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Cubs is for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 11 years. After they turn 11, they can commence linking up to Scouts.

1st East Ryde Scout Group has two Cub Scout Units that run on different nights. They join together for outings and activities.

  • Explorer Unit meets on Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Pioneer Unit meets on Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Some meetings are held together or on other nights, so please always check our program and calendar.


  • 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 atmosphere of cooperation.


In the new Scout Youth Programme, our Cub Scouts are encouraged to LEAD, ASSIST and PARTICIPATE in meetings and activities. Planning is flexible to meet the needs and interests of our Cub Scouts.

If you would like to get in touch with our Cub Scout Leaders please phone 0417439456, email  or come and see us on a meeting night at our scout hall in John Miller Street, Ryde.

Some highlights of this year so far:

  • Sleepovers
  • Group Transition ceremony with our whole Group, Joeys-Cubs-Scouts-Venturers!
  • Clean Up Australia Day at Magdala Park and adjacent Great North Walk
  • Canoeing at Narrabeen
  • District Camp at Ingleside
  • Night walks
  • Cycling, North Ryde - Buffalo Creek; also at Boronia Park
  • Community Service activities, including development of native & habitat-friendly gardens, and building street library boxes.
  • Adventurous journeys arranged by Cub Scouts, towards achieving their Grey Wolf (Peak) Awards.

See below for the proposed programmes of each Unit for Term 3, 2022. Both Explorer and Pioneer units join together for many outdoor activities, but the programmes for weeknight meetings vary according to the needs and interests of our Cub Scouts in each Unit.

Typical Activities

Cub Scouts begin to develop the 'life skills' learnt though Scouting activities. The badge award system carries on their Scouting adventure, through the Scout, Venturer and Rover Units. They are recognised for efforts to Lead, Assist and Participate in the Scouting Youth Programme.

Cub Scouts pursue interests in the four Challenge Areas:

  • "Community", with events like Commemoration of Anzac, visits to aged care facilities, and special service organisations like SES;
  • "Outdoors", taking advantage of local parks and bushland, and opportunities to share weekends away;
  • "Creative", including art, craft, drama and musical pursuits;
  • "Personal Growth", including health, well-being, resilience and spiritual development.

Many of our Cub Scouts have already earned Special Interest Awards (SIAs) in personal activities outside of, but relevant to, the Youth Programme.

We encourage Cub Scouts to lead, assist and participate in Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) in the core areas of:

  • Bushcraft - Pioneering, Survival Skills
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping

We are also interested in the OAS Specialist Areas, at an appropriate level for our Cub Scouts' abilities:

  • Vertical - Abseiling, Caving, Canyoning, Climbing
  • Paddling - Canoeing, Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Rafting
  • Cycling - Cycling Touring, Mountain Biking
  • Boating - Sailing, Windsurfing
  • Aquatic - Lifesaving, Rescue, Snorkeling, Scuba, Surfing
  • Alpine - Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Snow Camping

Several 1st East Ryde Cub Scouts achieve the Peak Award for Cub Scouts, the "Grey Wolf Award". This is for individuals who want to try a whole range of things and experience a high number of personal challenges, in their own time as well as being involved in the Unit programme.

 Explorer Unit Leaders (Monday nights)

"One-Tonner" - Phillip Ward - Cub Scout Leader

"Dingo" - Cristhian Zipaquira - Assistant Leader

"Quoll" - Bessie Jia - Assistant Leader



 Pioneer Unit Leaders (Wednesday nights)

"Shada" - Sam Wood - Cub Scout Leader

"Banksia" - Kate Leonhart - Assistant Leader

"One-Tonner" - Phillip Ward - Assistant Leader

"Baloo" - Paul Travis - Assistant Leader

"Rosella" - Diana Leung - Assistant Leader

Programmes for Term 1, 2023

Our programmes are flexible, to encourage and support all Cub Scouts for their award achievement activities.






Mon 30 Jan

Night walk

Hall + FoM


Mon   6 Feb

Drama + Cuboree: Parent Meeting



Fri 10 February

Group Transition Night



Mon 13 Feb


North Ryde Oval – Buffalo Ck Res.


Mon 20 Feb

Swimming night

Ryde Aquatic

Olivia, Iris

Mon 27 Feb

Camp prep. + games



Fri-Sun 3-5 Mar.




Mon   6 March

Invention: quiet games


Raymond, Tim

Mon 13 March

Tree planting

Hall + Tyrell Park


Sun 19 March

Clean Up Australia

Magdala Park


Mon 20 March



Alwyn, Emilie

Mon 27 March

Police visit



Mon   3 April

Penny Walk

Hall + streets

Alwyn, Nina

Fri 7 – Tues 25


Easter + School Holidays



Sun 16 April

Wollongong Science Discovery Centre visit

Wollongong University


Mon 24 April

no meeting


Tues 25 April


North Ryde RSL


Advance notice - CUBOREE 29/9/23 – 3/10/23