Cubs – 8 to 10½ years

Fun, friends, and adventure – that is what being a Cub is all about.

Our Cubs are young people aged 8 to 10½ who meet on Thursday evenings between 6.15 to 7.30 pm. Some meetings are outdoors, mainly in the Morningside area, but our base is in the Morningside Parish Church.

Cubs:

  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Try new things and master new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, in our community and beyond

Every week, we gather in a group called a Cub Pack to take part in lots of interesting and challenging activities and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

What do Cubs get up to?

Being a Cub is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you can do with Cubs.
Our Cubs regularly camp out for weekends around Scotland. They go sailing and canoeing under the Forth Rail Bridge, walk in the Pentland hills under expert leadership, learn how to cook and serve dinner, raise money for the homeless of Edinburgh, help to look after the Water of Leith waterway, and much, much more.

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

How are Cubs Organised?

Our Cub Pack is made up of up to 36 young people aged 8 to 10½, led by trained adult volunteers who plan exciting programmes of activities and keep everyone safe. They often meet outdoors and in smaller groups.

Within our Cub Pack, Cubs are part of a Six – a group of around 6 Cubs who look out for one another, help each other grow and have a range of ages of Cubs.

Helping our adult leaders to manage the Cub Pack on a weekly basis are several Young Leaders. These are young people aged 14 to 18, members of local Explorer Scout Units, who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh or Chief Scout’s Awards and come along to the Cub meetings to help run activities. They are a fantastic support to the adult leaders and can be identified by their darker brown uniform shirts.

Promises and ceremonies

As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Cub is about going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Pack, you’ll explore these ideas by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow every day.

The first few weeks after you join Cubs is about finding out if it is right for you. As part of that, you will chat about the promise with a leader. The Promise comes in different forms to accommodate religious beliefs but essentially you will promise to do your best – to help others, to behave well and support other Cubs.

Joining Cubs

Our Cub Pack is very popular and currently it only has space to take the young people coming up from Beavers and a few additional young people each year. All Beavers from the 25th Braid Beaver Colony are guaranteed a place in our Cub Pack and we keep a waiting list for those spare places that occasionally open up. We have a written policy on offering places and a copy can be requested by contacting the Group Scout Leader or Waiting List Co-ordinator.

Should you be offered a place in the Pack, on your first night at Cubs, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in. Once you’ve had time to settle in, you’ll be asked to buy your own uniform jumper to wear during meetings and on trips away. We will present you with the Group neckerchief (scarf) of red and grey and the cloth badges that demonstrate that you are a member of the 25th Braid Cub Pack.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls