What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting means “doing.” Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed to have the boys and girls doing things such as citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America has a great website to take a look at which explains everything you wanted to know about Cub Scouts.
Who is Cub Scouts for?
Boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grades (ages 5 – 10)
How is Cub Scouts organized?
Cub Scouts are organized by grade levels into “ranks” and “dens”, and are led by adult leaders. The “dens” together with the adult leaders and the committee form the “pack”.
- Bobcat– All Grades (1st – 5th) – the first rank for all boys and girls who join Cub Scouting
- Lions– Kindergarten (5 years old). These boys and girls may now join Scouts. The Cub Scout adventure begins with the Lions using a program of exciting indoor and outdoor activities designed for kindergarten boys and their adult partner. Adults are there as a support and guide, and allow the new Cub Scout to discover the activities and consequences under adult supervision. The Lion Scouts will learn by doing these things themselves. And as they learn and grow the relationship with their partner will grow as well.
- Tiger Cub– 1st grade (6 years old). Must be under the age of 8, have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade.
The Tiger Cub program is for first-grade boys and girls and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his/her 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 and girl in the first grade.
- Wolf– 2nd grade (7 years old). Must have completed first grade but not completed second grade, or be age 8.
The Wolf program is for boys and girls who have completed first grade. To earn the Wolf badge, the boy and girl must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.
- Bear– 3rd grade (8 years old). Must have completed second grade but not completed third grade, or be age 9.
The Bear rank is for boys and girls who have completed second grade. 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– 4th grade (9 years old). Must have completed third grade but not completed fifth grade, or be age 10 but not yet 11 1/2.
This program is for boys and girls who have completed third grade. A boy or girl may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he /she joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Scouts BSA Scout troop. As he/she completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he/she will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Scouts BSA requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.
- Arrow of Light– 5th grade (10 years old). Must have completed third grade but not completed fifth grade, or be age 10 but not yet 11 1/2.
This program is for boys and girls who have completed fourth grade. A boy or girl may begin working on the Arrow of Light badge as soon as he/she joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his/her transition from the Webelos den to the Scouts BSA troop. As he/she completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he/she will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Scouts BSA requirements.
Each of the ranks is earned by completing age appropriate activities and requirements, and by demonstrating a willingness to behave according to the ideals of Cub Scouting. When a boy or girl completes the Cub Scouting program he/she is ready for the next step, Scouts BSA!
Recognition is important to young boys and girls. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys and girls, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys and girls on advancement projects.
Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program provides the opportunity for boys and girls to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun. Participation in the program allows boys and girls 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-doors. Day camping comes to the boy and girl 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.
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.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.
Tiger Cub Motto
Search, Discover, Share.
A Scout is:
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold.
– Blue – truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above
– Gold – warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness
Together, they symbolize what Cub Scouting is all about.