Age 8-10½

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Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years. From an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea island in 1907, it has spread to 216 countries and territories, with an estimate of over 54 million members. Since the recent introduction of Squirrels, Cubs is now the third section in UK Scouting, and follows on from Beavers. It originally started in 1916 for younger brothers of Scouts who wanted a ‘look-in’. In nearly a century, the section has constantly evolved and adapted its programme and methods to meet the changing needs of each generation of young people and these days admits girls as well as boys. See Our Parents’ Guide to Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10½, who make up the third section of the Scouting family, between Beavers and Scouts. 

A Pack of Cub Scouts is organised into smaller groups called Sixes, with a Cubs called a “Sixer” and a “Seconder” in charge. Each Six is usually named after a colour.

During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try lots of different activities like camping, music, exploring, computing and survival skills. There are a range of badges available which Cub Scouts can wear on their uniforms to show everyone how well they are progressing. Cub Scouts also get to take part in activities such as canoeing, hiking, and abseiling. They will be able to have sleepovers and go camping with the rest of the Pack and take part in all kinds of outdoor activities.


Cubs start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It starts with an award. Who knows where it might lead?

Chief Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cub can gain, you will need to earn all 7 of the Challenge Awards to achieve the Silver Award

Activity and Staged Badges

Prepare for excitement and adventure! Try huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; be creative and get involved in your local community. Learn exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.

Cub Promise

As a values based movement we all make the ‘The Promise’ an oath that helps us to be our best

Learn the Cub Promise


Moving up to Scouts

Eventually, it’ll be time to say farewell to Cubs and embrace your next big adventure.

Find out about Scouts