WHAT IS CUB SCOUTS ALL ABOUT?
The Cub Scout program is for boys 7-10 years old or 1st- 5th grade. Cub Scout emphasizes caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents, adult leaders and friends. Cub Scouts is about having “Fun with a Purpose.” The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are listed below followed by the methods we use to implement these purposes. All Den, Pack, District and Council activities incorporate at least two of the purposes.
- To influence the development of Good Character.
- To encourage Spiritual Growth.
- To help boys develop habits and attitudes of Good Citizenship.
- To encourage Good Sportsmanship and Fitness in growing strong in mind and body.
- To improve Family Understanding.
- Support Respectful Relationships by strengthen the ability of boys to get along with other boys and respect other people.
- To foster a sense of Personal Achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills.
- To show boys how to be helpful through Friendly Service and to always do one’s best.
- To provide Fun and Adventure introducing them to new and exciting things to do.
- To Prepare Them for Boy Scouts.
The methods used to implement the purposes of Cub Scouting are:
✓ Home and Neighborhood Centered
✓ Parental and Family Involvement
✓ Advancement Plan
✓ The Den
✓ The Ideals of Cub Scouting
✓ The Uniform
As part of the Boy Scouts of America®, we adhere to the official Guide to Safe Scouting regulations that provide direction in maintaining a safe Scouting experience for a broad range of Scouting activities. The guideline that has the most noticeable impact on the Cub Scout level is that of TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP. Youth protection guidelines require that all group activities involving Cub Scouts maintain the presence of at least two adult leaders. Please be prepared to say “YES” when your Cub Scout’s Den leader asks your assistance in helping to serve as a second leader.
It is also recommended that every Scout Parent take the BSA Youth Protection Training offered on-line at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection. Simply register as a guest and proceed at your leisure. The program will take you no more than 45 minutes to complete. Once completed, print the certificate and give it to the Pack Trainer.
Pack 817 supports and encourages the Religious Emblem Award. A Cub Scout earns his Religious Emblem by working through his religious institution, not the Den, Den leader or Pack. When a Cub Scout decides to start work on his religious award, he and his parent(s) should contact our Religious Emblems Coordinator for support. If your Cub Scout’s religion is not represented, please contact your Pack Trainer for the appropriate person to contact. The Religious Awards Support Team member will get you started and contact you periodically to answer any questions you may have. The Religious Emblem is not a Scouting award. Rather it is an award from the Cub Scout’s religious institution. Religious awards are available for all ranks of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. This award can be worn on the Cub Scout uniform and can be worn on the Boy Scouts uniform. Should the Scout decide to return as an adult leader it can be worn on their uniform.