About Cub Scouting
The Purpose and Value of Cub Scouts
Cub Scouting Purpose
The purpose of the Cub Scouts is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
Cub scouting is a program of the Boys Scouts of America for parents, leaders, and organizations to use with boys in first through fifth grade for the purpose of:
- Developing character and encouraging spiritual growth
- Developing habits and attitudes of good citizenship
- Encouraging good sportsmanship and fitness
- Improving understanding within the family
- Strengthening the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people
- Fostering a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills
- Showing how to be helpful and to do one’s best
- Providing fun and exciting new activities
- Preparing them to be Boy Scouts
- Respecting nature and America’s natural resources
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Tiger Cub motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy’s sense of belonging.
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.
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.
Tiger Cub Motto:
Search, Discover, Share.
Who is Akela?
YOU ARE AKELA!!! The beginning of the Cub Scout program is based on the story of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. By signing that you (or a close friend or family member) will be Akela, that person is making a choice to assist your Scout in activities and tasks that will lead to his advancement. Akela will sign off achievements that have been completed, and then the Cub’s book in turned in to your Den Leader to record the individual Scout Record for the boy to earn advancements toward his rank.
The Value Of Scouting
Scouting helps young men develop strong family values that stay with them throughout their lives. This is particularly true for boys who stay in Scouting for five or more years.
According to the 1995 Harris and Associates Study, men who were Scouts for five or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting experience to
- Graduate from high school (98 percent versus 83 percent)
- Graduate from college (40 percent versus 16 percent)
- Earn annual household incomes of $50,000+ (33 percent versus 17 percent)
Of 100 Boys in Scouting:
- 12 will receive their first church contact through Scouting.
- 5 will receive church religious emblems.
- 1 will enter the clergy due to his Scouting relationships.
- 18 will develop hobbies that will give them a lifelong interest.
- 8 will find their future life vocations.
- 1 will use Scout skills to save another’s life.
- 1 will credit Scout skills with saving his own life.
- 2 of the 100 will reach the Eagle Rank.
- 17 will later become leaders in Scouting and will pass on their skills,
- inspiration and leadership to countless youth.
- Only rarely will one appear in juvenile court.
A comparative study of the records of Scouts and non-Scouts in a sampling of schools and colleges shows that Scouts hold most of the major positions of leadership in the student body. The survey resulted in the following statistics in regard to school officers bearing a large amount of responsibility.
- 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts.
- 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts.
- 85% of student council presidents were Scouts.
- 88% of school newspaper editors were Scouts.
- 77% of editors of school annuals were Scouts.
- 64% of basketball captains were Scouts.
Numbered among the alumni of the Boy Scouts of America are:
- 25% of US Presidents after the Scouting program began
- 72% of Rhodes scholars.
- 85% of FBI agents.
- 90% of all U.S.A. astronauts were scouts
- 92% of all members of Congress were scouts
- 90% of the presidents cabinets were scouts
One in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
The Cub Scout Program
The Scouting Organization – How you and your boy will participate
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth and fifth graders) meet weekly.
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.
Scouting is Family Oriented
You work with your son on his advancement award requirements.
Many of the skills he will learn are family oriented.
The pack activities we provide are intended for the whole family.
Your Boy will be a member of a Den
The den meets once a week or biweekly
The den is lead by a Den Leader (usually a parent)
The Den Leader is assisted by the Assistant Den Leader and
a Denner (one of the Cub Scouts elected by the den members).
Parents attending the den meetings also help out.
Den meetings have games, crafts, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.
Your Boy Will be A Member Of A Pack
A pack is made up of several dens.
The pack meets once a month — all Cub Scout families attend.
The Cubmaster leads the monthly pack meeting.
The pack meeting is the climax of the previous month’s den meetings and activities.
Pack Meetings have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that the boys earned the previous month.
A Pack Committee Runs The Pack
The Pack Committee is made up of a group of qualified adults approved by the chartered organization to administer the program of the pack. Usually the committee members, as well as other pack leaders, are parents of boys in the pack.
The Pack Committee meets once a month.
A committee chairman and the Cubmaster lead the Pack Committee.
The committee selects leaders, performs record keeping, manages pack finances, orders badges, maintains pack equipment, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders.
The Pack Is Owned By The Chartered Organization
The Chartered organizations for Pack 72 is Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.
The chartered organization approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates packs within the guidelines and policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
The Stages of Cub Scouts – How your son will advance
The responsibility for a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the den leader and the family, and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but allot is completed at home with the family.
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scout 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.
First Grade Boys
Your child’s first scouting adventure is Tiger Cubs – a program of exciting indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy who is in first grade and/or is 7 years old. You are there with him as his support and guide, but you don’t do things for him. He will learn by doing things himself. And as he learns and grows, your relationship with him will grow, too. At the end of the school year, he will graduate into a Wolf Cub Scout den.
Your Tiger Cub will be a member of a den. Most dens have five to nine boy-adult partner teams, meet twice a month in a den meeting, and have one outing a month, called a Go See It. The den also takes part in the monthly pack meetings. During den meetings, Go See It outings, and pack meetings, boys learn new things and have fun.
Each den meeting and den activity is led by a den leader and an adult partner of one of the Tiger Cubs. An adult partner can be a parent, relative, or friend who is at least 18 years old and who cares about the boy. Each adult partner takes a turn working with the den leader to plan and lead a den meeting and/or activity.
There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.
The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Second Grade Boys
The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass twelve achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.
Third Grade Boys
The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Boys
This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements-all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.
Academics and Sports Achievements
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the existing Cub Scout program. The Academics subjects and Sports activities allow boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship-and have fun. Boys participating in the program will be recognized for enjoying teamwork, developing physical fitness, and discovering and building new talents. The Academics and Sports program encourages a boy to do his best
Each activity has two levels of involvement: first, the belt loop; and second, the pin.
The Belt Loop: There are three specific requirements for each belt loop. As a Cub Scout completes these requirements, he is encouraged to do his best to learn about the activity. The Cub Scout or Webelos Scout can take part in one of three ways: (1) individually or with the family, (2) in the den or pack, or (3) in the school or the community. As Tiger Cubs participate in these activities, their adult partners must accompany them.
The Pin: Once the boy has earned the belt loop, he may choose to stop; however, some boys will want to continue with the activity. A Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout may complete additional requirements to earn a pin. Below are the lists of belt loops and pins that your boy may work for.