Cub Scouts is open to all boys and girls aged 8 to 10 and a half, whether moving on from Beavers or new to Scouting. Every week, they gather in groups called Cub Packs to take part in lots of interesting and challenging activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.

What do Cubs get up to?

Being a Cub is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. These are some of the activities Cubs get up to: Race down a river. Tell stories by torchlight. Fall asleep beneath the stars. Alongside your Pack, you’ll spend plenty of time in the great outdoors. Together, you might build a den in your local park, or create an edible raft out of sweets, or go on a moonlit hike through your hometown. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstep, because being a Cub is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Cubs learn by doing, and so will you. Some of the skills you develop will be practical, like knowing how to cook a delicious meal or give someone first aid. Others will allow you to become a master at your chosen hobby, or help you to succeed in whichever job you decide to do when you grow up. But the most important skills you’ll learn at Cubs are the ones that will make you feel confident and happy in your own skin. We call these character skills, and they include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. Whatever skills you’d like to learn, it’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Cubs work as a team to help other people. Together, you’ll learn about global issues and what we can all do to help solve them. You’ll also make an impact in your own community, through activities such as campaigning to save your local library, collecting donations for a foodbank, or planting trees in a neighbouring park.

Cub Badges


You may have already earned some shiny awards when you were a Beaver and you'll earn even more as a Cub. Start with your membership badge and then travel all the way up to the Chief Scout's Silver Award. You can work towards as many as you like, at your own pace. Are you ready? Let's get stuck in.

Badge Position

There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in Cubs. Below is a diagram showing where each well-earned badge is to be sewn onto your Cub jumper. Please speak to your leader about the exact uniform required as this can vary from group to group.

Cubs Jumper badge placement
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Ready to start your Adventure?

The first step to joining Cubs is to find your local pack on our groups page. All our groups meet on different days, fill in the contact form on your preferred group and we will be in touch to discuss your options.