What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is a year round, family oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America program designed for boys in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Parents, leaders, and the charter organization work together to achieve the 10 purposes of cub scouting: Character Development, Spiritual Growth, Good Citizenship, Sportsmanship and Fitness, Family Understanding, Respectful Relationships, Personal Achievement, Friendly Service, Fun and Adventure, and Preparation for Boy Scouts. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law are guiding principles that we teach the scouts and use ourselves as leaders.
Each grade level of scouts is grouped together in a team called a Den. Each Den has an Adult Den Leader who will guide the scouts through the program until they advance to Boy Scouts. All our Den Leaders complete training to learn how to lead boys of this age, run the program, and keep the scouts safe. Your Den Leader will be your “go to person” for all things scouting. Dens meet at least twice monthly to work on advancement and go on adventures. Your Den Leader will provide you with a schedule of your den’s meetings. Lion and Tiger scouts (Kindergarten and 1st Grade) must have an Adult Partner present at all Cub Scout functions, this Lion or Tiger Team will complete all the adventures together. All Cub Scout meetings are open to parents / guardians and older scouts are often more successful if a parent / guardian attends.
Each month all of the dens get together for a Pack Night. Pack Nights are for the entire family, a chance to see their scout in action. This is where the Cubmaster will recognize scouts that completed achievements over the last month. Pack Nights are also the biggest events of the year including the Pinewood Derby, Cake Bake, and Raingutter Regatta. Each Pack Night is “hosted” by a Den with the older scouts being responsible for multiple events. Your Den Leader will show your den what to do when it is their turn.
The Pack Committee also meets monthly to plan for any upcoming events and assist the Cubmaster and Den Leaders with running the program. You do not need to hold a position on the committee to attend meetings and have a voice in the pack. Family members are encouraged to attend meetings as advocates for the boys.