Cubs are generally aged 8 to10½. Most enter via Beavers but a few either join the movement directly as Cubs or transfer in when they move home. As with the other sections, girls are welcome to join.
Cubs is about participating in a wide range of activities with others of a similar age. This can mean learning technical skills, such as rock climbing, leadership skills as a Sixer and social skills when playing games. But the emphasis is on hands-on participation. Through their efforts the Cubs able to gain badges they can proudly display on their uniform.
Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm, or go camping as a Pack or with the Group overall. This means sleeping in tents rather than huts, cooking and looking after themselves and doing loads of outdoor activities. The value of camping should not be underestimated - the Cubs bond together and get to see in detail how others behave and their attitudes/thoughts/actions.
The adult leader in charge of the Cup Pack is called Akela (who was the leader of the wolf cub pack that looked after the boy Mowgli in the Jungle Book stories). Other leaders normally take the names of other characters, such as Bagheera, Kaa, Chil, Hathi, Raksha, Rama and Baloo.The cubs are divided into groups called Sixes. Of course each Six normally has about 6 cubs in it. The Sixes are often given a colour to identify them and each Six wears a different colour woggle on their scarf. A Sixer is a Cub placed in charge of a particular Six. Each Six has a Sixer and a Seconder. The Sixer is normally an older experienced Cub who can help the members of their Six as they progress through Cubs. The Seconder is there to assist the Sixer in his duties.