‘The best part of Scouting is definitely the camps. I love every activity we do apart from swimming. They told us the pool was 24 degrees centigrade. Minus 24 more like!’
Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years. From an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea island in 1907, it has spread to 216 countries and territories, with an estimated 28 million members.
Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a 'look-in'. In nearly a century, the section has constantly evolved and adapted its programme and methods to meet the changing needs of each generation of young people, and these days admits girls as well as boys.
My name is Rob South and I support all the cub scout packs in Swindon North District. I coordinate joint events and visit the packs to present the special badges and give support to the leaders. Since the early days cubs have had a theme based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book (also a Disney cartoon). The leader of each pack is named Akela after the wolf who took care of the boy Mowgli. Kipling wrote a later story with a wolf called Won-tolla who helped Akela and Mowgli when they were in trouble. He was a lone wolf without his own pack, hence the name.