Cub Scouts are boy and girls aged 8, 9 and 10 years old. (Typically in Grade 3, 4, and 5)
We meet at Bowmore Public School (Junior Gym) Monday evenings from 6:45-8:15pm
We welcome boys and girls who are 8-10 yrs old who are willing to have fun, safe adventures in the Coxwell and Gerrard area of the Upper Beaches in Toronto.
New Cubs typically join in September ready for a fun Scouting year, however if there is space available Cubs are welcome to join at any point of the year. The Scouting Year runs from September until August. We generally meet weekly from the middle of September until May/June (similar to the school schedule). We take a break over Christmas holidays and March Break.
The Cub Scout program is based on Kipling's The Jungle Book. It provides a sense of outdoor adventure and fantasy that appeals to a Cub Scout's imaginative mind.
The outdoors is an essential part of the Cub Scout program. Challenging hikes, weekend camps, and an introduction to water activities like canoeing and kayaking are just a few of the fun outdoor adventures Cub Scouts enjoy.
This is expressed in the Cub Scout Promise, Law and Motto.
I promise to do my best
To love and serve God, to do my duty to the Queen;
To keep the law of the Wolf Cub pack,
And do a good turn for somebody every day.
The Cub respects the Old Wolf;
The Cub respects himself/herself
Do Your Best
Cub Scout Uniform
Scouting is a uniformed organization. All members are expected to wear the appropriate uniform for their role. The Cub Scout uniform is grey and consists of:
- Cub Scout grey long sleeve jersey uniform shirt (available at the Scout Shop)
- Cub Scout grey tech t-shirt (optional, available at the Scout Shop)
- Cub Scout grey tech ball cap (optional, available at the Scout Shop)
- Group Neckerchief (presented by the Pack during the Investiture Ceremony)
- Cub Scout Woggle (presented by the Pack during the Investiture Ceremony)
The Group necker and Cub woggle are presented by the Pack at no cost, however there is a fee for replacements.
The local Scout Shop is located: Toronto Scout Shop, 10 Kodiak Cres Unit 120 (Sheppard and Allen area). There are other shops locally that may be more convenient which can be found using the Store Locator. The items required can also be purchased from the Online Shop.
At the Investiture Ceremony Cub Scouts will be given the main badges that identify which group they belong with:
- a Group badge (91st Toronto Scout Group), worn on the right sleeve at the top
- an Area badge (Seton Area), worn on the right sleeve below the Group badge
- a Council badge (Greater Toronto Council), worn on the left sleeve above the Scouts Canada logo
- a Lair insignia (varies depending on the lair), worn on the right sleeve below the Area badge
These badges are provided at no cost, however there will be a fee for any replacements.
Cub Scout Badges
In addition to the identifying badges there are a number of badges that Cub Scouts can earn during their time in the Jungle.
- Personal Progression Badges are a set of 3 badges (one for each year of Cub Scouts) that are presented near the end of the year to show that the Cub Scout has successfully complete a year of adventures and progressed in their skills and abilities.
- Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) are a set of 9 pathways that recognize the skills, knowledge and experiences of youth in Scouting. OAS start in Beaver Scouts and continue all the way through to Rover Scouts (18-26 yr olds). Each pathway has 9 stages, each stage having a numbered badge. Cub Scouts who were previously Beaver Scouts will likely have started earning OAS stages and continue to wear the highest stage that they have earned.
- Personal Achievement Badges (PAB) are a set of 16 badges that Cub Scouts can choose to complete during Cub Scout adventures or at home during family adventures. To complete a PAB, Cub Scouts will set 4 goals to be completed over a number of different adventures that are personally challenging.
- Seeonee Award is the Top Section Award for Cub Scouts. This award can be earned in the final year of Cub Scouts prior to moving on to Scouts. The Seeonee Award required Cub Scouts to complete a personal progression review, a set number of volunteer hours, a set number of OAS stages and a Cub Scout capstone Project. Any Cub Scout who previously earned the North Star Award (Top Section Award for Beaver Scouts) may wear it until the Seeonee Award is earned.
- Religion in Life and Spirituality Awards are available for Cub Scouts who would like to to further explore their faith group or spirituality.
- World Scout Environment Award helps demonstrate a Cub Scout's concern for, and active stewardship of, the environment. This is an international award, which means that Scouts in other countries are also working to earn it, even though they may be working on slightly different requirements. All Scouts around the world who have achieved the badge will wear it on the uniform.
- Language Strips are worn by youth if they are sufficiently fluent at an age-appropriate level to carry on a simple Scouting conversation in that language.
- Canadian Path Cub Scout Link Badge is presented to Cub Scouts when they move up to Scouts. Any Cub Scout who was previously a Beaver Scout can wear the Canadian Path Beaver Scout Link Badge on their Cub Scout uniform.
Runners, Trackers and Howlers
Each year of Cub Scouting has a name that relates to the Cub Scouts role in the Pack.
Runners are the youngest (8 yr old) who are just learning how to run with the Pack. Next comes the Trackers (9 yr old) who are helping the Runners learn about the Pack and are able to participate more fully in the Pack adventures. Howlers are the oldest Cubs (10 yr old) are the voice of the Pack. They, with the help of the Scouters, help direct the Pack on their adventures.
Each level is shown by the number of whiskers either side of the wolf head on the Cub Scout woggle.
There are many ceremonies that Cub Scouts participate in to help symbolize their passage through the Cub Scout program.
At every meeting, Cub Scouts will participate in the Grand Howl. Shortly after joining, new Cub Scouts make their Cub Scout promise and are invested into the Pack at the Investiture Ceremony. Finally the year ends with the Moving up Ceremony, where Howlers say a final goodbye to the Pack before leaving the Jungle to join the Scouts for new adventures with the Scout Troop.