Cubs is the section for boys and girls between the ages of 7½ and 11 years old. From about 10½ they can commence "linking up" to Scouts.
Explorer and Pioneer Cub Scout Packs
1st East Ryde runs two Cub packs - Explorer and Pioneer - which meet at our hall during school terms. Both packs meet at different times (see below), but have identical programs and go together on outings and activities.
From 2015: Cub Pack Meeting Times
|Explorer Pack||Pioneer Pack|
|Tuesday evenings: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm||Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm|
- To have fun in a safe and structured environment;
- To be introduced to, or continue to develop within the world of Scouting;
- To begin developing, or continue to develop a sense of belonging to a structured fun activity outside of school and sports;
- To become more independent through achieving individual goals in Scouting in an uncompetitive atmosphere;
Cubs begin to develop the 'life skills' learnt though Scouting activities. They start being recognised for their achievements through a badge award system that they progressively work through while they are in Cubs. As an eight-year-old they are encouraged to aim for their "Bronze Boomerang" badge which they will only receive when they have worked through a series of exercises and activities that develop their skills no only in Scouting but for life in general. These will include (but not be limited to) things like cleanliness, home and road safety, knot and rope skills, Scouting and self expression.
At nine and ten years of age they will be encouraged to do their "Silver Boomerang", followed by their "Gold Boomerang", which continue on the themes learnt in the Bronze Boomerang, but at a more advanced level. There are many achievement badges our youth members can earn, including swimming, cycling, and first aid.
Over the past few years several have achieved the ultimate award for cub scouts, the "Grey Wolf Award" which recognises abilities to set goals, organise activities and provide leadership.
At 1st East Ryde, our Cubs typical weekly meetings are divided into 3 - 4 different activities in no particular order:
- Stories - Our Leaders will tell stories about Baden-Powell (the founder of the Scouting movement) and the interesting life he had, as well as stories about our wonderful country, Australia;
- Games - There are literally hundreds of different games our leaders know and teach our children to play. Some have a Scouting connections that actually teaches while they are played and others are simply for fun;
- Arts and Crafts - Cubs will often sit around a table and do various sorts of craft that help to develop their skills and understanding of life in general. They might make a sailing boat or a plane and learn the various parts that make them work;
- Community Service - Along with our Leaders our Cubs participate in our local Memorial March on ANZAC Day, and participate in initiatives like Landcare and National Tree Day;
- Outdoor Activities - Our Cubs do a number of outdoor activites, such as visiting local community services and taking part in physical activities like swimming and indoor rockclimbing. We do bush walking around our local area, as there are a number of bush tracks in our suburb, some of which start right at the back of our hall. We also go on camps such as "Cuboree" and weekend Pack holidays.