Why Join Cub Scouting?
If you could give only one gift to the young people who are most important in
your life, what would it be? No matter what your family situation is, it is within
your power to help these children grow into people with a good feeling about
themselves and a genuine concern for others. Cub Scouting can assist you in
providing this greatest gift of all.
Cub Scout-age children benet developmentally from belonging to a small
group of peers. Your child will be a part of a den, a small group of Cub Scouts
in the same grade level and who are of the same gender. rough this sense of
belonging, children build self-esteem and learn to get along with others.
As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your child joins will
teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, personal
tness, and leadership. e values we seek to instill are found in the Scout
Oath and Scout Law.
We know that kids do not join Cub Scouting for character building. Kids join
because it is fun. Your child will learn great lessons, but they will be far too busy
having fun to notice.
Scout Oath
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful,
friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,
cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean,
and reverent.
Scout Law
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.
How Does Cub Scouting Work?
In Cub Scouting, you and your family join in on the program with your child, and
you will help them along the way. Cub Scouts have a dierent handbook at each grade
level, with adventures that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your
child advances through these books by working on adventures, they will earn badges
and other recognition that they wear on their uniform. As your child grows in Cub
Scouting, your role will change with them, from hands-on involvement to guiding and
coaching. Your child’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
e Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your child will be a part of a den,
a small group of Cub Scouts in the same grade level and who are of the same gender.
A den typically meets twice a month, although some may meet more often. All dens,
from kindergarten through fth grade, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with
their families, come together at the pack meeting and Cub Scouts are recognized for the
adventures and badges they have earned.
The Lion (Kindergarten) and Tiger (First Grade) Dens
Cub Scouts who join in kindergarten or rst grade join with an
adult partner, usually the parent or guardian. A Lion or Tiger den
should be no more than eight Cub Scouts and their adult partners.
An adult is selected to serve as the den leader (usually one of the
parents) and coordinates the meetings. Each adult partner takes a turn
assisting or hosting meetings or activities with the den leader. is
shared leadership model is a great way to ensure the den leader has
the help needed to deliver a quality program.
Lion dens (kindergarten) meet once a month or more often if the den
leader and families choose to.
Tiger dens (rst grade) meet typically twice a month or more often if the den
leader and families choose to.
At den meetings, Lions and Tigers work on adventures that are found in
their handbooks.
The Wolf (Second Grade) and Bear (Third Grade) Dens
Children this age are becoming more independent, and activities are
designed to meet their developmental needs.
A Wolf (second grade) or Bear (third grade) den is ideally no more than
eight Cub Scouts of the same gender, a den leader, an assistant den leader
(usually parents of some of the den members), and often a den chief
(an older Scout who helps the den leader).
ey typically meet twice a month at a regularly scheduled time and place,
and they also attend the pack meeting with their families
The Webelos Scout Den (Fourth and Fifth Grades)
e Webelos den is much like the Wolf and Bear dens, but there is
more emphasis on learning to take leadership roles and preparing to
join a Scout troop.
Pack Meetings
e Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which
meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster.
ere are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of achievements and
badges that Cub Scouts earned during that month. is is where families can see
the achievements of their Cub Scout.
e pack, including families, also participates in other special events throughout
the year, including:
Pinewood Derby®—You can build and race a model car with your child.
Blue and gold banquet—Cub Scouting’s birthday party—for all pack members
and their families— takes place in February.
Camping—Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the
camping experience.
Service projects—Packs may participate in food drives, conservation projects, or
other community activities.
Field trips and special outings—Den outings are a great way to learn more about
the people and places in your community.
Make memories with your child that will last a lifetime!
How Can You Help?
e most important help that you, as a parent, can give your child is to work
with them on their Cub Scouting adventures as they work toward their badge of
rank. e Cub Scout handbook is full of age-appropriate activities; some of them
you do together at home. Den meetings are designed for Cub Scouts to complete
adventures that are required for them to earn their badge of rank. When you have
completed a requirement at home, make sure your den leader is informed so that
they can properly record it and your child can be recognized for their achievements.
Your role as a parent is the secret to a successful Cub Scouting program!
e den and the pack rely on parent participation to run a successful program.
Cub Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an
example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. By volunteering in Scouting,
you are also giving your child and family the gift of your time. What could be more
valuable? You will have an opportunity to be a positive inuence in their life and in
the lives of their friends. Here are some of the ways you could volunteer:
Den leader. Uses the Den Leader Guide and den meeting plans to lead the den at
den meetings. Attends the monthly pack committee meeting.
