Cub Aptitude Challenge - Time

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  1. Show how to tell the time and demonstrate the importance of being punctual.


  1. Know how the 24 hour clock works. Using this system, give correctly the times of the main events of your day OR show an adult that you know what time to carry out important actions during the day.


The word "punctual" means that if the Cub needs to be at the Pack meeting say 5 o'clock then you expect them to be there at 5 o'clock, or even better to be there 10 minutes before 5 o'clock. The Cubs need to understand that it is not polite to be late and that being late is giving in to themselves, as with a little effort they can always be on time.

Know how the 24 hour clock works

Cubs should already have knowledge of basic time telling.

  • Explain the 24 hour clock to avoid confusion between a.m. and p.m.
  • Show that in a 24 hour format any indicated time greater than 12 can be translated to a 12 hour format by simply subtracting 12 from that time, e.g. 23H00 - 12 = 11:00 p.m.; 17H30 - 12 = 5:30 pm.
  • Show that in 24 hour formats any indicated time less than 12 remains that number but will indicate a.m. and that the indicator should change from ":" to "H"
  • Show that in 12 hour formats any indicated time greater than 12:00 p.m. can be translated into a 24 hour format by simply adding 12 to that time, e.g. 1:00 p.m. + 12 = 13H00; 9:30 p.m. + 12 = 21H30.
  • Show that minutes can be indicated as "minutes to" or "minutes past" the hour and that Digital clocks will always indicate "minutes past", e.g. 7:45 shows 45 minutes past 7.
  • Show how "minutes past" can be translated into "minutes to".
  • Show that we cannot write a time as minutes to, only minutes past, both in 12 and 24 hour format.


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