Scouting 101

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There are 6 levels to Cub Scouting.

Lion (for boys enrolled in Kindergarten, new pilot program)
Tiger (after completing Kindergarten)

Wolf (after completing 1st grade)
Bear (after completing 2nd grade)
Webelos (after completing 3rd grade)
Arrow of Light (after completing 4th grade)

Boys are placed in dens according to grade.  Each den consists of approximately 8 boys and 1 or 2 Den Leaders. The boys in the den go on tours, learn new skills and have fun playing games. Once formed, dens decide when, where and how often they meet.

Boys graduate from the 2nd year Webelos (usually in February) to join Boy Scouts in a troop and begin another journey of activities designed for older boys with more high adventure, responsibility and independence.

In Cub Scouts, all dens come together to be included in a larger group called a “Pack”. We are Pack 1910. We have one monthly Pack meeting (usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month) where the boys from each den get together.

The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) program has three overall aims:
  1. Character development: to build character, to build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
  2. Citizenship Training: to foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of service to others and an understanding of democratic principles.
  3. Personal Fitness: to develop physical, mental, emotional, and moral fitness that will stay with a Scout for the rest of his life.
Cub Scouting assists in teaching values and developing character in boys by offering a program where boys can experience value based activities with caring leadership and family support. The mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The goal is simple: develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders and good citizens for America. Scouting reinforces America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based programs.

As boys participate in a Cub Scout activity, they learn to “connect” their experience with a core value. Boys connect by learning (knowledge), feeling (commitment), and accomplishing (practice) the skills that relate to these values. In an effort to make character development part of every boy’s experience in the Cub Scout program, the “Character Connections” will be integrated throughout the boys’ handbooks and advancement programs. These aims are met through the purposes of the Cub Scouting which are:

The 10 Purposes of Cub Scouts
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Growth 
  • Good Citizenship 
  • Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • Family Understanding
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Personal Achievement
  • Friendly Service
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts

Building Tomorrows Leaders

Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

Scouting helps meet six essential needs of young people:

Scouting provides youth with good role models who can have a powerful impact on their lives. We have a process that screens, selects, and trains the leaders who can provide the attention all young people need to succeed in life.

Lifelong Learning
Scouting provides structured settings where kids can learn new skills and develop habits of continual learning that will help them succeed. Scouting offers a proven program of discovering, sharing, and applying knowledge and skills that last a lifetime.

Faith Traditions
One of the key tenets of Scouting is "duty to God." While Scouting does not define religious belief for its members, it does encourages each young person to begin a spiritual journey through the practice of his or her faith tradition.

Serving Others
Scouting is deeply rooted in the concept of doing for others. "Do a Good Turn Daily" is a core Scouting precept. Scouting encourages young people to recognize the needs of others and take action accordingly.

Healthy Living
Young people need to be well. To get the most from life, one must be both mentally and physically fit. A commitment to physical wellness has been reflected in Scouting's outdoor programs such as hiking, camping, swimming, climbing, and conservation. First aid, lifesaving, and safety programs are synonymous with Scouting. Our programs today include strong drug abuse awareness and prevention programs emphasizing the value of healthy living habits.

Building Character
Few will argue with the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our children - not only right from wrong, but specific, affirmative values such as fairness, courage, honor, and respect for others. Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boy Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.

What makes Scouting great?
It's that we only expect the boys to do their best. It's all you can really ask for and it's all you can really expect.

Why Did We Include the Following Video?
We have no idea. But it's not boring and it gives you an idea of the different ways Scouts have fun...

What is the Mission of Boy Scouts? prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

What Do Scouts Do?
Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities the boys (and sometimes you) get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help our community and the people who live here. Cub Scouting means "doing." All our activities are designed to have the boys doing something and by "doing" they learn some very valuable life lessons.

Do the Parents Have a Role?
Yes. As a program for the entire family, Cub Scouting can teach your boy a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. Scouting gives you a pretty neat platform to equip your son. We provide other mentors to help your son grow but you are also an important part of his development in scouting. Your role decreases as your son gets older.

Initially, your role in the pack can be passive as is expected. We don't expect a new parent to leap right in. However, be warned, Cub Scouting has a tendency to touch you as it touches your son and you might eventually get 'the fever' that many of our leaders got from Scouting!!  Over time, however, we need everyone to pitch in to help the Pack "go."

How Old (or young) Can a Boy be to Join?
Cub Scouting is for boys in the kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouts, but they are eligible to join a Boy Scout Troop.

How do our Scouts Achieve Their Goals?
Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the den (with the children in their grade) or with the entire pack (with all the grade levels). Our Scouts always have Go-and-See's and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to help them achieve goals.
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What Supplies and Equipment are Needed?
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos den, he will need to obtain a new uniform (tan shirt).  

What do I do with all these patches he gets that don't belong on the uniform?

Activity and service patches are a great way to show off how active you have been in the Pack.  Many Pack field trips distribute participatory patches for those in attendance.  One way to manage them is by purchasing a red felt "brag vest."  The patches can then be sewn on as they are awarded.  These are available at the Scout shop or online.