Cub scouts are aged between seven and eleven years. They play games, go on hikes and camp, are taught how to care about their environment and are excited about all that life has to offer. At ten and a half years of age Cub Scouts commence their Link Badge, which introduces them to the Scout Troop, to allow a smooth progression into the Scout Section. The St Aloysius' College Pack section currently has 45 Cub Scout members and five leaders.
AIMS OF CUB SCOUTING
The programme of the Pack is aimed at introducing members to scouting through fun and games. The aims of cub scouting may be basically summarised as providing an opportunity for young children to develop, to learn new skills while enjoying themselves.
WHY IS THE PACK BASED ON THE JUNGLE BOOK?
Cub Scouting borrows a great deal of its ‘system’ from the ‘Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling. The Cubs meet in a group called a Pack (as in a Pack of Wolves). The leader of the Cub Scout section is Akela and other leaders may take Jungle Book names such as Bagheera, Baloo, Kaa etc.
The founder of the scout movement Robert Baden-Powell originally started the movement for boys aged between eleven and sixteen years of age. However there were also younger boys who wanted to form part of the scouting movement. This led Baden-Powell to start a section purposely aimed at younger children aged 11 years and below – these were called ‘Wolf Cubs’.
From the very start of cub scouting, the pack section was based on the Jungle Book story written by Rudyard Kipling - at the time, this book was one of the most popular stories for kids. The underlying concept of the pack is therefore based on the Jungle Book, together with the current Cub Scout progressive scheme badges.
Scouting is not just about schemes, awards and badges. The 'games' and adventurous activities are very important to cub scouting, not just because they are enjoyable, but because they are also important in the young children’s development.
Cub scouts are however trained to achieve three levels of Cub Scout Standards – the Bronze Arrow, the Silver Arrow and the Gold Arrow. Besides these Standards, Cubs are also encouraged to work to obtain badges in various fields of interest.
The Cub Scout Programme, depending also on the child's age, is structured as follows:
• Tender Paw Badge - New Cub Scouts learn the Jungle Story, the Law & Promise and the Grand Howl.
• Bronze, Silver and Gold Arrows – Under each Arrow Badge, cubs have the opportunity to learn about an array of topics that may be categorised as follows:
Each Arrow Badge is distributed over a period of approximately 9 months.
• Link Badge - At 10½ years cub scouts start preparing to go up to the Scout Troop. Mapping, knots and other scouting subjects are initiated during this period.
WHAT ARE SIXES?
The Cubs in the Pack are organised into “sixes”. Each six has its own colour and the cubs in that particular six wear a woggle on their scarf of that colour (green, blue, yellow, brown and grey).
Each six will contain approximately six cubs of a range of ages between 7 and 11 and each six has a ‘Sixer’ who is ‘in charge’ of the six. He is helped by a ‘Second Sixer’. Both Sixers and Second Sixers are chosen by the cubs themselves and this is done on a rotation basis.
The pack is currently divided into five sixes - namely the Blues, Greys, Greens, Yellows and Browns.
All cub scouts work hard during the Wednesday meetings, as well as during other organised activities, in order to gain points for their six. A monthly cup is awarded to the winning six every last Wednesday of each month.
THE PACK LEADERS
The adult Pack Leaders are responsible for planning and running the programme of games and activities for Pack meetings and for special outings and events such as camping, hikes, etc.
All adults in scouting are volunteers. They give their time for free to the Group, they do not get paid. Presently, Stefan Pullicino is the Cub Scout Leader (AKELA) of the Pack while the Assistant Cub Scout Leaders are Jackie Maistre-Melillo (CHIL), Isaac Schembri (KAA), Luca Gatt (BALOO), Emma Gauci (BAGHEERA), Krista Portelli (RAKSHA) and Marina Buffa (HATHI).
THE CUB SCOUT PROMISE, LAW AND MOTTO
As part of their Tender paw Badge, cub scouts need to learn the Cub Scout Promise, Law and Motto:
CUB SCOUT PROMISE
I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to my country To help other people and to obey the Cub Scout Law.
A Cub Scout always does his best thinks of others before himself and does a good turn every day.
THE CUB SCOUT MOTTO
Do your best.
Help is needed in many areas and parents’ support is essential for the group. Parents are asked to contribute to the Group in any manner they can. The parents’ responsibility includes that of ensuring that their child arrives in time for the Pack meetings, making sure their sons attend to all the activities organized by the Pack Section (unless there are valid reasons), and helping out during Pack camps or activities.
If you wish to help out during any Pack activity, please speak to one of the pack leaders.
Finally all parents are invited and expected to attend the Annual General Meeting organized by the SAC Scout Group - the exact date and time will be circulated in advance.
SAC SCOUT GROUP NEWSLETTER
The SAC Scout Group publishes its own newsletter “FROM THE COURTYARD” which is distributed to parents of members of all the sections by email. The newsletter contains a wide variety of information, from regular details on upcoming events, to reports and follow-ups on past events. The members of the group contribute to the newsletter themselves and it often contains some excellent articles from the cub scouts themselves.
Anyone is free to offer contributions for the newsletter. If you wish to make a contribution or if you have any questions please speak to any Pack Leader.
It is important that you read the newsletter each month.