What do cubs do?

Cubs do a wide range of activities, including an annual camp.  Activities range from arts and crafts to climbing and abseiling to kayaking and sailing – we like to give the cubs an experience of the adventure that scouting has to offer! We take part in competitions that East Surrey Cub District put on between the other Cub Packs including a Swimming Gala and Cooking Competition.

Our programme is carefully planned according to the “Balanced Programme” philosophy that scouting promotes in order to provide a wide range of activities and experiences.

Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10.5.

Cubs make a Promise, help others, play games, go on outings and visits, go camping, learn about the outdoors, gain badges and create things.

The Cub Scout Promise:
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen
To help other people
And to keep the Cub Scout Law.

The Cub Scout Law:

Cub Scouts always do their best
Think of others before themselves
And do a good turn every day.

The Cub Scout Motto:

Be Prepared

The highest honour a Cub Scout can earn is the Chief Scouts – Silver Award.  As a pack we help the Cubs earn 5 of the 6 Challenge Badges over the course of their stay with us. There is only one Challenge Badge that they must do totally on their own.

Where: Oxted Scouts are based at the Stafford Hall which is on Chalkpit Lane, Oxted (right by the railway bridge on Chalkpit Lane). This is a dedicated Scout Hut which is used by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers which we also let to a number of local groups for use during times when not in use by the Scouts.

Numbers & Ages: There are just over 30 Cubs in the Pack and the Pack is open to both boys and girls. The age of the Cubs is from 8 up to 10 and a half. At 10 and a half they would normally move into one of the two Oxted Scout Troops. The Pack is currently run by 3 parents, with the regular support of a number of other parents. We are actively looking for more support so parental involvement would be very much welcomed and encouraged!

When & What:We meet every Wednesday during school term time (ie we mirror the half-term breaks and school holidays) between 6:30 and 8:00pm. Usually we meet in the Scout Hut, but we also try to be outside as much as possible so we will sometimes meet in other locations such as Master Park.  In addition, we run multiple events outside of the Wednesday night Pack meetings – these include various outdoor activity events/nights away camps, trips to museums or other places of interest (for example we have slept on the Golden Hinde at London Bridge) and an activities evening at Downe Scout Site (near Biggin Hill).  

The twice-yearly bike sales in Master Park are run by the Scout Group and they heavily involve both the Cubs themselves and their parents in what is one of our major fund-raisers. Also, the annual Donkey Derby which takes place in Master Park is organised by the Oxted Scout Group and again the support of parents and Cubs is very much appreciated.

Costs: At the moment we charge £27:00 per term, plus an annual ‘capitation’ fee of approximately £34.00 (this covers insurance and other central scout costs and is payable each summer term) and also ask for contributions to the major events away from the Scout Hut such as the Camps. If costs are ever a concern, for any family, then we operate on the basis that no Cub would be excluded from participation on the grounds of cost.

Uniform: There is a uniform that the Cubs wear (dark green jumper and dark blue trousers), although for the first few weeks, the new joiners (other than from Beavers who wear their Beaver uniform) would normally attend in casual clothes and we would ask parents to purchase the uniform once it is clear that their child wishes to continue with Cubs and become invested.