Scouting and the Family
A Grownup's Guide To The Wolf Cub Program
Thank you for searching for more information on the Wolf Cub
program. Cubbing offers an exciting variety of creative
activities to spark any Cub's imagination. It also promotes
wholesome personal development.
Scouts Canada believes that children learn by doing. Cub
activities encourage children to discover and understand their
world through play and adventure. Briefly, let's talk about how
you and Scouting can work together to help your child do his (or
Scouts Canada And Your Child
Scouts Canada is the largest youth educational organization in
Canada. With a quarter of a million members across the country,
we also form part of the world-wide Scouting Movement which
includes over 16 million members in 150 countries.
Scouting runs youth programs specifically designed for each
age grouping: Beavers (5-7 years old), Wolf Cubs (8-10 years old),
Scouts (11-14 years old), Venturers (15-17 years old), and Rovers
(18-26 years old).
To understand how Cubs can meet your child's needs, let's look
at what makes Scouting special.
Scouts Canada's Principles
Scouting is based on three broad principles which represent
its fundamental beliefs.
Duty to God:
This is defined as: "Adherence to spiritual principles,
loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the
duties resulting therefrom."
Duty to Others:
This is defined as: "Loyalty to one's country in harmony
with the promotion of local, national and international peace,
understanding and cooperation", and "Participation in
the development of society, with recognition and respect for the
dignity of one's fellow-being and for the integrity of the
Duty to Self:
This is defined as: "Responsibility for the development
of oneself."This is in harmony with the educational purpose
of the Scout Movement whose aim is to assist young people in the
full development of their potentials.
Scouting's core philosophy and values are expressed by the
principles. These form a "code of ethics" for how
Scouting expects all members to conduct themselves while
participating in activities. The Wolf Cub's promise, law and
motto are age-appropriate versions of Scouting's principles.
Wolf Cub 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 to do a good turn for somebody every day.
(i) The Cub respects the Old Wolf *,
(ii) The Cub respects himself.
* (an "Old Wolf" refers to a leader or any respected
Do Your Best
Scouts Canada's Mission
Scouting's principles are put into action and focus through
our mission statement. Scouting's mission is:
"To contribute to the development of young people in
achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual
potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members
of their local, national and international communities through
the application of our principles and practices."
Scouting's mission seeks to help develop the whole child.
While some children may excel in school or when playing sports,
to fit into society a person must be well-rounded mentally,
physically, socially and spiritually to the best of their ability
Cub Program Goals
In order to fulfil Scouting's principles and mission, the Cub
program is geared specifically to meet the developmental needs of
most 8-10 year olds. The program emphasizes activities which
encourage Cubs to:
- express and respond to God's love in their daily lives
- do their best
- keep fit
- satisfy their curiosity, and need for adventure and new
- be creative and develop a sense of accomplishment
- make choices
- develop a sense of fair play, trust and caring
- work together in small groups, and experience being a
- participate in outdoor activities
- learn about the natural world and their part in it.
In Wolf Cubs, "Do Your Best" nicely sums up the
approach to activities described in this book. Cubs need adult
support and approval as they play, learn and discover. Children
need this for building self-esteem and self-confidence. It is
critical for them to feel a sense of accomplishment for what they
did, rather than being taught that only winning counts. Scouting
believes that Cubs who "do their best" in any activity
deserve equal recognition and praise.
How Packs Are Organized
The Wolf Cub theme is based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle
Book. It provides a sense of outdoor adventure and fantasy that
appeals to a Cub's imaginative mind. The "pack" refers
to all members in your child's Cub program. Within the pack, Cubs
are broken into small groups called "sixes". A Cub who
is asked to lead a "six" is called a "sixer".
The Sixer has an assistant called a "second". Cubs
usually rotate through these early leadership jobs based on age
The primary adult leader of the pack is referred to as "Akela"
-- the name of the old wolf and leader of the pack in The Jungle
Book. Other leaders take a "jungle name" such as Baloo
(the bear), or Bagheera (the panther). Your pack may also have a
"Kim" -- a Scout who works with the Cubs. Kim is
another Kipling character. Older Cubs are sometimes invited to
work with a Beaver colony. Each Cub helper working in a colony is
called "Keeo", after a character in the Beaver book
Friends of the Forest.
The leaders in your Cub's pack are supported by a group
committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring the programs
offered meet Scouts Canada's guidelines and that the pack has
enough resources to operate effectively. The group committee
represents a sponsor which is the overall partner with Scouts
Canada. Sponsors are typically community centres, clubs,
religious institutions or parent groups. The sponsor works
closely with Scouts Canada to ensure Scouting programs and
resources are meeting the needs of all its youth and adult
After learning a bit about Cubs, your child will be ready to
become "invested", or formally welcomed, into the pack.
