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.)The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Scout Oath and Law, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelos (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet twice monthly.
Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, which might be a church, school, community organization, or group of interested citizens, is chartered by the BSA local council to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities.
Who Pays for It?
Groups responsible for supporting Cub Scouting are the boys and their parents, the pack, the chartered organization, and the community. The boy is encouraged to pay his own way by contributing dues each week. Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This financial support provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the biweekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Day camping comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is at least a three-day experience in which Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. "Cub Scout Worlds" are used by many councils to carry the world of imagination into reality with actual theme structures of castles, forts, ships, etc. Cub Scout pack families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.
|BOBCAT. The Bobcat rank is for all boys and girls who join Cub Scouting and introduces the Scout Oath and Law plus other Scouting basics.|
|LION. The Lion rank is the newest and is for all boys and girls in Kindergarten (or age 6) and an adult partner. The Lion program encourages the Cub to learn and explore through hands-on high-energy activities.|
|TIGER. Tiger is for first-grade (or age 7) boys and girls and their adult partners and consists of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a Cub in the first grade.|
|WOLF. The Wolf program is for boys and girls who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a Cub faces challenges involving physical and mental skills.|
|BEAR. The Bear rank is for boys and girls who have completed second grade (or are age 9). The Cub Scout participates in adventures somewhat more challenging than those for Wolf rank.|
|WEBELOS. This program is for boys and girls who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A Cub may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as they join a Webelos Patrol. This is the first step in their transition from the Webelos den to the Scouts BSA troop. As they complete the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook,they will work on badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements -- all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.|