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New Programme – Cubs

Programme Themes

A team from the National Scout Headquarters consulted over 12,000 Volunteers and young people, and they all said how much they love going Outdoors and having adventures! As such 50% of the programme should be outdoor and adventure focussed. Cook a meal on a fire, build a shelter and sleep in it, have a go at pioneering…the exciting Cub programme will offer young people lots of opportunities to go outdoors, learn new skills and have a lot of fun.  The updated Challenge, Activity and Staged Activity Badges are brimming with Outdoor Adventures for Cubs, ready to go! World and Skills make up the other two programme themes and again there are updated badges on these areas to support their delivery in the programme.


Chief Scout’s Award

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The team talked to Cubs and Leaders and they all said about how important the Chief Scout’s Award is. This is the big one – the Chief Scout’s Silver Award is the highest award in the Cub Scout section. It might seem like a lot to do, but when we tested it with Leaders and Cubs, they loved it.

How to earn your award

1.     Earn six activity or staged activity badges of your choice. They could be badges you gain outside of your normal meetings or ones you’ve worked towards at meetings.

2.    Finish the seven challenge awards.

They are:


•    Our World Challenge Award

•    Our Skills Challenge Award

•    Our Outdoors Challenge Award

•    Our Adventure Challenge Award

•    Teamwork Challenge Award

•    Personal Challenge Award

•   Team Leader Challenge Award


Chief Scout’s Silver Award


Challenge Awards

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Cub Scouts can earn awards as they go through Cubs and take part in special challenges. They all help to make your time in Cubs fun, interesting and worthwhile.  There are seven awards in the Cubs section and they are; Our Adventure, Our Outdoors, Our Skills, Our World, Teamwork, Team Leader and the Personal Challenge. They’re different to the other badges because you’ll do these with other Cubs, rather than outside of meetings or at home.  As they earn the Challenge Awards, Cubs work towards the Chief Scout’s Silver Award.


Brand new in the Cub Programme are the Team Work and Team Leader Awards.  Everyone in the Pack can do these Awards, not just the Sixer and Seconders.  To complete the Team Work award, Cubs must take part in team games, understand their role in the team and take part in Pack Forums.  Once they have done the Team Work, Cubs can take on the Team Leader challenge where they have to lead a team, teach another cub a new skill and help a new member of Cubs settle into the Pack


Click for Cubs Challenge Awards


Activity Badges

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Activity badges are a great way to try something new and then get better at it. We have added some exciting Activity Badges to the Cub Programme such as Environmental Conservation, Global Issues, International and Photographer.


Cub Activity Badges


Activity Plus


New in the Programme, Cubs can now go the extra mile for an Activity Badge and get the Activity Plus!  Cubs can get this award by holding the chosen Activity Badge, then agreeing a target with their leader before going for the extra award.


Activity Plus Activity Badge


Staged Activity Badges

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There are now 14 Staged Activity Badge for Cubs to achieve. Staged activity badges give young people the chance to try something new or get better at something they already know. Cubs can choose the right stage that matches their skills, rather than age. Cubs can do Stage 1 or Stage 2, or jump ahead to other stages if they are ready.  With staged activity badges, Cubs get to try the same challenges as the Explorers!
Staged Activity Badges


Youth Involvement

Young people across all ages should have the chance to have their voice heard on all aspects of Scouting, including programme and activity planning and the way that their Section and Group is run. This is to ensure that Scouting meets their needs and remains relevant to their interests, and to meet our vision towards 2018.  Youth involvement includes young people doing the following:

  • sharing their ideas
  • learning from and teaching each other and adults
  • taking part in decision making
  • assisting with planning the programme, including activities and camps
  • becoming more involved in all aspects of Scouting

Youth involvement will also help leaders to keep their section growing and interested. We don’t know what the needs and interests of young people are until we ask them, and improving youth involvement will give leaders more opportunities to find out what young people actually want.