How Cub Scouting Works

Cub Scouting is a home- and neighborhood-centered program designed to support family life for boys in second through fifth grades. Each Cub Scout learns to respect his home, country, God, and other people. The program also helps boys this age to:

  • Learn new physical skills through sports, crafts, and games.
  • Learn how to get along with others through group activities.
  • Develop new mental skills such as writing and calculating.
  • Develop personal independence.

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older. You work with your son on his advancement award requirements. Many skills he will learn are family oriented as Scouting is Family Oriented.

Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first- graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third- graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet weekly. Scouts work on the requirements of the level they are in to earn that rank.

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 activities are intended for the whole family. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the charter organization.

The responsibility for a boy's advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.

The Cub Scout Den
A Cub Scout den provides your son with a group of boys his own age in which he can earn status and recognition. In the den, he will also gain a sense of personal achievement for the new skills he learns

  • Your son is a member of a Cub Scout den.
  • The den meets several times per month and den meetings are planned by the parents.
  • The den is led by a den leader (usually a parent).
  • The den leader usually has an assistant den leader, may have a den chief (a Boy Scout helper), and a denner (a Cub Scout elected by den members to help lead meetings).
  • Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.
  • The Den turns into a Patrol when they become Webelos.

The Cub Scout Pack

  • Your son is a member of a Cub Scout pack made up of many dens.
  • A pack meets once per month - all Cub Scout families attend.
  • The pack meeting is planned by the dens, and led by the Cubmaster.
  • The pack meeting is the highlight of the month's den meeting and activities.
  • Pack meetings have games, song, skits, stunts, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during the month.

The Pack Committee

  • The pack is run by a committee of parents, who are all volunteers.
  • The pack committee is led by a chairperson, who is also a volunteer.
  • The committee plans den and pack meetings around the monthly theme as well as other activities.
  • The committee selects leaders, performs record keeping, manages finances, finds meeting places, orders badges, maintain pack equipment, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders among other things.

The Charter Organization
Our Pack is "owned" by our Charter Organization, Grace Presbyterian Church. Our Charter Organization works closely with the Pack Committee to ensure the Pack operates within their own guidelines and the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.