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K aders
YOUR PAC a zine for Cub Scout Lrey 2009
The mag cember 2008/Janu

Research and
New resources for
the Scientist Badge

Going global
A programme on a plate with
an international avour

THE Cubs really think of your activities
Find out wh

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Your Cub Scout Working Group
Graeme Hamilton, UK Adviser for Cub Scouts Intro
Nicola Ashby, Programme and Development
Adviser for Cub Scouts
Barbara Beck
Ruth Bennett
May Castrey
Rob Rowles
Ian Stewart
Val Thomason

Rita Hickin
Contact them on:
Cub Scout Working Group
The Scout Association
Gilwell Park, Chingford, London
E4 7QW; Tel: 0845 300 1818

Contributions to Cub Scouting has been growing
ADVERTISING for the last three years, and its up to all of us
Tom Fountain to keep it that way, writes Graeme Hamilton
Tel: 020 8962 1258

Our aim is to sustain the current growth of the Cub Scout section. One of the
biggest component parts is ensuring that we retain our adult leaders, that we
train, coach and support them effectively and that we recruit new adult helpers
so as to sustain the good work of the section teams in every corner of the country.
What youve
No team can do that alone - Group Scout Leaders need to be close at hand to
been up to recently:
develop these sectional teams and build up a strong relationship and linkage
between the sections; District Commissioners and their teams are vital in
Mrs M Ford of 1st Bethersden Cub providing the first level support; Area and County Commissioners and their
Scouts and Gordon Stuart of 26th teams are vital in ensuring consistency, providing essential back up support and
Blackners Cubs were runners offering wider opportunities for Packs and leaders to develop.
up in the Ordnance Survey We all need to take that responsibility of finding and supporting new adult
helpers. Just think of the effect on the Movement if every adult managed to
competition (August/September introduce ONE additional adult to help on a regular basis. And each of them
Cub supplement). They win a copy stayed. What a difference we would make.
of Coast. Congratulations!
Engaging Young Leaders
Nearly 350 Tamwor th Beavers, The Explorer Scout Young Leaders Scheme is another example of where we are

Cubs and Scouts made friends able to develop the next generation of leaders. Evidence suggests that we have
a lot more to do in the Cub section to effectively engage these 14-18 year olds
around the world as par t of the across the country. Whatever the reason, we can all do more to understand the
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and scheme and by doing so, we will develop even more effective leaders, who one
Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). day, perhaps, will succeed us in running the section.

4 Sons and daughters 8 POP 11 Competition
A Scout reveals his favourite Cub Going global with this issues Win 500 for your Pack
activities programme on a plate
12 Break the mould
10 The science of fun Casting footprints
Events to experiment at and and animal tracks
help your Cubs gain their
Scientist Badge 3

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Sons and
daughters ing
To celebrate Scouting magazine be
taken over by young people, Dave
son, Oliver, brings you his favourit
activities from his time as a Cub

ello. Ive been a Beaver Scout, a Cub Scout and am now a
Scout (with the 1st Englefield Green). I really enjoy being
in Scouting. My mum was my Beaver Scout Leader and my
dad was my Cub Scout Leader and they often tried out
the games and activities at home on my brothers and I before running
them with the Beavers and Cubs. Sometimes the activities or games
were rubbish, and we told them so. If this happened they would either
change their plans or scrap the idea completely. We also told them
which ones were really good. Its nice to be listened to and have our
own ideas tried out.
For almost three years while I was a Cub I tried loads of new things
and was introduced to some things which are now my favourite hobbies,
such as cooking, magic, drama and origami. It also gave me the
confidence to work towards my Young Sports Leader Award and Ive Heres Oliver at
enjoyed spending time teaching sport to young children at our local camp learning
primary school. with King Louie
Dad has given me this chance to share my favourite games and
activities with you and your Cubs I hope you enjoy trying them out!

Spotted! booklet
For the journey to a camp, prepare a double-sided sheet of paper, or small booklet, for each Cub Scout. The
sheet should contain pictures of objects that may well be seen on the journey to camp. As a Cub spots an item
they tick it off. You dont need to make a competition out of it as they will enjoy spotting the items and telling
their friends. Objects to include: vehicle logos or models, company logos (seen on lorries), road signs, trees,
product logos.
Oliver says: This helps pass the time on the journey and teaches you lots of logos too!

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Programme ideas

Robot wars

you will need (per Six)

remote controlled car
Note: Cheap, domestic RC vehicles only come in two
frequencies and identical frequencies cannot battle
each other. These vehicles can be picked up these days
for a few pounds each.
box of assorted junk
sticky tape.

