Parent Information Guide
Welcome to the Adventure of Cub Scouting
Where Character Counts and the Adventure Begins!
For Boys in Grades 1–5
Your Son, Cub Scouting, and You!
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, who is a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. As your son moves from Tiger Cubs through Webelos, you will find that Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, Scouting has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, enhancing physical fitness, and building self-esteem and ethical values in youth.
Scouting teaches family values . . . .
We know that boys do not join scouting just to get their character built. Boys join because it is fun!
What does your son learn in Scouting?
Well, it is a lot more than crafts, games, and outdoor skills. All of the Cub Scout program is carefully designed to teach your son something he will use throughout his life. Every activity is specifically designed for your son's age, development, and personal needs. Here are just of few of the things your son will gain though Cub Scouts:
A feeling of belonging to a positive and fun group of boys and caring adult.
New social skills that will help him get along with others.
Develop new mental skills from reading and writng to planning and organizing.
A greater understanding of other people and the world around him.
A system of values that will help him grow and make good decisions.
A concern and caring for people, and oppotunities to help others.
Self-confidence and stronger self-esteem
In a society where your son is often taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouts teaches him to "do his best" and be helpful to others as expressed in the Cub Scout Promise. These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence as he becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.
Scouting is fun with a purpose!
How Does Cub Scouting Work?
One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join in on the program with your son, and you will help him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. It exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Boys have a different handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your boy advances through these books by working on activities with you, he will earn badges and other recognition that he can wear on his uniform. Your son’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son will be a part of a den; a small group of boys in the same grade level who meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where boys show off the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned. All boys, when they join, earn the Bobcat badge first. Your den leader will show you how.
The Tiger Cub Den (Grade 1) Parents are most involved at the Tiger Cub level. The boy and his parent or guardian join the den together and attend all meetings and activities together. The den is made up of parent-son teams. Each den also has a Tiger Cub den leader (usually one of the parents) who helps coordinate the meetings. The parent-son teams take turns running the activities and planning meetings with the Tiger Cub den leader. The den has two meetings a month, either at the homes of host parent-son teams or at a designated facility, participates in one “Go See It” activity (the den, as a group, visits a community place of interest), and attends the monthly pack meeting.
The Wolf Cub Scout (Grade 2) and Bear Cub Scout (Grade 3) Dens Parents are vital to the Cub Scout dens, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader, but their sons are beginning to be more independent, and not every boy needs a parent at every meeting. The den consists of four to eight boys, a den leader and assistant den leader (usually parents of some of the boys), and often a den chief (an older Boy Scout or Venturer who helps the den leader).
They meet once a week at a regularly scheduled time and place, and they also attend the pack meeting with their families.
The Webelos Scout Den (Grades 4 and 5) The Webelos den is much like the Cub Scout dens, but there is more emphasis on the boys learning to take leadership roles and preparing to become Boy Scouts.
The Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster. This is the climax of the monthly den meetings and activities. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during that month. This is where families—not just parents, but siblings, too—can see the achievements of their Cub Scout.
The pack, including families, also participates in other special events throughout the year, including:
Pinewood derby®—You can build and race a model car with your son.
Blue and gold banquet—Cub Scouting’s birthday party—for all pack members and their families—in February.
Camping—Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the camping experience.
Service projects—Packs may participate in food drives, conservation projects, or other community activities.
Field trips and special outings—Great ways to learn more about the people and places in your community.
Make memories with your son that will last a lifetime!
How Can You Help?
The most important help that you, as a parent, can give your boy is to work with him on his Cub Scouting activities. His handbook is full of age-appropriate activities that you will enjoy doing together at home. When he completes an activity or project, it is your responsibility to sign his book to verify that he has done his best. And then it is all-important for you to attend the monthly pack meeting with him, so that you can celebrate his achievement. Your role as a parent is the secret of success of the Cub Scouting program!
The den and the pack also rely on parent participation to run a successful program. Cub Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Consider volunteering as a member of the pack leadership team or as a parent helper. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. By volunteering in Scouting, you are also giving your son the gift of your time. What could be more valuable? You will have an opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of him and his friends. Here are some of the ways you could volunteer:
Den leader. Leads the den at weekly den and monthly pack meetings. Attends the monthly pack committee meeting.
Cubmaster. Helps plan and carry out the pack program with the help of the pack committee. Emcees the monthly pack meeting and attends the pack committee meeting.
The Pack Committee Pack committee members (positions listed below) perform administrative functions of the pack. The committee meets monthly. Committee chairman. Presides at all pack committee meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders and attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Advancement chairman. Maintains advancement records for the pack. Orders and obtains all badges and insignia. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Secretary/treasurer. Keeps all records for the pack, including pack bank account, financial records, etc. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Pack trainer. Coordinates Fast Start training for adults. Promotes leader training and roundtable meeting attendance. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
The Boy Scouts of America offers convenient training for everyone—parents, leaders, and youth members. As a new parent, you can learn all about Cub Scouting and the wonderful year-round adventure he is about to experience. Log onto www.scouting.org, click the “Parent” tab, then “Training,” and you will discover all of the courses available. Create a “My Scouting” account and get started.
Spending Time With Your Child: The Secret of Success! Come join the fun of Cub Scouting as a family … it’s fun! You’ll make new friends, too, as you work with the parents of your son’s new friends. No task is too difficult when you’re having fun as part of a team of Cub Scout parents, reinforcing each other’s efforts to help your boys grow up to be good citizens.
You Are Not Alone!
Your den is in a pack that belongs to an organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to operate a Scouting unit (a chartered organization). The chartered organization approves leadership, helps secure a meeting place, and makes sure that the pack works within the guidelines and policies of their organization as well as those of the BSA.
Your pack is a member of a district, a geographic area of the BSA local council that helps support the pack in providing a successful and high-quality program. An employee of the local council, a unit-serving executive (district executive), is assigned to assist the packs in your district.
Your district also has a volunteer team called the commissioner staff. They are a “service team” that checks on the program “health” of your pack, and they are a communication link between your pack and the local council. A commissioner is assigned specifically to assist your unit.
All leaders need training to be effective. Your district provides online or CD-ROMbased training for adult volunteers in how to be a successful leader. Call your district training chairman for further training information. Your pack also has a pack trainer to oversee adult and youth training.
Your district is one of several in the BSA local council. The professional staff at your council service center can help or will get you in touch with someone who can.
A few interesting statistics:
One Hundred Scouts
Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but in later life all of these will remember that they had been Scouts and will speak well of the program.
Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become pastors.
Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting. Almost all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in varying degrees, profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person's life and many will credit it with saving their own.
Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will later become Scout leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys.
Only one in four boys in America will become a Scout, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders in this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
This story will never end. Like the "Golden Pebble" of service dropped into the human sea it will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the characters of men down through unending time.
Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:
85% of student council presidents were Scouts
89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
75% of school publication editors were Scouts
71% of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
64% of Air Force Academy graduates
68% of West Point graduates
70% of Annapolis graduates
72% of Rhodes Scholars
85% of FBI agents
26 of the first 29 astronauts