Cubs cel­e­brate cen­te­nary

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS

Cubs have been ‘Do­ing their best’ since 1916. At the week­end as part of the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions, 50 mem­bers of six Manawatu River Zone cub packs at­tended a me­dieval camp at Camp Kilsby.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties were gokart joust­ing, sword fights, and camp­fire cook­ing, as well as cre­at­ing fam­ily shields and fir­ing flam­ing mis­siles from cat­a­pults, un­der su­per­vi­sion of course.

‘‘That was their favourite ac­tiv­ity - where else can you get to play with fire like that,’’ West End Cubs’ Rak­sha (Mother Wolf) Elis­a­beth Hol­lier said.

On Sun­day along with a cen­te­nary birth­day cake, the cubs en­joyed a me­dieval bat­tle dis­play by the Red Ravens Me­dieval Club.

Hol­lier said the year-long cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions had in­cluded a 100-year his­toric pe­riod camp, and talks and dis­plays on cub badges.

Cubs are pre scouts and guides in school ages 4 - 6 (ages 8 - 11 years), and was formed in 1916 by the founder of the scout­ing move­ment Lord Baden-Pow­ell. It drew in­spi­ra­tion from Rud­yard Ki­pling’s 1894 The Jun­gle Book ref­er­enc­ing char­ac­ter names like Akela, Bagheera, Baloo and Rak­sha.

The Manawatu River Zone in­cor­po­rates cub packs from Palmer­ston North and Manawatu, Fox­ton, Dan­nevirke and Pahiatua, with en­quiries from Hol­lier about cub packs and ac­tiv­i­ties on 021 0550 998.

EL­IZ­A­BETH HOL­LIER

Kenyon Moore, Aokautere-Lin­ton cub leader (left) and Nick Cross­man, Hokowhitu cub leader su­per­vise a flam­ing cat­a­pult.

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