Cubmaster. Helps plan and carry out the pack program with the help of the pack
committee. Emcees the monthly pack meeting and attends the pack committee meeting.
The Pack Committee
Every Cub Scout parent or guardian is invited to become a member of the pack committee.
Pack committee members perform administrative functions of the pack. e committee
meets monthly and includes the responsibilities below.
Committee chair. Presides at all pack committee meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders
and attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Advancement chair. Maintains advancement records for the pack. Orders and obtains all
badges and insignia. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
New member coordinator. Manages the transition of new Scouts into the pack and
coordinates orientation for new Scouting families. Responsible for the marketing and
recruiting initiatives of the pack as well as the growth and retention of the unit.
Secretary. Keeps records of the pack committee meetings and communicates with families
about upcoming pack events and activities.
Treasurer. Keeps all nancial records for the pack, including the pack bank account, and
gives a monthly nancial report to the pack committee. Attends the monthly pack meeting
and pack committee meeting.
e Boy Scouts of America oers convenient training for parents who volunteer.
As a new parent, you can learn all about Cub Scouting and how quality Scouting
programs are built. Log on to my.Scouting.org and create an account to gain access to
all available training content. For more information about training at all levels of the
program, go to www.scouting.org/training.
Youth Protection
Child abuse is a serious problem in our society, and unfortunately, it can occur
anywhere, even in Scouting. Youth safety is of paramount importance to Scouting. For
that reason, the BSA continues to create barriers to abuse beyond what have previously
existed in Scouting.
e Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on providing the most secure
environment possible for its youth members. To maintain such an environment, the
BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides
parents and leaders with multiple online and print resources for all Scouting programs.
All leaders are required to complete Youth Protection training. All parents are
encouraged to take the training. To complete the training online, go to my.Scouting.org
and establish an account using the member number you receive when you register for
BSA membership. If you take the training online before you obtain a member number,
be sure to return to my.Scouting.org and enter your number for training record credit.
Your BSA local council also provides training on a regular basis if you cannot take
it online.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteers Youth Protection
training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be registered.
For more information about Youth Protection, please see BSAs Youth Protection website at
How Much Does Scouting Cost?
Youth registration fee
(Includes a one-time joining fee of $25 and an annual fee of $66.): ...................
Adult registration fee ........................................................................................
Boys’ Life magazine (strongly recommended for boys and girls): ......................
Books: Youth handbooks are the Lion Handbook (comes with the Lion kit), Tiger
Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, and Webelos Handbook. Adult leaders use
one or more of the following resources: the Cub Scout Leader Book, Lion Den Leader
Guide (comes with the Lion kit), Tiger Den Leader Guide, Wolf Den Leader Guide,
Bear Den Leader Guide, and Webelos Den Leader Guide. See your local Scout shop or
www.scoutshop.org for prices and a wealth of other reasonably priced resources.
Pack dues: e amount varies by pack, depending on money-earning projects
conducted by the pack to decrease the amount needed to run the pack program.
Uniform: e uniform and its cost vary by program for both youth and adults.
Uniforms may also be purchased at your local Scout shop. See www.scoutshop.org
for details and current prices.
Local Program fee (Pack dues and/or council program fee): ...................... _____
You Are Not Alone!
Your den is in a pack that belongs to an organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of
America (BSA) to operate a Cub Scout pack. e chartered organization approves
leadership, helps secure a meeting place, and makes sure that the pack works within the
guidelines and policies of their organization as well as those of the BSA.
Many volunteers and BSA professionals are interested in the success of your pack. A
special volunteer assigned to help your pack is called a commissioner. e commissioner
helps the pack provide a successful and high-quality program. e commissioner is also
the communication link between your pack and the local council.
ere are professional sta at your council service center who can help or will
get you in touch with someone who can. Local Council Locator:
My child is in Pack ________, which meets at ____________________(location)
at __________ (time) on ________________________ (day and week of month).
My child is in Den _________________, which meets at ____________(location)
at __________ (time) on ________________________ (day of week).
Our packs chartered organization is ____________________________________
Our local council name is ____________________________________________
Phone No. __________________ Website ______________________________
Our Leaders Name Phone No. Email
Den Leader
____________________________ ____________ _____________
Committee Chair ________________________ ____________ _____________
Cubmaster _____________________________ ____________ _____________
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