On Saturday, January 30, the International School of Beijing (ISB) hosted the Cub Scout Olympics.
Over 50 boys took part in a variety of events, including the 50m sprint, long jump and high jump, soccer skills, and an obstacle course. There were also some more unusual games which are yet to gain recognition at the official Olympics: Oreo stacking and dropping clothes pegs into a jar!
During the closing ceremony gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded for each event, and there were also prizes recognizing good sportsmanship.
This annual event is run by Cub Scout Pack 3944, of Scouting America. Cub Scouts is open to boys aged 7 to 10, who hold a foreign passport and valid visa. (This is a requirement of the Chinese government and unfortunately cannot be waived in any circumstances.) Dens (divided by age group) meet weekly, and the whole pack meets once a month. Parents are required to remain with their children and actively participate in the meeting, taking turns to lead sessions.
Cubs learn important skills such as first aid, and take part in a wide range of fun activities: hiking, camping, wildlife conservation and community service. If your son is interested in joining you can contact Pack 3944 via their website.