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The British Boy Scouts & The British Girl Scouts Association
BBS Wolf Cub (Junior Scout) Badge Guide
Wolf Cub (Junior Scout) Training Scheme
Admission Tests And Proficiency Badges
This Handbook replaces that of the same title in the same series.
First Edition 1933.
Second Edition July 1983.
Third Edition September 1985.
Fourth Edition May 1989.
Fifth Edition March 1990.
Sixth Edition July 1993.
Seventh Edition July 1997
Eighth Edition February 2014
|Wolf Cubs (Junior Scouts) - Uniform
|Wolf Cubs (Junior Scouts) BBS
|Wolf Cubs (Junior Scouts) BGS
|Wolf Cubs (Junior Scouts): Badges and Rank Insignia
|Training Scheme: Wolf Cubs (Junior Scouts)
|Method of Wearing
|The Tenderpad/Tenderfoot badge.
|The First Star
|The Second Star
|Wolf Cub (Junior Scout) Admission Test: Tenderpad/Tenderfoot
|First Star/First Step Badge
|Second Star/Second Step Badge
|Leaping Wolf Badge
|Book Reader (Yellow)
|First Aider (Red)
|House Orderly (Red)
|Wolf Cub Sixes and Colours
|General Policy and Regulations Applicable To Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts
|Child and Young Persons Protection And Safeguarding Policies
|Wolf Cub Scouters'/Officers' Titles
|General Safety At Meetings and Out and About
|Membership and Age Range
|General Uniform Badges All Sections
|Co-Operation between Sections
|Co-Operation with Other Organisations
|The Story of Mowgli's Adoption Into The Pack
|Do a Good Turn Everyday
In the description of uniform 'Scout Colours' refers to the traditional colours of Khaki, Blue, Green or Grey (with variation in shade allowed). Where options are provided, with the exception of Scouters/Officers the option chosen must be uniform within a Section.
A Wolf Cub wears the following badges:
In Uniform a cloth badge with the letters BBS or BGS superimposed in red on a white arrow with a black ground, worn mid-point between elbow and shoulder of the right sleeve; A cloth badge with a Red Wolf Head motif on a Scout Green background or White 'Peace Lily' Fleur-de-lys on a blue background (for Junior Scouts only) at the discretion of the Scout Group but must be consistent throughout worn on the left breast of the shirt or blouse.
A SECOND wears in addition, on the left breast of the jersey, one stripe of Yellow braid, 15mm wide forming a ring around the complete arm.
A SIXER wears two stripes of Yellow braid as above set 15mm apart.
A SENIOR SIXER wears three stripes of Yellow braid as above.
The General scheme of Junior Scout/Wolf Cub badges is as follows:
Wolf Cub/Junior Scouts proficiency badges are worn on the right arm in two/three parallel rows between shoulder and elbow, except as follows:
Wolf Cubs. The Tenderpad (a cloth badge with a Red Wolf's Head on a Scout Green ground) is worn in addition to the BBS or BGS Arrow Badge on the left breast with a second badge worn on the front and in the middle of the Cub Cap.
Junior Scouts. The Tenderfoot (a cloth badge with the letters BBS or BGS superimposed in red on a white arrow with a black ground) is worn mid-point between elbow and shoulder of the right sleeve. The Beret NPS Badge (a cloth badge with a white Florentine lily on a navy blue ground) is worn over the left eye on the beret.
(2) The First Star (Wolf Cubs) is worn on the cap on the right of the Wolf's Head. The First Steps badge (Junior Scouts) is worn on the left sleeve mid-point between shoulder and elbow.
(3) The Second Star (Wolf Cubs) is worn on the cap on the left of the Wolf's Head. The Second Steps badge (Junior Scouts) is worn in place of the First Steps badge. The Troop Yell in the Tenderfoot Test is replaced by the Grand Howl in the Wolf Cubs Tenderpad Test.
Before being invested, the Boy/Girl must satisfy the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster that he/she knows and understands the meaning of:-
Do Your Best (DYB, DYB, DYB)
A motto is a guide to living.
The Wolf Cub Motto means that you should remember to do your best in everything you try.
