the badges to the right  will tell you what you need to do to meet the challenge. You can attempt a Challenge Award more than once; however, if you do you will have to work harder at it, the second time around. Click on to any of the badges to go to the Scout Association website, which will tell you what you need to do to meet the challenge. You can download an App for your mobile phone or note pad that gives you details of all the awards and badges you can gain, as wells the promise and law - go to download now

Chief Scout's Silver Award

This badge is the highest award available in the Cubs, and one that you should really try to get. To gain it you must have completed all of the Challenge Awards and have gained six activity or staged activity badges of your choice. If you have not quite completed the requirements for this award when you move on to the Scout Troop, you can complete it in your first few weeks with the Scouts.

Activity Badges

They cover a huge range of skills, experiences and interests, and are designed to be achieved by you at home or through a hobby that you have, or you may want to try on something that is of particular interest to you. Click here to go to the Scout Association website where you will find a list of all of the Cub Activity Badges and details of what do to achieve them.

Staged Badges

These badges have a number of stages, which get more difficult as they go on - they are to help you to develop your special interests - and can also help to complete your Challenge and Chief Scout's Awards. They cover a range of topics and skills and don’t have to be done in any order; it is possible for you to begin at whatever stage you find to be the hardest. However, the stages do get more difficult each time

Joining-in Awards

These badges are numbered to show how many years you have been in the Scout Movement, starting from the time you first joined. You can wear all of the badges you get while in the Cubs, then keep the highest numbered badge when you move on to Scouts

Moving-on Award

The Moving-on Award helps you to move on to the Scout Troop when you are about  10½ years old - to gain it, you must: Go to both Cubs and Scouts for at least three weeks, and take part in the Troop programme Work for your Scout Membership Award at the same time. Normally, the Cub Leader presents you with your Moving-on award, at a going up ceremony.  If you have completed the requirements for the Scout Membership Award, the Scout Leader can then arrange for you to be invested as a Scout. You wear your Cub Scout Moving-on Award on your Scout shirt, as well as your Joining-In Badge (highest number); and if you have gained it, your Chief Scout's Silver Award. Have a look at the Scout section of this website to find out about the badges and awards that you can gain

How Cubs started

In the beginning, Robert Baden-Powell, tried a camp for 20 boys. It was a huge success, so he wrote his ideas down in a book called ‘Scouting for Boys’. The boys that read the book got into groups and called themselves Scouts. They used the ideas in the book for camps, hikes and other things. This was how Scouting started. At first it was for boys over ten years of age, but very soon their younger brothers were keen to join in the fun and adventure. So Baden-Powell decided to start a section for them, and asked his friend  Rudyard Kipling if he could use his Jungle Book stories as basis for this. Baden-Powell then wrote a new book, ‘The Wolf Cub's Handbook’  for them. The first Wolf Cub meeting, which was described as “The Wolf Cubs’ Display” took place in December 1916 at Caxton Hall in London, and was run by Vera Barclay, a Lady Scoutmaster, and Robert Baden-Powell. There was a demonstration of first aid, a Grand Howl and a new Cub was invested. That Wolf Cubs’ Display showed the world what Cubs had to offer, and that the Wolf Cubs had arrived as a junior entry scheme to Baden- Powell’s successful Boy Scouts movement. In those days they wore a green jersey, a knotted Pack scarf, shorts, long socks and a green cap. Stars were worn on the cap and Sixer and Seconder stripes were worn on the arm. When the Wolf Cub had gained two stars, they could work for other badges. In 1966 boys who were Wolf Cubs changed their name to Cub Scouts and had a different uniform. They stopped working for the Stars but had three Arrow Badges to try for. These have now been replaced with new badges. 2016 was a special year for the Cub Scout section, as it became one hundred years old; and the Cub themselves played a massive role in celebrating this, with special camps and activities. Find out how Scouts started