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Why Become a Cub Scout?

Why Join Cub Scouting?

• Your time is valuable. More than ever, today’s families struggle to find time to spend together. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made opportunities for you and your son to do things together.

• Your child needs to belong to a group of kids their own age. Through this sense of belonging, kids builds their self-esteem and learns to get along with others. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your child joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. BSA Scouts has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910.

• In a society where your child is taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches them to “do his best” and to be helpful to others.

• Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son or daughter. Scouting activities can bring added value to the time you already have with your child.

• He will learn to live by the code of “On my honor.”

But we know that boys and girls do not join Cub Scouting just to get their character built.
Boys and girls join because it is fun.

How Does Cub Scouting Work?
One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join in on the program with your son, and you will help him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. It exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Scouts have a different handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your scout advances through these books by working on activities with you, he will earn badges and other recognition that he can wear on his uniform. Your son’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!

The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son will be a part of a den, a small group of boys and girls in the same grade level who usually meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack.

Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where kids show off the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned. All scouts, when they join, earn the Bobcat badge first. Your den leader will show you how.
The Tiger Den (1st Grade)
Parents are most involved at the Tiger Cub level. The scout and his parent or guardian join the den together and attend all meetings and activities together.The den is made up of three to eight of these parent-son teams. Each den also has a Tiger Cub den leader (usually one of the parents) who helps coordinate the meetings. The parent-son teams take turns running the activities and planning meetings with the Tiger Cub den leader. The den usually meets weekly either at the homes of host parent-son teams or at a designated facility; participates in Go See Its (with the den, as a group, visiting a community place of interest); and attends the monthly pack meeting.

The Wolf Scout (2nd Grade) and Bear Scout (3rdGrade) Dens
Parents are vital to the Cub Scout dens, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader, but their child is beginning to be more independent, and not every scouts needs their parent to help them at every meeting. The den consists of four to ten boys and girls, a den leader and assistant den leader (usually parents), and often a den chief (an older BSA Scout or Venturer who helps the den leader). They usually meet once a week at a regularly scheduled time and place, and they also attend the pack meeting with their families.

The Webelos Scout Den (4th and 5th Grades)
The Webelos den is much like the Cub Scout dens, but there is more emphasis on the scout learning to take leadership roles and preparing to become BSA Scouts.

Pack Meetings
The Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster. This is the climax of the weekly den meetings and activities. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys and girls earned during that month. This is where families—not just parents, but siblings, too—can see the achievements of their Cub Scout.