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, 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.
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.