A Quick History

Cub Scouts has moved on quite a bit since our founding in 1916 but the core values have remained the same! Watch the Video below to get a quick overview of the history of Cubs and where we came from!

Akela we will do our best!

As our Founder Lord Robert Baden Powell was good friends with Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book, he decided to base the Cub Scouts around that theme. All around the world you will tens of thousands of leaders holding the name ‘Akela’, this is just the name associated with the Cub Scout Leader as they are the leader of the ‘Wolf Pack’.

Normally other leaders in the section would be given names from the Jungle Book to use instead of real names, such as Chil, Bagheera, Rikki ect. However, at 2nd we struggle just remembering “who is who” ourselves so we just use our own names to avoid confusion…apart from Akela! (they are referred to both Akela and their own name and used interchangeably)

Grand Howl is the opening ceremony of every cub meeting, this is used to show that we have all come together to do our best and to make the most of our time in cubs. It is called the Grand Howl as Cubs, formally Wolf Cubs, all crouch down like wolfs and call up to Akela saying they will do their best…and it can get a bit loud…very much a grand howl!




Closing Prayer

We finish every Cub evening with a moment of reflection. We have a standard prayer that we all say at the end of the night, if you do not wish to partake in this for your own religious reasons that is perfectly fine, just stand quietly and take a moment for personal reflection.

The Cub Scout Prayer

Help us oh Lord,
to serve you day by day,
to do our duty and to enjoy our play,
to keep the Cub Scout promise and to rest,
happy that we have tried to do our best.

Drop Off and Collection

Cub sessions in the hall start every week at 17:30 and finish at 19:00 (Unless otherwise stated on the Programme section on Online Scout Manager)

The doors to the hall will remain locked until 17:20 to allow time for the leaders to set up for the evening, so if you arrive slightly earlier please be prepared to wait outside. Please remember that your child’s safety is your responsibility until they have been registered as being in attendance with Akela (Cub Scout Leader) when they arrive.

The meeting starts promptly at 17:30 to allow maximum time for your young people to enjoy the programme as there is so much to do in so little time!

When it comes time to pick up your young person please wait at the end of the hall near the doors or just outside in the hallway. Please pick up your child promptly at 19:00, as most of the time the adult leaders have other commitments and even have shift work straight after finishing so please be on time.

Once you have come into the hall and your young person has been ‘passed’ over to you, their safety is now your responsibility, as leaders will be busy packing away or talking to parents to sort queries.


Once your young person has been with us for a little while (normally around 6 weeks) and you have finished the Getting Started Process they will then take their Cub Scout Promise and become an invested member of the Pack. Parents will be notified of when this will take place and be encouraged to come along and see the ceremony.

The new cub will then be allocated to one of the Cub Sixes, all shown by the colour woggle they have been given.

The Cub Scout Law

Cub Scouts always do their best,
think of others before themselves
and do a good turn every day.

Sixers and Seconders?

Within their Pack, Cubs are part of a Six. A Six is a smaller group of Cubs, headed up by a Sixer and a Seconder. Sixers and Seconders are older Cub Scouts who are chosen to take on leadership responsibilities, such as welcoming new people to the Pack or taking charge of a particular game or activity.

They wear leadership stripes to celebrate their hard work and make sure everyone knows who they are.

Chief Scout's Silver Award

This is the highest award you can achieve in Cubs and should be the goal for every aspiring Cub Scout, Click the badge below to find out more!

Cubs uniform and badge placement

What do Cubs wear?

Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and group scarf to represent you come from 2nd Bognor.

Uniform Required for a Normal Evening

We expect Cubs to take pride in their uniform as it shows they take pride in being part of the cub pack! Full uniform is required on a cub night and consists of the following items:

  • Cub Jumper (Badges sewn on)
  • Group Scarf and Woggle
  • Group T-Shirt
  • Black Trousers/Leggings/Joggers (We ask that girls refrain from wearing skirts, unless they have shorts on underneath, because we are a very active group and we want them to be as comfortable as possible while joining in all the games)
  • Black Shoes (these can be school shoes or black trainers/plimsoles)

Why is uniform important?

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone feel part of the Pack. It also gives you a place to show off all the badges you earn.

Please see badge placement diagram to see where to sew on all those badges!

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