Cubs

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Cubs is for young people aged approximately 8 1/2 to 10 1/2: both boys and girls.

Cubs usually meets 6:00 to 7:30pm at Caldecote Village Hall.

Cubs: what are they like?

Our Cubs vary greatly. Some are already confident, capable, cheeky, and able to lead others. Others are just littler, they like to be nurtured, and many of the challenges we set them are personal firsts.

If our Cubs were birds they would be little chicks. Some just poking their heads out from under their mothers’ wings. Some running rings around the outside of the nest at risk of falling off! It’s hard to generalise, but we’ve noticed that our Cubs:

  • Love a sense of competition. They have an extremely well-developed sense of fair play, and won’t for a second tolerate cheating. Playing the game, and playing to the rules, are quite obviously more important than winning or losing (although they definitely desperately want to win!)
  • Love joining in on the little ceremonies we have and the rituals we follow. For them they form part of the group’s identity and make the group special
  • Think games are fantastic – they could play them all day
  • Love making things
  • Love collecting the badges we work towards
  • Are not dreadfully keen on writing (that’s OK, that’s what school is for)
  • Love an adventure (e.g. in Hardwick Woods, or patrolling around the village in the dark) with their mates.

We’re always aiming to put on programmes that hit the Cubs’ buttons. Games, a sense of competition (but with fair play), quizzes, building something, tearing around outside with their friends are all things our Cubs love. Most of the time we have them doing all that and they don’t even realise they’re starting to learn something for the first time like using a compass or bicycle road rules or how to develop a personal fitness programme or put up a tent.

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Our cub leaders

Mark L is our Cub Leader. He wins in the ‘real man’ stakes because he has a real man’s job (farmer). He can drive a tractor, shoot a shotgun (West Drive foxes watch out) AND he fixes his own Landrover. The rest of us are in awe. Mark has Anna (9) in Cubs and 6 acres out the back of West Drive that is regularly invaded by Cubs and Scouts (and a very understanding wife).

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Lois is our Assistant Cub Leader. Like other mums she’s an expert ball juggler. She’s a great list maker and a great organiser. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that Cub Camp is just one of 19 major projects she currently has on the go. Lois has Faith (9) in Cubs. It’s she who was responsible for feeding the cubs wasabi peas. If you hear loud voices in the middle of one of our crazy games, the loudest voice will probably be hers. Oh, and last Friday she hit a rounder (pure poetry, because it happened just after Faith told Oscar: “Watch out Oscar, she’s better than she looks”).

The future leadership team

Mark and Lois are expecting to follow their own children up to Scouts as they age. So they’re currently involving other Cub parents alongside them, so that parents of younger Cubs can continue to run the group.

24-2: looking for clues!

Dear Cubs & Parents, This week at Cubs we will be outside looking for Clues …….. Cubs, you will need to be ready for a challenge – but we know you can do it !! Please bring your Cub to the Village Hall at the normal time – 6pm. Collection...

Cubs 27-1

Dear Cubs and Parents, This week at Cubs we will be doing some science based experiments. Don’t want to give anything away – but it’s going to be great fun ! Usual place: Village Hall Usual Time: 6pm to 7.30pm We may need to be outside for part of...

Cubs 20-1

Dear Cubs and Parents, Sorry for the lateness of this email. I have been really busy offsite testing this week and Friday has come around oh so quickly ! At Cubs tonight we will be outside, walking around the village. (We will not be going into Hardwick woods or along...

Prep for Cubs 13-1

Dear Cubs & Parents, In preparation for Cubs this week, please could I ask all Cubs and parents to save and bring along kitchen roll tubes and toilet roll tubes on Friday (the cardboard tubes from the inside). We have a great game planned for Friday, but a bit...

Cubs starts 13 Jan

Dear Cubs and Parents, Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year celebrations! Cubs will start back Friday 13th January. It will be the usual time : 6pm Usual place : Village Hall Best Wishes, Darrin (Akela)

Cubs Christmas party 16-12

Dear Cubs & Parents, Wow ! You guys made the Cambridge Evening News!!!! Looks like everyone had a fantastic time. So sorry I wasn’t able to be there and enjoy the fun. Best wishes, Akela, King Louis, Flunky and Baloo Aka Darrin, David, Chris &...

Cubs Christmas party

Dear Cubs and Parents, Following the conversations that we’ve had with Cubs, please find attached information for the Cubs 100th Party in two weeks time. The Party takes place at Hardwick Primary School and is between 6.30pm and 8.30pm Each Cub will need to...

Cubs 2-12

Dear Cubs & Parents, Wow ! December already ! Where has this year gone ? Cubs tomorrow will be in the village hall – I think we’ll stay inside after last week’s cold (but fun) evening of wide games outside. Usual place : Village Hall Usual time...

Cubs 25-11

Dear Cubs and Parents, Very sorry for having to cancel Cubs last week, but David and I are now feeling a lot better and looking forward to seeing you all this Friday ! The weather forecast looks dry (but cold) for Friday evening, so unless that changes – we will...

Cubs tonight is cancelled

Unfortunately I have to inform you all there won’t be any Cubs tonight. We are three leaders down – two due to illness (one of those is me) and so we can’t run unfortunately. Sorry for the short notice – last night I thought I would be able to...

Remembrance day

Dear Cubs & Parents, This Sunday at 10.45am there will be a service on the village green for Remembrance Day. The Cubs have been asked to place a wreath and be part of this service. I understand some of you may not be available, but if you are, please could I ask...

Cubs 9-11

Dear Cubs & Parents, Hope you all had a great bonfire night last weekend and enjoyed all the fireworks. Please don’t forget to bring your models & stories that forms the last part of the ‘Our Skills’ Challenge award badge – as we will...

Cubs 21-10

Dear Cubs & Parents, Yes there is Cubs tonight. No Cubs next week though – as it’s half term. Tonight at Cubs we are fortunate to have a Karate instructor coming to show us some of his moves. This is part of the Our Skills Challenge badge that the...

Cubs 14-10

Tonight at Cubs it’s all about ‘everybody’. A little cryptic I know – but I’m sure it will be an interesting evening. Please could all Cubs bring an empty toilet roll tube or kitchen roll tube with them. Usual place – Village Hall...

Cubs: tin required

Dear Cubs & Parents, This week at Cubs – it’s all about problem solving ! We are still working towards the ‘Our Skills Challenge’ Award badge – and the problem solving forms part of that. There will be 3 different problem solving...