Welcome to the Cub Scout Section

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; whilst allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½.
There is core flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 7½ and can move to Scouts between age 10 and 11.  It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs. For further information, see our guidance on age range flexibility.

Structure
A Cub Pack is usually organised into small groups called Sixes, each headed up by an older Cub called a Sixer, and often with a Seconder as well. Sixes can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Cub Scout Pack. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Cub Scouts to gather at points at the start, during or at the end of the Pack meeting.

Activities
During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps. Participation and personal development, rather than meeting set standards, is the key approach, and there are a range of badges and challenge awards that Cub Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

There are currently 19 Cub packs for your children to choose from in Hornchurch District – details can be found on our ‘Join Scouting’ pages.

 

The Cub Scout Promise:

I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen
To help other people
And to keep the Cub Scout Law.

 

 

 

The Cub Scout Law:

Cub Scouts always do their best
Think of others before themselves
And do a good turn every day.

The Cub Scout Motto:

Be Prepared

 

2nd Cranham Cubs Remembrance Day

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District Cubs Lego Competition

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Congratulations to the two winners of the District Lego Competition.

The winners were picked by three members of the District. The DDC, District Chair and a District Cub Leader.

Due to the good quality of the building we decided to give a second prize. 1st prize was a £40 Lego kit and second was a £20 Lego kit.

The winner was Luke from 8th Hornchurch Jupiter and second place went to Jack from 1st Squirrels Heath. Well done to both Cubs and have fun with your new kits.

 

Bob Wallace
ADC Cubs (Events)

 

2nd Cranham Lockdown

101836413 3371723586185683 2622394369650458624 n copy2nd Cranham cubs have been extremely busy since lockdown and between them have earned 125 badges including 88 activity badges, 7 great indoors, and the completion of 13 challenge badges meaning 2 of our cubs got their chief scout silvers and we've not finished yet. We had an isolation international space camp to coincide with the recent space rocket launch to the ISS. We started with a zoom call (22 of us including 4 leaders and 1 young leader) we played a game and taught the cubs a knot, it was mayhem but great fun. Sleepover was Friday night but some cubs slept over on Saturday too. We gave them lots of missions to complete over the weekend and most completed them all. The cubs continue with our support to achieve their badges that we would normally be doing on a pack night, they are working really hard and we are extremely proud of them and thank the parents for their support and help.

David Dutch

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2nd Cranham Thank Refuse Collectors

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2nd Cranham cubs decided not only to clap every Thursday evening for the NHS carers and Key workers but to say a personal thank you to one of our vital unsung heroes, the refuse collectors. Just before lockdown we completed our Environmental Conservation badge and thought this was a nice way to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scooter Challenge 2020

ScootchallDespite bad weather warnings for this weekend we had a very good turnout of 47 Cubs.

The weather was a bit cold and we only had a small amount of rain. We had a hailstone shower that lasted a few minutes and turned the place into a Christmas scene totally white like snow. It went as quick as it came the Cubs actually enjoyed it.

Cubs from 11 Packs attended the event. The Cubs were racing in their age groups 8.9. and 10. This year the Cubs were individually scored again as we believe this is the fairest way to score.

There were trophies for the 3 highest scores in each age group and a trophy for the winning group.

Hot dogs, hot chocolate. crisps, Kit Kats and chocolate bars were for sale. Cubs love a Hot Dog and they ate over 50 of them.

The Cubs all enjoyed the races and there were no serious crashes. We did not open the First Aid bag.

The Cubs were asked at the end if they had enjoyed the day and would they like to do it again next year, a large shout went out they want to do it again.

Scores:

8 Years Old

1st Oliver 7th Squirrels Heath
2nd Barney 1st Corbets Tey
3rd William 1st Upminster

9 Years Old
1st Nathan 2nd Cranham
2ndConner 1st Corbets Tay
3rd Kieran 1st Corbets Tay

10 Years Old
1st George 3rd Rainham
2nd Callum 3rd Rainham
3rd Oliver 3rd Rainham

Winning Groups
1st 3rd Rainham
2nd 1st Corbets Tay
3rd 8th Hornchurch Jupiter

I would like to thank the Leaders that helped put on the event. Corrine and David Dutch, Roger Fall, Mick Cross. John Dodd, Edward McCready, Ian Arnold, Kevin Warner, Louisa Golder and George (Young Leader) without their help we would not be able to run these events.

