What Is Cub Scouting?
Arrow of Light
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 who are in the
first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). 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
The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- 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. Tiger Cubs (first-graders),
Wolf Cub Scouts (second graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third graders), and Webelos
Scouts (fourth and fifth graders) meet weekly.
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 of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
Cub Scout membership is:
|285,908||Tiger Cub Teams*|
|*As of December 31, 2000|
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,
the pack, the chartered organization, and the community. The boy is encouraged to
pay his own way by contributing dues each week. 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 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
Tiger Cub. The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys
and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger
Cub, working with his 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 boy in the first grade.
Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Wolf. The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or
are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass twelve achievements involving
simple physical and mental skills.
Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or
are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout
must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are
somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.
Webelos. This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or
are age 10). A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins
a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den
to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos
Scout Book, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults,
and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirementsall leading to the
Arrow of Light Award.
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to
have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of
Scoutingcitizenship training, character development, and personal
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 boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop
sportsmanship, and have fun. Participation in the program allows boys
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 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
Volunteers are informed of national news and events through Scouting
magazine (circulation 900,000). Boys 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, a number of
ideals are expressed in the day-to-day life of the boy and his leaders.
Cub Scout Promise
I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.
Tiger Cub Motto
Search, Discover, Share.
Law of the Pack
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. 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.