What is Cub Scouting?

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped youth through Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting is a year-round family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program designed for youth who are in the first through fifth grade (or are between 6 and 11 years of age). Our goals for Pack 99 are:

  • To have a full staff of trained leaders
  • To plan and execute a great program for our families
  • To provide service to our community and chartered organization
  • To advance every scout into the next rank
  • To graduate all of our 5th grade Webelos into Boy Scouting
  • And most importantly: TO HAVE TONS OF FUN!

 

Membership

Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout Pack and are assigned to a Den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight youth. Dens typically meet three times a month (two Den Meetings and one Den Outing). Once a month, all of the Dens and family members gather for a Pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and Pack committee. The committee includes parents of the scouts in the Pack and members of the chartered organization.

 

Cub Scout Activities

Den Meetings

Your scout will meet twice a month with a group of other youth who are in their grade. This provides them a chance to make new friends and do new activities with a close group of friends.

Den Outings

Once a month each Den will go on an outing relative to the Achievement they are working on. Example outing destinations are Police and Fire Stations, Zoos, Museums and places of business.

Pack Meetings

This is a meeting for all Cub Scouts and parents to get together to recognize the scouts for the achievements they have accomplished during each month. Skits, songs, and games are just a few of the activities during a Pack meeting.

Pinewood Derby Races

The Pinewood Derby is an event that almost every scout loves (and bigger scouts remember from their own youth). Scouts have the chance to build their very own race car (within specific limitations) with the help of an adult. Our pack generally holds its Pinewood Derby in January.

Day Camp

Cub Scout Day Camp, held in the great outdoors usually in June, provides a unique learning experience cleverly disguised as fun and adventure. Cub Scouts encounter things such as: Science, Nature, Crafts, BB Guns and Bows and Arrows and other Sports.

Resident Camp

Resident camp is a four-day, three-night camping experience usually in July that will teach your Scout about the values of Scouting in an action-Packed, fun-filled environment. The exciting program features two full days of swimming, sports, games, crafts, archery, BB guns, and other adventures led by a highly-trained professional staff. Webelos can also look forward to earning activity pins and attending the Arrow of Light Overnight.

Blue and Gold Banquet

During February, Scouting has its anniversary month. Most of the Packs across the country hold a Blue and Gold Banquet as a highlight of the year's program. It brings families and neighbors together for a meal and a time of fun and inspiration. The banquet is usually held in place of the February Pack meeting, and it's an event the scouts look forward to with excitement.  Webelos scouts that are ready to move to Boy Scouts commonly transition into their new troop during a solemn bridging ceremony that may include a visit from the Order of the Arrow, BSA's national honor society.

 

What does my child get from Cub Scouts?

  • Develops character and encourages spiritual growth
  • Develops habits of good citizenship
  • Encourages good sportsmanship and pride and growing strong in mind and body
  • Improves understanding within the family
  • Strengthens the ability to get along with others and respect for other people
  • Fosters a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills
  • Teaches scouts to be helpful and to do one's best
  • Provides fun and exciting new activities
  • Prepares them to be Boy Scouts
  • Learns respect for nature and America's natural resources

 

What does it cost?

Pack 99 collects an annual fee to cover council re-charter costs and an annual subscription to Boys Life magazine. Other activities are covered by dues, fund raising events, and individual participation payments. Pack dues are $250 for the year or scouts may raise $350 through the August-October popcorn fundraiser to offset their dues. Pack Dues combined with the fundraising from popcorn sales allow the Pack to provide the following:

  • All awards and achievements earned by the Scout through the Scouting year
  • Funds a portion of the Blue and Gold banquet
  • Funds the Pinewood Derby
  • Funds our annual Pack 99 Family Campout
  • Funds Adult volunteer training and re-charter fees
  • Provides the next rank's kerchief and slide at the Bridging ceremony

Some activities, such as Day Camp, Resident Camp and other Pack, Council and District events require additional fees based on the activity.  Generally the Popcorn fundraiser has incentive levels that allow the scout to earn credit toward additional activities.  Also, Rainbow Council will usually offer another fundraiser in the Spring to allow scouts to work their way to camp.

