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What is Cub Scouting? 

Cub Scouting is a year–round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and girls, and their parents. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character Cub Scouting is a year–round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young children, and development and physical fitness.

Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide each child through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, Scouts also learn honestly, bravery and respect.

Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders and friends, youth learn citizenship, compassion, and courage. This family-community centered approach to learning means that Cub Scouting is truly time well spent.

Purposes of Cub Scouting

Parent leaders and organizations work together to achieve the ten purposes of Cub Scouting:

  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Good Citizenship
  • Sportsman and Fitness
  • Family Understanding
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Personal Achievement
  • Friendly Service
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts

All the activities leaders plan and youth enjoy should relate to one or more of these purposes.

The Methods of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting uses eight specific methods to achieve Scouting’s aims of helping children and young adults build character, train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. These methods are incorporated into all aspects of the program. Through these methods, Cub Scouting happens in the lives of youth and their families.

  1. The ideals: The Cub Scout Promise, and the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship.
  2. The den: children like to belong to a group. The den is the place where scouts learn new skills and develop interests in new things. They have fun in den meetings, during indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips. As part of a small group of six to eight boys or girls, they are able to learn sportsmanship and good citizenship. They learn how to get along with others. They learn how to do their best. Not just for themselves, but also for the den.
  3. Advancement—Recognition is important. The advancement plan provides fun and gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding. Cub Scout leaders and adult family members work with scouts on advancement projects.
  4. Family involvement—Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting. When we speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular family structure. Some children live with two parents, some live with one parent, some have foster parents, and some live with other relatives or guardians. Whomever they call family, is their family in Cub Scouting.

 How Cub Scouting Works


  • Your child is a member of a Cub Scout Pack
  • A pack meets once per month: all Cub Scout families attend
  • The pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster
  • The pack meeting is the highest of the month’s den meeting and activities
  • Pack meetings have games, songs, skits, stunts, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that scouts have earned during the month


  • The pack is run by a committee of volunteer parents
  • The pack committee is made up of all den leaders, the Cubmaster, and parents
  • The pack committee is led by a chairperson
  • The committee plan den and pack meetings around the monthly theme
  • The committee selects leaders, performs record keeping, manages finance, finds meeting places, orders badges, maintains pack equipment, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders


  • The pack is “owned” by the chartered partner, usually a school, parent association, religious organization, service club, or other organization interested in helped youth
  • The chartered partner approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates the pack within their own guidelines and the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America
  • The chartered organization selects a representative to serve as liaison between the pack and the organization


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