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Best paw forward

Use your curious words to find out what it’s like to move up to Cubs.
Plan a session with this activity

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.

Question time

  1. Everyone should get into a circle. All of the Beavers who have visited Cubs should gather together on one side.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Reflection

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.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.