Cubs Award Scheme
Note Scouts Australia have recently launched a new program and this information has not yet been updated.
There are 3 parts to the Cub Scout Award Scheme:
The Boomerang Scheme is the major part of Cub Scout training and is the method that helps to achieve self-responsibility, outdoor Scouting, aims and principles, awareness, values, creativity and world awareness. There are three Boomerang levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each Boomerang level has 14 parts. For each Boomerang, parts one to seven must be completed and of parts eight to 14, three must be completed. You can do the tasks in any order, except for number seven - Promise and Law - which must be completed last and signed off by your Cub Scout Leader.
The 14 tasks that need to be completed with the first seven being compulsory are:
- Health and First Aid (Responsibility for Self)
- Safety (Responsibility for Self)
- Ropes (Outdoor Scouting)
- Outdoor Scouting (Outdoor Scouting)
- Our Cub Scout Traditions (Scouting Aims and Principles).
- Symbols of Australia (Growing Awareness of Local Community)
- Promise and Law (Values of Scouting)
- Fitness (Pursuits and Interests & Responsibility for Self)
- People and Cultures (Growing Awareness of Wider World)
- Scientific Discovery (The World Around Us)
- The Natural Environment (The World Around Us)
- Self Expression (Creativity)
- Handcraft (Creativity)
- Your Community (Growing Awareness of Local Community)
If you join Cub Scouts around 7 1/2 to 8 years of age, you will start your journey through the award scheme with the Bronze Boomerang.
If you join Cub Scouts around 8 1/2 to 9 years of age, you will probably start your journey through the award scheme with the Silver Boomerang. The tasks are more challenging than the Bronze Boomerang but build on the skills that Cubs have already learned with the Bronze Boomerang.
If you join Cub Scouts around 10 years of age, you will probably start your journey through the award scheme with the Gold Boomerang. The tasks are more challenging than the Bronze and Silver Boomerangs but build on the skills that Cubs have already learned with these two previous stages.
Achievement badges give you the opportunity to concentrate on your areas of interest. There are 34 badges to choose from. Each badge has two levels, Level 1 (easy) and Level 2 (harder) and the Cub chooses which level they would like to achieve.
Grey Wolf Award
This is the pinnacle of the Cub Scout Section and requires the Cub to have achieved their Gold Boomerang, four level two Achievement Badges as well as taken an active part in the running of the Pack. Very few Cubs manage to achieve this badge.