Our Akela helps us believe in ourselves

This year we are celebrating 100 years of Cubbing worldwide. In South Africa we are celebrating through Group, District, Regional and National events. But, if we really want to know why Cubbing Rocks, who better to ask than the Cubs themselves….

We spoke to Matthew Neveling (10) from 1st Henley Cub Pack in Gauteng.

PhotoSSA: Why is Cubbing so much fun?
Cubbing is so much fun because you get to meet new people, learn lots of interesting things, and you get to do lots of fun activities.

SSA: What was your best experience with Cubs?
My best experience with Cubs was going on a camp at the end of last year.

SSA: What is the weirdest thing you ate outdoors?
The weirdest thing I have eaten outdoors are weeds, which were the decoration on the mud cakes I made.

SSA: What was the toughest challenge at Cubs?
The toughest challenge at Cubs that I have faced so far was getting my swimming badge. I was not a good swimmer at the time, but I made it with the encouragement of my Akela and my fellow Cubs.

SSA: What was the most amazing place you visited with Cubs?
The most amazing place I have visited with Cubs was the Scout camping ground, where we held the Cub camp last year.

SSA: Can you name a few things you have learnt by being a Cub?
I have learnt that I should try and help other people. I have also learnt that I should look after the earth by not littering.

SSA: What things have you done with Cubs to help people in your community?
I have helped the community by collecting plastic bottles for recycling and by bringing water when there was a water shortage because of a drought.

SSA: What did you teach your mum that you learned at Cubs?
I taught my Mom how to make a fire without using firelighters, and how to tie all kinds of different knots.

SSA: What makes a good Akela?
A good Akela is someone who is a good leader and teacher. They need to like children and have lots of patience.

SSA: Why is your Akela special?
My Akela is special because he teaches us lots of things and helps us to get our badges. He always encourages us, and helps us believe in ourselves.

Cubbing Rocks because … you are part of a group. It is where you learn and have very interesting and exciting adventures. It is great Fun.

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