Cambridge District Scout Archive
The Day in the Jungle was a catchall description of a Wolf Cub activity day away from base.
It was a term used in The Scouter and often used for District events, most often for Wolf Cub events at Abington.
Records are missing for part of the 1950’s and the records are gathered from many sources. It does appear that this District event was the norm.
1932 ‘Day in the Jungle’ event Abington 64 Cubs
1933 ‘Day in the Jungle’ event
1935 Can’t be at Abington
1936 ‘Day in the jungle’ at Uplands Great Shelford courtesy of Miss Marguerite de Beaumont Akela 61st
1940 ‘Day in the jungle’ at the Gogs ‘Sir Harold Gray granted the use of the Gogs’
1941 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Abington
1951 ‘Day in the jungle’ at the Gogs ‘Sir Harold Gray granted the use of the Gogs’
1958 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Exning Park with Newmarket
1960 ‘Day in the Jungle’ 300 + attended
1961 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Abington 300+ attended
1962 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Abington
1963 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Abington
1964 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Planned where?
1965 ‘Day in the Jungle’ Abington
1966 ‘Day in the Jungle’ renamed Day in Space to fall in with Jubilee theme
1967 It was observed ‘A day in the jungle or any other name as we no longer have a jungle’. It is possible that the undergrowth at Abington was severely altered at this time, however, see Advance report below.
The Advance Report
The 1966 Advance report recommended
‘That the Jungle Book theme be retained as the imaginative background to introducing Cub Scouting to 8 to 9 year old boys, but that after the ninth birthday this background theme be phased out and that certain techniques in common use be discontinued.’
‘The Jungle Book be used as stories in their own right…’
‘The Jungle Book is timeless, is used by 35 of the 48 Associations throughout the world as the framework of their activities…’
‘and the use of the terms Old Wolves. Palaver, Tenderpad, Council Rock and Leaping Wolf should cease.’
1968 Day at Abington (very successful)
1969 Day at Abington
‘A Day in the Country’ was used to used to describe some jaunts before the
change of terminology in 1966/ 67. The difference between ‘Jungle and ‘Country’ is not clear.
JWR Archivist 2019