Every Cub is required to wear the correct uniform. This consists of a pair of navy blue Scout 'combat' trousers, a green Cub Scout polo shirt and a green Cub Scout jumper. Anyone who joins the Ockendon Cub pack is given a brand new green and black neckerchief with a woggle when they are invested (join the group). Cubs also wear black shoes - trainers or school shoes and black socks.
The trousers, polo shirt and jumper can be bought from a number of outlets but if you buy it through the district Scout shop, then we, as a pack, get some of the money given to us. It is run entirely by volunteers is open 10.00am - 12.30pm each Saturday morning.
The address for the Scout shop is:
See here for the link to the shop www.thurrockscouts.org.uk
All Cubs work on their activity and challenge badges which are then sewn onto their Cub jumper - activity badges go on the left sleeve and challenge badges go on the right chest area. Once a Cub has earnt all 6 Challenge badges, they qualify for the Chief Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cub can achieve. Cubs get the chance to earn many badges and each has its own place on the uniform - see the following picture:
Badges and awards
There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub Scout Section.
Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.
In addition, there are a number of special badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Pack, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.
Joining In Awards
You will receive a joining in award each year you are in the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, so that everyone knows how long you have been a member of the Scout Group. When you receive a joning in award, don't forget to remove the previous one.
Moving On Awards
If you came up from the Beaver Colony, then you will have received the Beaver to Cubs Moving On award. You can continue to wear this badge throughout your time at Cubs until you gain the next Moving On award.
The next award is presented to a Cub just as they are moving on to the Scout Troop to show they have learned what Scouts is all about. This will be the first badge you wear on your Scout uniform.
There are seven challenge badges for you to try. You will usually earn these by attending every week at Cubs and taking part in the extra activities. If you get the first six then you will receive the top award called the Chief Scout's Silver Award.
Chief Scout's Silver Award
The Chief Scout's Silver Award is the highest award available in the Cub Scout Section. It is gained by completing six of the Challenges (not Outdoor Plus).
But that's not all! There are 40 Activity Badges that you can complete at any time while you are a Cub Scout. It is up to you to decide which Activity Badges you want to try so if you want to earn these badges, you should speak to your leader about what you have to do.
These cover everything you could possibly be interested in, from Adventure to World Faiths, Computers to Science and Music to Horse Riding. If you have a hobby, interest or favourite sport there is an Activity Badge that you can work hard for, gain and wear on your uniform with pride.
Activity Badges can be worked on by any Cub. They offer the opportunity for a Cub or group of Cubs to take a particular interest or skill to a higher level. The detailed requirements of all the badges are on Scoutbase; just click on the badge’s picture to be taken there.
Sometimes, badge courses are organised for the pack for a particular badge. The courses may be run over several evenings or at a special weekend event. And finally, badges just sometimes happen. Scouts gain bits and pieces towards a particular badge by camping and taking part in activities, so it doesn't seem like work at all! Cubs may work on badges at home but please talk to the Cub Leader before they start.
Most of the Activity Badges are individual badges just for the Cub section.
And some are staged so that you can earn higher levels as you improve. These badges are the same within Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
There are also three partnership awards that are earned by Beavers, Cuibs and Scouts all working together. As these badges are for the whole Scout Group, your leader will tell you if you are working towards one of these.