What Is Cub Scouting?
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 Venturing.)
The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- 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:
As of December 31, 2004
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 leaders, and
chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout pack belongs to an
organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization,
which might be a church, school, community organization, or group of interested
citizens, is chartered by the local BSA council to use the Scouting program.
This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership,
supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under
its care. 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 Scouting 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 advancement projects.
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
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 12 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
Handbook, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults,
and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have
the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of
Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.
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 great out-of-doors.
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
families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved
campsites. 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 the outdoors.
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 youth and leader publications, including the Tiger
Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, Webelos Handbook, Cub Scout Leader
Book, Cub Scout Leader How-to Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience
concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to
build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements
were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub
Character can be defined as the collection of core values possessed by an
individual that leads to moral commitment and action. Core values are the basis
of good character development. In helping boys develop character, Cub Scouting
promotes the following 12 core values.
Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values
- Health and fitness
- Positive attitude
Character is "values in action."
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout
Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Tiger Cub motto, and the Cub Scout sign,
handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a
boy's sense of belonging.
Cub Scout Promise
I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my
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.
pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
The Cub Scouting colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which
will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals.
- The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky
- The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.