The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
In the future Scouting will continue to
- Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
- Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
- Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
- Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
The Purposes of 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 and girls who are in Kindergarten through fifth grade (or ages 5 - 10). 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 others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)
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 members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys or girls. Lion Cubs (kindergarten), Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth and fifth graders) meet once or twice a month. These dens make up the pack.
Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster.
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, which might be a church, school, community organization, or group of interested citizens, is chartered by the BSA to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack 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. Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This financial support provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.
Recognition is important to children. The Cub Scout advancement plan provides fun for the children, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with the children on advancement projects.
The Bobcat rank is the first rank all scouts who join cub scouting must earn. (See the Bobcat Badge page for more info).
Lion Cub Den
The Lion Cub program is for Kindergarteners and their adult partners.
The Lion program is new this year and is age appropriate for kindergarteners. The official Lion uniform is different than the scout uniform; it is a Lion t-shirt, cap, and solid colored pants or shorts. The Lion Cub, working with his/her adult partner, completes activities in their workbook, which is an age appropriate sticker book. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a child in the first grade.
Tiger Cub Den
The Tiger Cub program is for first graders and their adult partners.
There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his/her 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 child in the first grade.
Tiger Cubs wear the complete blue Cub Scout uniform with appropriate Tiger Cub insignia. The orange Tiger Cub T-shirt is available for Tiger Cubs to wear as an activity shirt and is the official uniform for adult Tiger Cub partners.
The Wolf Cub program is for second graders.
To earn the Wolf badge, scout must pass twelve achievements involving simple physical and mental skills, which are age appropriate for 2nd graders.
The Bear Cub program is for third graders.
There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of the 24 to earn the Bear Badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank, but age appropriate for 3rd graders.
Webelos Den or Patrol
The Webelos Scout program is an 18 month program for fourth and fifth graders.
This is the first step in the transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. Webelos Scouts complete the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book by working on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements - all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.
Arrow of Light Award
The Arrow of Light Award is the highest rank in Cub Scouting. After the scout has completed the fourth grade and has earned the Webelos badge, the next step on the Webelos trail to becoming a Boy Scout is earning this award. Because this award is so special, a special ceremony is performed by the Pack.
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the scout 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 pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program provides the opportunity for scouts to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun. Participation in the program allows scouts to be recognized for physical fitness and talent-building activities.
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts into the world of imagination. Day camping comes to the scout in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is at least a three-day experience in which Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. "Cub Scout Worlds" are used by many councils to carry the world of imagination into reality with actual theme structures of castles, forts, ships, etc. Cub Scout pack members enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. 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.
Volunteers are informed of national news and events through Scouting magazine (circulation 900,000). Scouts may subscribe to Boys' Life magazine (circulation 1.3 million). Both are published by the Boy Scouts of America. Also available are a number of Cub Scout and leader publications, including the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Cub Scout Book, Bear Cub Scout Book, Webelos Scout Book, Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos Leader Guide.
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 child's sense of belonging.
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys and girls see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals.
The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above.
The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.