About scouting

History of scouting

As a Cub Scout, in order to pass this test you need to know and explain how Cub Scouting Started.

Cub Scouting was started in England in 1916 by Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell or B-P as he became known.



Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell

Cub scouting in Uganda

Cub scouting is one of the four sections namely: Rovers, Ventures, Juniors and then Cubs entrenched into the Uganda Scout Association’s constitution. It caters for children within the age bracket of 6- 11 years. Cub Scouting is a section commissioned into activity oriented full of fun and enjoyment. They learn by doing.

Most of the activity (ies) is story based and manipulational using all the three domain of a child, that is motor, physical and effective domains.

As anyone can remember, Uganda was a protectorate Under the British Empire. Cub scouts at that were known as Wolf cubs. Their section was a wolf cub section. This section had several packs as these were the wolves’ dwelling places where they reared their cubs. The packs had six wolf cub scouts under an adult leader called Akela. Their pack weekly meetings were based in the good behavior of jungle animals as was selected by Mowgali, the great jungle story teller. The cub scouts carried out jungle activities and handicrafts published by the British Imperial by Scouts Association. Every wolf cub pack used to own a totem pole which was treated with great care and respect. It was a part of every Grand Howl and was highly prized. The word totem is an Indian word which means a crest or a coat of arms.

Activity: Simba help your cub scouts as a six to make their own Simba’s head on a thick piece of card. Draw and cut out a lion’s head, fix it on a pole. Each six should have its own Simba pole totem.

The British cab totem adopted from Red Indian tribe. The totem recorded in pictures, their history and special achievements of each Red Indian tribe. Uganda adopted a lion’s head to inscribe on the cub scouts badge. When Uganda attained independence, the cub scout section had to change its cub section regalia and practice. The policy organization rules had to change to Ugandan customs and traditional heritage.

The following late commissioners; Joseph Sawyer Amate, Rev. Fr Khalwe Vincent Walusimbi, Dominic Jjuuko, Erzazaali Sebeetya, Re. Fr. Flexilimis were among the members of the committee, then Auk Mathew Desire Lwanga, Segujja Nkofu, Mukasa Bawo Isidoro, Otim Bernard and others discussed the necessary changes.

They all disagreed on adopting a wolf as a totem animal for Uganda because many ethnic groups in Uganda regraded this animal with a bad owner and killed their herd and goats.

They later selected a lion because it was regarded as the lord of the jungle. Most tribes in Uganda cherished it as an imitative animal because of its glorious, gracious and power mighty among the animals in the wild game of Uganda. The Kingdom of Buganda dated back to 40 A.D chose the lion as its totem and coat of arms. The folk stories referred to it as the king of animals.

The committee went on to recommend the use of its name adopted from Kiswahili word “Simba” since then the cub scout leader as was known as Akela became “Simba”. The Britons call both the wolf and lion young one’s cubs so Uganda’s cubs became known as lion’s cubs.

The cub scout training progressive scheme had to change to suit the Ugandan heritage. Some of the terminology had to change from the British layout to Ugandan situations. Let us examine some of these terminologies.

Akela Simba
Pack Pride
Grand Howl Grand Roar
Pack, Pack, Pack Pride, Pride, Pride
Yes Akela Yes Simba
The Cub Scout jungle book The Cub scout trail Handbook
Kaa, the Python Rukki, the mangoose
Hathi, the Lord of the jungle Njovu the elephant
Guinea fowl, the wise Nkofu, the wise
The wise hare Kalulu, the wise hare/ sungura

The progressive scheme for cub scouts runs as follows;

The Tender pad: It had two parts, completion of part one the tender pad had to be invested. On completion of part two the cub scout to be issued with the tender pad badge. Then the cub scout had to work for the first and second star tests, where Simba has to monitor for each individual’s progress. On attaining the stars, the cub scout has to continue the training trail of two badges, the Muvule badge and the lion badge.

Since the cub scouts join the pride at the age of about 8 years by the time the cub scout turns up to 11 plus years he should have been trained up to gaining the lion badge.

The above scheme entails, a number of topics which are relevant to Ugandan cub scouts needs and upbringing including the cultural norms and character building such as topics in Education, Scouting and its scout crafts religious topics, health topics to include nutrition and agriculture, sanitation and disease control, environment and leadership, patriotism and self-reliance.

Simba training

The recruitment of Simba depends on one’s willingness and zeal to offer services to cub scouts voluntarily by enjoying the benefits the Uganda scouts Association extends to its members according to what the scout constitution and the P.O.R stipulates.

Applications for training as Simba should be passed through the district Executive commissioners or the district commissioner to reach the National Executive commissioner who proceeds to had them to the assistant Chief commissioner givensale in charge of training department who in turn informs the applicants through DECs when the training will commence according to the part of training one acquires.

Parts of the training

To become an effective trained Simba, one has to undergo the following parts.

The basic cub scouts training course popularly known as “Simba Scout Course” (SCC)

The cub scout Wood badge Training Course (SWC)

Part 1 Theoretical part

  1. Philosophy
  2. Dynamics
  3. Methodology
  4. History of scouting
  5. World scouting
  6. Cub scouting advancement
  7. The progressive scheme and leadership

Part 2 Wood badge practice

  1. Residential and supervised training camp
  2. Practical scout crafts
  3. Scout knowledge and its attributes to society
  4. Camp administration
  5. Cub scout literature development
  6. Pride administration
  7. Wild games and fun play time with cub scouts
  8. Following up the trail handbook scheme of work

Part 3

  1. Supervised training of a cub scout pride
  2. Project implementation
  3. Evaluation