About Cub 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. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA's five membership divisions (the others are Boy Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Explorer Scouts).


The 10 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!



The Cub Scout ideals are expressed in the Cub Scout Promise, the Cub Scout Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto.


The 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.                         

The Cub Scout 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.

Cub Scout Motto:

  Do Your BEST!


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.  A Pack is chartered by an organization; Pack 53 has been chartered by McFarland Fire Department.


Some additional information on Cub Scouting can be found at the BSA National Website and at our Council Website.


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 at least four, but no more than 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 about 2-3 times per month.  Den meetings last 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 take place on the second Tuesday of each month, starting around 6:00PM at the McFarland Luthern Church.   The Pack Meeting lasts about an hour, and usually involves activities, games and fun, like the den meetings, but may also include songs and skits, ceremonies, and recognition awards for individual Cubs.


Also, once a month the adult parents and den leaders of Pack 53 have a meeting of the Pack Committee. The meeting of the Pack Committee is not restricted just to the leaders, meetings are open to any parents in the Pack. The basic purpose of the Pack Committee is to support the den and pack leaders.  The meeting times of the Pack Committee will be announced and posted on the calendar.  For more information on the organization of a Cub Scout Pack, click here.