New to Scouting?

Some Common Questions

What is the Mission of the Boy Scouts of America?

(Fun Fact: Boy Scouts of America is still the name of the organization.  When girls joined the Boy Scouts, the name of the program for 11-18 year olds was changed to Scouts, BSA.)  

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.

About the Cub Scout Ranks

Cub Scouts begins from Kindergarten and runs through 5th grade and you can join at any time between ages 5-10.  Each year, Cubs move up with a small group of boys and girls, called a Den.  Once Cub Scouts finish with the Cub Scout Ranks, they move up to a troop with Scouts, BSA.

What Do Scouts Do?

Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities the Scouts (and sometimes you) get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help our community and the people who live here. Cub Scouting means “doing.” All our activities are designed to have the boys doing something and by “doing” they learn some very valuable life lessons.

Do the Parents Have a Role?

Yes. As a program for the entire family, Cub Scouting can teach your child a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. Scouting gives you a pretty neat platform to equip your child. We provide other mentors to help your child grow but you are also an important part of their development in scouting.  Your role decreases as your child gets older.

We don’t expect a parent to leap right in, but we do require adults to attend and engage at every meeting, outing and hike.  Be warned though, Cub Scouting might affect you as it affects your child and you might eventually get ‘the fever’ that many of our leaders got from Scouting.  Our current Leaders will be here to guide and support you 100% of the way. But you are encouraged to go at your own pace.

How Old (or young) Can a youth be to Join?

Cub Scouting is for boys and girls kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Youth who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouts, but they are eligible to join a Scouts BSA Troop.

How do our Scouts Achieve Their Goals?

Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the den (with the children in their grade) or with the entire pack (with all the grade levels). Our Pack also offers several fieldtrips  during the Scouting year and plenty of other outdoor and indoor activities to help them achieve goals.

What Supplies and Equipment are Needed?

At minimum, each youth in Cub Scouting will need a uniform shirt, hat and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a Scout enters a Webelos den, they may can obtain a new uniform if parents opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.

What’s an Adventure?
Perhaps the most important word in the revised Cub Scout program is “adventure.” In Cub Scout terms, an adventure is a collection of themed, multidisciplinary activities representing enough engaging content for three den meetings and one pack meeting — about a month’s worth of programming, in other words.

The word “adventure” emphasizes that Cub Scout activities should be fun and should take scouts places they’ve never been. The adventures focus on learning by doing instead of learning by listening. Requirements are full of words like build, play, go, find, demonstrate and discover, not words like discuss, learn and share.

The Tiger, Wolf and Bear books contain 19 adventures each, while the Webelos Handbook (which covers two years) contains 27. That means there will be plenty of material for year-round fun, even in the Arrow of Light year.

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Bobcat BadgeWhat is the first thing a Cub Scout needs to Learn

The Bobcat rank…

  1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
  2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
  3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
  4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
  5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means.
  6. Show the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.
  7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide
Scout Motto Scout Oath Scout Law
Do Your Best! On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country, and obey the Scout Law.

To help other people at all times.

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

A Scout is…

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

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