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History of Cub Scouts

The start of Scouting

Scouting was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who was an Officer in the British Army. He organised the very first Scout Camp in 1907. It took place on Brownsea Island in Dorset and a group of older boys tried out all sorts of exciting activities. 

At first, only boys over the age of eleven were allowed to become Scouts, but their younger brothers weren't too happy about this because they also wanted to join in with all the fun!

Wolf Cubs and The Jungle Book

In 1914 Lord Baden-Powell started an experimental scheme for younger boys. Lord Baden-Powell was good friends with Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book. 

The programme for his Wolf Cubs was based on the Seonnee wolf pack from this book. This is why our leaders have names like Akela and Bagheera. When a new Cub Scout joins the Pack, he is like Mowgli entering the Seonnee wolf pack. You can click on the Jungle Book to download a copy and read the stories.

The First Grand Howl

The very first public gathering of Wolf Cubs included a Grand Howl and took place on 16 December 1916. 

This means that it was the 100th birthday of Cub Scouts in 2016 and we had a year of special events to celebrate, including a birthday party in December and a great big County Cub camp in July.

The Wolf Cub Uniform

In 1916 a Wolf Cub wore either a blue or green knitted jumper, a knotted scarf, shorts, long socks and a green cap with yellow piping. Stars were worn on the cap and Sixer and Seconder stripes were worn on the arm.

The Cubs who gained both stars could work towards the proficiency badges and there was a Leaping Wolf Badge to help Cubs move up to Scouts.

The first Cub Scouts

In 1966 the Wolf Cubs changed their name to Cub Scouts. Instead of working for stars, they worked for three Arrow Badges. In 1991 more changes were made, with the badges being updated and girls being allowed to join for the first time. From 1 January 2007, all Scout Groups had to let girls join and there are now thousands of female Cub Scouts.

Worldwide Family of Scouting

Cub Scouts are members of a worldwide family of Scouting that includes most of the countries in the world. Cubs in different countries will wear different uniforms, have different names and receive different badges from you (though most of them will have the same Membership Badge) – but they all enjoy having fun!

Every four years, Scouts from all around the world meet up to camp together at a special event called a World Jamboree. This gives them a chance to make new friends and find out about each other’s cultures. Maybe when you’re a Scout you go along to World Jamboree!