Scouting is a journey of personal development through fun, adventure & challenge. Scouts learn by doing, acquire confidence within a small team of friends, discover self-sufficiency and independence while on activities and especially on camp and on hikes.
The journey is structured within a programme that is divided into five sections:
- Beaver Scouts are girls and boys aged 6-8.
- Cub Scouts are girls and boys aged 9-11.
- Scouts are girls and boys aged 12-15.
- Venture Scouts are girls and boys aged 15-17.
- Rover Scouts are girls and boys aged 18-25.
If you’re interested in your child joining Cub Scouts click here.
Cub Scouts typically meet once a week during school terms. At the meetings they will play team games and learn Scouting skills like hiking, camping, knots, first aid, cooking etc.
The activities are all geared to allow each Cub to develop in the areas of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional & Spiritual growth according to their own abilities and particular interests.
When they have met a set of challenges or have mastered a particular level in a skill they earn a badge to sew on their uniform.
Cubs work in small teams called Sixes which are led by a Cub Scout – called a Sixer - and an assistant called a Seconder. Adult leaders - known as Scouters, just one of the many Scouting Terms you’ll learn - will do their best to let every child have a turn in these roles. Cubs will be involved in planning and running some of their own meetings & activities. They take part in planning their own camps – for example deciding on the menu and doing some cooking on camp, and deciding which activities to do.
Weekly meetings are only half the story. The real adventure is in the outdoors – hill walks up mountains, treasure hunts, one or two or three night camps, litter-picking, parading on Saint Patrick’s Day, hostel trips, and sometimes overseas trips. Children of this age love the outdoors and once they have the right gear, won’t mind a bit of rain. They also handle overnights without parents brilliantly, but if you want to come along consider becoming a Scouter – we always need more volunteers.
Scouters are Garda Vetted and trained in Child Protection issues. Scouting Ireland is committed to Scouting Safely at all ages.
National events for Cubs include JamÓige – a big camp held every four years for Beavers and Cubs – and the National Cub Challenge each year. There are also lots of events run by the Scout County and Scout Province.
When your Cub turns twelve they will be invited to move up to Scouts where the adventure continues with old friends from Cubs and new Scout friends.