During a busy evening which included a version of the Winter Olympics, six members of the Sioux Cub pack, part of 1st Sullington and Storrington Scouts, were recently presented with their Chief Scout’s Silver Award. This is the highest award available to a young person in the Cub Section.
The majority of the evening had centred around the Cubs’ interpretation of some of the sports seen at the recent PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The highlight of these ‘games’ was the Curling, in which the traditional stones were replaced by blocks of ice that had been coloured for each Six by the addition of food dyes. There was also indoor skiing and a version of the skeleton bobsleigh, in which wheeled sleds were the main piece of equipment.
The evening ended with the presentation ceremony for the six Silver Award recipients. Kat Bullen, Sioux Cub pack’s Akela, said: ‘These awards are the result of a lot of hard work and determination by each of the six Cubs. As part of the requirements for the Silver Award, each Cub had to earn six activity or staged activity badges of their choice. These allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
‘The bigger part of the Silver Award, however, is the requirement that each Cub finishes no less than six of the seven Challenge badges. Gaining a Challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.
The awards themselves were presented by Stuart Algar, the Petworth & Pulborough Scout District’s ADC Cub Scouts. Speaking at the ceremony, Stuart said: ‘It is an honour to visit my former Cub pack to present these awards. I am really proud of these Cubs for having worked so hard to complete the six different Challenge badges that go towards them gaining their Silver Award. They have had to complete many different and varied activities, including outdoor, adventure, team work, global and nights away. These awards combine all of the Scouting skills they have learnt so far – knowledge that helps prepare young people gain excellent life skills that they can take with them in the future.’