If you do your best, then no one can ask any more of you
Before awarding the First Steps badge the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster must satisfy himself/herself that the Wolf Cub/Junior Scout can pass the following tests:-
Before awarding the Second Steps badge, the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster must satisfy himself/herself that the Wolf Cub/Junior Scout can pass the following tests:-
The Leaping Wolf badge will be awarded to a Wolf Cub/ Junior Scout who has gained his/her Second Star/Steps badge and three special proficiency badges, one of which must be the First Aider, Guide or House Orderly badge. This he/she can wear while in the Wolf Cub Pack/ Junior Scout Troop and when he/she goes up into the troop until he/she has passed his/her First Class tests. The Leaping Wolf badge will be worn over the right breast.
Badge colour background representations:
These tests are divided into two classes, A and B. Class A is for Candidates 8-10 years of age; Class B for those over 10. The tests are of the same nature in both classes, but standards are different. (If a Candidate is unusually developed in this class he/she should by judged in class B. If a Candidate in class B is under-developed he/she should be judged by Class A).Class A.
Be able to give a satisfactory performance in any of the two following:- Playing a musical instrument (2 tunes); singing (2 songs); reciting; acting or miming; puppetry; conjuring.
(The first two alternatives to be well-known tunes; the performance for each of the latter alternatives to last at least three minutes).
ake an article from odds and ends such as fir cones, clothes, pegs, etc., or recondition 2 durable toys approved by the SM.
Make a worthwhile toy or model of reasonable size, such as a boat, engine, motor car, aeroplane or animal or make in reasonably correct proportions and colouring, a worthwhile composite toy or model such as a farmyard, jungle ark with animals, cottage with furniture or railway station or make 2 useful or decorative articles from cans, raffia, wool, leather, wood, string or any other suitable material approved by the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster.
(Note: An article presented for the Second Star/Steps test must not be admitted for any part of this badge.)
Note: A written note of confirmation or Certificates must be produced for test (2) from either SM or Schoolteacher and test (3) from SM.
The Wolf Cub Pack is divided into SIXES comprising six or thereabouts Wolf Cubs, with an appropriate Wolf Cub appointed by the Cubmaster in charge and overseeing their Six and know by the title 'SIXER', assisted by another Wolf Cub who will be known as the 'SECOND'. In addition the Cubmaster may appoint a 'SENIOR SIXER' who assists the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster in the general running of the Wolf Cub Pack, and a principal role is leading the Grand Howl. Each Six is identified by a 'SIX COLOUR' and named by that colour. The list of permitted Six colours is given below:
A Wolf Cub Pack must form part of a BBS Scout Group, and the Scout Group must register the Wolf Cub Pack under their Scout Group Registration, as for all Sections. The Wolf Cub Scouters/Officers must apply for the appropriate warrant for their rank, the forms for which are available from the Group Scout Master or from the BBS Headquarters. Please note that a Wolf Cub Pack may be permitted to be formed in advance of a full Scout Group being established with the approval of the BBS Headquarters.
The Association's policies and procedure for these are obtainable on request from the BBS Headquarters. All warranted Scouters/Officers will need to complete forms relating to these policies and undergo checks to ensure that the Association policies are being fully complied with.
The Scout Group is responsible for its Public Liability and any Personal Injury insurance that must be in line with the BBS Headquarters' requirements, in order to qualify for registration of the Association.
The ranks for leaders follow similar to those in the other Sections of the Scout Group and are all warranted posts, in order of rank is the 'Cubmaster' (CM) or 'Lady Cubmaster' (CM), then the assistants referred to as 'Assistant Cubmaster' (ACM) or 'Lady Assistant Cubmaster' (ACM). Junior Scout Troops use the same ranks as for a Scout Troop.
The Cubmaster may, with the approval of the Group Scout Master and Scout Master concerned, obtain the services, as a 'Cub Instructor' of a Scout (who must have reached the age of 15 years or hold the 'First Class Badge' or a Senior Scout, or a Guide (who must have reached the age of 15 year) with the approval of the Guide Captain. In addition a girl not a member of the Guide Movement and reached the age of 15 years, after serving a probationary period of 6 months service, again with the approval of the Group Scout Master, may become a 'Cub Instructor'.
The titles or names for the Wolf Cub Scouters/Officers are traditionally taken from 'The Jungle Book' as is the theme for the Wolf Cubs. Therefore the name 'AKELA' must be used for the Cubmaster. Names for Assistant Cubmasters and any adult helpers will be left to the discretion of the Section concerned, but the names that can be selected from are those found in 'The Jungle Book' story, but only using the good, well meaning animal names like - 'BALOO'; 'BAGHERRA'; 'KAA'; 'RAKSHA'; 'RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI'; 'HATHI'; 'CHIL', as typical examples.