1.Hand out the items.

2.Each Six has half an hour to build an armoured
vehicle with spikes and weapons that can burst
a balloon.
3.Stick a balloon on each robot and let pairs
battle it out.
Oliver says: Each Six was given two cars, one of
each frequency, so we could battle the other Sixes.

Like this?
and search recycling robot

Target practice

you will need

plastic cups or card targets
String burning competition spud guns and potato per Cub Scout.
1.Line up the plastic cups or card targets and
you will need hand out the potatoes and spud guns.
string 2.Let them see how accurate their shooting is.
campfire area per Six Oliver says: We did this outside as, when we
one leader per Six is needed to ensure
fair play. practised at home the floor got covered in slippery
sticky bits of potato and mum wasnt happy.
1.Sixes are each given a prepared
campfire area.
2.A length of string is stretched out horizontally
between two vertical sticks (each string must be Shelter building
exactly the same height off the ground about Sixes or pairs of Cubs are given a polythene
one metre is ideal). decorators sheet, some broomsticks or Scout
3.On the word go, Cubs must go off and collect staves and some pre-cut lengths of string or sisal.
wood and light a fire. They find a suitable corner of the campsite and
4.Which Six can burn through its string first? build a shelter together.
Oliver says: This tests teamwork and Oliver says: We used our shelters as bases for a
firelighting skills. Its tempting for everyone to wide game where we had to collect things and
rush off, collect wood, light it and watch it die store them in our base which we had to defend
away. I won this activity when I got my Six to from attackers armed with wet sponges and
keep collecting wood and stoke the fire. water pistols. 5

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Stained glass biscuits

you will need:

a standard biscuit mix plus bowls
greased baking trays
coloured boiled sweets.
1. Cubs mix up the ingredients to make the
biscuit dough, and tear off a lump. Orienteering
2. They roll this into a pencil-thin sausage and
mould it into a ring, sealing the two ends of the Use towards
dough together.
Map Reader Activity Badge
3. One or two of the boiled sweets are put in the
centre of the dough ring and the tray put into an
oven for the required time. you will need
4. When cooked, the sweet will have melted and items to mark out a course.
formed a semi-transparent centre of the biscuit!
Oliver says: Dad tried this with Jelly Babies first 1. On a field, prepare a simple orienteering
and wrecked our baking tray! course, using metal tent pegs with plastic key
tags attached as the checkpoints.
2. Each numbered tag, which is virtually invisible
until you get within about 2m of it, has the
Bricklaying compass bearing and the number of paces to the
Ask a local bricklayer, builder or a competent next checkpoint.
DIY-er to come and teach Sixes how to lay bricks 3. Checkpoints should be no more than about 40
correctly. They will love mixing the mortar and paces apart.
building a simple wall or brick barbecue. Oliver says: King Louie made a course for us
Oliver says: This was one of dads more weird which really made sure that we understood what
ideas but one of the best things Ive ever done bearings were about, so when we went hiking
at Cubs! we knew the value of getting it right.

Mini pizzas
Like this?
you will need Find similar programme
sliced bread ideas on Programmes
tomato and barbecue sauce Online. Simply visit www.
thinly cut slices of pepperoni and frankfurters, grated cheese and
round cutter search cooking

1. Cubs use the cutter to cut a round disc out of a slice of bread (or use a large mug or rigid plastic pot).
2. Toast one side under the grill.
3. Remove the disc and, on the untoasted side, spread some sauce.
4. Sprinkle some cheese and add a few slices of pepperoni or frankfurter if desired.
5. Put under the grill and toast until brown.
Oliver says: This led us on to making our own real pizzas at camp from our own dough.

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Programme ideas

Backwoods cooking
Charcoal barbecues provide a reliable source of
continuous heat if running this activity as a base.
Olivers favourite recipes include:
Toffee apples chunks of peeled apple, dipped
in water then rolled in sugar. Best done on foil
barbecue trays.
Frankfurter kebabs chunks of frankfurter (no
fears on under-cooking!), peppers, onion,
mushroom and tomato.
Popcorn popping corn put into a sheet of foil
Wet heads and hands with a splash of oil. Bunch the foil into a bag very
loosely but seal it closed tightly there needs to
you will need: be room for the corn to expand.
sponge football
Marshmallows Give Cubs a cheap work glove
bowl of water.
to help protect them.
1. Players stand in a wide circle around the leader. Oliver says: Mmmm delicious!
2. The leader passes the soaking wet ball to
Like this?
players in turn around the circle saying either
Find more ideas in the Nights Away or Backwoods
heads or hands.
Cooking book, available from the Scout Information
3. The player must do the opposite action to the Centre on 0845 300 1818 or
command heads and they catch the ball and
gently return it; hands and they head it back.
4. Recharge the ball with water from time to time. Demolition derby
5. If a player gets it wrong they can sit down or Place nine empty soft drinks bottles or cardboard
remain in to play as this is just for fun! tubes around the playing area.
Oliver says: A brilliant variation of a standard Using a remote-controlled car, see how many
game and great for hot evenings. each player can knock down with the car in
45 seconds.
Oliver says: Once the Pack had bought the
cheap cars, we used them for loads of different
Origami games and activities.

