Getting Started With Cub Scouts

Parents, boys – if after you read the introduction below, Cub Scouting with Chatham Pack 8 sounds like the right choice for you, please visit our Leaders page to contact individual leaders by email and we’ll help you get started.  Of course, you are always welcome to just show up at any Pack meeting and speak directly to our Cubmaster.  Pack meetings are held at Ogden Church Gym (286 Main St, Chatham, NJ) – please check our Calendar for exact dates and times.

 

Introduction to Cub Scouting

In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America created a new opportunity called Cub Scouting for boys younger than Boy Scout age. A year-round, home-centered program used by chartered organizations, Cub Scouting emphasizes involvement between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends. In the multidimensional plan of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouting is where it all begins. Currently, it is the largest of the organization’s three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Exploring.)

 

Cub Scouting has the following purposes:

  1. •Influence a boy’s character development and spiritual growth.
  2. •Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
  3. •Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
  4. •Improve understanding within the family.
  5. •Strengthen a boy’s ability to get along with others.
  6. •Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
  7. •Provide fun and exciting new things to do.
  8. •Show a boy how to be helpful and do his best.
  9. •Prepare him to be a Boy Scout.

 

Cub Scouting, like its Boy Scouting and Exploring counterparts, follows a long-range plan to reach youth nationwide. Boys in the first through fifth grades (or ages 7, 8, 9, or 10) may join a Cub Scout pack and be assigned to a den, usually made up of boys in a neighborhood who form a natural play group. Cub Scout Dens and Webelos Scout den meetings are usually held twice a monthonce. Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.

 

Like other phases of the Scouting program, Cub Scouting is made available to groups having similar interests and goals, which include professional organizations, and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and citizens’ groups. These “sponsors” are called chartered organizations. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the committee, is responsible for leadership, the meeting place, and related materials for pack activities. Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church is our charter organization.

 

Groups responsible for supporting Cub Scouting are the boys and their parents, the pack, the chartered organizations, and the community. The boy is encouraged to pay his own way by contributing dues each week. Packs also obtain income by working on approved money-earning projects, in particular pop corn sale. The community, including parents, supports Cub Scouting through the United Way, Sustaining Membership Enrollment, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council through the program Friends of Scouting. This provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers, and other facilities, as well as professional service for units.

 

How is the Pack organized?  As a member of Pack 8, your son will be placed in a den, a small grouping of 5-9 boys in the same grade.

TIGER CUBS  for First Graders

WOLF is for Second Graders

BEAR is for Third Graders

WEBELOS is for Fourth Graders

ARROW OF LIGHT is for Fifth Graders

 

Although all the parents help out with the den, the key contact is the DEN-LEADER or CO-DEN LEADER. He or she will schedule and assign the activities suggested in the program throughout the year.  Taken together, all of the dens make up the PACK.  The Pack is led by the CUBMASTER, who is assisted by the Den Leaders.

 

A group of adults make up the PACK COMMITTEE (with Committee Chair), who are there to provide program support for the Cubmaster and the Den Leaders.  Some of the ongoing jobs of the Pack Committee include Treasurer, Webmaster, Campout Coordinator, and Advancement Chair.  There are also one-time activities that are chaired by adults:  Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regatta, and Popcorn Sales.

 

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts have a plan of advancement for each boy that emphasizes learning by doing. The boy works on requirements based on his school grade or age. Tiger Cubs are recognized for participation in activities, but do not have a formal advancement plan.

 

At den meetings, a Cub Scout starts an activity. Perhaps it is a project or a stunt for the next pack meeting. During the week, with his parents’ help, he finishes the project or perfects the stunt. If it happens to be something required for his Wolf or Bear advancement, his parent signs his Cub Scout book. In this way, Cub Scouting helps to strengthen family ties. Pack meetings, attended by boys and their families, give parents a chance to see their sons in action. Most pack meetings are divided into two parts. The first is informal – boys and parents may view exhibits or participate in gathering-time activities. The second half has a formal opening, followed by den skits, songs, games, or stunts related to a monthly theme, and the awarding of badges earned by the boys since the last pack meeting.

 

Adventuresome outdoor programs are encouraged for Cub Scouts. These include den field trips, picnics, outings, day camping, and resident camping. Because Cub Scouting is home-centered, family camping is also emphasized. Webelos Scouts are encouraged to go on overnight experiences and to conduct occasional joint outdoor activities with a Boy Scout troop. Cub Scout day camps are conducted by most BSA local councils, and many also provide resident camping experiences for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.

Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, there are a number of ideals expressed in the day-to-day life of the young boy and his leaders.

Cub Scouts do their best and help others. They learn the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and what they mean.

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.

 

WHAT THE SCOUT LAW MEANS
The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. He does his best to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.

A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY A Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Scout is LOYAL A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
A Scout is HELPFUL A Scout volunteers to help others without expecting a reward.
A Scout is FRIENDLY A Scout is a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from him.
A Scout is COURTEOUS A Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners.
A Scout is KIND A Scout treats others as he wants to be treated. He never harms or kills any living thing without good reason.
A Scout is OBEDIENT A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and pack. He obeys the laws of his community and country.
A Scout is CHEERFUL A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is THRIFTY A Scout works to pay his way. He uses time, property, and natural resources wisely.
A Scout is BRAVE A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He stands for what is right even if others laugh at him.
A Scout is CLEAN A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is REVERENT A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. Blue signifies the sky, truth, spirituality, and loyalty. Gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness. Together they symbolize what Cub Scouting is all about.

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