About Cub Scouting

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

The Scout Law

A Scout is TRUSTWORTHYA Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Scout is LOYALA Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
A Scout is HELPFULA Scout volunteers to help others without expecting a reward.
A Scout is FRIENDLYA Scout is a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from him.
A Scout is COURTEOUSA Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners.
A Scout is KINDA Scout treats others as he wants to be treated. He never harms or kills any living thing without good reason.
A Scout is OBEDIENTA Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and pack. He obeys the laws of his community and country.
A Scout is CHEERFULA Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is THRIFTYA Scout works to pay his way. He uses time, property, and natural resources wisely.
A Scout is BRAVEA Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He stands for what is right even if others laugh at him.
 Scout is CLEANA Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is REVERENTA Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.


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


Fourth and

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.