How Cub Scouts Works
Scouting is Family Oriented
- Activities are intended for the whole family.
- You work with your son on his advancement award requirements.
- Many skills he will learn are family oriented.
The Cub Scout Den
- Your son 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 son and his 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 boy’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.