Scouting is Family Oriented
Activities are intended for the whole family
You work with your son on his advancement award requirements
Many skills he will learn are family oriented
The Cub Scout Den
Your son is a member of a Cub Scout Den
The den meets about once per week
The den is lead by a den leader (usually a parent)
The den leader usually has and assistant den leader, a den chief (Boy Scout helper),
and a denner (a Cub Scout elected by den members)
Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun
The Cub Scout Pack
Your son is a member of a Cub Scout Pack
A pack meets once a month that all Cub Scout families attend
The pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster, who is a volunteer
The pack meeting is the highlight of the month’s den meetings and activities
The Pack Meeting
The pack is run by a committee of parents, who are all volunteers
The pack committee is made up of all den leaders, the Cubmaster, and parents
The pack committee is lead by a chairperson, who is a volunteer
The committee plans den and pack meetings around a monthly theme
The committee selects leaders, performs record keeping, manages finances, finds
meeting places, orders badges, maintains pack equipment, helps train leaders,
` and recognizes leaders
The Charter Organization
The pack is “owned” by the charter partner. Usually it is a school, parent association,
religious organization, service club, or other organization interested in helping
youth. The charter organization approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and
operates the pack within their own guidelines and the guidelines of the Boy Scouts
of America. The charter organization selects a representative to serve as liaison
between the pack and the organization.
The responsibility for a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not
the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are
completed at home with the family.
All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Cub Scout
Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and the meaning of
“Webelos”. After receiving the Bobcat Badge, the boys work on the requirements
based on their grade level.
Boys in 1st grade are part of the Tiger Cub program. They work closely with their
adult partner to accomplish activities in their handbook. Recognition is immediate
Beads are presented at the den meetings and are worn on a totem. After completing
all 15 parts of the 5 achievements, the Tiger Cub has earned his Tiger Cub badge.
A Cub Scout who has completed 1st grade (or is age 8) works on twelve achievements
to earn the Wolf badge. After he earns his Wolf badge, a boy may work on electives
in different interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on the next rank. For
every 10 electives he completes, the boy earns an Arrow Point. The boy may earn
as many Arrow Points as he wishes.
A Cub Scout who has completed 2nd grade (or is age 9) works to complete 12 of 24
Achievements to earn the Bear badge. After he earns his Bear badge, a boy may
work on electives in different interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on
the next rank. For every 10 electives he completes, the boy earns an Arrow Point.
The boy may earn as many Arrow Points as he wishes.
When a Cub Scout has completed the 3rd grade (or is age 10) he joins a Webelos
den, led by an adult Webelos leader. The boy works on requirements for the
Webelos badge, 20 activity badges, and the Arrow of Light award. The Arrow of
Light award is the highest award in Cub Scouting.
Camping and outdoor programs are an important part of the 18 month Webelos
program. In February of a Webelos Scout’s 5th grade year, he graduates from
Cub Scouting into the adventure of Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation
ceremony. Every boy deserves an opportunity to be a Boy Scout.