Special milestone for cubs

Robert Baden-Powell

Robert Baden-Powell

Over 500 cubs and leaders from across Scotland will be camping next weekend to celebrate what promises to be the ‘wildest birthday party ever’.

The Scottish Cubs is toasting a special milestone – its 100th birthday. The celebration will see cubs from across the country taking part in 30 different adventure sessions during the weekend at the Scouts Scotland national activity centre at Fordell Firs.

These will include: abseiling, learning survival skills, caving, grass sledging and low ropes, with each task putting the youngsters through their paces and testing them to find out who will be crowned ‘Tough Cubber’.

This is the first of two weekend camps being held at Fordell Firs to celebrate the centenary.

Scouting was started in 1907 by Robert Baden Powell and a few years later the scouting adventure was extended to include younger children. This saw Wolf Cubs being introduced in 1916, later becoming the Cub Scouts in 1967.

Today nearly 550,000 scouts (young people and volunteers) now take part across the UK and 40 million around the world. The first registered scout troop in the world was the 1st Glasgow, registered in January 1908 and the Scottish Scout Council was founded in 1909 to administer Scouting in Scotland.

There are now 46095 members north of the border and Scouting in Scotland has enjoyed 10 Years of sustained youth membership growth. Cub Scouts across Scotland are taking part in activities throughout the year to mark the 100th birthday milestone.