Bob Wallace
ADC Cubs (Events)

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Hornchurch District Cubs Archery Competition

The competition was held at 2nd Squirrels Heath HQ, Arnaud Lodge on Saturday 23rd November 2019.
Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the Cubs that took part.BCD 0028

Results:

Under 9 Highest score
1st Jack 3rd Rainham
2nd Sam 2nd Squirrels Heath
3rd Francis 2nd Elm Park

Under 10 Highest score
1st Jacob 1st Elm Park
2nd Harry 2nd Squirrels Heath
3rd Jack 1st Elm Park

Under 11 Highest score
1st Michael 8th Hornchurch Dragon
2nd Callum 3rd Rainham
3rd William 3rd Rainham

Highest Group Average Scores
Under 9 3rd Rainham
Under 10 1st Elm Park
Under 11 8th Hornchurch Dragon

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District Cub Camp September 2019

This year’s District Cub Camp was held at Skreens Camp site in Chelmsford where 160 Cubs attended with 45 leaders and youngBCD 0003a Leaders.

Even though the weather wasn’t great the rain kept off until the night. All the cubs camped outside in tents which was a lot of fun.

Once everyone had arrived on Friday night and settled into their tents we had a camp fire where we all sung lots of camp songs.

Our District Commissioner came along and gave a 20 year service award to Dean Jefferies and made Mick Cross a District leader. The Cubs had sausages in rolls and a drink and went to bed.

On Saturday morning we all got up and had breakfast then the activities began for the day ranging from Kayaking, Crate stacking, Climbing, Badminton, Archery, Air Rifle shooting, wheelchair assault course, raft building, slack line and grass sledging.

On Saturday evening we had dinner followed by a night of Fun at the Fair games which included some of these games,  splat the rat, play your cards right, fish a duck, key in the box, football in the hole and Knock down bottles using a stocking over your head with a weight by swinging your head. After a fun filled night and tiring day we all had supper and went to bed with the rain pouring down on the outside of the tents!

On Sunday morning we all got up had breakfast and then we held a District Sports day with the usual activities of how far can you throw the welly boot, three-legged race, obstacle race, egg & spoon race, sack race, running race and wheel barrow race. All the cubs had lots of fun and enjoyed taking part.

A big thanks to all the leaders and the cooks team who helped make this such an exciting event for the Cubs.

Richard Thorn

District Cub Scout Leader

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Cubs District Soapbox Derby 2019

soapbox 2019What a packed event with 73 Cubs attending and 23 teams racing.

It was busy, a bit chaotic and karts everywhere. A big thank you to all the leaders who gave up their time to make this event happen.
It was a dry day but a bit over cast but the rain kept away. The biggest upset was for the leaders when the electric urn decided to give up the ghost and die. No more tea and coffee for the rest of the day.

A few of the newer groups to the event found out that their Karts were not quite up to the challenge and a number of wheels went astray. But there were plenty of carts to borrow and it did not stop the fun. Be prepared is the moto for next year. Kart building techniques were learnt by some.

This was some comments from 3rd Rainham Cubs about the event “had a blast” “it's amazing” “fantastic great fun” “Thanks for having us” that is telling it all, the Cubs had a good time.

A big thank you to Nelms School for allowing us to use the playground and facilities.

With so many Cubs attending we had to drop some races as we did not have enough time to get them all in.

Lets see if we can have even more Cubs for next Year with three races running at the same time. Cub leaders and parents get building those karts.

Position Name Time Group
       
1st 1st Skull 5:59 1st Cranham
2nd Debz for days 6:24 7th Hornchurch
3rd Skull Crusher 7:00 3rd Rainham
       
       
1st Scooter Ch Rafael 00:52 8th Hornchurch Dragon
2nd Scooter Ch Fin 00:59 1st Cranham
3rd Scooter Ch Thomas 01:00 1st Elm Park
       
Fastest Kart 2nd Elm Park    
       
Best Decorated Kart 1st Cranham    

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 Bob Wallace
Assistant District Commissioner Cub Scouts (Events)

District Cubs Badge Day 2019

190 Cubs and leaders having a great time earning badges and enjoying the outdoors at District badge day. Thanks to Bob and his team and all the Leaders, adults and Young Leaders, who have worked hard to provide this opportunity to the Cubs.
Activities include cooking egg omelettes, making dampers, ping pong ball guns and electrical circuits. The Cubs will go home with DIY, Science, Backwards cooking and Pioneer badges.

Debbie Carter

DC

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Cubs Scooter Challenge 2019

It was a windy day but fortunately there was no rain.

When the Leaders arrived to set up we had to change the route of the race track because bushes had grown on the route and it was getting a bit narrow.