 

How Much Time Will This All Take?

Time with our children is the most important time we have. Cub Scouting is family centered and works well because parents get involved.

  • Dens typically meet three times a month. Parents of younger Scouts (Kindergarden & 1st grade) are required to attend all Scouting events with their child. Parents of older Scouts (2nd - 5th grade) are highly encouraged to attend Den meetings, but this is not a requirement as long as another adult is responsible for them.
  • Parents do attend all Pack meetings, which take place once a month, and camping outings with their scout
  • Outside of the Den and Pack meetings, time is used to help your scout advance through the rank on which they are currently working.
  • Additional time can be used by the Pack if you chooses to be a volunteer as a Den Leader, Cubmaster, member of the Pack Committee or as an assistant to one of the current leaders.

Volunteer Leadership

Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to Pack committee chairmen, committee members, Den leaders, and chartered organization representatives. Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout Pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. Pack 99's charter organization is the River View PTO and is chartered by the BSA to use the Scouting program.

Advancement

Recognition is important to youth. The Cub Scout program provides fun for the scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with them on advancement projects.  For a full picture of the program, visit the BSA Site at this link.  Once the scout advances to Webelos and Arrow of light, the number of core adventures is reduces and the scouts have the opportunity to choose more electives to satisfy their 7 adventures.  Each rank has a Duty to God component where the scout can explore their family's religion and other religions to help understand their place in the larger picture of life.

Lion

The Lion program was piloted nationally in 2016-2017 to reach a newer, younger audience of scouts in kindergarden (or age 5-6) with a beginning set of activities to set the stage for scouting.  Lions meet twice a month for about an hour and also get together for an outing and/or a pack meeting each month.  The outings and pack meetings may run longer than an hour and are a good opportuntity for scouts to practice courtesy and obedience.

Bobcat

The Bobcat requirements outline the fundamentals of the scouting program, the Scout Oath and Law, as well as the specific community hallmarks such as the scout sign and handshake.  Most importantly there is a safety component.  No matter what age or grade they are when joining Cub Scouting, each scout must earn their Bobcat badge before they can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos.  

Cub Scouts

To earn each rank from Tiger through Bear consiste of 6 core adventures and 1 elective adventure of the scout's choosing.  As they complete each adventure, scouts will receive a belt loop to display their achievement.  There are 12 other electives that can also be earned to explore hobbies and learn new skills that will be useful in their scouting life and as a valued contributing citizen.

Tiger - The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) children and their adult partners. 
Wolf - The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8).
Bear - The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9).

Webelos

This program is for youth who have completed third grade (or are age 10) and lasts until they complete the 5th grade or join a Boy Scout Troop. There are two ranks to earn, Webelos and Arrow of Light, and these can be worked on at the same time.  Webelos core adventures are focused on age appropriate hobbies and skills.  Arrow of Light core adventures are focused on learning more of the Boy Scout program and preparing the Webelos scout to be a full fledged Boy Scout.  Core parts of the program are interaction with Boy Scouts by visiting nearby troops and participating in some of their activities an self-sufficiency for camping including campsite setup and cooking. There are 18 overall electives for the scouts to expand their horizons.

Webelos - Scouts will complete 5 core adventures and 2 electives.
Arrow of Light - Scouts will complete 4 core adventures and 3 electives.

 

Scout Oath

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.

Scout Law

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrify, brave, clean, and reverent.

Cub Scout Motto Do Your Best.

Boy Scout Motto Be Prepared.

Law of the Pack

The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the Pack go.
The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Cub Scout Colors

The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.

 

You can find out more about the Cub Scout program in the Pack 99 Parents Guide.