Lord Baden-Powell started the Cubs section of Scouting in 1916; themed around the Jungle Book written by Baden-Powell’s friend and neighbour, Rudyard Kipling. The young people represent the cubs in the Mowgli stories and the leaders are known by the names of the major characters.
Cub Scout Leader (CSL)
Sam (Akela) – “I was involved in Scouting for 10 years from Beavers through to Explorers. I returned as an adult leader when I started my degree; joining the other volunteers at 3rd Killingworth. As a result of Scouting I have been given so many opportunities and have become interested in; climbing, hiking, camping, swimming and cycling. Scouting has given me the opportunity to try; abseiling, caving, archery, quad-biking, rifle shooting, kayaking and much much more. I would like the young people of 3rd Killingworth to have the same opportunities I had and to allow them to find their passion and develop into well-rounded individuals.”
Assistant Cub Scout Leaders (ACSLs)
Amy (Kaa) – “I have been involved in scouting for around 11 years since joining my local scout troop (which also happened to be ran by my father) at the age of 12. Since then, I have had numerous different experiences ranging from the first time I ever went abroad to things a lot more sedate – but equally as memorable to me – like many different hikes, climbing and cycling. All of this was made so memorable because of the friendships made during my time in scouting, as well as the fact that most of the members of my family were involved in some way. All of this made me want to become a leader myself, and give the young people of 3rd Killingworth the same opportunities and hopefully wonderful memories of their time during scouting.”
Kathryn (Chil) – “I was a rainbow, brownie and guide whilst my brothers and Dad were involved in Scouting. I joined venture scouts at the age of 16 with an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ attitude. I took time out to start my own family until I got a call from my Mam asking for help at a beaver bowling night. I was told I was allowed to bowl if I helped out and from then on I have been a leader at 3rd Killingworth. I have been volunteering as a leader at 3rd Killingworth for 11 years now; I have been a leader in all sections and I am now a very proud Group Scout Leader (GSL) of this amazing, growing group. I love being part of the fab family we have at 3rd Killingworth; from my little blue ninjas at Beavers to the crazies who are the leadership and exec team. It amazes me to this day the efforts and abilities of the young people who have come and gone from this group as well as those who are still involved