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