Cub Scout Essentials

To become a full member of the Cub Scout Pack you must first get invested. Even if you came up from Beavers you need to be invested as a Cub.
Here are some of the things you should know for your investiture:
* The History of Scouting
* The Scout handshake and motto
* How the Cub pack works
* Understand the Cub Scout Promise
* Practice the Cub Scout Law
* Keep a diary of random acts of kindness for four weeks that you’ve done
* Own a Cub Scout Uniform
* Know how to wash and iron your neckerchief
* Understand that it’s important to show up on time for the meetings
* Know that you are unique and write down your qualities

Looks like a lot doesn’t it, well don’t worry your Leaders will be there to help you  and you Sixers and Seconders will look after you.

Scout Salute
In his book, Scouting for Boys, Robert Baden-Powell chose the three-finger salute for Scouts to represent the three aspects of the Scout Promise:

1. Honour your God
2. Help Others
3. Obey the Scout Law

The Cub Scout Law
Cubs Scouts are Friendly
Cubs Scouts are Kind
Cubs Scouts are Honest
Cubs Scouts can be trusted

The Cub Scout Promise
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God
To serve my community
To help other people and
To live by the Cub Scout Law

The Scout Motto
“Bí ullamh” “Be Prepared”

The Scout Handshake
The left-handed Scout handshake is made with the hand nearest the heart and is offered as a token of friendship. Ashanti chiefs offered their left hands and said, “In our land only the bravest of the brave shake hands with the left hand, because to do so we must drop our shields and our protection.” The Ashantis knew of Baden-Powell’s bravery because they had fought against him and with him, and they were proud to offer the left hand of bravery.

The Jungle Book
Baden-Powell asked his friend Rudyard Kipling for the use of his Jungle Book history and universe as a motivational frame in Cub Scouting. The Grand Howl which signals the start and end of the Cub Scout Meetings. Adult leaders of Cub packs take the names of The Jungle Book ‘s main characters. In many countries the leader of the Pack is called Akela.

The fleur-de-lis is the main element in the logo of most Scouting organizations, representing a major theme in Scouting: the outdoors and wilderness.The three petals or leaves represent the threefold Scout Promise (Duty to God and Country, Duty to Self, Duty to Others) in much the same way as the three leaves of the trefoil represent the threefold promise for the Guides. Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, explained that the Scouts adopted the fleur-de-lis symbol from its use in the compass rose because it “points in the right direction (and upwards) turning neither to the right nor left, since these lead backward again.” The two small five-point stars stand for truth and knowledge. Together their ten points represent the ten original Scout laws. The reef knot or square knot represents the strength of World Scouting. The rope is for the unity of Scouts throughout the world. The ring holding the petals together represents the bond of brotherhood.