Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting is a year-round family-oriented part of the BSA program designed
for boys who are in first through fifth grades (or are 7, 8, 9, and 10 years
of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the
10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
All the activities leaders plan and boys enjoy should relate to one or more
of these purposes. These purposes help us achieve the overall aims of the BSA
of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
The Methods of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting uses seven specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims of
helping boys and young adults build character, train in the responsibilities
of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. These methods are incorporated
into all aspects of the program. Through these methods, Cub Scouting happens
in the lives of boys and their families.
1. The Ideals
The Cub Scout Promise, the
Law of the Pack, the
Tiger Cub motto and Promise, and the Cub
salute all teach good citizenship
and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.
2. The Den
Boys like to belong to a group. The den is the place where boys learn
new skills and develop interests in new things. They have fun in den
meetings, during indoor and outdoor activities, and on field trips. As
part of a small group of six to eight boys, they are able to learn
sportsmanship and good citizenship. They learn how to get along with
others. They learn how to do their best, not just for themselves
but also for the den.
Recognition is important to boys. The advancement plan provides fun
for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they
earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family
members work with boys on advancement projects.
4. Family Involvement
Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting. When we
speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular
family structure. Some boys live with two parents, some live with
one parent, some have foster parents, and some live with other
relatives or guardians. Whoever a boy calls his family is his
family in Cub Scouting.
In Cub Scouting, boys participate in a wide variety of den and pack
activities, such as games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor
activities, and trips. Also, the Cub Scout Academics and Sports
program and Cub Scouting's BSA Family program include activities
that encourage personal achievement and family involvement.
6. Home and Neighborhood Centered
Cub Scouting meetings and activities happen in urban areas, in rural
communities, in large cities, in small towns—wherever boys live.
7. The Uniform
The Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout uniforms help build pride,
loyalty, and self-respect. Wearing the uniform to all den and pack
meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of
belonging, and good behavior.