As described by Scouting.org, the official BSA website, Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade you are in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, or shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Hiked? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts. As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own pack. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. All of the Cub Scouts in your den are in the same grade and may even go to the same school. The Cub Scout pack belongs to a church, a school, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group makes sure your pack has good adult leaders, a place to meet, and exciting things to do. The group gets help from the Boy Scouts of America, which is part of Scouting around the world.
Any boy in First through Fifth Grade may join Cub Scouts. However, Cub Scouts is for families—moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone can be part of Cub Scouts. Whether your involvement is as limited as attending meetings with your Scout, participating in planning den or pack events, or being a part of the Pack Committee or a uniformed leader is up to you, but it will be an excellent way to interact with and help your Scout grow.
Of course. Scouting is not a father/son activity. Scouting is for families, whatever that family unit may be. Many dads are involved, but so are moms, grandparents, and other family members. In fact, for much of the history if Cub Scouting, all Den leaders were women—Den Mothers. Cub Scouts is an excellent place for moms to get involved with their boys.
Cub Scouts is broken down into ranks by year. First Grade boys will be Tigers, Second Grade boys are Wolves, Third Grade is Bears, and Fourth and Fifth Grades are Webelos. Each of these grades/ranks will be their own den. Thus, all Second Grade boys will be in the Wolf Den, so that there will be a group of like-aged boys all working together toward their Wolf badge. If there are a large number of scouts in one grade, then there may be two or more Dens at each level. The Pack is the group of all Dens—all Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos—which gets together for monthly meetings and camping trips or other outings. This lets boys of all ages and skill levels interact and learn from each other.
Pack 1714’s Chartered Organization is Mountain View UMC. However, most of the Scouts in the Pack attend Mountain View Elementary School and are not members of the Chartered Organization, so the school is where Pack 1714 primarily recruits. It is not a requirement to attend either the school or the church to become a member of Pack 1714, however. We welcome all families who want to be part of our Pack.
Well, Cub Scouts pride themselves on outdoor activities, and so you will have the opportunity to go camping, hiking, and fishing, at both the Pack and Den level. We also run a Pinewood Derby where the boys (and siblings and adults, if they want) get to design and build a racecar out of a block of wood to race against their Dens and the Pack. But it’s not all rough and tumble outdoor activities; Cub Scouts learn about their community, how to be good citizens, how to help around the house, the importance of exercise and balanced nutrition, all at age appropriate levels. The goal of Cub Scouts is to develop the Scouts into good, moral, well-rounded adult citizens.
Not a camper? No big deal. We as a Pack will help all new families learn what they need for equipment and supplies for a Cub Scout camping, and we camp as a unit so that there will always be more experienced families to help out if needed. Also, Cub Scout camping is not primitive backpack camping. You can bring almost all the luxuries of home to a Cub Scout campout if you want. Also, very little camping, usually one night or less, is required to earn a Cub Scout rank. However, camping usually ends up being one of the parts of Scouting that the boys like best, so you may find your Scout asking you to take him out more often.
Cub Scouts is a year-round program, and you don’t need a new uniform every season, so compared to many other sports or after-school activities, it is very low-cost. Yearly dues are $100.00 and your only required purchase will be a uniform. The uniform consists of a shirt, cap, neckerchief and slide. The full uniform also included scout pants, belt and socks, but these are not required by Pack 1714, although the new Scout program shows all advancement through metal belt loops that slid over the Scout belt, so your scout will need some form of appropriately-sized belt. All uniform pieces can be purchased at the scout store or online at scoutstuff.org.
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are both members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys.
Cub Scouts meet in their Dens approximately two to three times a month, and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, a Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, The Pack will conduct several additional special events such as a campouts and Pinewood Derby.
At the Tiger Level, parents are required to participate. As the boys get older, Den meetings will start to become more of an activity for the individual boys, and your Den Leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused. However, Cub Scouting is open to parents at all times. If you would like to be present at a den meeting, you certainly can. If you want to be more involved, ask the Den Leader if here is a way for you to participate.
What a great question! Cub Scouts is a volunteer-run program. All the Pack Leaders, Committee Members, and Den Leaders are all giving their time freely to help the Scouts, and we would appreciate your help in doing that. You can sign up as a uniformed leader, to be a den leader or assistant den leader. But if that seems like more than you wanted to do, you can also sign up to be a member of the Pack Committee to assist in a non-uniformed leadership role. Still seem like too much? Well, each little bit that you do to assist the Pack and Den Leaders is greatly appreciated. Offer to take on coordinating and planning an outing.