Welcome to the Pack!
In Cub Scouting, you and your family join in on the program with your child, and you will help them along the way. Cub Scouts have a different handbook at each grade level, with adventures that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your child advances through these books by working on adventures, they will earn badges and other recognition that they wear on their uniform. As your child grows in Cub Scouting, your role will change with them, from hands-on involvement to guiding and coaching. Your child’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your child will be a part of a den, a small group of Cub Scouts in the same grade level and who are of the same gender. A den typically meets twice a month, although some may meet more often. All dens, from kindergarten through fifth grade, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, come together at the pack meeting and Cub Scouts are recognized for the adventures and badges they have earned.
Your child will be in a Den with fellow scouts their age. All of the activities in Cub Scouting are age appropriate.
The Lion Den
Kindergarten scouts are Lions and attend meetings with an adult partner.
The Tiger Den
Frist Grade Scouts are Tigers and attend meetings with an adult partner.
The Wolf Den
Second Grade Scouts are part of this den. The activities help the Scouts become more independent.
The Bear Den
Third Grade Scouts are part of this den. The activities help the Scouts become more independent.
The Webelos Den
Fourth Grade Scouts are part of this den. The program emphasis is on learning to take leadership roles.
The Arrow of Light Den
Fifth Grade Scouts are part of this den. The program emphasis is on leadership and preparing to join a Scout Troop.
The Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of achievements and
badges that Cub Scouts earned during that month. This is where families 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 child.
- Blue and gold banquet — Cub Scouting’s birthday party—for all pack members and their families— takes place 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 — Den outings are a great way to learn more about the people and places in your community
How Can You Help?
The most important help that you, as a parent, can give your child is to work with them on their Cub Scouting adventures as they work toward their badge of rank. The Cub Scout handbook is full of age-appropriate activities; some of them you do together at home. Den meetings are designed for Cub Scouts to complete adventures that are required for them to earn their badge of rank. When you have completed a requirement at home, make sure your den leader is informed so that they can properly record it and your child can be recognized for their achievements.
Your role as a parent is the secret to a successful Cub Scouting program!
The den and the pack rely on parent participation to run a successful program. Cub Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. By volunteering in Scouting, you are also giving your child and family the gift of your time. What could be more valuable? You will have an opportunity to be a positive influence in their life and in the lives of their friends. Here are some of the ways you could volunteer:
- Den leader – Uses the Den Leader Guide and den meeting plans to lead the den at den 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.
- Pack Committee Member – Every Cub Scout parent or guardian is invited to become a member of the pack committee. Pack committee members perform administrative functions of the pack.
Ready to Help?
Speak with your Cub Master or Committee Chair at your next meeting. You can also check out our unit leader resources.
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