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 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.