Organization of Cub Scouts
The central unit of Cub Scouts is the Pack which consists of a group of boys in 1st through 5th grades, generally from the same community. Each pack is sponsored by a local Chartered Organization such as a public service group, school, or religious institute and is broken down into a set of smaller Dens, usually based on age:
- Tiger Cubs - 1st Grade
- Wolf Cub Scouts - 2nd Grade
- Bear Cub Scouts - 3rd Grade
- Webelos Scouts - 4th & 5th grade (often as Webelos I and Webelos II)
Cub Scout meetings are generally held weekly with the Pack meeting as a whole once a month and individual den meetings occurring the other weeks. The Pack is led by a Cubmaster who is aided by one or more Assistant Cubmasters as well as individual Den Leaders. Dens may also be assisted by a Den Chief - a Boy Scout or Venturer that helps with den activities. Finally, the Pack is also guided by the Pack Committee, a group of adults (who may or may not hold other Pack leadership roles) which help determine the pack program and help with overall administration.
Above the Pack, there are Districts (groups of Packs) and Councils (groups of Districts).
Pack 100 is principally comprised of, though not limited to, boys from Johnson City, NY (Home of the Wildcats!). Pack 100 is part of the Hiawatha District of the Baden-Powell Council. It is associated with Boy Scout Troop 110, both under the guidance of All Saints' Episcopal Church, a Chartered Organization of the BSA.
What does Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book have to do with Scouting?
In Scouting, advancement is the process by which a member meets certain requirements and earns recognition. These requirements are the means by which a Cub Scout is nurtured physically, mentally and spiritually. To earn their primary rank or badge (eg., Wolf rank), boys in Cub Scouting work on achievements, both in their den with their den leader as well as at home with their families. Achievements can include not only hands-on activities such as learning how to use different tools, but also tracking health habits, peforming physical activities, observing and taking care of their natural environment and even visiting civic and religious institutions.
As achievements are completed, they are approved and recorded by their den leader and/or adult partner (aka, their Akela). As they do so, Cub Scouts earn "instant" recognition items to mark their progress toward rank. These items are presented to them during pack or den meetings.
While working on their rank, and more frequently after, Cub Scouts may also complete additional electives. Success in these extra learning activities is recognized through special items such as Tiger Track beads (Tiger Cub), Arrow Points (Wolf and Bear), and the Webelos Compass Emblem and Points (Webelos).However, before any Cub Scout can begin their work towards rank, they must first earn the Bobcat badge. The requirements for this badge are to learn the Cub Scout Promise, Law, and Motto. They should also have a basic understanding of the purpose of Cub Scouting as well as its Core Values. Finally, they should know the Cub Scout Sign, Salute and Handshake.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports
Beyond rank-specific achievements and electives, Cub Scouts may also earn special recognition for independent development and improvement of new mental and physical skills. The Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program provides Cub Scouts of any age the opportunity to earn belt loops and pins which can be worn in addition to all other emblems.
Note: Many Webelos Activity Badge requirements overlap/involve the earning of Academics and Sports belt loops and/or pins (eg., obtaining the Swimming belt loop may be used to earn the Aquanaut Activity Badge). As a result, a younger Cub Scout may wish to delay work on some belt loops and pins until they are a Webelos.
Blue & Gold Banquet
The penultimate event of the Scouting calendar is the Blue & Gold Banquet. This event, which occurs in late Winter (usually February), serves as the primary Pack meeting for rank recognition. Although boys may still earn rank after this, it is generally the target for all den meetings and achievement work. It is also during this event that successful Webelos II will receive the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Upon receipt of this award, Webelos II can officially bridge over to the Boy Scouts.
What is the meaning of Blue & Gold?
Cub Scout Promise
Law of the Pack
Cub Scout Motto
Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting
Methods of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values
Fun with the Pack
Lest we stress "growth" too much, Cub Scouting isn't just about improving the skills of young boys. It's also, if not more, about providing them a safe, fun environment to bond with their friends, peers and families. One of the principal roles of the Pack Committee is to arrange group outings to special events such as collegiate or professional sports, camping trips, and museums. Packs also participate in civic ceremonies such as Memorial Day and Independence Day parades as well as other holiday events. And this is where parents and caregivers can make a huge difference. The enjoyment boys will get from their Pack is largely based on the involvement of their families, providing organization and good role models.
Life After Cub Scouts
Unfortunately, all boys age and their time with a Cub Scout Pack vanishes in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, there is life after Cub Scouts with two different options to fulfill their growing interests - Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews. Both options offer similar growth opportunities but slightly different approaches. For more information, see the JC Troop 110 website or talk to the Cubmaster about Venturing Crew 1001.
"The spirit is there in every boy; it has to
be discovered and brought to light."
Additional information may be found in the Cub Scouts FAQ on the BSA website.
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