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Dyb dyb dyb - can you help us find Norfolk’s oldest cub?

PUBLISHED: 06:30 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 February 2016

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1st Sculthorpe Scouts at a Jamboree at Sennowe Park, Guist.

Date -- 10 August 1960

Photograph -- c10194

Clubs 1st Sculthorpe Scouts at a Jamboree at Sennowe Park, Guist. Date -- 10 August 1960 Photograph -- c10194

It sounds like the sort of quest that would merit its own activity badge.

Scout leaders have launched a search to find the movement’s oldest survivor to help celebrate its 100th anniversary.

They are asking families to trawl through photo albums and quiz elderly members to see if they wore the necktie and woggle in their younger days.

Norfolk Scouts also want former cub Leaders to get in touch so that they can be invited to a ‘Grand Howl’ - a traditional cub ceremony - later this year.

County commissioner Nickie Chapman said: “Cubs are 100 years old, so potentially we’re looking at anyone up to the age of 80 or 90.

Scouting history

Scouting history goes back to Robert Baden-Powell, a soldier, artist, actor and free-thinker, who was the founder of Scouting in 1907.

His first camp on Brownsea Island brought together 20 boys from a variety of backgrounds. The success of the camp spurred him on to write what would become a classic book of the 20th century, Scouting for Boys.

Scouting soon became a global phenomenon and with numbers growing, it quickly became clear that young people of all ages wanted to get involved.

Baden-Powell recognised that a junior section was needed back in 1914 and published his outline for such a scheme, calling it Wolf Cubbing.

In 1916 the Wolf Scouts was established for younger scouts and Rover Scouts for the older boys.

Baden-Powell wanted the junior scheme to have its own distinct name, uniform and programme.

He asked his friend Rudyard Kipling for the use of his Jungle Book as a motivational frame in cub scouting and in 1917 Baden-Powell wrote a new book, The Wolf Cub’s Handbook, for the new section. Wolf Cubs were renamed Cub Scouts in 1967 and are still going strong.

“They needed to be eight or nine to join, so you could potentially be looking at someone in their 90s.”

Mrs Chapman and assistant county commissioner Tony Milburn have launched a Cubs 100 Challenge, offering boys and girls the chance to earn a special Norfolk County Cub Challenge Badge to celebrate 100 years of scouting.

It is designed as a wolf’s paw print, with each toe worth 25 points, which are awarded once a cub scout completes one of four sections - get active, adventure camping, look around you and down the cub hut. All cubs will also be receiving a 100th Anniversary woggle.

To contact the Norfolk Scouts, call their Norwich HQ on 01603 502246 or email hq@norfolkscouts.org.uk

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  • Dyb, dyb, dyb, - "Do your best". With the reply Dob, dob, dob or "Do Our Best". Still in use today.

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