The training of Wolf Cub Scouters/Officers follows the same course as for all other Sections, consisting of a 'Preliminary Training Course' (PTC) that will probably be carried out over a weekend, or two day sessions or maybe several evening sessions. At the end of the course a Certificate will be issued and a two-stranded Turk's Head Woggle will be presented.
After completing the PTC comes the 'Part 1 Correspondence Element' consisting of three Studies, each Study consisting of questions to which you, as the Candidates, will have to find the answers by either reading or in discussion groups with others. Each Study will be checked by a Reader appointed for that purpose and then the next Study can be undertaken. On completion of the Correspondence Element a further Certificate will be issued.
Following this will be the 'Part 2 Pratical Residential Course' over a long weekend or several short weekends, in which the practical skills of Scouting will be presented. A further Certificate will be issued on Completion of 'Part 2'.
'Part 3 Probationary Period', a probationary period usually of around three months will then take place, after which a report will be submitted by the Group Scout Master, on the suitability of the candidate in putting into practice what has been learned during the 'Wood Badge Training'.
When a recommendation as to the suitability has been received by the Trainers, a further Certificate will be issued, together with the 'Wood Badge' insignia proper and the 'Order of World Scouts' Wood Badge neckerchief.
Whilst the above is not compulsory, it is hoped that all Scouters/Oficers will want to become as proficient as possible and will undertake that training. We can all benefit from an exchange of ideas which is inevitably a product of such training.
SAFETY IN THE PACK MEETINGS - Where there are boisterous games it is necessary to remove out of harm's way all things that are likely to cause injury, e.g. tables and chairs, ropes and other equipment not required for that game and especially sharp or pointed objects. Look out for things likely to lead to accidents.
SAFETY ON THE ROAD - The 'Green Cross Code' is an essential part of our Scouting programme and all Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts should be taught this, and always ensure that when you are out with the Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts you make a point of being seen to abide by the 'Green Cross Code' to the Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts. If the situation of your meeting hall is one that the Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts need to leave by crossing a road, then ensure that there is a Scouter/Officer appointed to that role of safely crossing the Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts. PARENTS - should be asked to ensure that they are there on time to deliver and collect their child before and after each meeting, but still ensure that there is at least one Scouter/Officer on any exit door to supervise the arrival and departure of the Wolf Cubs/Junior Scouts at each meeting. In addition sections of the 'Highway Code' appropriate to pedestrians or other activities that the Wolf Cub Pack might be involved in (cycling as an example) should be taught and practiced.
FIRST AID - All Wolf Cub Packs should have to immediate hand a comprehensive First Aid Kit. This should contain the normal requirements items for dealing with cuts and scratches, grazes and bruises. In addition a small note book to record any details of injuries sustained and the treatment given and by whom, along with the name of the Wolf Cub, the date and time and finally the location. A current edition of the First Aid Manual issued by the British Red Cross or similar authority must be kept in the First Aid Kit.
Any head injury which appears to have concussed the injured person should be dealt with at the nearest hospital.
Wherever possible one of the Scouters/Officers in the Wolf Cub Pack should be trained in First Aid and preferably hold a valid STA 'Activity First Aid' and 'Emergency First Aid At Work' Certificate, or have attended a First Aid Course offered by the British Red Cross or similar authority to the same level.
On all outings CARRY A FIRST AID KIT.
If you are not equipped to deal with a specific incident, get someone who can.
WOLF CUB MEETINGS should be arranged to suit the age group. Meeting lengths of time are normally between one and a half hours to two hours, and of course as much as possible within the programme should be arranged for outdoor activities.
On occasions it might be considered appropriate to hold a 'SIXERS' COUNCIL', an informal meeting of Wolf Cub Scouters/Officers, the Sixers, and, if desired the Seconds. The function of the 'Sixers' Council' is to discuss internal administrative and programme matters and for the Cubmasters consult the Sixers over these.
It is advisable that a 'WOLF CUB COUNCIL' meeting should be held at regular intervals. This is an informal meeting of the Wolf Cub Scouters/Officers with any other adults working with the Section, to discuss programmes and activities.