you will need:

lots of squares of paper.
1. Issue squares of paper to each Cub and show Tommy Smartie
them how to make a simple origami figure.
2. One of the easiest and most rewarding is a you will need:
flapping bird. You may need two adults to approximately 12 Smarties or similar
help a Six. coloured chocolate beans per Cub Scout.
1. Players sit in a small circle around a plate.
Like this? 2. One player leaves the circle.
3. Someone chooses a specific bean to be
You can find links to some very
good, easy-to-follow instructions at: Tommy Smartie they must keep this secret. 4. The absent player returns and eats a bean one
Hobbies/Origami/ by one until they touch the chosen one, when all
players cry Tommy Smartie!. The player may eat
Oliver says: I love origami. We found that we the rest. Repeat until all have had a turn.
needed extra adult help with some of the Oliver says: This was always a popular games
trickier models. base at our Pack Christmas parties. 7

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Ref Activity name Activity/Game POL ID Time Zon
29880 Ed energy facts
Opening 24640 10 mins

Most popular programmes


on Programmes Online
22766 Diwali cards

142 Jumbled up relay Ice cube

(October 2008)
20922 Throughout
pets meeting
28815 Get the prisoner (30 mins)

245 Marks first poppy

This issues theme is Going Globa
compiled by Steven Moysey

Programmes on a plate Ed energy
29880 20 mins

Leaking pipe 4239 25 mins


Closing 24641 5 mins


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Zone Method Instructions

ns Beliefs and Attitudes Themes Discuss the theme for the meeting.

ghout Global Try new things Preparation:

ng Gather the insulation materials you need and prepare an ice cube for
ns) each member of the section, plus an additional control cube.
What you do:
- Give each member of the group an ice cube pet, a graph, pen/pencil
and access to a ruler.
- They should measure the height of their pet and record it on the
graph, along the start line and record their own and their pets name.
- Ask each participant to then choose a material to provide a blanket to
wrap their pet in for the duration of the meeting.
- Explain that your ice pet is going to remain without any insulation to
see how long it lasts.
- At various intervals throughout the meeting, which will vary
depending on your other activities, ask each pet owner to measure
their pet again and record it on the graph. We suggest that you
revisit the pets every 10 minutes or so, if possible, to monitor the
gradual melting process.
- At the end of the activity get the group to compare whose pet lasted
the longest and whos melted the quickest and why.
- You can link this to climate change.

ns Global Games; Themes - To maximise the entertainment factor of this programme, dress up as
Ed, the Energy Professor (think big glasses, lab coat, etc) and enter
to read energy related statements after explaining that they must
choose if they are fact or foul.
- Read the statements. (download from
- Young people choose fact or foul by moving to one side of the
meeting place, or performing set actions.
- Reveal the correct answer. If it is foul, there is an accompanying fact
to read, which the whole group should listen to.
- If keeping score, announce the winner at the end of the questions.

ns Global Themes; Before the activity you will need to make the leaking pipe:
Team challenges - Cut lengths of plastic 100mm pipe to approximately 1.5m.
- Cement the pipes into buckets (small amount of mortar is required
for each bucket).
- Drill holes where you think the young people can comfortably reach.
- When the concrete is set the pipes are ready.
The challenge
- Split the section into small teams and allocate them a pipe with a
tennis ball and an equal supply of water.
- Explain that each team need place the tennis ball in the pipe and
retrieve it using only the material provided.

Beliefs and Themes; Prayer, Ask the Cubs if they have learnt things from the meeting, and
Attitudes worship and challenge them to think about their energy and water use.

