What is Cub Scouting? Is it the same as Boy Scouting?
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 through 10.
Boys who are older than 10 years of age or have completed the fifth grade can no longer participate in Cub Scouting, but may be eligible to join or cross over to the Boy Scout program. Young men and women ages 14 through 20 may participate in Venturing.
Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing are separate and distinct youth development programs within the Boy Scouts of America.
What is the purpose of Cub Scouting?
Parents, leaders, and other volunteers work together toward the common goal of helping their scouts fulfill the ten purposes of Cub Scouting:
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts
Pack 536 strives to provide activities and events that help promote these purposes, all while maintaining a fun, energetic, and sometimes silly atmosphere. We want our Scouts to do their best, and have fun doing it!
What are the core values of Cub Scouting?
Character development and the other purposes of Cub Scouting are fulfilled within the Cub Scouting program as a whole. Achieving these purposes is made possible by adhering to the following core values in every aspect of Cub Scouting:
6. Health and Fitness
9. Positive Attitude
What do Cub Scouts do?
Cub Scouts have the opportunity to participate in many different activities with their pack:
- Day camps: daylight and evening activities at events lasting one to five days
- Resident camps: at least two nights of camping held at a council facility
- Council-organized family camps: overnight camping involving more than one pack at a council-approved facility, with the council or district providing staffing, food service, housing, and program
- Pack camping: overnight camping involving more than one family from a single pack, conducted at council-approved locations under the direction of BALOO-trained adults
- Cub World: venues using make-believe themes, such as castles, frontier forts, pirate ships, and more; usually part of a Cub Scout resident or family camp
Learning New Skills
As Cub Scouts progress toward completing the many ranks and achievements prescribed in the program, they’ll learn and practice valuable skills. From camping to story-telling, working with tools to arts and crafts, Cub Scouts grow in innumerable ways as they also practice good citizenship and moral conduct.
Part of the Scout Oath is “to help other people at all times”. Cub Scouts get to participate in community service projects, charity programs, volunteer efforts and the like with their pack and chartered organization.
Cub Scout Derbies
Cub Scouts can get competitive and have fun participating in a derby such as the Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regatta, or Space Derby.
Cub Scouts get to meet and spend a lot of time with lots of other boys their age, often even from the same school or church. Friendships built in Cub Scouting can last a lifetime!
How is Cub Scouting organized?
Cub Scouts are organized into local Packs which are under the jurisdiction of a Council and are chartered by a Chartered Organization. All packs in the Lubbock area are part of the South Plains Council. Pack 536 in particular is chartered by Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The Pack is further subdivided into Dens based on the scouts’ ages. Typically, a den consists of 6 to 10 scouts, but may be larger or smaller.
Each den is led by one or more Den Leaders, the pack as a whole is led by the Cubmaster, and the structure and operations of the pack is overseen by the Committee.
Ranks and Advancement
Boys enter Cub Scouting at the level designated for their age. Cub Scouts spend the year engaging in activities and learning new skills as they progress in their rank. At the end of the program year, those Scouts who have completed all the required achievements for their rank will earn their Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge and will be eligible to begin working toward the next rank. In addition to the achievements the Cub Scout is required to complete in order to earn his rank, there are many electives the Cub Scout can engage in to gain even more skills and experiences.
Regardless of the rank at which a boy enters Cub Scouting, the Cub Scout must earn his Bobcat badge before being awarded any other rank. In order to earn his Bobcat badge, the Cub Scout must learn, at a minimum, the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout Sign, the Cub Scout Handshake, the Cub Scout Motto, and the Cub Scout Salute. These all serve to remind the scout of the core values of Cub Scouting, teach good citizenship, and promote a sense of belonging throughout the year as he progresses toward earning his rank.
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,
thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Cub Scout Motto
Do your best.
The Tiger Cub Den is for scouts who are in the first grade, or are 7 years old.
The Wolf Den is for scouts who are in the second grade, or are 8 years old.
The Bear Den is for scouts who are in the third grade, or are 9 years old.
Webelos is for scouts who are in the fourth through fifth grades, or are 10 to 11 years old. The two years of Webelos scouts are often referred to as Webelos 1 and Webelos 2.
(“Webelos” is an abbreviation for “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts”, and is both the singular and the plural form of the word. There is no such thing as a single “Webelo”.)
Scouts in their second year of Webelos often focus on earning the Arrow of Light award. This is the single highest award a Cub Scout can earn, and is the only Cub Scout award that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
How often do Cub Scouts meet?
Dens will typically meet 3-4 times a month, usually on the same day of the week.
The entire pack will meet together in a Pack Meeting once every month, during which scouts may be presented with advancements, badges, and other awards. Announcements are made, general pack business is attended to, and individual dens may elect to perform skits or songs or engage in some other activity with the Pack as a whole.
“Class A” Uniforms
The official Cub Scout “Class A” uniform for Pack 536 consists of a cap, shirt, neckerchief, neckerchief slide, and belt. For simplicity’s sake, we often refer to this as a “belt-up” uniform.
We do not require our scouts to purchase and wear the official scout trousers as described by the BSA.
Webelos Scouts may choose to wear the tan/olive uniform instead of the blue Cub Scout uniform.
The “Class A” uniform should be worn at all Den and Pack Meetings and other special scouting events. This uniform is also used to display Pack and Den designations, awards and badges earned, and other achievements the scout has completed.
“Class B” Uniforms
From time to time we instead utilize an unofficial “Class B” uniform, which consists simply of a Pack 536 t-shirt, and is worn to less-formal events or more physical events at which the boys’ Class A uniforms might get dirty or damaged. We place bulk orders for these shirts on a few occasions throughout the year. Contact us for more information or to see about ordering Class B t-shirts.
At Pack 536, we don’t want anything to get in the way of your Scout having the best scouting experience possible. We certainly don’t want the cost of the uniform to be a problem. If you are in need of assistance in providing your Scout with a uniform, please email our Cubmaster or your Den Leader, or talk to them in person at one of our meetings. We’ll do what we can to make sure your scout has what he needs!