What is Cub Scouting?
If you are a boy in first through fifth grades, or you are seven to 10 years old, then Cub Scouting is for you and your family, too. Cub Scouting is the first and the biggest of the three Scouting programs (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing) available through your local council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Blue Ridge Mountains Council.
Cub Scouts Belong to Pack and Den:
Every Cub Scout is a member of a Cub Scout pack. A pack is a large group of boys. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. Each den has around six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in a den are similar in age and live in the same neighborhood.
The Cub Scout pack is partnered with a church, schoo, or some other group of people in your community or neighborhood. This group provides its pack with adult leaders, a place to meet and exciting activities. The group gets help from the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, which covers 21 counties in Virginia.
What do Cub Scouts Do?
You will have lots to do as a Cub Scout, everything from crafts and games to sports and songs, just to name a few. Much of the fun happens right in your den and pack. The den usually meets every week and the pack meets once a month. At both meetings, Cub Scouts do different things to learn and have fun.
Cub Scouts also go to events like adventure camps, day camps, field contests and pinewood derbies. They go on field trips. They go camping and have other kinds of outdoor adventures. They take part in community events. Cub Scouts do all sorts of exciting stuff!
Cub Scouts Earn Awards:
While you're having fun, you'll also be earning badges and awards. You'll work on projects with your parents or other adults. When you have earned a badge, you and an adult member of your family take part in a ceremony. The badge is given to the adult and he or she then gives it to you in front of the whole pack. This is a way of saying "thank you" to your family for their help in earning your award.
The most popular awards for Cub Scouts are the advancement awards. Cubs do requirements to advance and earn their badges of rank: Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. Webelos Scouts also earn activity badges.
Cub Scouts can earn many other awards and medals too, sometimes by themselves and sometimes as members of their pack. They can earn or help their pack earn Quality Unit awards, religious emblems, the Emergency Preparedness Award, the Outdoor Activity Award or the World Conservation Award.
When you earn an award in Cub Scouting, you learn new skills. You also get to use your new skills and your new knowledge in projects and demonstrations. You show people just how much you've learned as a Cub Scout.
Cub Scouting Has a Purpose:
There is a reason for everything boys do in Cub Scouting. The aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose.