Scouting is a home and neighborhood centered program for boys in
grades one through five.
Cub Scouting was first organized in 1930, when the Boy
Scouts of America (BSA) realized that not every boy in the United States
was experiencing the fun of Scouting. For years, boys too young to join
the Scouting movement – younger brothers, neighbors, and friends had
been tagging along on camp outs, service projects, and other fun filled
activities with older Scouts but not reaping the full benefits of being
a Boy Scout.
To accommodate this younger generation of motivated boys, the BSA
created Cub Scouting. An exciting and adventurous program coupled with
skills and values development for younger boys, Cub Scouting became an
Today, Cub Scouting provides more than two million boys from all
backgrounds with healthy doses of constructive fun and an underlying
emphasis on traditional values and service.
Cub Scout enrollment is open year round, so you can join at anytime.
However, spring and the start of school are usually the most popular
times to sign up.
Today’s world is complicated. Work,
school, family, sports, religion and extracurricular activities pull
parents and children in several different directions. As a parent, you
want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable, and caring
Cub Scouting achieves these out comes by combining fun with
educational activities and lifelong values. It also helps parents
strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and enhance both mental
and physical fitness in young boys.
Additionally, Cub Scouting provides boys with positive peer groups and
tools to shape their future.
In Cub Scouting, boys learn ideals like honesty, bravery, thrift and
respect. These values help boys make constructive decisions throughout
their lifetimes and give them the confidence they need to grow and
Cub Scouting, boys, families, leaders, and chartered organizations work
together to achieve the following:
a boy’s character development and spiritual growth
boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
understanding within the family
the ability to get along with others
boys foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new
interests and skills
fun and exciting new things to do
him to be a Boy Scout
Ranks of Cub Scouting
that boys are involved with their peers and learn age-appropriate
lessons, the Cub Scouting “family” is organized into three age
groups, each with it’s own separate uniforms: Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts
(Bobcat, Wolf, And Bear), and Webelos Scouts.
are first-grade boys who, with their adult partners, learn lessons about
building family communication, preparing for emergencies, and
understanding the environment. Lessons are age-specific and Tiger Cubs
are recognized each time a lesson or activity is completed. Some Tiger
Cub activities include obtaining a library card, visiting a zoo or
aquarium, learning to us public and private phones to report
emergencies, and starting a family photo journal. Tiger Cubs wear the
orange Tiger Cub T-shirt or sweatshirt, orange Tiger Cub hat and blue
Your Tiger Cub will be a member of a den. Most dens have five to nine
boy-adult partner teams, meet twice a month, and have one outing a month
called a Go See It. The den also takes part in monthly pack meetings.
Each den meeting and den activity is led by a den leader and an adult
partner of one of the Tiger Cubs. An adult partner can be a parent,
relative, or friend who is at least 18 years old and who cares about the
Your Tiger is also a member of a Cub Scout pack. Most packs are made up
of several dens that gather monthly at a pack meeting. Pack meetings
usually follow a theme, recognize boys for their accomplishments,
perform skits and songs, and have fun with the entire family.
Bobcat is the first advancement rank a boy can earn as a Cub Scout. To
do this the boys must know and recite from memory The Cub Scout Promise,
The Law of the Pack, tell what Webelos means show the Cub Scout sign and
tell what it means, show the Cub Scout handshake and tell what it means,
say the Cub Scout motto, and give the Cub Scout salute. No matter what
grade a boy joins Cub Scouts, the Bobcat badge is always the first badge
he earns. The exception to this is Tiger Cubs. In Tigers, the last thing
they do is earn the Bobcat badge before graduating to Wolf.
the second advancement rank the boys earn as Cub Scouts. Boys work
toward accomplishing achievements and electives outlined in Cub Scout
manuals, and are rewarded with the Wolf badge and arrow points for their
work. Wolves are second grade boys. As in Tiger Cubs, boys meet as a den
twice a month to work on different, age-specific activities. At this
level, dens consist of a den leader, co-leader(s) and adults who help
out. The den also takes part in monthly pack meetings. To earn the Wolf
Badge the boys must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and
mental skills. Some of the activities include feats of skill, learning
about the flag, tools for building and fixing things and starting a
third grade boys. As with Tigers and Wolves, Bears meet in dens
consisting of five to nine boys. They are led by a den leader and co-leader(s),
along with adults who help out. The den also takes part in monthly pack
Bear is the third and final rank of advancement before the boy moves
onto Webelos. The program is similar to the Wolf program, but there are
24 Bear Achievements in four categories – God, Country, Family, and
Self. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear Badge.
Activities include planning and cooking a family meal, increasing
strength and agility through exercise, and camping with the family. Bear
Cubs can also earn arrow points for completing extra work.
an acronym for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Webelos Scouting is designed for
fourth and fifth grade boys.
Geared to older boys, Webelos activities include using computers,
learning citizens’ role in the nation, studying animals and insects,
swimming, and properly caring for the flag.
Boys begin working on the Webelos Badge as soon as their den moves onto
Webelos. This is the first step in the transition to a Boy Scout Troop.
As they complete the requirements found in the Webelos Scout book, they
pursue activity badges for achievements in academic skills, the
outdoors, technology, sports, and community involvement. They attend den
meetings led by a Webelos den leader and co-leader(s), and become
familiar with the Boy Scout requirements, all leading to the Arrow of
Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting.