About Scouting

WELCOME TO SCOUTING!

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA’s three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)

To learn more about scouting go to: www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts.aspx

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What’s Our Organization?

The Den

A Den has six to nine boys, meets 2 to 3 times a month for an hour. Tiger Dens meet once a month. The Den is led by a Den Leader (a parent) and helped by one or more Assistant Den Leaders who are also parents. Most Dens elect a boy leader (called a Denner) who carries out specific tasks at Den meetings. Some Dens are able to obtain the services of a Boy Scout who serves as a Den Chief. The weekly Den programs are designed around monthly themes supported by “Program Helps,” “Scouting Magazine,” Pack Committee Meetings, Council-sponsored leader meeting (Roundtables), and leader manuals (The Big Idea Book and Ethics in Action).

The Pack

The Pack is made up of several Dens and meets once a month. All Cub Scouts and their families attend. The Cubmaster and an Assistant Cubmaster run the Pack meeting. It is the climax of the month’s Den meetings and activities. The Pack meeting program may include games, skits, stunts, ceremonies, songs, presentations, and achievement recognition.

The Pack Committee

The Pack Committee is made up of all leaders (Committee Chairperson, Cubmaster, Assistant, Den Leaders and Special Activity Chairpeople). Parents are always welcome to participate. It meets monthly to plan Pack meetings and activities.

The Chartered Organization

The Pack is owned by the Charted Organization, which functions as a sponsor. It also provides a place for the Pack to meet.

The Council

The District Council supports the work of the Pack with a full-time District Executive, monthly organizational meetings, training programs for leaders, and District-wide events such as the Tiger Cub Fun Day, Scouting for Food, and summer camp programs.

The Parents

The key to a successful Scouting program is parental involvement. Scouting is about all the things we’ve talked about, but at its core is helping you find new avenues to relate to your son and participate in your son’s growth. Please commit yourself to talking to your son about the requirements of his rank and how he can work on them with your guidance. You will likely find your son anxious to work together with you on these achievements. Cub Scouts is one way you can develop a bond with your son that enables open and honest discussions. Maybe this type of relationship will help in the often-difficult years of adolescence which lie ahead.

The Pack program is heavily dependent on parent volunteers. Many parents are involved in leading Dens and that activity requires planning, preparation, and implementation. We need parents who are not already involved as leaders who can manage special events and projects for the Pack.

The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:

  1. Character Development
  2. Spiritual Growth
  3. Good Citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
  5. Family Understanding
  6. Respectful Relationships
  7. Personal Achievement
  8. Friendly Service
  9. Fun and Adventure
  10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

Cub Scouting Ideals

Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Tiger Cub motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy’s sense of belonging.

Cub Scout Promise

I, (name), promise to do my best To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the Law of the Pack.

Cub Scout Motto

Do Your Best.

Tiger Cub Motto

Search, Discover, Share.

Law of the Pack

The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the pack go. The pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.


TIGER CUBS

This is a one-year program for 1st grade boys. Each boy participates with a parent (or another adult family member) in family-oriented activities that range from family camping to preparing for emergencies. The time you spend together is meant to be fun, a chance to get to know one another better, and do things with your family and a peer group of families like yours.

 

WOLF CUBS

This program is for 2nd grade boys. It is based on Kipling’s Jungle Book story of Mowgli (the man cub) and the Wolf Pack. Wolf Cubs learn to be resourceful and to do “Their Best” while following the Bobcat and Wolf Trail. Gold and Silver Arrow Points are earned for extra achievements. Our skits, games, field trips, service projects and outdoor activities help fulfill a boy’s desire for adventure and allow him to use his vivid imagination.

 

BEAR CUBS

This program is for 3rd grade boys. As in the Wolf Cub program, it is based on the Jungle Book story. Advancement activities are at a more advanced level but include all the adventurous activities Wolves get to do. The Bear Cub program, like the others, is carefully designed so that the things they are asked to do are appropriate to their age so they are still being challenged yet still having fun.

WEBELOS CUBS

This program is for 4th and 5th grade boys. The requirements for advancement are more specific and detailed than required of Tiger, Wolf and Bear Cubs. Webelos is short for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. (There is no doubt that this was thought up before we had the widespread use of acronyms.) The focus here is on getting your son ready for Boy Scouts. The nature of the achievement work is similar to what Boy Scouts do. Webelos also learn what they need to know to earn the rank of Tenderfoot in Boy Scouts. Webelos can camp with a Boy Scout Troop at the fall Camporee. 1st and 2nd year Webelos go to a two night camping trip at a Boy Scout camp.

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.

Effective June 1, 2010

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth
  • Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.

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