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The Purposes of Cub ScoutingSince 1930, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting, which is a year-round family-oriented part of the BSA program designed for boys in the first through fifth grade of school (or who are 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age).  Parents, leaders, and organization 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

The Methods of Cub ScoutingCub Scouting uses eight specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims of helping boys build character, learn the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop physical 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 Scout Sign, Handshake, Motto, and 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.

3. Advancement:
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.

5. Activities:
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.
8. Making Character Connections:
Throughout the program, leaders learn to identify and utilize character lessons in activities, so that boys can learn to know, commit, and practice the 12 core values of Cub Scouting.  Character Connections are included in all the methods of Cub Scouting and are the program themes for monthly pack meetings.

Character DevelopmentSince its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values.  In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service.  All of these elements remain part of Cub Scouting today.

Character can be defined as the collection of core values possessed by an individual that lead to principled moral commitment and action.  Character development refers to the processes by which these values are learned and practiced.  In helping boys develop character, Cub Scouting promotes 12 core values:
  • Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
  • Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others. 
  • Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal
  • Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
  • Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
  • Health and Fitness: clean and fit. Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies
  • Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
  • Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
  • Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
  • Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
  • Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
  • Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.