Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today
Character development should extend into every aspect of a boy's life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use the 12 points of the Scout Law throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings
Cub Scouting uses terms and phrases taken from stories in The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling. The boys themselves are called Cubs, the boys and their leaders (Cub Scout leaders are called “Akela”) are organized into small units called Dens, and the Dens are part of a larger Pack.
Dens are organized by school Grade, with age-appropriate programs and activities for each grade:
First Grade: Tiger
Second Grade: Wolf
Third Grade: Bear
Fifth Grade: Webelos
Each Den is a group of four to twelve boys in the same grade. Each Den is led by an adult called the Den Leader (usually but not always a den parent), who in turn is assisted by other den parents. Dens meet at times and places that each den decides. Den meetings usually take place once per month for about an hour. Den parents usually rotate bringing snacks/drinks to the meeting, and the boys work on various program activities, play games, work on projects that are related to a monthly theme and that help them learn the skills they need to progress in rank and have fun!
Once a month, Pack 53 has a meeting of all the dens in the Pack. These Pack Meetings are not just for the boys, but for the parents and siblings as well. It
could therefore easily be called a Family Night. The monthly Pack
Meeting/ Family Night usually takes place on the third Thursday of each
month, starting around 6:30 PM at the McFarland Lutheran Church. The
Pack Meeting lasts about an hour, and usually involves activities,
games and fun, songs and
skits, ceremonies, and recognition awards for individual Cubs.
Also, once a month the parents and den leaders of Pack 53 have a meeting to make decisions that will support the den and pack. The Pack Committee meets the second Thursday of each month, starting around 6:30 PM at the McFarland Lutheran Church.
For more information on the organization of a Cub Scout Pack, click here.