Personal Growth for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts are boys and girls between 8 and 11 years. The tables below illustrate how the Scout program seeks to grow this age group in all six defined Areas of Personal Growth.


Spiritual smallSpiritual Development - Soul

Definition: Acquiring a deeper knowledge and understanding of the spiritual heritage of one's own community, discovering the Spiritual Reality which gives meaning to life and drawing conclusions for one's daily life, whilst respecting the spiritual choices of others.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Listening
  • Being receptive to others
  • Showing compassion
  • Duty to Your God
  • Helping other people
  • Scout's Own
  • Hearing games
  • Sense games
  • Auslan night
  • Being sensitive to the wonders of nature and life.
  • Recognising a Spiritual Reality in it.
  • Duty to Your God
  • Scout's Own
  • World Environment Badge
  • Visit Planetarium
  • Playing an active role in one's community
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Cooperating with others to bring about improvements
  • Do Your Best
  • Their Service Our Heritage
  • Fire Station
  • Council Visit
  • Adopt a park or train station
  • Clean up Australia
  • Developing responsibility towards oneself
  • Being able to exercise self-discipline
  • Loyal and Obedient
  • Cub Scout leadership course
  • Being a Sixer or Second
  • Recognising the meaning of past experience, being able to express it and celebrating it.
  • Duty to Your God
  • Cubs Own
  • Prayer Book
Spiritual Discovery
  • Exploring and discovering the spiritual heritage of one's community
  • Drawing conclusions for one's personal life
  • Developing responsibility towards oneself
  • Being able to exercise self-discipline
  • Harmony Day
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Stained glass painting
  • Visit different religious institutions


Physical smallPhysical Development - Body

Definition: Becoming responsible for the growth and functioning of one's own body.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Identifying Needs
  • Understanding how one's body functions
  • Understanding the changes in one's body
  • Understanding the relationships between one's body and the environment, the body's needs and its natural rhythms (oxygen, balanced nutrition, sleep)
  • Respecting one's body, avoiding abuse
  • Do Your Best
  • Best of your ability
  • Cub Scout Promise and Law
  • Visit hospitals
  • Sports people
  • St John Ambulance
  • Personal Trainer
  • Healthcare, hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Do Your Best
  • Cooking - good meals, hands, cleaning.
  • Trivia quiz - health and hygiene
  • Camp - aerobics before breakfast
  • Band-Aid relay
  • Developing one's senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste.
  • Developing one's resistance, strength, suppleness, agility, self-control.
  • Compensating for disabilities
  • Do Your Best
  • Wheelchair games
  • Blindfold
  • Deaf alphabet, Auslan and Braille
  • Kim's game - feel touch etc.
  • Trust games


Intellectual smallIntellectual Development - Intelligence

Definition: Developing one's ability to think, innovate and use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Collecting Information
  • Curiosity
  • Exploration
  • Investigation
  • Observation
  • Do Your Best
  • How Scouting Started
  • Hiking chart / maps
  • Pen Pals - Cubs and Packs
  • Museum visits
  • Musical instruments
Processing Information
  • Analysing data
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Memorising
  • Do Your Best
  • Kim's games
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Jigsaw Australia
  • Memory games
  • Spirit of invention and creativity
  • Experimenting
  • Hypothesis and deduction
  • Do Your Best
  • Model boat
  • Each six to make something
  • Play, mimes
  • Model parachutes
  • Air Activities camp


Emotional smallEmotional Development - Emotions

Definition: Recognising one's own feelings and learning to express them in order to attain and maintain an inner state of freedom, balance and emotional maturity.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Self-discovery and awareness
  • Recognising and accepting one's emotions.
  • Discovering oneself.
  • Not giving into oneself
  • Write poems
  • Sculpture, handcraft
  • A "me" poem
  • Expressing one's feeling using various creative means.
  • Duty to Your God
  • Gang Show
  • Prayer Book - taken home
  • Act out jungle story
  • Role plays
  • Participate in Scouts Own
Responsibility and self-control
  • Controlling feelings and emotions in order to respect one's integrity and that of others.
  • Responding in a responsible manner to feelings directed towards oneself.
  • Controlling aggression.
  • Do not give into yourself
  • Duty to God and Queen of Australia
  • Loyal and obedient
  • Consequence list - brainstorm
  • Scenario cards
  • Team building
  • Working with others
  • Scouts Own
  • Give a challenge
  • Cub Leadership Course
  • Pack Council


Social smallSocial Development - Social Nature

Definition: Acquiring the concept of interdependence with others and developing one's ability to cooperate and lead.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
Relationships and communication
  • Developing an appreciation of relationships with others (accepting differences, welcoming and listening).
  • Acquiring communication skills.
  • Equal partnership between genders.
  • Rejecting social and nationalistic stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Duty to Your God
  • Harmony Day
  • Inter-pack nights
  • Pen pals
  • Cuboree
  • District/Region activities
  • Good turn / service
  • International dress up
Cooperation and Leadership
  • Learning how to cooperate: building a team spirit; taking on group roles; developing, respecting and evaluating communal rules; understanding interdependence; managing a collective project; training in citizenship.
  • Taking on responsibilities in order to serve others.
  • Help other people
  • Cub Leadership Course
  • Team games
  • Sporting attitude coach to talk
  • Pack Council
  • Six and Second duties
  • Flag and Symbols
Solidarity and service
  • Discovering the interdependence among individuals and communities.
  • Developing a sense of belonging to increasingly larger communities.
  • Developing a sense of service and the common good; adopting the values of democracy and social justice.
  • Promise and Law
  • Their Service our Heritage
  • Good Turns
  • Council Visit
  • Visit to Parliament House
  • Nursing/Aged care facility
  • Visit cemetery


Character smallCharacter Development

Definition: Recognizing one's responsibility towards oneself and one's right to develop, learn and grow in search of happiness whilst respecting others. Learning to assert oneself, make one's own decisions, set aims and identify the necessary steps to achieve them.

Key Topics Links to Promise and Law Incorporated in Program via
  • Discovering and asserting oneself; setting objectives for personal progression.
  • Duty to Your God
  • Helping other people
  • Sixer and Second duties
  • Ceremonies
  • Cubs set goals as to what badges they want to do
  • Songs
  • Being able to judge things for oneself; being able to take decisions, make choices and accept the consequences.
  • Duty to Your God and Queen of Australia
  • Pack Council
  • Jungle Book stories
  • Being able to judge risks and act accordingly; committing oneself to a project; persevering in spite of difficulties.
  • Not giving into oneself
  • Safety night - Police talk about safety
  • SLSC - Water safety
  • Learning knots
  • Garden badge - looking after a garden