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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.


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  • 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 before lockdown:

  • Sleepover at our hall Saturday evening 6 February - Sunday morning 7 February
  • Clean Up Australia Day at Magdala Park and adjacent Great North Walk Sunday morning 7 March
  • Camp at Austinmer Scout Hall Friday evening 26 March - Sunday 28 March (check out our Photos under "News & Events").

See below for the proposed programme of each Unit for Term 4. 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)

Kris Arnold
Kris Arnold
Cub Scout Leader
Marcus Cocks
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Pioneer Unit Leaders (Wednesday nights)

"One Tonner"
Phillip Ward
Relieving Cub Scout Leader
Paul Travis"Baloo"
Paul Travis
Assistant Cub Scout Leader
 Paul Travis"Shada"
Sam Wood
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Term 4, 2021:

Moving out of online meetings from lockdown...

While the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area were in Lockdown again, both Explorer Unit (Monday nights) and Pioneer Unit (Wednesday nights) held weekly meetings online. Our programmes are flexible, but all Cub Scouts are encouraged and supported to continue following their award achievement activities.


Oct 4                 Programming             online

Oct 13               Wildlife webinar        online

Oct 18               Night Hike                  Hall / FoM

Oct 25               Bike Hike                    Buffalo Creek Reserve

Nov 1                Athletics                     Hall

Nov 8                Fishing + Nick’s GWA presentation        Clarkes Point Hunters Hill

Nov 15              Indoor Rock climbing ClimbFit St Leonards

Nov 22              Food night                 Hall

Nov 29              Night Hike                  Tarban Creek / Gladesville

Dec 6                 Hunters Hill Lodge Christmas Cards, decoration      hall

13                      Christmas Party?      

January 2022 10 – 24 + 31?               Holiday Activities

Other suggestions        Planting plants in Tyrell Park, visit a Waterslide park



Tue    5                 PLs Planning meeting

Wed 13                 Special wildlife webinar

Sun 17                  Adventurous Journey - Emma?

Wed 20                 Night Hike: 5km from Earnshore st via Tarban park, Riverside park, Gladesville Bridge to Hunters Hill Scout Hall - Vanessa, Alannah, Olivia                                                  

Thu 21                   Plan sleep over, Camp - PLs                                                               

Wed 27                 Sports night + Parent Meeting + Venturers show how to put up tents  


Wed 3                   Treasure Hunt, Get Ready for Camp

Sat 6 - Sun 7         Adventurous Journey - led by Zali + Sleepover: Chatswood Scout Hall to Boronia Scout Hall 10km

Wed 10                 Lego Night

Sun 14                  Adventurous Journey - Olivia?

Wed 17                 Indoor Rock climbing                                                                         

Wed 24                 Ice cream + Pizza + Sushi making


Wed 1                   Prepare for Camp - PLs                                                                      

Sat 4 – Sun 5        Camp at Ingleside

Wed 8                   HH Christmas Cards for Hunters Hill Lodge + Make Christmas decorations

Wed 15                 Christmas Party                                                                                  

January 12-19-25   Holiday Activities