Moving up to Scouts

Moving on to Scouts is a really exciting time, but you might also feel a little sad about saying farewell to some of your fellow Cubs. This is an understandable reaction to change and it’s okay to feel nervous and unsure. Your leader will support you every step of the way.

How can I get prepared?

Talk to your leader about the Moving on Award. Completing it involves spending three weeks with your new Scout section, while keeping up your normal routine at Cubs. During that time, you’ll have the opportunity to see what Scouts is like first-hand – getting to know your new leader, making friends and participating in lots of new and exciting activities. You’ll also get a better understanding of the difference between Cubs and Scouts, and feel more prepared to embrace all of the challenges and adventures the move throws at you.

Is there flexibility around the age Cubs move on?

Yes. Everyone at Scouts should face the same amount of challenge, and a young person’s individual needs are always taken in account when making decisions about their journey through the sections. More information on flexibility and reasonable adjustments can be found at

When the time to take the leap does come, our visual resources are ideal for those who need a bit of extra support. They’re particularly useful for a young person with additional needs – or a young person on the autism spectrum – especially if they experience increased anxiety around change or new situations.

What happens if I move to a new area?

If you move to a new area and need to leave your Cub pack as a result, the Scout Information Centre can provide the contact details you need to find your new pack and get settled. Contact them to find out more.

What will happen before and after the move?

In the run up to your last night at Cubs, your Cub leader will talk to your new Scout leader – who you may have already met during joint activities or camps. Together, they’ll do all they can to help make the move as easy as possible for you. Although most Cubs make the move up to Scouts when they’re 10 ½ , your leader will bear your personal situation in mind, and make sure you only move on when you’re ready. They’ll also have a think about when your friends are moving on, and time things so that you can start your new adventure together where possible.

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