How Cub Scouts Began

How Cub Scouts Began

Cub Scouts have been around for a little over 100 years, when younger boys wanted to join the older boys at their Scout meetings. The founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell recognised that a younger section was needed and in December 2016, published the Wolf Cub's Handbook.

Photo courtesy Ray Wood Collection

   
  
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  Cub Scouts were first call Wolf Cubs, as Baden-Powell saw how Native Americans named their best young men ‘Wolf’.   ‘Wolf’ became a title of honour for Scouts and therefore a young ‘Wolf’ was a Wolf Cub.  The name was shortened to ‘Cub Scouts’ in the 1960s as some countries where wolves were very dangerous asked to drop the association with wolves.   Baden-Powell used the  Jungle Book  by Rudyard Kipling as a way of illustrating how Cub Scouts should work. This is why many Cub Scout Leaders have the same names as the Jungle Book characters.      Photo 1st Glen Osmond Cub Pack 1958 Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

Cub Scouts were first call Wolf Cubs, as Baden-Powell saw how Native Americans named their best young men ‘Wolf’.   ‘Wolf’ became a title of honour for Scouts and therefore a young ‘Wolf’ was a Wolf Cub.  The name was shortened to ‘Cub Scouts’ in the 1960s as some countries where wolves were very dangerous asked to drop the association with wolves.   Baden-Powell used the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling as a way of illustrating how Cub Scouts should work. This is why many Cub Scout Leaders have the same names as the Jungle Book characters.

 

Photo 1st Glen Osmond Cub Pack 1958 Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

   
  
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  In Australia the first mention of a Cub Scout pack was in 1914 in Leichhardt in Sydney.   Cub Scout numbers quickly grew in the next few years.  Cub Scout packs were established in WA and Tasmania by 1916, and in 1918 in Queensland.

In Australia the first mention of a Cub Scout pack was in 1914 in Leichhardt in Sydney.   Cub Scout numbers quickly grew in the next few years.  Cub Scout packs were established in WA and Tasmania by 1916, and in 1918 in Queensland.

On the following pages check out our Scout photo album

On the following pages check out our Scout photo album

Cub 'First Aid' 1956

1st Pulteney Grammar School Cubs Pack Holiday

Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

 Cub Choir Recording  Glen Osmond Cub Choir 1957.   Here they are practising and being recorded at a pack holiday.   Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

Cub Choir Recording

Glen Osmond Cub Choir 1957.   Here they are practising and being recorded at a pack holiday.

Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

 Cub Campfire 1958   Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

Cub Campfire 1958

Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

 End of Pack Holiday 1957   Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

End of Pack Holiday 1957

Courtesy Ray Wood Collection

 Cub Scouts in 1968   Courtesy Chris Ballard

Cub Scouts in 1968

Courtesy Chris Ballard

 Tasmanian Cub Scouts and their Leader in 1983.      Courtesy Chris Ballard

Tasmanian Cub Scouts and their Leader in 1983.

 

Courtesy Chris Ballard

 Tasmanian Cub Scouts in 1983      Courtesy Chris Ballard

Tasmanian Cub Scouts in 1983

 

Courtesy Chris Ballard

 The 75th Birthday of Cubs in 1991.   Courtesy Chris Ballard

The 75th Birthday of Cubs in 1991.

Courtesy Chris Ballard

 Courtesy Chris Ballard

Courtesy Chris Ballard

 Courtesy Chris Ballard

Courtesy Chris Ballard