Cubs from 11 Packs attended the event. The Cubs were racing in their age groups 8.9. and 10. The reason for this was this year the Cubs were individually scored. We took the two highest scores from each group to decide who would be the winning group.
We believe that this made it fairer for the groups that did not have as many Cubs taking place.

Hot dogs, crisps, Kit Kats and chocolate bars were for sale. Once again, Cubs love a Hot Dog and they all sold out.

The Cubs all enjoyed the races and there were no serious crashes. We only used one plaster,

The Cubs were asked at the end if they had enjoyed the day and would they like to do it again next year, a large shout went out they want to do it again.

There were trophies for the 3 highest scores in each age group and a trophy for the winning group.

8 Years
1st Olly - 2nd Cranham#
2nd Ashton - 1st Corbets Tey
3rd Francis - 2nd Elm Park

9 Years
1st Callum - 3rd Rainham
2nd James - 1st Upminster
3rd Ewan - 2nd Squirrel’s Heath

10 Years
1st George - 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
2nd Caleln - 2nd Squirrel’s Heath
3rd Aiden - 8th Hornchurch Dragon

Winning Group
1st 8th Hornchurch Dragon - 60 points
2nd 2ndSquirrel’s Heath - 57 points
3rd 1st Squirrel’s Heath - 56 points

Thank you to all the leaders that helped put on this event: Richard Thorn, John Dodd, David and Connie Dutch, Sandra Smith, Ian Meadows, Chris Plume, Ian Arnold, Mick Cross. Also thank you to all the Young Leaders that helped.

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Hornchurch District Cubs Air Rifle Competition 2018

We had a very good turnout for the competition with over 70 Cubs attending. The Cubs attended in 2 age groups Under 9 ¼ and 0ver 9 ¼. The change to the competition this year was that there were no teams and all cubs shot individually. Trophy’s were awarded to the top three scores in each age group. The two highest scores from each group were added together to find the overall group winners. A film and various games with sweets as prizes were run to keep the Cubs not shooting from getting bored. Thanks to all the Leaders that stayed to help run this event.
The scores were:

Under 9 1/4
Name  Group  Score
Max 8th Hornchurch Jupiter 48
Oscar 8th Hornchurch Mercury 27
Hazel 1st Corbets Tey 26
Over 9 1/4
Name  Group  Score
Brandon 8th Hornchurch Jupiter 34
James 7th Hornchurch 28
Lily 1st Corbets Tey 24
Overall Group
1st 8th Hornchurch Jupiter 104
2nd 1st Corbets Tey 91
3rd 8th Hornchurch Mercury 64

Bob Wallace ADC Cubs (Events)

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District Cubs Soapbox Derby

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Second year running 1st Corbets Tey Cubs wins the overall trophy.

A good turnout of cubs for this year’s event. It was a nice sunny day and all the Cubs had a good time. Fifteen teams took part in the figure of 8, oval, obstacle, team challenge and endurance race.

There were a few crashes during the day (only a few plasters used) and just a few loose wheel nuts.

We also had an individual scooter challenge time trial. Congratulations to Finley from 2nd Squirrels Heath Cub pack who took home the trophy. The best decorated cart was also won by 2nd Squirrels Heath Cubs. Well done to them.

Results

Position Team Total
1 Future Drivers 3:34
2 Dart 3:51
3 8th HX Jupiter A 4:01
4 Corbets Tey Crushers 3:53
5 1st EP Red 4:18
6 2 Face 4:20
7 Flame Rider 4:23
8 2nd Squirrels Heath 1 4:42
9 Fortnight Trollies 5:07
10 Spy Crawler 5:00
11 1st EP Blue 5:22
11 2nd Elm Park 5:03
12 1st Cranham 1 4:57
13 1St Cranham 2 5:40
14 8th HX Jupiter B 5:33
Scooter Challenge
1st  Finlay (2nd SQH)
2nd Liam (2nd SQH)
3rd James (8th HX jupiter)
Fastest Kart
Future Drivers (1st CT)
Best Decorated Kart
2nd SQH


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 Hornchurch District Archery Competition

Hornchurch District Cubs Archery Competition 2018
               
Under 9 years old     Under 10 years old     Under 11 years old  
               
3rd Rainham 144   1st Elm Park 142   8th Hornchurch Jupiter 212
3rd Rainham  (mixed) 106   3rd Upminster Livingstone 140   2nd Squirrels Heath 188
2nd Cranham, 1st South Hornchurch, 1st Upminster 98   8th Hornchurch Jupiter 136   1st South Hornchurch 184
2nd Squirrels Heath 96   3rd Upminster Wesley 134   1st Elm Park 144
8th Hornchurch Apollo 92   8th Hornchurch Apollo 128   2nd Elm Park Tiger 106
               
