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Inspired by the Olympic Motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger), take your Cubs to new heights for a very special Scouts’ Own.


• Maps of your local area
• Any equipment needed to run the Scouts’ Own
• Instructions to tie a friendship knot


1. With your Cubs, work out where the highest place around your meeting place is. It could be a church tower, tower block or hill.
2. Based on the location chosen (and depending on the necessary permission), plan a Scouts’ Own with the Cubs, to hold at your ‘high point’.
3. Are there any particular songs or poems that the Cubs enjoy and feel inspired by? Get them to draw pictures of things that they are thankful for, that you can talk about at the Scouts’ Own.
4. Consider reading out ‘Smiles’ before discussing the pictures, finishing up with ‘A Knotty Problem’ and teaching your Cubs to tie a friendship knot. Get instructions from

Smiles - Karen McLendon-Laumenn
Smiling is infectious
You can catch it like the flu;
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too!
I passed around the corner
And someone saw me grin;
When then he smiled I realised
I’d passed it on to him!
I thought about this smile
And realised it’s worth;
A single smile like this
Could travel round the earth!
If you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected;
Let’s start an epidemic, quick!
And get the world infected!

A Knotty Problem - unknown
If I were a knot, which knot would I be?
I could be a bowline, a knot that is dependable and safe.
Maybe I could be a reef knot, everyone knows a reef knot
regardless of background, origin or country.
Perhaps I could be a half hitch, a safety knot, a knot that
ties off loose ends and complements other knots.
How about a sheet bend, holding everything together no
matter what their strengths or abilities?
No, I don’t think so, these knots aren’t for me, they are too
hard. I think perhaps I’ll be a friendship knot.


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