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The Balanced Program

The philosophy underpinning the programme is that every Cub Scout should participate in a Balanced Programme over a period of time.

In Scouting, the word programme has a wide interpretation. Programme is not just about the activities that Scouts can take part in (almost anything from abseiling to zorbing). It is also how we do these activities (the Methods) and why we do them (values deriving from the Scout Promise). Every time we plan an activity for our Cub Scouts we also consider how we might organise the activity and why we are doing it.

What we offer to young people in the Cub Scout Section is a Balanced Programme; a range of activities, events and experiences built around six Programme Zones.

The programme is balanced in the same way a diet is balanced, not by precise measurements and timings but by simlpy ensuring that over a given period (a month or a term for example) that there is something from each Zone in the Programme.

Program Zones

Programme Zones split the whole programme into manageable areas. Each Zone represents a different development area in a young person's life. There are six Programme Zones in Cub Scouting. They are:

  • Beliefs and Attitudes
  • Community
  • Fitness
  • Creative
  • Global
  • Outdoor
  • A Balanced Programme will draw ideas from each of them overtime. This may take the form of an event or activity, as it might be a specific Activity Badge or Challenge.

    Methods of Delivery

    As part of the Balanced Programme across the Programme Zones, we aim to use a variety of methods with the Pack. They will make the Cub meetings more interesting and appeal more to the Cub Scouts.

  • Fun
  • Getting on with others
  • Activity
  • Keeping the Promise
  • Personal development
  • Working together
  • Responsibility
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