Highest Score     Highest Score     Highest Score  
James 2nd Cranham 62   Jack 8th Hornchurch Jupiter 62   Joshua 1st South Hornchurch 88

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Harry Potter Camp

On the weekend of the 2-4th of February 28 cubs from Jupiter and Dragon Cub packs attended a Harry Potter camp at Belchamps. The camp was a resoundingHWbadge success and all those that attended the weekend had a fantastic time and all came away with new spells.
The Cubs and young leaders were sorted by the sorting hat into their respective houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. The sorting set the tone for a magical weekend.
After this the cubs coloured their household crests and they went on a hike around the site.
The following morning the different houses started to attend their different classes, wand making, Defence against the Dark arts, Find the philosophers stone, and the Sorceress hunt. Each of these lessons were thoroughly enjoyable and the cubs learned lots of new things.
They all came away from the camp with their own wands, uniforms and also medals and wizard’s hats.
The Sorceress hunt was to enable them to find the ingredients for the potions to be used on Sunday. The cubs found the philosophers stone after a hike searching around the campsite. They also discovered how to repel death eaters during defence against the dark arts by using nerf guns.
Each of the classes had house points up for grabs in order to determine which the best house was for the camp. The cubs also competed in an inter house quidditch tournament which they thoroughly enjoyed and got rather muddy.
They then had a wide game which where the cubs earned more points for their houses. It was a really enjoyable and fun day at Hogwarts.
On Sunday they had a few final classes, they had a potions class where they had to perform different tasks in order to make slime. They also competed in the Triwizard’s tournament and a muggle studies class in the art of fire lighting.
The scores were then calculated to determine who was the winning house and the winning house was Ravenclaw, second place was Gryffindor, third place was Hufflepuff and in last place was Slytherin. All those who attended the camp had a great time and can’t wait until the next one.


Jack Bresslaw

Over the weekend the Cubs had 2 cameras with them to take pictures.

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Hornchurch District Cubs Scooter Rally

Another successful year for the Scooter Rally with 65 Cubs from 12 packs attending. Every Cub that I speak too really enjoys this event.DSC 0167 1
As you know we hold the event at Crow Camp the ideal home for this event. With the forest and small slopes, we can construct a good track for the racing. We changed the format of the event this year. We now have teams of three cubs this has made it fairer for smaller packs to be able to win this event.
It was a cold day but the rain held off. The track was dry and full of leaves. Cubs kept warm with Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs which ran out too soon, I will need to buy more next year.
I would like to thank the leaders who turned up to assist with the event without them we could not run this event.
Congratulations to 1st Squirrels Heath who won the trophy this year. The cubs were presented with Certificates for First, second and third.

Results

Position Team Score  
1 12 39 1st Squirrels Heath
2 7 38 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
3 13 37 1st Squirrels Heath
4 3 35 2d Elm Park
5 14 34 1st Squirrels Heath
6 15 34 1st Elm Park
7 18 31 1st Corbets Tey / 1st Cranham
8 20 30 1st Squirrels Heath / Ist Rainham / 8th Hornchurch Mercury
9 8 28 8th Hornchurch Mercury
10 9 27 8th Hornchurch Mercury
10 16 27 2nd Upminster

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District Cub Camp 2017

This year’s camp was held at Gilwell park (the home of Scouting).
It was attended by 10 Hornchurch Cub Groups. There were plenty of site activities Freefall 2, Ariel Trek, Wobbly Pole, Jacobs Ladder and also our own bases to keep the Cubs entertained. Saturday evening there were bases supplied by each group and the Cubs went round and had a go at all of these. The weather held out and the sun shone most of the time. On the Sunday morning, we held the District Cubs Sports day, sports included were obstacle course, welly throwing, sack race, egg and spoon and normal running.

The results of the Sports day were

1st 2nd Squirrels Heath
2nd 7th Hornchurch
3rd 8th Hornchurch Jupiter

Well done to the Cub of the camp who received a certificate and also a Scout hand spinner which was the envy of all the Cubs. I am sure that all the Cubs and leaders had a really good time. I know my Cubs are looking forward to next Year.

Thanks to all the leaders that worked together to make this event happen.

Bob Wallace DCSL

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