Cubs

9-11 yrs

Adventures in the Outdoors

Huntstown Cub Scouts meet once a week during school terms. At meetings they play team games and learn Scouting skills like hiking, camping, knots, first aid, cooking and more. The real adventure is in the outdoors – hill walks up mountains, treasure hunts, one, two or three night camps, litter-picking, parading on Saint Patrick’s Day and hostel trips. Children of this age love the outdoors. National events for Cubs include JamÓige – a big camp held every four years for Beavers and Cubs – and the National Cub Challenge each year. There are also lots of events run by the Ath Cliath 15 Scout County and North Eastern Scout Province.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meetings take place on Tuesdays 7.15-8.45pm during school term time. Please ensure that cubs arrive and are collected on time. If you are going to be late collecting your child please let the scouters know.
We may have to adjust the times to align with our programme activities in which case we will put the change up in the WhatsApp group.
All cubs should be brought into and collected from the foyer of Huntstown Community Centre unless otherwise notified. We request that parents remain with their child until the required ratio of leaders is available as cubs may have to be cancelled if leaders are unavailable.

Subs until Christmas 2023 have been reduced to €60 due to us not being in Huntstown Community Centre for part of the Scouting year.
Subs for Jan-June 2024 will be an additional €110.
New members must also pay Scouting Ireland Insurance of €65 by the November AGM

You can Revolut subs payments to David Maguire directly – please include child’s name and reason or pay by cash.

Subs paid by youth members and are used to cover some of the following:

·       Rent of hall and meeting rooms.

·       Equipment (tents and other camping equipment – purchase and repair)

·       Training (Scouter training, First Aid, youth member activities)

·       First Aid (Supplies)

·       Badges

·       Stationary (Printing, postage)

·       Insurance

As we have a waiting list, it is only fair that cubs make a commitment to attend regularly both the weekly meetings and the other activities.  Please let us know in a timely manner via whatsapp if your child is not attending.  If we don’t hear from you for 3 consecutive meetings we will assume that your child has left cubs and offer their place to someone else.

All cubs are required to have the following uniform which can be purchased online at The Scout Shop

Navy Cub Scout Trousers
Navy Cub scout jumper
Black shoes
179th Huntstown Neckerchief – Red with black border.
Black leather woggle

It is possible to try the uniform for size at the OAS store on Liffey Street,Dublin or Bray but they then need to be ordered online.

All cubs need to bring daybags to every meeting and most activities.  Daybags should be around 25L size rucksacks and should have padded straps.

In the daybag each cub should have:

·       Rain Jacket

·       Rain trousers

·       Pencil

·       Copy

·       Compass

·       Headtorch

·       Cup/Bottle for hot/cold drinks

·       Adventure Quest Book

The last one is  available from Outdoor store in Liffey Street or online The Scout Shop .

Adventure skills book  can be downloaded from the Scouting Ireland website.

Adventure Skills – Full Scout version levels 1-9 by Scouting Ireland – Issuu

We typically run 3 camps a year in tents. October, Easter and summer as well as a den sleepover in January.

2024 Sumer camp will be in the Rowen Campsite ner Conwy North Wales for 3 nights.

Scouting requires additional gear such as sleeping bags, rucksacks, ground mats and hiking boots.  This is expensive so please don’t rush out and buy this stuff immediately.  It may be that it can be borrowed or is available second hand.  Sometimes a message on WhatsApp can pay dividends.  If you are buying new, talk to the scouters for recommendations.  At times during the year, discount retailers  like Aldi and Lidl have sales in this area.  Also Mountainwarehouse will give you 10% discount if you show your knecko.

We have a WhatsApp group to help communication with the parents.  Please ensure that we have your current mobile number and that you are added to the group.  We also send some details via email so an email address is essential.  We are happy to talk to you before or after meetings on a Tuesday if you need information or clarification on any matter.

All the scouters are volunteers and we are constantly looking for new recruits.  If you don’t want to be a scouter you may want to help in an adult helper role.  Please contact the scouters and we can tell you what’s involved.

By law, all scouters and adult helpers must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.  They will also need to undertake the relevant training in this area provided by Scouting Ireland.  Parent and cub interaction on hikes, camps and other activities are subject to the requirements of the child protection legislation.