Cub Scout Basics
Like other phases of the Scouting program, Cub Scouting is made available through groups having similar interests and goals, including professional organizations, government bodies, and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and citizens’ groups. These “sponsors” are called Chartered Organizations. Each organization appoints one of its members as a Chartered Organization Representative. The organization, through the Pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for Pack activities. Volunteer leaders for this Pack, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from Cubmasters to Pack Committee Chairmen, Committee Members, Den Leaders, and Chartered Organization Representatives.
WHAT IS CUB SCOUTING?
Cub Scouting emphasizes involvement between boys, their parents, adult leaders, and friends. The Cub Scout program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents through offering many fun and challenging experiences that boys and parents do together. Such experiences range from learning how to cook, swim, properly care for animals, or use hand tools to complete small projects.
In a recent study, at least 90 percent of parents mention that because of Cub Scouting, they share time with their sons by working on projects together (95%), going places together (91%), and talking together (90%).
Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.
DO YOUR BEST
Do Your Best is the Cub Scout Motto. Doing his best is one of the most important things for the Cub Scout to learn. Boys often become so interested in winning that they fail to see the importance of doing the best they can at the best of their own ability. One boy’s best might be quite different from another boy’s best. Cub Scouting teaches boys that no one can find fault with them if they always do their best.
Boys in Kindergarten through fifth grades (or ages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10) may join a Cub Scout pack. The pack is everyone – all boys in all grades. Packs are broken up into dens, which are made up of boys in their same grade level. Regardless of what age boys are when they join, they will first earn their Bobcat badge, then work towards their current grade-level rank. Enrollment is open year round to any boy interested in joining our pack.
The Cub Scout Pack is headed by the Cubmaster, Pack Committee, and several Assistant Cubmasters. The Cubmaster plans the monthly pack meeting, assists den leaders, and is responsible for a variety of other duties. Every pack is under the supervision of a pack committee, headed by a chairman, which conducts the business of the pack and presides over a monthly committee meeting of pack and den leaders. Each den has a Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader who run den meetings and carry out the pack program at the den meetings. It takes many parent volunteers to make a successful pack.
SO WHAT ABOUT THE FUN???
Every pack meeting provides an exciting program filled with games, skits, songs, door prizes, awards, snacks, and more. Den meetings are designed with a focus on fun while learning values, faith, character, respect, and self-esteem. The pack organizes two family camping outings each year with games, hiking, fishing, and opportunities to earn belt loops and awards. A minimum of three summer activities are organized such as roller skating, basketball and bowling tournaments, swimming, etc. Boys have the opportunity to attend Day Camp each June. And one of our most popular events is the Pinewood Derby in January where boys make and race their own wooden car. These are just a sampling of the fun things Cub Scout Pack 254 does each year!