Membership subscriptions should be levied on the individual Wolf Cub/Junior Scout. This should be determined by the Group Scout Master in consultation with the Cubmaster and should be a reasonable amount, bearing in mind local conditions and expenses incurred in running the Wolf Cub Pack as a part of the Scout Group. The monies must be properly accounted for and banked with the Scout Group Treasurer, and the monies expended at the discretion of the Group Scout Master in consultation with the Cubmaster. A float could be issued for the Cubmaster's accountable cash purchases for the Wolf Cub Pack.
Both Boys and Girls are eligible to join this Section when they have attained the age of 7.5 years . They transfer to the Scouts when they have achieved the age of 10.5/11 years. 10.5 years if they have passed all their tests and gained the 'Leaping Wolf'.
BBS & BGS ARROW BADGES - Two of these Association badges are worn, one on the right breast of the jersey and one on the right arm at the same height as the breast badge.
SCOUT GROUP NAMETAPE - The Scout Group nametape is worn at the top of the right arm shoulder of the jersey, following the shoulder seam around.
ORDER OF WORLD SCOUTS BADGE - This badge is worn on the right breast of the jersey, just below the BBS & BGS Arrow badge. This badge is the badge worn by all members of the international 'Order of World Scouts' (OWS), the international membership badge for the Order founded on 11.11.1911.
The Wolf Cub Pack cannot exist in isolation as it is, nor should be, it must be a Section of a Scout Group (unless a new group just forming with Wolf Cubs only to start with). There must be contact and interactions with the Beavers, Wolf Cub Pack and the Scout Troop on regular occasions to show a good Scouting example to the younger Sections, as well as knowing other Section Scouters/Officers and members of other Sections that they are members of a family in Scouting. Combined activities are very important and all Wolf Cubs should fully support these that may be organised by the Scout Group, such joint activities as parades; hikes; parent and members games; fetes and fund raising; Christmas parties, etc.
Joint activities with young persons of comparable ages in other organisations such as the Brownies and other associations' Wolf Cub Sections, Church youth groups, or competitions with school teams are to be encouraged. As our aim is the promotion of our Scouting and all it stands for, and to be seen taking a useful role in community activities and society, we must therefore participate in outside activities and fully support these activities; and not permit the membership to be lukewarm in their participation of these joint or share activities, thereby letting the Scout Group down.
We are principally a Christian Scout Association as such Church Parades and attendance at one's own Church is an essential element for Wolf Cubs in Scouting, embedded in its Wolf Cub Promise and Wolf Cub Law. Therefore Wolf Cubs must be encouraged to fully participate in all the Scout Group Church Parades, particularly the St. George's Day Church Parade where the Wolf Cubs re-affirm their Wolf Cub Promise and Wolf Cub Law. Monthly Church Parades are recommended in order to fulfil the important elements within the Wolf Cub Promise and Wolf Cub Law with minimum attendance targets set for members. Wolf Cubs should take pride in supporting all Church Parades, the marching, the Hymn singing, the pride in being seen in uniform and carrying their Section flag, thereby reinforcing their part played in the family of Scouting. And of course other young people see them and want to join.
The programme of activities should be appropriate to the 7.5 and 11 year olds and for both boys and girls, particularly in mixed meetings. As well as outdoor activities the programme should consist of, amongst other things, games with a purpose to promote character building and self-reliance, a sense of duty to others, fun, sportsmanship and interest in the outdoors. Sample programmes can be obtained from the B.B.S. Headquarters on request.
NOTE : WOLF CUB PROGRESS CHARTS (A3 DISPLAY CHARTS FOR WALL HANGING) CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE BBS HEADQUARTERS ON REQUEST.
We trust that this handbook will be found of great assistance, any questions or requests for further information, please contact the BBS Headquaters.
This is a very short version of how Mowgli, the wood-cutter's boy was adopted into the Seeonee Wolf Pack. The full story is in the Rudyard Kipling's 'First Jungle Book', or in the shortened version 'All the Mowgli Stories'. This short version is well suited to be read to the Wolf Cub age group.
It all started when, on a warm summer evening, in the heart of the Seeonee Jungle, by the banks of the Waingunga River, the Seeonee Wolf Pack was waking up for its night's hunting.
One family of wolves, Father Wolf, Mother Wolf (who was called 'Raksha') and their three sons, lived in a lair on the hunting grounds. Just s Father Wolf was preparing to go out and hunt, they all heard the roar of a Tiger down in the valley. Now, there was only one Tiger in the area, and that was 'Shere-Khan', who was a bad Tiger.
