You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Scrap paper
- Two small containers or bags
Before you begin
- This activity works well at the start or end of a meeting. It lets anyone in the process of moving up to Cubs talk to everyone else about what it’s like.
- Chat to anyone moving up to make sure they’re happy to talk to everyone and answer questions.
- Write out some questions to ask Cub Scouts on scraps of paper and place these in one container.
- Write out some curious words (such as 'how', 'why', 'when' and 'where') and place these in the other container.
- Everyone should get into a circle. All of the Beavers who have visited Cubs should gather together on one side.
- The person leading the activity should explain that some people are moving up to be part of a Cub Pack. This is a great chance for people to find out what it’s like, and to ask questions they may have, so it’s important that everyone listens carefully.
- People should take it in turns to ask questions to the Beavers who are moving up. If people can’t think of an idea for a question, they could choose one from the question container.
- The Beavers who are moving up should answer the questions. It’s OK if two different people have two different answers – the experience doesn’t have to be or feel the same for everyone.
- Once the Beavers who are moving up have answered, someone should try to ask a follow up question using a curious word (how, why, when, or where). They could choose a curious word from the curious word container.
- Once everyone’s asked the questions, they should thank the Beavers who are moving up for answering. They should give them a round of applause – it takes a lot of courage to try something new (like Cubs!) and to answer questions in front of everyone. Everyone could give each other a round of applause for asking great questions too.
This activity is a chance for anyone who’s moving on to recognise the courage they’re showing, and reflect on the next steps of their Scout journey. It gave everyone else a chance to ask any questions they had, and find out a bit more. Can everyone think of a time they had to be brave? People have to be brave when making changes or taking the next step in things; this includes moving up to a new section in Scouts. Trying something new and moving on can feel exciting too – it’s OK if people have mixed feelings. Well done to everyone who’s embracing a new challenge.