Pimlico Mundingburra Cub Scouts
The Cub Unit meets on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
(currently meeting at Belgian Gardens Den)
There are no meetings during school holidays
The Cub Scout program is specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of the 7 to 11 year old child. It provides opportunities for young people to develop and grow as individuals and as members of a team. Cub Scouts activities include:
- Short Camping Trips
- Sporting and other activities such as Air Activities, Water Activities etc.
- Organising Games
- Playing Team Games
- Going on Outings and Nature Trails
- Water Safety
Cub Scout Activities are planned to cover a broad range of interests and topics to trigger the imagination and curiosity, and to meet their developmental needs.Cub Scouts are boys and girls between the ages of seven and a half and ten and a half. The objective of the Cub Scout program is to provide a group environment which is intellectually stimulating, physically vital and directed towards satisfying the child’s basic need to face and overcome challenges. The activities are based on the natural sense of fun and enthusiasm of the age group and thus the training is achieved largely through games, interaction in small groups and activities.
Cub Scouts comprise a Unit which is usually about 24 Cub Scouts of four Patrols, except in special circumstances there could be more. Cub Scout Patrols are led by a Patrol leader. A Patrol Leader is generally one of the older Cub Scouts and is appointed by the Cub Scout Leader in consultation with other Leaders because of known leadership qualities. The Patrol Leader is liked and respected by others in the Patrol. A Patrol Leader is identified by a whit ring with 2 blue strips worn on the right side of the scarf.
A Patrol Leader is helped by an Assistant Patrol leader (a helper) who is identified by a single blue stripe on a whit ring worn on the right side of the scarf. An Assistant Patrol Leader is also one of the older Cub Scouts and is appointed by the Leaders in consultation with the Patrol leader concerned. Some leadership qualities have been shown by the Cub Scout to be appointed, and he/she stands in for the Patrol leader and benefits from working with the Patrol leader.
Cub Scout adult Leaders are known by names such as Baloo and Bagheera which are derived from the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Since children of Cub Scout age have a lively imagination believing in things from Superman to Red Indians, the program of the Cub Scouts Section has its background in Kipling’s Jungle Book. Unlike many things that children believe in, the ” Jungle Book” provides excitement and action combined with a strict moral code of the Jungle Law. There is development from one skill to another (training expressed in all stories of Mowgli), there is physical fitness, love of nature, self-reliance, obedience, loyalty and courtesy. Therefore all parts of Scouting philosophy can find illustration in the” Jungle Book”.
The Scout Promise
There are two versions of the Scout Promise. Individuals taking the Promise may choose from either of the following:
On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to my God, and
To the Queen of Australia,
To help other people, and
To live by the Scout Law
On my honour, I promise
To do my best,
To be true to my spiritual beliefs,
To contribute to my community
and our world,
To help other people,
And to the live by the Scout Law
The Scout Law
- Be friendly and considerate
- Care for others and the environment
Do what is right
- Be trustworthy, honest and fair
- Use resources wisely
Believe in myself
- Learn from my experiences
- Face challenges with courage
Uniform Click to see new uniform
Types of Activities
Cub Scout activities should be short and wrapped up in the spirit of make-believe. Games of every sort should be played to ensure balanced training. Leaders use general Unit games, inter-Six games, sense-training games, relays and games that help in the practice of Boomerang tests. Stories, in particular Kipling’s Jungle Book as mentioned above and other similar stories that involve adventure, romance, humour, history, religious stories etc., are used and help Cub Scouts to more easily understand the meaning of their Promise and Law through analogy, stories and plays. Play acting such as charades also allows the children to use their imagination freely. Handcrafts are another important activity of Cub Scouts and aim to help children use their fingers and their head to satisfy their creative instinct and to encourage hobbies in their spare time at home.
The major feature of the Cub Scout program is catering for the tastes and enthusiasm of the small child presenting a program that is based on their natural developments tied together with a code of morals.
This is held once a week in the Group Hall or Den and starts with the Opening and flag ceremony and may be followed by a short talk or a yarn, and games. The Leaders challenge each Cub Scout to do their best to keep the Cub Scout Promise.
For an overview of the Scout Award Scheme, click here.
Aside from the Opening and Closing as mentioned before, other ceremonies include a flag parade which is conducted at the opening and closing of a Unit meeting. There is also an investiture for new Cub Scouts that involves them reciting the Cub Scout Law and then making the Scout sign and repeating the Cub Scout Promise after the Unit Leader. Other ceremonies include Badge presentations and a “Going Up Ceremony” from the Cub Scout Unit to the Scout Unit.