Australian Cub Scouts

This week we learnt about Cub Scouts in Australia!We started the night off with a quiz about Australia – can you remember the answers? (The answers are at the bottom of the page)

  1. What is the capital of Australia? a) Canberra b) Paris
  2. What is another name for Australia? a) Over There b) Down Under
  3. In Australia, which season is it at Christmas? a) Winter b) Summer
  4. What do kolas eat? a) Grass b) Eucalyptus leaves
  5. Australia is surrounded by water on all sides a) True b) False
  6. How many people live in Australia? a) 24.13 million b) 65.64 million
  7. What do some Australians call the desert area of Australia? a) The Outback b) The Sand Land
  8. What does the name ‘Australia’ mean? a) Southern Land b) Kangaroo Island
  9. The world’s longest fence is found in Australia, but how long is it? a) 20 km b) 5550 km
  10. Kangaroos can’t?.. a) Walk backwards b) Jump forwards
  11. Is Australia?… a) The smallest continent in the world b) The largest island in the world

After we’d learnt a bit about Australia, we learnt about the Australian Cub Scout’s promise and law. They’re very similar to the UK ones (You can refresh your knowledge of UK Cub Scout promise and law here).

Their promise is:

On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and
The Queen of Australia
To help other people, and,
To live by the Cub Scout Law

And their law is:

A Cub Scout is loyal and obedient
Cub Scouts do not give into themselves

We then played a few games that Australian Cubs played. We started with trying to tie a reef knot in pairs, using one hand each.

The next game we played was Skunk Tag, where we stood in a circle on one leg with one hand on our nose and the person who was ‘it’ had to try to tag anyone who wobbled and put their foot on the floor.

We finally played Fall In, a game where the Cubs had to line up in front of a leader in a specific order.

To go with our drinks, we had lamingtons, which are “sponge cakes dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine desiccated coconut”.

They are “believed to have been created through an accident at work by a maid-servant to Lord Lamington, the thoroughly-British eighth Governor of Queensland. The maid-servant was working at Government House in Brisbane when she accidentally dropped the Governor’s favourite sponge cake into some melted chocolate. Lord Lamington was not a person of wasteful habits and suggested that it be dipped in coconut to cover the chocolate to avoid messy fingers. Lord Lamington devoured this new taste sensation with great delight and the maid-servant’s error was proclaimed a magnificent success by all!”

The answers are; 1-a, 2-b, 3-b, 4-b, 5-a, 6-a, 7-a, 8-a, 9-b, 10-a, 11 – it was a trick question, both answers are right!