For more great ideas visit 9

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The science
of fun

f you like the idea of doing themed activities
during national events and celebrations, have
you thought about how you might take part National Science and Engineering
in National Science and Engineering Week?
Week is the perfect event to help
your Cubs gain their Scientist
Happening between 6 and 15 March 2009, people of
all ages, areas and organisations will be taking part in
science, engineering and technology activities, so why Badge, writes Carmen Attard
not give your Pack the chance to join in?
National Science and Engineering Week is the ideal time
to start working towards the Cub Scout Scientist Badge.
Free activity resources
And to help, badge sponsor Rolls-Royce has developed
All the resources listed have been developed
three new resource packs to help your Cubs complete by Rolls-Royce to help Cubs and their leaders
the badge. complete the Scientist Badge:
The Scientist Badge Activity Pack, including
Free packs for all full instructions for six activities and a
certificate for Cubs completing the badge. To
New packs, including worksheets for Cubs to complete
order your copies visit
and a simple explanation of the science for leaders, are sponsors/rollsroyce and follow the link.
now available for three more of the Scientist Badge Seven 30-minute activity packs for Cub Scout
requirements. These include constructing a hot air Leaders to download, including worksheets for
balloon to show how hot air rises, ideas for growing Cubs to complete and all the science explained
for Leaders. Find these at
cress from seed, and making a pinhole camera using
everyday household items. Full instructions for completing all 19
To achieve the Scientist Badge, Cubs have to Scientist Badge requirements are available on
complete six of 19 possible activities to help them Programmes Online. Simply log on to www.
understand the physical and living worlds. There is a and search scientist badge.
Rolls-Royce would welcome your feedback
wide range of activities to choose from, including
on these resources and to hear about the
games, and things to make, explore and discover. Most activities your Cubs completed to gain their
activities can be completed either during Pack meetings badges. Email
or at home, using everyday items.

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Win 500 for
Competition Intro

your Pack
Enter National Grids
7. This kitchen is really dangerous. Circle five hazards
from the many shown that could cause an accident.

Home Safety competition

First prize - 500

Second prize - 300
Third prize - 200

The three lucky prize winners will receive 50 each plus

one of the above prizes for their Cub Scout Pack. All your
Cubs have to do is fill in the answers to the quiz below. Send entries to:
Visit to Carmen Attard, National Grid competition, The Scout
hear Chief Scout Peter Duncan promoting the competition. Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, E4 7QW
Include: Name:
The quiz Name of Cub Scout Pack:
1. National Grids Home Safety Badge Activity Pack Signature of parent/guardian allowing photograph of winner
to be used for promotional purposes (see below)
contains a scratch and sniff card which has the smell of
natural gas on it. What does this smell like? (tick one box)
Bad eggs Terms and conditions
The competition is to win: first prize 500; second prize 300; and
Flowers third prize 200 cheques for a Cub Scout Pack to purchase
equipment and three lucky Cub Scouts could win a 50 voucher
each to spend in Scout Shops subject to the following:
2. What is the number of the National Gas Emergency Service? Competition is open to UK Cub Scouts.
You must provide name, address and name of your Cub Scout Pack.
Only one entry per Cub Scout will be entered into the prize draw.
Closing date of competition will be 28 February 2009 and winners
3. If you smell gas in the home name one thing you should will be announced in the April/May Cub Scout Supplement.
do before calling the National Gas Emergency Service? Entries should be sent by email to or
by post to Carmen Attard, Home Safety Competition, The Scout
Association, The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford,
London E4 7QW.
Winning entries will be drawn at random from all correct entries
received. The judges and National Grids decision is final and no
4. If you are going out after dark what can you do to correspondence will be entered into.
Winners may be required to promote the prize.
make your home safe: (tick three boxes)
National Grid reserves the right to cancel or amend the
Draw curtains Leave windows open competition at any time without notice and liability arising from
Leave front door open Leave keys hidden near such cancellation or amendment and to offer an alternative prize,
and reserves the right to request proof of identity of the winner.
Leave lights on front door/letter box The prize is non negotiable, and is not transferable or returnable
Leave radio playing and there is no cash alternative.
The winning Cub Scout will be given a voucher to the value of 50
to be spent in Scout Shops.
5. What is a stop cock used for? The winning Cub Scout Pack will be sent a cheque to the value of
their prize and must provide details of how the money will be spent
Cub Scouts who are related to employees of National Grid will be
6. If you lose electricity power to your home what two allowed to enter.
Entrants will be deemed to have accepted the above rules and
things should you check first before calling your agree to be bound by them when entering the competition.
electricity supplier? No purchase necessary.
The promoter is National Grid plc, 1-3 The Strand, London WC2N 5EH.
For any query or complaint in relation to the promotion please
write to 11

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Break the mould
t without firing up a furnace.
There are many things you can cas
your sleeves and create
Charlie Dale invites you to roll up
a masterpiece with a purpose

Plaster of paris
This comes as a very fine white powder, which
makes for very smooth and detailed castings.
When mixed with water (in the correct
proportions) you get a thick liquid which can
be poured into a mould (the negative), and
then sets to form a positive of what you have
moulded. The most obviously Scouting use for
this is to make casts of animal footprints as an
aid to identification and teaching.

