How Cub Scouts Works

Scouting is Family Oriented

  • Activities are intended for the whole family.
  • You work with your child on his/her advancement award requirements.
  • Many skills he/she will learn are family oriented.

The Cub Scout Den

  • Your child is a member of a Cub Scout den.
  • The den meets once each week.
  • A Den Leader (usually a parent) leads the den.
  • The Den Leader usually has an Assistant Den Leader, a Den Chief (a Boy Scout helper), and a Denner (a Cub Scout member of a den who is the designated monthly helper).
  • Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.

The Cub Scout Pack

  • Your child and his/her den are members of a Cub Scout Pack.
  • A Pack meets once per month, providing an opportunity for all Cub Scout parents and families to be involved with their boys, and a chance to recognize boys, parents and leaders.
  • The Cubmaster leads the Pack meeting.
  • The Pack meeting provides a place for the dens to showcase their skills and projects.
  • Pack meetings have games, songs, skits, stunts, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys have earned during the month.

The Pack Committee / Leader’s Meeting

  • A committee of volunteer parents run the pack.
  • A chairperson leads the pack committee.
  • The committee plans and organizes events throughout the year.
  • The committee selects Leaders, performs record keeping, manages finances, and finds meeting places, orders badges, maintains Pack equipment, helps train and recognizes Leaders.

The Chartered Organization

  • The Pack is “owned” by the chartered organization (in our case, American Legion Gold-Star Post 191.)
  • The chartered organization approves Leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates the Pack within their own guidelines and the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The chartered organization selects a representative to serve as liaison between the Pack and the organization.

The Advancement Plan

The responsibility for a child’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family, not with the Pack. Some advancement requirements are done at Den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.