You will be invited to attend the "investiture ceremony"
to help welcome your child into the Cub pack.
Your Role in Cubbing
Scouting is a family-based organization. Activities we offer,
plus the values and skills we provide, are aimed at supporting
your efforts to teach your child what is needed to become a well-rounded
person. Your personal involvement is important to help reinforce
the lessons your Cub learns. Here are some suggestions to help
you become involved:
- Sit down with your child and look through the Cub book
together. What activities do you find interesting or
appealing? How could you work on these activities as a
- Find out what activities leaders plan to run in your
child's pack. Most leaders set aside time at the first
meeting to ask Cubs what they would like to do. They draw
up program plans from the children's input.
- Get to know leaders by their real names. Too often
parents only know leaders by their "jungle"
names. Leaders are truly interested in your child's
welfare. Tell them what your child likes to do. This will
help them plan fun activities.
- If your Cub is interested in working on an activity
outside of the meeting, or you want to make it a family
project, talk over your plans with the leaders. They can
provide useful tips and tell you how well it fits into
the weekly programs.
- Your talents, hobbies and interests are great program
assets worth sharing with children. Find out how you can
become a resource for the pack's programs. This will let
you spend valuable time with your child and share
experience. Cubs really enjoy showing off for an adult
family member who attends a meeting. This sense of pride
helps strengthen adult-child relations. When your child
joins Cubs, you become part of the pack's support team.
- Become a leader. Scouts Canada offers up-to-date training
and resource materials. Leadership is fun and exciting.
You will be with your Cub during a special time and see
him (or her) develop and grow before your eyes. As well,
the friendship and camaraderie you'll share with other
parents can lead to long-lasting relationships and
Helping Cubs Stay Safe And Healthy
A child's health and safety are the most important issues
facing any parent. The world is quickly changing and the stress
on today's Cub is growing daily. The Wolf Cub program has
specific activities which help a child explore important social
issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse, smoking and personal
safety. Take the opportunity to discuss these issues openly. It
is a perfect chance to share your insights, values and experience
with your child.
The Cub Book will introduce your child participation within
six activity areas. While your Cub will only see the fun and
excitement the activities present, each area focuses on a clear
purpose and goal.
The purpose and goals for each activity area set out how the
activities are relevant to today's child while meeting
THE NATURAL WORLD ACTIVITY AREA
To create a feeling of care and concern for the natural world
and an interest in nature study.
- To provide practical environmental activities that
explore the wonders of nature.
- To develop an understanding that all life requires food,
water, shelter and space.
- To explore and develop an understanding of the positive
and negative impacts people have on the environment.
- To give direct ideas on how to help the environment in
THE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AREA
To provide opportunities for Cubs to develop self-confidence
and early leadership skills through the introduction of basic
camping and other outdoor pursuits.
- To instruct Cubs on how to enjoy the outdoors safely.
- To introduce Cubs to various outdoor pursuits through age-appropriate
activities based on simple skill learning and fun.
THE CREATIVE EXPRESSION ACTIVITY AREA
To encourage Cubs to creatively explore and express themselves
throughactivities which utilize imagination and innovation.
- To develop a creative outlet for child interests through
the use of music, arts,and crafts in the Cub program.
- To enhance Cub awareness of how modern technology can be
used for creative expression.
- To stimulate and foster Cub literacy through activities
which promote, or require, reading skills.
- To provide opportunities for Cubs to pursue a project
from start to finish, thereby producing a sense of
THE HEALTH AND FITNESS ACTIVITY AREA
To encourage Cubs to lead active and healthy lives and to have
a positive image of themselves.
- To encourage Cubs to have healthy lifestyle attitudes
through developing active living habits.
- To promote the positive benefits of being involved in
- To educate Cubs about health risks associated with
- To educate Cubs about health risks associated with drug
and alcohol abuse.
- To encourage the practice of good hygiene habits for
maintaining personal health and promoting self-reliance.
THE HOME AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITY AREA
To create in a Cub a positive feeling of family and community
responsibility, as well as personal self-reliance through
opportunities to develop home care skills and knowledge about
various community services.
- To provide support to the Cub's family by teaching skills
related to home care,
- To explore and appreciate the challenges facing disabled
people in the community.
- To explore what services are needed to support a
community, and how a person would access these services
CANADA AND THE WORLD ACTIVITY AREA
To provide opportunities for Cubs to better understand how to
actively participate in Canadian society and the world we live in.
- To learn about and appreciate Canadian society through
active participation in community service projects.
- To discover and learn about their own faith and the
various world religions.
- To participate in programs which highlight people and
their cultures that make up Canada and the world.
- To demonstrate the inter-relationships Canadians have
with people in other countries.