Cub Scouts (8-10½ years)
Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10½ years old. Easily distinguished by their
dark green sweatshirt and Group Scarf, they form the largest Section of Scouting in the UK.
Baden-Powell’s 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, younger boys began asking 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 complementary lines. In 1914 ‘Junior Scouts’ were announced and in 1916, they became ‘Wolf Cubs’.
In 1966, as part of a modernisation plan, a number of sweeping changes were introduced and the
Section became known as Cub Scouts. New proficiency and training schemes were introduced
and the Cub Scout Law and Promise revised.
Following an update in the early 1990s, the Cub Scout Section has changed again with the
introduction of the new 6-25 programme. Girls have been joining in the fun and challenge of Cub
Scouting since 1991. With a fresh new image, cartoon mascots and an exciting and balanced programme of activities, the Cub Scout Section is as strong as ever. There are currently some 137,612 Cub Scouts in the UK.