Preparation of the mould

1. Find the animal track or footprint you wish to
take a mould of, if you cant find one try
making one! Clean any loose material from the
imprint: leaves, sticks, stones, etc, as these may
affect your finished casting.
2. Use card or plastic sheets to set up a fence
all round the track 1 or 2 cm high, this will
form a barrier and prevent the mixture
spreading everywhere.
3. Make sure there are no gaps in your fence
the best way to do this is to use a single piece
made into a loop overlapping where the two
ends meet, and then secured with tape, staples
or paper clips.
4. You may need to use a releasing agent such
as petroleum jelly smeared on the inside of
your fence, this will ensure it will peel away
from the finished casting without damaging it.

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Make and doIntro

1. Let the mixture stand for a couple of

minutes, but not too long or youll just have a
bucket full of set plaster! You can test that its
still moving by nudging the container gently.
2. Pour the mixture gently into the mould,
making sure all parts are covered, leaving a few
millimetres at the top. The mixture should self
level to form an even top.
3. Leave to set. Test every five or 10 minutes
with a pin or nail to see if the casting is hard,
be patient!
4. When youre sure the casting has set,
carefully remove the fence, then gently lift the
casting away. It may need a bit of a clean, so
use an old toothbrush.
5. You should then see a clean copy of whatever
paw or hoof mark was left in the ground.
6. You can use a felt-tipped pen on the flat
back of the casting to record information about
it: your name, where and when the casting was
Making the mixture made, what it is a casting of, etc.
1. Use a flexible bucket or other similarly
flexible container, obviously the more or larger
the castings you are making the bigger the
container needs to be. Do not use a metal Tidying up
container unless you are willing to throw it If you have any mixture left in your container
away afterwards. leave it to set, then you should be able to tap it
out into a bin.
2. Put some water into your container;
Do NOT pour waste mixture down a drain or
estimates vary as to how much you will need,
sink plughole, it will set in the pipes and cause
some say equal proportions of water and
a blockage.
plaster, others as little as half the amount of
After tapping out the set plaster from your
water to plaster. Experiment until you find a
container you can rinse it out with water to
good mix.
remove the last traces of plaster.
3. If you use cold water this will slow down the If you have any plaster on your hands wash
setting process, using warm or hot water will them in a separate bucket of water to remove
speed it up if you use hot water you wont the excess plaster, then wash them with hot
have long at all before the water and soap in the normal way.
mixture sets solid, so be prepared! You can pour the bucket of rinsed water
4. Take handfuls of the powder and sift it down a drain.
through your fingers (to break up any lumps) onto
the surface of the water.
5. Avoid stirring the mixture if you can, this
may mix in air bubbles which will spoil your Safety tips:
finished casting. The mixing of plaster and water should only be
6. Keep adding plaster to the water until it has carried out by a responsible adult.
become a greyish mass with no obvious Always wear a mask when mixing the powder.
standing water. If you feel you have to stir the Never use your hands to mix the plaster and
mixture to remove any lumps do so gently with water, the mixture will generate some heat
a long handled wooden spoon or stick. because a chemical reaction is taking place. 13

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Wax works
Melted paraffin (candle) wax is a great
alternative. The wax wont be as permanent as
plaster after all it can melt again, whereas the
plaster sets for good! but that does mean you
can re-use the material many times.
1. Take shavings from a candle or cut one up into
small pieces and place them in the bowl.
2. Carefully place the bowl into the pan of hot
Other things to mould water and stir the pieces around to help them
Its not just animal footprints that can be melt (this is the safest way to melt wax). It is
moulded, anything that leaves a mark in the strongly recommended this process is carried out
ground could be cast. For example, the Police under strict adult supervision and with fire and
sometimes take casts of footprints found at first aid equipment nearby.
the scene of crimes, to help them identify 3. You can either keep the pan on a stove with
people by the size and print of their footwear, the water simmering, or periodically replace the
especially if there are any distinguishing marks. water in the pan with fresh hot water.
You could look at tyre treads; car, motorcycles 4. Build a fence in the same way as described on
or bicycles will all leave the pattern of their page 12, and carefully pour the melted wax into
tyre treads in soft ground. Have a look around the mould.
and see what else leaves unusual marks that 5. Once set the wax casting and fence can be
you could cast. pulled away and cleaned with water.

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