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.
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).
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.