Cub Scouting 1-2-3
1 The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Since 1930 the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting is a year round program designed for boys who are in kindergarten through fifth grade (or 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 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 ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
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.
2 Membership and Leadership
Cub Scouting members join a pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys. Tigers (first graders), Wolves (second graders), Bears (third graders), Webelos I (fourth graders), Webelos II (fifth graders). Den meeting typically take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month during the school year
On the fourth Wednesday of each month all of the dens and families gather for a pack meeting under the direction of the Cub Master and the pack committee. The pack meeting is open to all Cub Scouts and their families.
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program throughout the world. They serve in a variety of positions as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, assistant den leaders and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program a pack belongs to a charter organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization which might be a church, school, community organization or a group of interested citizens is chartered by the BSA local council to use the Scouting program. The chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy scouting life for the boys under its care.
3 Costs, Advancement and 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 Scout is encouraged to pay his own way by helping with fundraising. The community, including parents supports Cub Scouting through donations to the local unit as well as to the local council through the Friends of Scouting program. Friends of Scouting helps provide leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and professional services for the 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 the pack through guest speakers and specially planned activates. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meeting.
Age appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings the Cub Scouts into the great out doors. Day camping comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is a week long experience at Camp Carpenter in Manchester in which the Scouts take place in a number of specially planned activities. Overnight camps designed to introduce the Cub Scouts to camping - an important part of the Scouting experience happen at least twice a year. 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.
Frame of Mind:
Bobcat The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting. The Bobcat introduces the Scout Oath and Scout Law as well as other scouting basics.
Tiger Tiger is for first grade boys and their adult partners. Tiger Scouts consists of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities. In addition Tigers incorporate a number of Go See It activities where the boys visit local buildings such as the fire company, police dept., library, etc.
Wolf The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade. To earn the Wolf badge a Scout faces challenges involving both physical and mental skills.
Bear The Bear rank is for boys who have completed the second grade. The Scout participates in adventures that are somewhat more challenging then the wolf rank. This rank also includes some science adventures.
Webelos This program is for boys who have completed the third grade. Webelos is a two year program designed to get the Scout ready to enter the Boy Scout troop. During the first year of the program the Scout will work on earning his Webelos rank. During the second year of the program the Scout will work toward his Arrow of Light. The Webelos II den generally meets on the same night as the Boy Scouts. Webelos II is also a time to get the Scout comfortable with the boys in the troop and how they operate.