It's not a proper birthday without a cake, and Cubs
from across Bath have
been busy decorating birthday cakes to celebrate 100
years of Cub Scouting.
In the city-wide competition, the Cubs created their own designs
with icing, jelly beans, chocolate and fruit. The cakes will
be judged by a panel of Leaders and the winning Cub Pack will
receive a gift voucher to spend on outdoor gear.
The designs on the cakes have varied from reading 'Cubs 100' to
depicting the activities Cubs enjoy including fire lighting,
games and camping. 10th Cubs in Combe Down
recreated the special centenary badge with cupcakes and 28th
Bathampton Cubs made a campfire scene.
The competition marks the start of a year of celebration
events. In the coming months the young people will undertake
a birthday inspired adventure-packed programme. The
66th Weston Cubs are running a special 100 inspired
challenge with a limited edition badge for those who complete all
one hundred tasks. In May, there will be a county jamboree
for over 3,000 participants with a very large birthday party, and
later in the year there will be a special cinema screening of The
Jungle Book, which is a firm favourite as many Cub names and
activities were inspired by the Rudyard Kipling stories.
Cub Scouts have seen many changes over the last century.
Called Wolf Cubs and originally only open to boys, the junior
Scouts' badge requirements once included reciting the national
anthem, turning a somersault and making a model warship.
Whilst it is unlikely most girls and boys would be taught this now,
many of the skills from 1916, such as road safety, fire lighting
and first aid, are still relevant today.
Cub Scouting provides an inspiring programme of everyday
adventure for girls and boys aged 8 to 10½. Over 200
activities, including adventure camps, climbing and water zorbing,
are on offer. Zak Rogers said, "I've tried so many new things at
Cubs and this is going to be a really exciting year; I can't wait
to go camping again. Being a Cub Scout is all about doing
yourbest and I try to do that every day."
Adult volunteer Ethan Rosesaid, "It's very rewarding to support
a long-running movement which is more relevant than ever
before. Cub Scouting gives young people opportunities to try
new things, to push themselves and to learn life skills. We
encourage them to have an adventure and to enjoy the
To join the Cubs with their celebrations either as an adult
or as young person visit www.bathscouts.org