Picture1Welcome to the 9th West Bridgford (Holy Spirit) Cub Scout Pack. Our Group, supported by the Catholic parish in West Bridgford, was founded in 1943, with the first Cub meeting held in 1944. Since that time many hundreds of Cubs and Scouts have enjoyed the programme of activities offered through the Scouting Movement, and have developed skills and talents which have served them well in later life. Our Group is part of the wider Scouting district of Rushcliffe, and the county of Nottinghamshire.

Some of our Cub Scouts have been members of a Beaver Scout Colony before transferring to our Cub Scout Pack. As we don’t (yet) have our own Colony, this means that some have experiences of Scouting before they start Cubs. However, this doesn’t put anyone at a disadvantage if they haven’t been in the Beavers, and very quickly new members are made to feel welcome, and a part of our Pack.

Towards the end of their time in the Cubs, normally when he’s almost 10½, a Cub Scout will be invited to start attending some meetings of the Scouts. We do have our own Scout Troop at the 9th, meeting on Thursdays, 7.30-9.00pm, and they regularly receive Cubs ‘going up’.

Meetings are held in the Upper Room of the Holy Spirit Parish Centre, on Victoria Road, each Monday during school term time, from 6.30-8.00pm. Occasionally meetings are held away from the Parish Centre, for example when learning how to pitch a tent. In these circumstances parents will be notified in writing of the alternative meeting point, and any changes to the times.

What do Cub Scouts Do? As soon as a new Cub Scout starts, he works towards his membership badge, and after a few weeks he will invite his parents and family to his Investiture, when he makes his promise, and is welcomed into the Pack, and the wider worldwide family of Scouts.

During the next couple of years, each Cub Scout will have the chance to work towards a whole variety of badges and awards. Some of these, the Challenge badges, cover themes which can be worked on over a number of months. They cover areas such as fitness, outdoors, and caring, and lead to the Personal Challenge, which can be aimed for towards the end of a Cub’s time in the Pack.

The highest award towards which a Cub Scout can aim is the Chief Scout’s Silver Award. When achieved, this is often presented by the Mayor, at a ceremony in the Civic Centre near Trent Bridge. Again, parents and families of successful Cub Scouts are invited to attend this evening. To gain the award, each Cub Scout has to hold at least two of the Challenge badges, together with the Outdoor and Personal Challenges.

As part of the regular programme, our pack has an Annual Summer Camp for four days, usually around one of the bank holidays in May. This is often the first time the Cubs have spent nights away from their parents, and allows them to take part in many new activities, such as orienteering, abseiling, and archery. They also help with the cooking (sometimes over an open fire), and learn how to wash & dry up! Although exhausted by the end of the camp, both Cubs and Leaders always thoroughly enjoy the time away.

As members of the worldwide family of Scouts there is a real sense of belonging to the same movement, founded by Lord Robert Baden Powell of Gilwell (BP for short) over 100 years ago.

Contact:  Paul Butler Tel: 07883 064927