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Cub Scouting is a year-round family- and home-centered program of the
Boy Scouts of America that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys.

Cub Scouting
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See: What Is Cub Scouting?

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in kindergarten through fifth grade (5 to 10 years old). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA’s three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing/Sea Scouting.)


Cub Scout Advancement

See also:Guide to Advancement. Everything a Cub Scout does in the advancement program is intended to achieve the Aims of Scouting and aid in personal growth.

Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear
Tiger Cub totem with achievement beads
Wolf and Bear Arrow Points
Webelos Scout badges
(diamond for blue shirt, oval for tan shirt)
Webelos Scout Compass and Compass Points
Webelos Scout Colors and Activity Pins
Arrow of Light
emblem and knot

Cub Scout Pack Leadership

Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organization representatives.

Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Cub Scout pack belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, which might be a church, school, community organization, or group of interested citizens, is chartered by the local BSA council to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities.


Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Day Camp comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; Cub Scout Resident Camp is overnight camping with a theme of adventure and excitement. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one’s best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.

History of Cub Scouting

See: The History of Cub Scouting. Also see: Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights

In 1914, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, began implementing a program for younger boys that was based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. The Wolf Cub program began in 1916, and since that time, Wolf Cubbing has spread to other European countries with very little change.

In America, hundreds of Cub Scout-age boys and their families were clamoring for a program of their own. As early as 1920, Scout executives at the first national training conference discussed the needs of younger boys. The BSA, however, felt it wise to postpone any action until there was more objective evidence.

In 1930, Cub Scouting was formally launched, with 5,102 boys registered at the end of that first year. By 1933 the time had come to promote Cub Scouting throughout the country as a part of Scouting. All experimental restrictions were removed, and the first national director of Cub Scouting was appointed. Cubs advanced from Bobcat (for all new members) to Wolf (age 9), Bear (age 10), and Lion (age 11) and joined a Boy Scout troop at age 12.

Cub Scouting in America is different from the younger-boy programs of other countries because it is centered in the home and neighborhood. With the encouragement of family and leaders, boys enjoy a program that covers a wide variety of interesting things. It suggests activities that boys enjoy doing on their own when adults are not supervising them. These activities are particularly suited to boys of Cub Scout age and are different from those they will encounter in Boy Scouting.

Key dates in Cub Scouting:

  • 1929 The National Executive Board approves demonstration Cub units.
  • 1930 Cub Scouting was formally launched
  • 1933 Experimental" restrictions removed.
  • 1941 Webelos rank created for 11-year-old boys with the Lion badge.
  • 1945 "Cubbing" changed to "Cub Scouting."
  • 1949 Age levels for Cub Scouting changed to 8, 9, and 10, with Boy Scouting at 11. One million Cub Scouts.
  • 1953 First pinewood derby held in California.
  • 1954 Webelos created for 10-year-old boys.
  • 1956 Webelos day camp program introduced.
  • 1967 Lion rank discontinued in favor of new Webelos Scout program.
  • 1968 First Cub Scout day camps.
  • 1976 Women could now serve as Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters.
  • 1977 Cub Scout program year changed to coincide with the school year.
  • 1982 Tiger Cub Scouts introduced
  • 1984 Webelos Scout Resident Camps start.
  • 1986 Webelos program expands to two years to include fourth-grade and fifth-grade boys.
  • 1993 Pack charters extend to include Tiger Cubs.
  • 1994 National Den Award introduced.
  • 1995 Tiger Mania. Tiger Cub groups become dens. Boys’ Life creates Cub Scout edition.
  • 1997 Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program opens to Tiger Cubs.
  • 2000 Pack family camping approved. “Climb on Safely” introduced to allow Cub Scouts to climb and rappel in a controlled environment.
  • 2001 Character Connections and Core Values introduced. Wood Badge for the 21st Century for all leaders in Scouting. Tiger Cub rank introduced.
  • 2002 Age-appropriate guidelines adopted. Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines and Leave No Trace Award introduced.
  • 2003 Character Connections activities included as part of Cub Scout advancement requirements.
  • 2004 National “Good Turn for America” launched. 75th Anniversary Award and Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award introduced. A new Cub Scout Hispanic outreach initiative known as Soccer and Scouting is launched.
  • 2005 Cub Scouting celebrates its 75th Anniversary: “75 Years of Fun, Family, and Friends.”

BSA Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Aims of Scouting

All levels of the Scouting program share three specific objectives:

  • Character development
  • Citizenship training
  • Personal fitness

One is growth in moral strength and character. We may define this as what the boy is himself; his personal qualities, his values, his outlook.


A second is participating citizenship. Used broadly, citizenship means the boy's relationship to others. He comes to learn obligations to other people, to the society he lives in, and to the government that presides over that society.


A third aim of Scouting is development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).

Purposes of Cub Scouting

  1. Character Development
  2. Spiritual Growth
  3. Good Citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
  5. Family Understanding
  1. Respectful Relationships
  2. Personal Achievement
  3. Friendly Service
  4. Fun and Adventure
  5. Preparation for Boy Scouts

Methods of Cub Scouting

  1. Living the Ideals
  2. Belonging to a Den
  3. Using Advancement
  4. Involving Family and Home
  1. Participating in Activities
  2. Serving Neighborhood and Community
  3. Wearing the Uniform
  4. Making Character Connections

Core Values of Cub Scouting

Main article: Character Connections
  1. Citizenship
  2. Compassion
  3. Cooperation
  4. Courage
  5. Faith
  6. Health and Fitness
  1. Honesty
  2. Perseverance
  3. Positive Attitude
  4. Resourcefulness
  5. Respect
  6. Responsibility

Pending Change: In October 2012, BSA announced plans to replace the Cub Scout core values with the Boy Scout Scout Law. This change is part of the pending retirement of the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. The tentative change over date is the middle of 2015. This change and others are the result of recommendations of the Strategic Plan Goal 411 Task Force and the Venturing Task Force.

See also

Cub Scout Leader portal
Webelos Den Leader portal

MeritBadge.Org is your online Scouting University with everything from Getting Started to Bridging.

See the Cub Scout Leader Resources for the Pack Organization Chart and much more.

External links

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