100 years of Cubs
100 years of Cubs

Baden-Powell decided there was a need for an organisation for “Junior Scouts”. B-P gave the project a theme based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book which had been published a decade before.

B-P decided that the organisation needed a handbook, similar to ‘Scouting for Boys’ which had successfully launched the Boy Scouts. The handbook was written in chapters called “bites” because “this book is a meal offered by an old Wolf to the young Cubs”.

He included version of the Mowgli stories from the Jungle Book, and ceremonies and games based on them.

The book included messages on health, fitness, camping, observation, knotting, semaphore, first aid, knitting and “being useful at home”.

At the end of 1916, Baden-Powell met Vera Barclay, a Scouter from Hertfordshire who had written about female leadership. She took the post of national Wolf Cub Secretary and worked closely with B-P to develop the Wolf Cub programme.

Each Wolf Cub meeting started and ended with the Grand Howl, linked to the Jungle Book stories.

In 1967 major changes were introduced to Scouting in the UK. The name of the organisation was changed from The Boy Scout Association to The Scout Association and the youngest section was renamed the Cub Scouts. The Boy Scouts became the Scouts (with a new uniform including long trousers replacing shorts) and Senior Scouts (age 16–20) became Venture Scouts.

At the same time the Cubs were bought more into line with the Scouts adopting the same salute and a similar promise to the Scout promise.

In 1990 the Scouts became fully co-educational meaning that girls were accepted into all sections.  At the same time a new training scheme was also introduced.

Another program review took place in 2000 and new uniforms were introduced in 2001.

Cubs continue to do their best!


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