What is Cub Scouting?
In 1930 the Boy Scouts of America launched a
home- and neighborhood-centered program for boys 9 to 11 years
of age. A key element of the program is an emphasis on
caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents
or caregivers, adult leaders, and friends. Since 1930,
the program has expanded to include all boys in 1st through
The Purposes of Cub
Cub Scouting has ten purposes:
- 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 has program components for boys in
the kindergarten through fifth grades (or ages 5 through
10). Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a
den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys.
All dens are organized by grade; Lions - kindergarten, Tigers
- first grade, Wolves - second grade, Bears - third
grade, Webelos - fourth & fifth grade. Dens
typically meet two or three times a month.
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 or caregivers of boys in the pack and members of the
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in
Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys 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 regular den
and the monthly pack meetings.
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 leader coaches, and
chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program,
Cub Scouting is made available to groups having similar
interests and goals, including professional organizations,
government bodies, and religious, educational, civic,
fraternal, business, labor, and citizens' groups. These
"sponsors" are called chartered organizations. 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 or caregivers, the pack, the
chartered organization, and the community. Pack 405 dues
are $85 per year, per child, and most Pack events are at no
additional charge - external events such as museum visits or
sleep-overs have additional fees. Packs also obtain
income by working on approved money-earning projects (our pack
is using the annual "Popcorn Sale" - please contact our Cubmaster
for more information). The community, including the
cub's parents, caregivers and families, supports Cub Scouting
through 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.
Advancement Plan and
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.
The Cub Scout program underwent a major update in 2015.
The ranks have not changed, but the requirements to achieve
each rank have been completely updated. The Lion program
was added in 2017.
- The first rank, Bobcat rank is for all
boys who join Cub Scouting.
- The Lion program is for boys in
kindergarten (must be age 5 by Sep 30). The Lion
program places extra emphasis
- on parent/family involvement and fun
group activities. Cubs earn the Lion rank by
completing 5 adventures
- from the Lion handbook.
- The Tiger program is for boys in the
first grade (or are age 7). The Tiger program places
extra emphasis on parent/family involvement and fun group
activities. Cubs earn the Tiger rank by completing 7
adventures from the Tiger handbook.
- The Wolf program is for boys who have
completed first grade (or are age 8).
- Cubs earn the Wolf rank by
completing 7 adventures from the Wolf handbook.
- The Bear rank is for boys who have
completed second grade (or are age 9).
- Cubs earn the Bear
rank by completing 7 adventures from the Bear
- This program is for boys who have
completed third grade (or are age 10).
- Cubs earn
the Webelos rank by completing 7 adventures from the
Arrow of Light
The Arrow of Light award is Cub Scouts
highest rank and may be worn on the Boy Scout Uniform.
Cubs earn the Arrow of Light by completing 7 adventures from
the Webelos handbook. New Webelos Scouts do not need
to first earn the Webelos rank to attain Arrow of Light (new
for 2015), although Bobcat is always required for new
A summary of the rank requirements can be found at the
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with
theme-oriented action that brings Cub Scouts and Webelos
Scouts into the world of imagination. Day camping comes
to the boy 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 council-approved national, state, county, or city
parks. 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. Pack member ship includes a subscription to Boys' Life
magazine. Both are published by the Boy Scouts of
America. Also available are a number of Cub Scout and
leader publications, including the Wolf Cub Scout Book,
Bear Cub Scout Book, Webelos Scout Book, Cub Scout Leader
Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos Leader
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout
activities, a number of ideals are expressed
in the day-to-day life of the boy and his leaders.
- Scout Oath (Promise)
- On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people at all times, and
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally wake and morally straight.
- Scout Law
- A scout is
- trustworthy, loyal, helpful,
- friendly, courteous, kind,
- obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
- brave, clean and reverent.
- The Cub Scout colors are blue
- The blue stands for truth and
spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above.
- The gold stands for warm
sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.
Together, they symbolize what Cub
Scouting is all about.