Just as in the Cub Pack, the Wolves had their Laws, two of which I will tell you now. The first is that you may only hunt in your own hunting ground, and nobody may trespass onto another's. If you cannot for some reason hunt in your own grounds, then you must ask permission to use another's, and you may not use it until that permission is granted.
The second is that the animals of the Forest may not hunt man the reason being that man will then come and hunt them.
Now, Shere-Khan had broken both these Laws, as he was out of his own hunting ground, AND the was hunting MAN. Shere-Khan was a lazy Tiger, and found it easier to hunt Man than Animals, as they were easy prey. Well, as the roar of the Tiger became stronger, the Wolves realised what he was hunting, and became silent, to hear the outcome. The outcome came quite soon, and was made apparent by the hunting roar turning into a roar of terror. This pleased the Wolves, as it meant that something had gone wrong, and the Humans had escaped.
At the same time as the roar subsided, the Wolves had a visitor, in the shape of Tabaqui, the Jackal. The Jackal is a lazy animal who will not hunt, but lives off the food that the Wolves and the Tigers leave behind.
So, Tabaqui arrived at the Wolves Lair, and walked straight in. He looked around, and found some bones that the Wolves had left, and so he began to gorge himself. In between mouth-fulls he told the Wolves (quite unnecessarily) that Shere-Khan had changed hunting grounds. That was when Mother Wolf threw him out.
Father Wolf then decided that it was really time for him to go and do some hunting, to provide the family with its meal; so he left the Lair, and was preparing to go down the hill, when there was a movement in the bushes.
He immediately became immobile, and got ready to jump onto whatever food there might be there; then, when the animal broke through, Father Wolf leaped, and realised at the same time that it was a MAN CUB that had appeared, so he tried to stop himself; the consequence was, that he jumped straight up in the air, and landed from where he had taken off.
His curiosity aroused, he went over to the Man Cub, picked him up and took him to Mother Wolf, who had never seen one before. As soon as Father Wolf set him down again, Mowgli went over, and started feeding from Mother Wolf. This decided Mother Wolf to keep him in the Pack, and bring him up as a wolf, instead of a man.
So for a long time, Mowgli ran with the Pack, until he had learned the Laws of the Jungle (and there were many), and he was ready to become an 'Adult Wolf'. These Laws he was taught by 'Baloo', the big Brown Bear, who taught all the Cubs the Laws of the Jungle.
So Mother wolf took Mowgli up to the Council Rock one meeting time, so that he could be 'Looked Over' by the rest of the Pack, this meant that the other wolves would file past him, and look at him closely to be able to recognise him at any time. However, one of the Laws of the Jungle stated that if there was a dispute as to whether a Cub could become a member of the Pack, his entry could be brought; and Mowgli caused a dispute, Shere-Khan had wanted him from the moment that he had missed him, so he asked for him at the 'Looking Over' in none too polite a way. So, two members of the Pack (and not the Father and Mother) had to speak up for Mowgli. The first one was Baloo, who although not a member of the Pack, was permitted to take part in the Grand Howl. But there did not appear to be a second. However, out of one of the trees there dropped a smooth black shape, which brought silence to the circle through its presence. It was Bagherra, the Black Panther, whose path none of the wolves cared to cross.
Bagherra walked into the centre of the circle, and addressed Akela, who was the leader. Knowing that he was not permitted to be there, he apologised, and asked for permission to speak. This Akela granted. Bagherra then quoted the Law, and stated that he had freshly killed a bullock, and offered it for Mowgli's life. The Pack accepted and that, in short is how Mowgli entered the Seeonee Wolf Pack.
Wolf Cubs remember that you have promised to do a good turn to someone every day. A Wolf Cub must always be looking for ways to help other people, like the Knights of old, and can often do more than one good turn or act of kindness in a day. True Wolf Cubs and Scouts are always happy to help others.
At home you can ask to do an extra job, and at school or church you can be polite and see if you can help with anything. Be ready to carry things, to give up your seat in a crowded bus, to open doors for elderly, handicapped persons or Mums with prams. Give water to thirsty and look after your pets. Clean a neighbour's car or help with the gardening. If you have a handicapped neighbour or relative, visit them to see if you can make their life a little better and brighter. Raise money for good causes, collect games and books for children in hospital. A good turn need not be a big thing.
But Remember To Check With Your Parents And Get Their Approval, Before You Intend Doing A Good Turn Outside Of Your Home For Other People.
Good Hunting and Wishing You a Great Cubbing Future.