Cub Scouting offers fun with a purpose to millions of American families every year.  Thanks to the volunteers who lead our Packs and Dens, these children will develop values, learn skills, make friends, strengthen family relationships - and have a great time in the process.

What Is Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), whose overall mission is to help young people build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness and leadership.  Cub Scouting focuses on children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Scouting's Mission

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

The Aims of Scouting

The Aims of Scouting are Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership

The Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best; To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

The Methods of Scouting

How does Cub Scouting develop Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership?  How do we instill our children with the principles spelled out in the Scout Oath and Scout Law?  We use the Methods of Scouting:

Living The Ideals:  Cub Scouting's values are embedded in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute.  These practices help establish and reinforce the program's values in Scouts and the leaders who guide them.

Belonging to a Den: The den - a group of children who are in the same grade - is the place where Cub Scouting starts.  In the den, Cub Scouts develop new skills and interests, they practice sportsmanship and good citizenship, and they learn to do their best, not just for themselves but for the den as well.

Advancement: Recognition is important to everyone.  The advancement plan provides fun for the Scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with them on advancement projects.  

Family Involvement: Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, their family is an important part of Cub Scouting.  Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that Scouts have a good experience in the program.

Activities: Cub Scouts participate in a huge array of activities, including games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, trips, and service projects.  Besides being fun, these activities offer opportunities for growth, achievement, and family involvement.  

Serving the Neighborhood: Cub Scouting focuses on the home and neighborhood.  It helps Scouts strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn supports their growth and development.

The Uniform: Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement (Scouts wear the badges they've earned).  Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, and good behavior.

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