Who can participate?
Cub Scouting is for the whole family and all youth Grades K – 5 are welcome! It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts boys and girls in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
What is the Mission of Scouting?
The mission of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
What is the Purposes of Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys and girls through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys and girls who are in the Kindergarten through fifth grade (or 5 - 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Scouts BSA
Cub Scouts join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight youth – Lions (kindergarteners), Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelo Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders). Dens meet regularly to accomplish advancements and awards.
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 kids in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
(Note: parent/guardian is required for Lions & Tigers at any event)
What types of activities will Cub Scouts do?
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the kids doing things. Activities are used to achieve the four aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, personal fitness, and leadership.
Many of the activities happen during the den meetings and the monthly pack meetings, so attendance at these events is important.
The Gateway Area Council also hosts summer camps, camporees, day camps, and other special events. Some are attended with the Pack and others may be attended as an individual or with the family.
Based on different topics such as hiking, camping, nature, science, citizenship, first aid, sports, and more, adventures are earned as a Cub Scout advances toward their badge of rank.
Once an adventure is completed, a Cub Scout receives recognition in the form of an adventure belt loop or adventure pin.
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that bring the Cub Scouts into the great outdoors. Council and Pack camping opportunities include day camping and overnight camping anywhere from 1 - 5 days. These camps provide an experience in which Cub Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. Cub Scout Pack 91 families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for nature and the world of the outdoors.
What are ranks and advancement in Cub Scouts?
Cub Scout activities are centered around earning badges that are specific to each school grade level. This badge represents a rank.
Advancement refers to the progress a Cub Scout makes toward their badge of rank. All of the activities for each rank are in the Cub Scout handbooks.