What Is Cub Scouting?
The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting is a year-round,
family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America program designed for
boys who are in first through fifth grades (or are 7, 8, 9, and 10 years
of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations 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
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
All the activities leaders plan and boys enjoy should relate to one or more of these purposes.
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 Scouting today
Character development should extend into every aspect of a boy's
life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub
Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use the 12 points of the
Scout Law throughout all elements of the
program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and
all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings.
- A Scout is Trustworthy.
- A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his
promises. People can depend on him.
- A Scout is Loyal.
- A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders,
school, and nation.
- A Scout is Helpful.
- A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to
help others without expecting payment or reward.
- A Scout is Friendly.
- A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts.
He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and
respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different
from his own.
- A Scout is Courteous.
- A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to
- A Scout is Kind.
- A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats
others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does
not harm or kill any living thing.
- A Scout is Obedient.
- A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks
these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed
in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
- A Scout is Cheerful.
- A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully
does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
- A Scout is Thrifty.
- A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He
saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural
resources. He carefully uses time and property.
- A Scout is Brave.
- A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the
courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others
laugh at him or threaten him.
- A Scout is Clean.
- A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses
the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep
his home and community clean.
- A Scout is Reverent.
- A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his
religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.
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 grade.
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 Light Award.
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 den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.
Character can be defined as the collection of core values by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action.
Character development should challenge Cub Scouts to experience core values
in six general areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self.
Character is "values in action."
The goals of the Cub Scout leader are
- to seek out and maximize the many opportunities to incorporate character development
- to convince the young Cub Scout that character is important to
the individual, to his family, community, country, world, and God
Character development should not be viewed as something done
occasionally as part of a separate program, or as part of only one area
of life. For in reality, character development is a part of everything a
Cub Scout does. Character development lessons can be found in every
aspect of the Cub Scouting experience.
As Cub Scouts work on the adventures in their handbooks, they will notice the Character Compass symbol.
A compass is a tool that guides a person from place to place.
Character is how we act, and it guides our entire lives. This compass
will be a guide to one or more of the 12 points of the Scout Law.
Every time Cub Scouts check the compass, it will remind them of how the
activities in each adventure are related to the Scout Law. This may also
help them think about how the points of the Scout Law guide their way
in Cub Scouting and in daily life. Those points are all different, and
each one is a treasure for Scouts to find.
Character is "values in action."
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities they teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.
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