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What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is the “younger version of Boy Scouts.” Cub Scouting prepares young men (and women!) for Scouts BSA and helps to build essential skills necessary in life. Pack 301 is one of the only Packs in our area that will remain “All-Boy,” but a “Sister Pack” will be starting this summer.
During the life of our Cub Scouts, he will go through several “Ranks” building his way up the ladder. During this Scout Journey he will have constant options of advancing his skills and earn above and beyond merit via patches, plaques and other trophies of accomplishments all the way through Eagle Scout.
Who can join Cub Scouts Pack 301?
Any boy in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade (that’s around ages 5 through 10) in our local area is eligible for Cub Scout membership (sixth graders and beyond will join Boy Scouts). Our Pack includes and accepts all boys in our local area, as well as boys from varied religious backgrounds.
The Purpose of Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA’s three membership divisions (the others are Boy Scouting and Venturing).
The Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting are:
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Fun and Adventure
Preparation for Boy Scouts
History of Scouting
Scouting began in England in 1907-08, created by General Robert Baden-Powell. B-P, a 50-year old bachelor at the time, was one of the few heroes to come out of Britain’s Boer War. He was known primarily for his unusual ideas about military scouting, explained in his book Aids to Scouting. Startled to discover that many boys were using his military book as a guide to outdoor activities, he began to think how he could convert his concepts of army scouting for men to “peace scouting” for boys. Gathering ideas from many sources (including Ernest Thompson Seton, who had founded a boys organization in the US), he tested his program on a group of boys on Brownsea Island in 1907. The island camp was successful, so B-P rewrote his military book, calling it Scouting for Boys. The climate was right for a youth program like Scouting, and it spread quickly around the British commonwealth, then to other countries. Scouting for Boys – the original book by Robert Baden-Powel, download read, learn and educate. You can buy the original book, Scouting for Boys
Membership in a Pack
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout Pack and are assigned to a Den, usually a group of six to eight boys, all in the same grade at school. Dens usually meet weekly. Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a Pack Meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmasters. The Pack Committee includes parents of boys in the Pack and members of the Chartered Organization.
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, serve as everything from Unit Leaders to Pack Committee Chairperson, Committee Members, Den Leaders, and Assistant Den Leaders. A Cub Scout Pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, (in our case, the Temecula Noon Rotary Club), is chartered by the local BSA council to use the Scouting program. This Chartered Organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a Chartered Organization Representative. You can volunteer too. Just email our Committee Chairperson.
Who Pays For It?
Groups responsible for supporting Cub Scouting are the boys and their parents, the Pack, the Chartered Organization, and the community. The Scout is encouraged to pay his own way by contributing dues each month. Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning “pack fundraising” projects. The community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This financial support provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.
Cub Scout Dens are organized by “Rank” according to age/grade level. The following is a summary of the different ranks. Scouts “move up” through the Ranks as they advance in age and skill level by completing their current rank requirements.
Lion Cubs – Kindergarten: This is a family program. A Scout and his Parent or caring adult partner meet for the den meeting. The boys work on completing at least 5 adventures during the Den meetings.
Tiger Cubs – First Grade: These boys participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, health and fitness, and family understanding. As a Tiger Cub Adult Partner, you will participate in all meetings and activities with your son.
Wolf Cub – Second Grade: These boys participate in moderately more advanced activities and skills and earn achievements in areas including citizenship and respect for the flag, safety and emergency preparedness, tools and building, and science and nature. Much of the advancement work for the Wolf Rank is done by the Scout and his family outside of the Den. This relies heavily on family involvement for success.
Bear Cub – Third Grade: Continued growth by the boys with achievement tasks in the broad areas of God, Country, Family, and Self. Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. This continues to require heavy family involvement.
Webelos – Fourth Grade: The boys participate in more advanced activities, which begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
Arrow of Light – Fifth Grade: The boys participate in even more advanced activities, which helps them transition to Boy Scouts.
Cub Scouting means “doing”. Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting — citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the den meetings and the monthly pack meetings. Pack 301 also offers special Pack Events geared toward the whole family.
Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings all Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Day camping comes to the Scout in our own area; resident camping is a four-day to weeklong experience in which Cub Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. Cub Scout Pack 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 ecology and the world of the outdoors.
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout Activities, the Cub Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy’s sense of belonging.
Cub Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country
and to obey the Scout Law
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.
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