Scouting 101

What is Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is made up of first through fifth grade boys. Cub Scouts have a lot of fun doing a lot of interesting things! There are games to play, codes and skills to learn, places to see and new friends to meet. Cub Scouts all help each other, and try to help other people too. During a month you'll get together with other kids your age and be led into adventure! You'll wear your own Cub Scout uniform to show you're one of us. And you'll be able to collect special badges to put on your uniform to show your achievements. We spend weekends away together camping, fishing, and exploring. We go to sports meetings, visit factories, go to the zoo, the museum, or the fire department headquarters, race the Pinewood Derby Cars, and even do service projects. There's a lot more Cub Scouts do too. Why not come along and find out?

The Cub Scout program is designed for boys and girls in the 1st through 5th Grades.  Children in the first Grade enter as Tiger Cubs and progress through ranks of Wolf (2nd Grade), Bear (3rd Grade) and Webelo (4th and 5th Grade).  At the completion of the Cub Scout Program the boys and girls are ready to join a Scouting Troop.  Children can join the program at any rank, but for the most fun and optimal overall experience many parents opt to enter their children as Tigers in the first grade. 

Cub Scouting has nine purposes:

• To positively influence character development and encourage spiritual growth
• Help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
• Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
• Improve understanding within the family
• Strengthen their ability to get along with other children and respect other people
• Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping children develop new interests and skills
• Show how to be helpful and do one's best
• Provide fun and exciting new things to do
• Prepare boys and girls to become Scouts

The Pack organizes many fun activities for the children (and their families!), including camping, hiking, community good turn events, the famous Pinewood Derby Car race and many, many more.  Scouting provides a great opportunity to help balance a child's development by augmenting school and extracurricular sports activities with a structured, time proven program that helps build strong leaders with strong values all being done in a very FUN environment. 

New to Scouting?  Thinking about Scouting?  

We developed this section to answer some common questions...

What is scouts about?
Will scouts help my son or daughter grow?
Why should I sign my child up?
How is Scouts organized?
What's with all the fancy scouting words?  (ScoutSpeak)
What can I expect from scouts?
What is expected of me?

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