Cub Scouts of Wood Ridge, NJ Pack 183

Do Your Best!

Why Join Cub Scouting?

Parents of young boys face a lot of choices in after-school activities. Boys want to have fun, while parents want them to learn positive values and skills that will last a lifetime. If your boy is about to enter first through fifth grade, Cub Scouting may be exactly what you are both looking for.

Generations of American men have participated in and benefited from Cub Scouting, and the experience of serving millions of participants over almost a century has enabled us to make Cub Scouting one of the most exciting and rewarding programs available to your family.

As a parent, you can be assured that Cub Scouting

  • Involves a variety of family activities
  • Encourages good behavior
  • Teaches lifelong values
  • Strengthens the bonds of family

Cub Scouting involves a variety of family activities

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:

  • Sports such as baseball, soccer, and swimming—develop physical fitness, teamwork, fair play, cooperation, and good sportsmanship.
  • Hands-on learning experiences about art, science, music, and computers—inspire the imagination of youth and sharpen a boy's interest in learning.
  • Projects in woodworking, leatherworking, and sculpture—teach the value of planning and patience and give boys confidence in their abilities.
  • Outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking, and fishing—convey an appreciation for nature's majesty and teach the importance of preserving our environment.

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.

Cub Scouting encourages good behavior

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.

Cub Scouting teaches lifelong values

The qualities we admire in adults are often learned early in life. The Cub Scout program helps boys to develop qualities they will carry throughout their lifetimes by focusing on 12 core values of character development:
  1. Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities
  2. Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others
  3. Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
  4. Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences
  5. Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God
  6. Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit
  7. Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust
  8. Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult
  9. Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations
  10. Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest
  11. Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone
  12. Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves

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 strengthens the bonds of family

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.

  • Boys often begin projects at den meetings and complete them at home with the help of a parent. Such projects become the catalyst for parents and boys—frequently joined by siblings and friends—to interact with each other on an informal, relaxed basis.
  • The advancement plan is designed to be used by parents to create a learning environment in their home. The plan helps parents awaken their son's curiosity, stimulate his desire to try new things, and encourage him to carry the learning process beyond the classroom.
  • If you are able to participate in the program as a leader or assistant, you can share the enjoyment of Cub Scouting and discover the satisfaction of seeing how time and planning can help boys grow in good character.

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.

How Does Cub Scouting Work?

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 age/grade boys.

The purposes of Cub Scouting include character development, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, spiritual growth, and fun and adventure.  

When 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.

Benefits of Cub Scouting

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.

Cub Scouting Is Fun
Boys join Cub Scouting because they want to have fun. For boys, however, fun means a lot more than just having a good time. "Fun" is a boy's code word for the satisfaction he gets from meeting challenges, having friends, feeling good about himself, and feeling he is important to other people. While the boys are having fun and doing things they like to do, they also learn new things, discover and master new skills, gain self-confidence, and develop strong friendships.
Cub Scouting Has Ideals
Cub Scouting has ideals of spiritual and character growth, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The Cub Scout Promise is a pledge of duty to God and family. The Law of the Pack is a simple formula for good Cub Scouting and good citizenship. The Cub Scout motto, "Do Your Best," is a code of excellence. The Tiger Cub motto, "Search, Discover, Share," encourages personal growth and fitness. Symbols, such as the Cub Scout sign, Cub Scout salute, and the Living Circle, help boys feel a part of a distinct group and add to the appeal of belonging to a widely respected organization.
Cub Scouting Strengthens Families
The family is an important influence on our nation's youth. There are many different types of family structures in today's world. Scouting is a support to all types of families as well as to organizations to which families belong. We believe in involving families in the training of youth, and we are sensitive to the needs of present-day families. Cub Scouting provides opportunities for family members to work and play together, to have fun together, and to get to know each other a little better.
Cub Scouting Helps Boys Develop Interests and Skills
In Cub Scouting, boys participate in a broad array of activities. Cub Scouts develop ability and dexterity, and they learn to use tools and to follow directions. Recognition and awards encourage them to learn about a variety of subjects, such as conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, academic subjects, sports, and religious activities. These interests might become a hobby or even a career later in life.
Cub Scouting Provides Adventure
Cub Scouting helps fulfill a boy's desire for adventure and allows him to use his vivid imagination while taking part in skits, games, field trips, service projects, outdoor activities, and more. The use of a monthly theme lets a boy play the role of an astronaut, clown, explorer, scientist, or other exciting character. Boys find adventure in exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining a greater appreciation for our beautiful world.
Cub Scouting Has an Advancement Plan
The advancement plan recognizes a boy's efforts and achievements. It provides fun for the boys, teaches them to do their best, and helps strengthen understanding as family members work with boys on advancement requirements. Badges are awarded to recognize advancement, and boys like to receive and wear these badges. The real benefit comes from the worthwhile things the boy learns while he is earning the badges, as his self-confidence and self-esteem grow.
Cub Scouting Creates Fellowship
Boys like to be accepted as part of a group. In Cub Scouting, boys belong to a small group called a den where they take part in interesting and meaningful activities with their friends. The Cub Scout den and pack are positive places where boys can feel emotionally secure and find support. Each boy gains status and recognition and has a sense of belonging to this group.
Cub Scouting Promotes Diversity
In Cub Scouting, boys may learn to interact in a group that may include boys of various ethnicities, income levels, religions, and levels of physical ability. By having fun together and working as a group toward common goals, Cub Scouts learn the importance of not only getting along, but also of working side by side with other boys of different races, classes, religions, cultures, etc.
Cub Scouting Teaches Duty to God and Country
The BSA believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God, and encourages both youth and adult leaders to be faithful in their religious duties. The Scouting movement has long been known for service to others. Scouting believes that patriotism plays a significant role in preparing our nation's youth to become useful and participating citizens. A Cub Scout learns his duty to God, country, others, and self.
Cub Scouting Provides a Year-Round Program
Cub Scouting has no specific "season"—it's a year-round program. While spring and summer pack activities are informal and there are many activities that Cub Scouts do outdoors, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the fall and winter: the pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, skits, stunts, craft projects, and indoor games help to round out an entire year of fun and activities.
Cub Scouting Is a Positive Place
With all the negative influences in today's society, Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group who can encourage him in all the right ways. Carefully selected leaders provide good role models and a group setting where values are taught and help to reinforce positive qualities of character.

Den and Pack Meetings

Boys in Cub Scouting meet regularly. Weekly den meetings are like stepping-stones: each week a boy progresses a little further toward the next rank, learning skills as he goes. The monthly pack meetings are like milestones that mark achievements along the Cub Scout trail and celebrate accomplishments along the way. 

Den Meetings.  Between 2-4 times each month, your son attends a den meeting with a small group of boys in his grade level. The meeting is conducted by a den leader and an assistant. The den may meet at the home of one of the leaders or at another suitable location. Tiger Cubs must attend their den meetings with their adult partners, but Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts may attend den meetings on their own.

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.

Pack Meetings.  The monthly pack meeting brings together boys from every den, their leaders, and their families for a large-scale event that showcases all that the boys have learned and done in their individual den meetings. Such a gathering gives the boys a larger experience beyond their own den. It also helps them see how their individual activities fit into the bigger Cub Scout program.

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.

Contact Us

The Cubmaster of Wood Ridge, NJ Pack 183 is Carl Zeitlinger. 

If you would like to join Cub Scouts, or have a question or comment, please email us at woodridgecubscouts@gmail.com.

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