Cub Scout Basics

Cub Scout Basics

If you could give your child the greatest gift of all, what would it be?  It wouldn’t be money or anything money can buy.  Whether you are rich or poor, the greatest gift is within your power because that gift is helping a child become a person with genuine concern for others and good feelings about themselves.  Cub Scouting can help you provide this gift.

Your Child, Scouting, and You

As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be self-reliant and dependable – a person of worth, a caring individual.  Scouting has these same goals in mind.

Since 1910 we’ve been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to help parents teach their sons how to make good decisions throughout their lives and give them confidence as they become the adult leaders of tomorrow.

In a society where your child is often taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches them to do their best and be helpful to others as expressed in the Cub Scout Promise, Cub Scout Motto, and Law of the Pack.

A Cub Scout den will involve your child in a group of children their own age where they can earn status and recognition.  There they will also gain a sense of personal achievement from the new skills they learn.

The Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting is the phase of the program offered by the Boy Scouts of America for 1st through 5th grade boys and girls.  The purposes of Cub Scouting are to help parents and community organizations help youth by:

* Positively influencing character development and encouraging spiritual growth.
* Helping youth develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
* Encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong mind and body.
* Improving understanding within the family.
* Strengthening the ability to get along with other youth and to respect other people.
* Fostering a sense of personal achievement by helping youth develop new interests and skills.
* Showing how to be helpful and do one’s best.
* Providing fun and exciting new things to do.
* Preparing youth to become Scouts.

Cub Scouting

Your Cub Scout is a member of a den.  Most dens have 6 to 8 boys or girls in them and meet once a week.  Den meetings are a time for learning new things and having fun.  Dens are lead by a team a adult volunteers – the den leader and assistant den leader(s).  Den leaders are usually parents of children in that den.

Your Cub Scout is also a member of a pack.  Packs consist of several dens.  Most packs ( including ours) meet once a month.  Pack meetings usually follow a suggested theme and are a time for the scouts to be recognized for their accomplishments during the month, to perform skits and songs they’ve learned in den meetings, and to have fun with the entire family.

Packs are led by a Cubmaster and pack committee.  Like the den leaders, the Cubmaster and assistants are volunteers and are usually parents of youth in the pack.

[The above paragraphs taken from the “Parent Guide” of the Cub Scout Book]