Cub Scout Pack
We are a large pack of approximately 30 boys and girls aged from eight and a half to ten years old. Cub Scouts is the second section (after Beavers) in the Scouting family. Cubs can move to the next section, Scouts, around the age of ten and a half.
There is sometimes a waiting list for this section. Please contact the Cub Scout Leader to add your child's name to the waiting list.
Programmes for the weekly meetings are designed to provide a wide variety of activities to bring out the best in the young people whilst ensuring that they have an enjoyable time. These activities include visits to places of interest, talks / demonstrations provided by outside organisations, games, craft work and general badge work. In addition Cubs have the opportunity to attend camps and activity days some of which are with other packs. This will mean you sleeping in a tent and doing loads of outdoor activities.
As a Cub Scout you will:
- have a lot of fun
- try lots of new things
- play games
- make friends
You can find out more about Cub Scouts at Cub Island.
|Leader/Contact:||Bob Pain 01223 514332
|When:||Fridays 6.15 - 7.40pm during term time. We may finish later if we are going out.|
|Subscriptions:||£25 per term|
Milton Cub Scouts wear:
- Standard Cub Scout sweatshirt. This is available from the Cub Scout Leader or online (from the Scout Shop or other retailers). The nearest shop is in Bury St. Edmunds.
- 50th Cambridge (Milton & Landbeach) dark green tee shirt. This is available from the Cub Scout Leader. Cost: £5.00 new, or we sometimes have second-hand ones for £3.00.
- 50th Cambridge (Milton & Landbeach) scarf. This is available from the Cub Scout Leader. Cost: £4.
- A woggle. This is available from the Cub Scout Leader.
Uniform is not needed until a Cub is invested. Uniform is charged at cost.
Information on Cub Scout badges is available here. You can see which badges your child has been awarded on the Parent Portal.
This diagram shows where the badges go on the uniform.
We usually send out a weekly 'programme' email detailing the following two weeks' activities.
Our term times run alongside the school terms. There are normally no Cub meetings during the statutory school holidays.
Administration - Online Scout Manager
To simplify the administration of the Cub Scout pack, we use a service called Online Scout Manager (OSM). We use this to record contact details, attendance information and badge records for the Cubs. It also simplifies the planning and running of our events.. Parents have access to the system via the Parent Portal.
You will receive an email inviting you to join Online Scout Manager. Click the link in the email to create an account.
Using your Parent Portal account you are able to update your contact details, see your childs badge records and sign up for events. It is important you keep your contact details up to date - for example, if we need to contact you if we are running late returning from an event away from Milton.
Log in to Online Scout Manager here.
Once settled as a Cub within the pack we will advise you of a date for the investiture. If your son/daughter does not feel ready then we can delay and choose a later date. If possible, we like the Cubs to be able to recite the Scout Law and Promise as a part of the investiture. There is information on the investiture here. The various wording options will be supplied nearer the time.
We rely on occasional parent help to enable our evenings to run. With 30+ Cubs we need enough adult supervision for these activities to run safely.
Under national policy, if you help regularly or at certain events, you will require a Disclosure Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). We will notify you if a Disclosure Check is required. Occasional helpers do not normally need to be checked as they will always be supervised by a leader.
Code of Conduct and Behaviour Policy
In a previous term the Cubs worked together to produce the pack's Code of Conduct. The Code is reviewed periodically with the pack and all the Cubs are asked to sign it. The current Code of Conduct is:
Behaviour which, in the opinion of the leaders, is unacceptable is dealt with using Yellow Cards and Red Cards. These cards are issued to Cubs only after consultation between the leaders. We will normally discuss the card with the parents involved.
- Yellow Card: The Yellow Card lasts for three Cubs sessions. A second Yellow Card in this time will give an automatic Red Card.
- Red Card: On receipt of a Red Card, the Cub is asked to miss two Cubs sessions.
If a Cub has been issued with a Yellow Card, they will not be allowed to attend any Cub activities that take place away from the Community Centre (eg swimming or outside visit) during the period that their Yellow Card is in force. They will however, still be allowed to attend activities where the parent has already paid for an event and a refund is not practical / possible.
For events away from Milton, we are often able to use the Group's minibus. This has a limited number of places and so we generally ask parents to arrange lift sharing to and from these events where possible. For some weekend camps we may also use a coach.
We usually go on two camps each year, usually lasting from Friday to Sunday. The camps are:
- Our Pack Camp. Cubs and leaders sleep in a building designed for residential activities and often managed by the Scout Association. We arrange a programme of activities - such as kayaking and archery - which are led by trained instructors.
- A District Camp. On a District Camp we are usually sleeping in tents along with all the other Cub packs from Cambridge District. Activities are all led by the leaders and are typically based around team building and crafts.
The camps are all planned and run by the volunteer leaders. Full details of the camp arrangements and activities are provided, including permissions forms for the activities and medical forms in case your child has medical needs whilst away from home.
Using Online Scout Manager, we ask your permission before we use photographs of your child in any publication - whether online (such as the Cubs Facebook page or the Group Facebook page) or other media. You are able to indicate 'Yes' or 'No' to these two questions:
Please note that some parents choose 'No' for one or both of these questions. Therefore, if you take photographs of that include other Cubs, please do not put these in the public domain without the subject parent's specific permission.
The Scouts policy on photography is here.
All leaders are volunteers and have training as required by the Scout Association. Our current leaders are:
|Bob Pain||Cub Scout Leader (Akela)|
|Martin Cooper||Assistant Cub Scout Leader|
|Katy Pain||Cub Scout Sectional Assistant|
|Amanda Oram||Cub Scout Sectional Assistant|
We also are lucky to have a number of Young Leaders. Some are doing their Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze Award. They regularly lead group activities, under the supervision of adult leaders.