As a parent, you can be assured that Cub Scouting
The Cub Scout program includes a wide range of group and individual activities your son will enjoy. More importantly, the activities in the Cub Scout program carefully selected and administered - everything that Cub Scouts do contributes to their moral, physical, and intellectual development:
Boys in the Cub Scout program can tell you that Cub Scouting is fun. Parents who have seen marked improvements in their sons can tell you that Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose.
Boys in Cub Scouting belong to a small group where they take part in interesting and meaningful activities with their friends. Through these activities, boys learn the value if sportsmanship, good behavior, and cooperation. In the Cub Scout program, your son will be influenced by adults who serve as positive role models.
The adult leaders who conduct and supervise Cub Scouting activities are carefully selected. These leaders must meet strict qualifications set by the national organization, and must be approved by the organization that sponsors the pack to ensure that they are good role models. Individuals selected as "quality leaders" improve their skills in working with youth through training courses, workshops, and reference materials.
In addition to adult role models, fellow Cub Scouts form a peer group that provides encouragement for your son. Being in the company of good boys and being able to turn to good friends can reinforce your son against many of the negative influences in today's society.
By weaving these values into fun and educational activities, Cub Scouting helps boys grow up to be self-reliant, dependable, and caring men.
Cub Scouting provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together and encourages you to spend quality time together. The family-centered program encourages closeness to family and will give you an opportunity to participate in activities with your son that you normally couldn't do.
These and other elements of the Cub Scout program provide a positive way for your family to grow closer together through many opportunities to engage in one-on-one interaction and communication with your son.
Cub Scouting is a
year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through
the fifth grade. A boy can join for the first time at any age from
age 6 and over or any grade from first to fifth. He will be placed in a
den of similar
The purposes of Cub Scouting include character development, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, spiritual growth, and fun and adventure.
your son joins Cub Scouts, he is assigned to a "Den" - a group of about
6-8 boys in the same grade. First-graders are called Tiger Cubs,
second-graders are "Wolf Cub Scouts," third-graders are "Bear Cub
Scouts," and fourth- and fifth-graders are "Webelos Scouts." Each den
has an adult leader and an adult assistant leader, usually parents of
boys in the den.
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things.
Each den meets 2-4 times per month to participate in fun, age-appropriate activities that are used to achieve the aims of Cub Scouting - citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Typical activities include games, crafts, working on Cub Scout advancement requirements, skits, songs, jokes, flag ceremonies, field trips, and outdoor activities.
Once a month, all of the dens - first- through fifth-graders - and family members come together for a "Pack" meeting. At a Pack meeting, individual Cub Scouts are recognized for their achievements, dens demonstrate skills they've learned, and all of the scouts participate in games, crafts, skits, songs, and flag ceremonies.
As a worldwide brotherhood, Scouting is unique. It is based on the principles of loving and serving God, of human dignity and the rights of individuals, and of recognizing the obligation of members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. Cub Scouting doesn't emphasize winning as an end result, but rather the far more demanding task of doing one's best.
When Scouting can help nurture courage and kindness and allow boys to play, to laugh, to develop their imaginations, and to express their feelings, then we will have helped them grow. We want boys to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own potential. Helping a boy to learn the value of his own worth is the greatest gift we can give him.
While the meetings include games and other activities that are fun for the boys, program delivery is the main goal. Boys participate in activities and work on projects that are related to a monthly theme and that help them learn the skills they need to progress in rank. The boys also prepare to do their part in the monthly pack meeting.
A typical pack meeting begins with a formal opening ceremony. Next, in the program section of the meeting, dens may give presentations and performances that demonstrate what they learned during the month. The program section may also include activities that involve the entire audience, or a featured event.
Another important part of the pack meeting is the formal recognition given to the Scouts who have earned badges, arrow points, progress-towards-rank beads, or other awards, and to leaders who have earned training awards, religious emblems, or other community awards. This is followed by some general announcements and a formal closing ceremony to end the meeting.
Besides bringing together the boys in the pack, Cub Scout pack meetings are family events. Parents or guardians, brothers, sisters, and other family members attend. The pack meeting is a social event for the community, bringing together the families of many boys.