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Cubs in Catalonia

Three fun games introduce players to the Catalonian Cub Scout Promise and Baloo’s maxims.

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You’ll need

  • Scissors
  • A hat, bowl, or bag for each team
The Catalonian Cub Scout Promise and Baloo’s maxims
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Before you begin

  • Print and cut out enough copies of ‘The Catalonian Cub Scout Promise and Baloo’s maxims’ for each team and the person leading the game to have a complete set.
  • Cut up the Promise into pieces, along the dotted lines. Keep one complete set a secret so you can use it to check the players’ answers.
  • Cut up the maxims into pieces, along the dotted lines, and fold each maxim in half. Place one full set into a different hat, bowl, or bag for each team.
  • If you have access to a map of Europe, you could start the activity by asking if anyone can point out where they live, and where they think Catalonia is.

Play ‘Hello cat’, a Catalonian game

  1. Select one person to be the cat. Everyone else should stand in a circle, facing inwards.
  2. The cat should walk around the inside of the circle then pause, facing a player in the circle.
  3. The cat should try to make the player laugh, by pulling faces, doing silly dances, or using funny voices to say things a cat might say, such as ‘meow’ or ‘I love fish’.
  4. The player facing the cat should try not to laugh. They can make the cat move on to another person by saying ‘hello cat’, and patting the cat on the head, three times.
  5. If the player does this three times without laughing, the cat must move on to the next person, and the game continues.
  6. If the player laughs, they swap roles. The person in the circle becomes the cat, the cat takes their place in the circle, and the game continues.

Solve the Catalonian Cub Promise

  1. Split into small groups, and give each group a set of the Catalonian Cub Scout Promise pieces.
  2. Each team must try to put the pieces in the right order, to re-create the Promise.
  3. The person leading the game should use the complete copy of the Catalonian Cub Scout Promise to check each team’s answers.
  4. Once they have the Promise Ceremony in the right order, teams must try to remember the Catalonian Cub Promise, and repeat it out loud without looking.

Play Catalonian Cub charades

  1. The person leading the game should read out the complete list of Baloo’s maxims. A maxim is a principle to follow.
  1. Split into small groups, and give each team a set of Baloo’s maxims in a hat, bowl, or bag.
  2. The first player should pick one of Baloo’s maxims from the hat, and mime the maxim written on it.
  3. The others should guess which of Baloo’s maxims the player is miming.
  4. Players should take it in turns to mime the maxims until they have all had a go.


You may wish to come together and reflect after each game, or wait until players have completed all of the activities.

In Catalonia, Cub Scouts might play all three of these games. They will make the Catalonian Cub Promise you learned, and follow Baloo’s maxims like you follow the Cub Scout Law.

Wherever Cub Scouts live, they are local, national, and international citizens.

  • How is the Catalonian Cub Promise similar to your Cub Scout Promise?
  • How are Baloo’s maxims similar to the Cub Scout Law?
  • Do you try to do any of the same things?
  • Do you have any similar responsibilities?
  • How could you work together with Catalonian Cub Scouts?

It is important that we respect and trust others, whether their backgrounds are similar or different to ours.

  • Does knowing more about Catalonian Cubs help you understand how to respect them?
  • What would you do if a Catalonian Cub Scout joined your Pack?
  • Would you like to join a Catalonian Cub Scout Pack?
  • What would you like to ask a Catalonian Cub Scout?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

  • When playing ‘Hello cat’, replace patting the cat on the head with waving if any players are uncomfortable with physical touch.
  • When solving ‘The Catalonian Cub Promise’, read the pieces out loud if any players struggle with reading. Alternatively, you could ensure that any players who struggle with reading are paired with a stronger reader.
  • When playing ‘Catalonian Cub charades’, if any players struggle with reading, someone can whisper the maxim they choose to mime to them. 

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.