Cubs, boys and girls aged from 8 to 11 years, meet once a week
for one and a half hours - most
evenings our cubs come away saying, "That was great fun!". If they dont,
we look at what went wrong. They will have been challenged in a vast range
of games and activities designed
to help them learn skills, teamwork and leadership in a non-formal educational
Part of the Cub Scout method is based around the reward of badges for achieving
a well defined task in an area of individual or group interest. Some of
the more popular are described below.
Bike badge ~
On bike nights cubs bring along their bikes and they are looked over and
bike warrant of fitness' are given. Also safety on bikes is talked about.
We take them to the local school where a course is set up and cubs travel
around a confidence course where they have to show that they know the appropriate
signals for the road.
First aid badge ~ Here cubs are taught first aid
skills. Basic bandages, pressure on wounds and other first aid techniques
appropriate to the age group are shown.
Swimming badge ~ There are three
stages of swimming badges each stage getting progressively challenging.
To achieve each stage of badge, cubs must achieve a range of activities
including swimming, diving and safety in the water.
Other badges include,
athletics, artist, reading, computer, cooking, camping, conservation,
entertainer, explorer, fishing, heritage, hobby, homehelp, maoritangi,
pet, photography, scientist and sports.
Wero badges ~ There are
three wero badges, bronze, silver and gold. Wero is Maori for challenge.
each stage of wero badge, cubs carry out a range of activities that leads
towards each badge. Each cub night, cubs do small activities, which leads
towards their wero badges. These activities include, outdoor challenges,
physical achievements, creative activities, my country and other countries
and super me cub challenges.
is an annual cub weekend camp at a local scout camping facility
where the cubs
gather and do activities such as team building, flying fox, tramping,
obstacle course, beach activities, swimming, water slide, making camp fires,
crab searching and cooking on a camp fire.
Other cub activities ~ Jewelry making
evening (usually around Mother's Day!), egg flying nights, camp fire evenings,
hobo stoves, kayaking, creating and racing model boats, knot tying, quiz nights
and, of course, games.
leaders receive training and are vetted by New Zealand police to
ensure that all
cub activities are undertaken with care for the cubs' emotional and physical
encourage parents to get involved as leaders, it is as rewarding for adults as
it is for the kids!