Cub Scout Pack and Den Ideas
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship & Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun & Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
The Cub Scouts of America colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys 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.
As a boy begins the Boy Scout Trail, he joins other boys his own age. He can start the scouting program from 6 (starting 1st grade) to 17 years old.
The Cub Scout age program is for 1st graders through 3rd graders - Tiger cubs, Wolf scouts, and Bear scouts. After completing Bear scout requirements, scouts begin their Webelos program.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.
The Cub Scout program has an Organizational Structure that puts boys into groups called dens with recommended size of from 6 to 8 scouts. Dens of boys in a community form a pack which is part of a district. Districts combine to make a council - see this page for organization details.
The Bobcat rank is the first rank earned by Cub Scouts, no matter which grade they begin scouting. After earning the Bobcat rank, he then begins earning the rank of his grade.
Cub Scouts have 12 Core Values:
- Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
- Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
- Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
- Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
- Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
- Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
- Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
- Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
- Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
- Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
- Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
- Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.
More Cub Scout Information to Use:
Cub Scouts - information about the cub scout program
Bobcat Info - any grade
Tiger Info - 1st grade
Wolf Info - 2nd grade
Bear Info - 3rd grade
Webelos - 4th and 5th grade
To help make your Cub Scouts of America program the best it can be, use these pages to find good stuff:
Monthly Cub Scout Themes
Activities - find age-appropriate, advancement-supporting activites for Cub Scouts
Games - den or pack games just right for 1st through 3rd graders
Projects - fun projects for cub scouts to use to do a good turn
Recipes - easy recipes
Cub Scout Skits - skits that Cub Scouts love
Songs - songs to liven up a cub scout den or pack meeting
Stories - choose stories that cub scouts will enjoy and understand
Awards - see what awards are available to all cub scouts
Cub Scout Academics & Sports - extra recognition opportunities
Pinewood Derby - advice for the big race
Feb 13, 2012 - Devonte Berry
Do the cubs in the USA have a promise they must learn to be invested into cubs?
See the Bobcat link at top of page.
If he is 10, then he needs to finish 5th grade or turn 11 before joining a Boy Scout troop. So, he'd actually need to just wait 3 months, I expect.
Some packs do little over the summer, but others have very active summer programs.
Web 1 9
Web 2 10
Boy scouts 10.5 in April
Finally what about the grade issue. My son turned 6 in May but start Kindergarten in the fall. He's still eligible correct?
Thank you for your time.
It says - a boy can be a Scout if he has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, or is age 11, or has earned the
Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.
In your example, the Webelos could join a troop if he's earned the Arrow of Light.
For your son, the application says - Must have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade, or be age 7.
So, it sounds like he will be eligible in May when he turns seven unless he finishes kindergarten before then. There is a Lion Cub program for kindergarten boys that you might check about in your local council to see if it's available.
Normally, activities involving advancement are done by separate dens, not by the entire pack.
You could easily do an outing for all dens that included requirements for belt loops and pins since those requirements are mostly the same for everyone.
I already took a few minutes to take a look & for example with Cooking: You could do something like discuss food and make something outside and by doing that something will get passed off for each a Wolf/Bear/Webelo. Also with Family: You can make a new game with a Bean Bag Archery or Eagle Golf and discuss the rules & they can take it home & play with their family ... heck, you may even be able to do that at a Pack meeting and that will pass off a requirement in each of the levels. I am totally new at this, but it's exciting to see all the possiblities.
THANK YOU SO much for your help!
The Geology Belt Loop and Academic Pin can be found at www.boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/acadsports/geology.asp
That is terrific that you want to tailor part of your program to the Cub Scouts.
Thank You for the time you put into the site and all the wonderful ideas and information! Yours in Scouting LORI
My little brother pack (he's in his 20's now) had a tradition. the First pack meeting of each yr we hEld a small cerimony and the boys would pass on thier slids and bandannas to the upcoming den. New Tigers would get the bandannas of the boys moving up to Wolves, Wolves to Bears ect. It saved on costs for parents and helped to reenfources that we are all one pack and that we need to pass on what we have learned and help the next generation. The pack would always buy the fill in amount as needed. it also helped to take some of the pressure off parents.
just an idea!
It is one i hope to impliment in our New Pack!
Thanks very much for your info. I called the council and they were very helpful and successful in helping me. They had some donations at their location and I was able to receive a shirt and cap for my son. This saved me alot that I didn't have, so all I had to get were the neckerchief and slider. Again thanks and thank you all for reading.
There should be no "catching up" in scouts - each scout progresses at his own pace and should not be asked to wait for others.
Arrow of Light isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It's not required for any future advancement or rank or joining a troop.
In general, a cub scout needs:
water bottle, personal 1st aid kit, flashlight, whistle, raingear, sun protection, sleeping bag and pad, warm and cool clothes, eating utensils, toiletries.
Tents, cooking equipment, and other group gear are often provided by the Pack so you really should check with your leaders for their expectations.
Does anyone know where I can get similar advancement tracking for these?
Thanks for the great resources.
I don't see how it helps the scout grow by rifling through the requirements looking for ways to apply something he did in the past. With my sons, we identified the requirements and then completed them. We did not count anything done in the past.
I was wondering IF anyone out there had a good voter tally program or knew of someone crafty in excel that could help us? Our pinewood derby is in a few weeks and the boys vote on some "best of" categories like best cub spirit, best paint job, funniest design, most awesome design, most original design. Now we do handwritten cards but counting in a task with 30 kids, so I was hoping there was an easy way to make a program that you click NEW VOTE and enter a car number under each of the five categories and it tallies the votes as to who won. Anyone know a like program or be willing to write it in excel for us? Thanks Cubmaster Don
If a person DID give a scout extra money for a fundraising effort, it certainly should be going to the scout's unit, not to his personal bank account outside of Scouting. That generous person is contributing to Scouting, not to Johnny.
See page nine of BSA Product Sales Guide.
So, if your Pack has kindergarten Tigers, someone is not with the program.
There is a new Scouting level for kindergarten boys, called Lion Cubs, so it's possible your Pack has a Lion den. But, it doesn't really matter - the den leader and parents should provide direction for their den so they do not disrupt the other dens in a Pack meeting.
Every Pack does have a different personality, depending on the leaders, so you might find a more 'controlled' environment at another Pack in your community.
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