What is Cub Scouting?

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting is a year-round family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program designed for boys 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 boy 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 boys. 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 boys in the Pack and members of the chartered organization.

Cub Scout Activities

Den Meetings

Your son will meet twice a month with a group of other boys who are in his' grade. This provides him 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 their sons 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 boy loves (and bigger boys 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, 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 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 boys look forward to with excitement.

What does my son 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 boys 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 of $45, which covers council re-charter costs and an annual subscription to Boys Life magazine. Other activities are covered by fund raising events. The Scouts are required to raise a specified amount of fundraising program sales or pay Pack Dues. Funds raised through fundraising or Pack Dues 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 Council and District sponsored events require additional fees based on the activity.

How Much Time Will This All Take?

Time with one's son 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 (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.
  • Parents do attend all Pack meetings, which take place once a month, and camping outings with their son
  • Outside of the Den and Pack meetings, time is used to help your son advance through the rank on which he is 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 young boys. The Cub Scout program 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.

Bobcat

No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos.

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.

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 twelve 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 Scout Book, 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 Scout Promise

I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.

Cub Scout Motto

Do Your Best.

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.