Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10.5. Easily distinguished by their dark green sweatshirt and group scarf, they form the largest section of scouting in the UK.
Baden Powell originally intended Scouting should be for boys aged 11 to 18. But seeing the fun and adventure older brothers and friends were having as Scouts young Boys began to ask to join too.
The Physical development and interests of boys differ considerably over and under the age of 11, and Baden Powell saw training must be designed on quite separate although complimentary lines. In 1914 “Junior Scouts” were announced and in 1916, they became “Wolf Cubs”
In 1966 as part of the modernisation plan, a number of sweeping changed were introduced and the section became known as Cub Scouts. New Proficiency Badges and training schemes were introduced and the cub scout law & promise were revised.
Following an update in the early 1990s, the Cub Scout section has changed again with the introduction of the 6-25 programme. These were again updated in 2008. Girls have been joining in the fun and challenge of Cub Scouting since 1991.
With a fresh new image, carton mascots and an exciting and balanced programme of activities, the Cub Scout section is as strong as ever. there are currently over 98,000 Cub Scouts in the UK.