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What is Scouting?

The mission of Scouts BSA, as incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Since 1930, elementary school-aged children have had the opportunity to be Cub Scouts in a year-round, family-centered program. Cub Scouts is the largest of Scout BSA’s program phases.

The 10 Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scout packs serve children who are in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Children, families, leaders, and chartered organizations all work together to achieve the 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 Scouts BSA

As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for them. Since 1910 we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical and mental fitness in youth.

But we know that children do not join Scouting to develop their character. Children join because SCOUTING IS FUN! So Pack 1373 focuses on delivering a Cub Scout program that is fun and enjoyable for our Scouts.

The Benefits of Cub Scouting

Scouting is unique. It is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. Cub Scouting doesn’t emphasize winning as an end result, but rather the far more demanding task of doing one’s best.

We want children to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own potential. Helping a child learn the value of their own worth is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.

Cub Scouting Is Fun

Kids join Cub Scouting because they want to have fun, but fun means a lot more than just having a good time. “Fun” is a child’s code word for the satisfaction gained from meeting challenges, having friends, feeling good about themselves, and knowing they are important to other people.

Cub Scouting Strengthens Families

There are many different types of family structures in today’s world. Scouting is a support to all types of families. We believe in involving families in the training of youth, and we are sensitive to the needs of present-day families.

Cub Scouting Helps Children Develop Interests and Skills

In Cub Scouting, children participate in a broad array of activities and learn about a variety of subjects; such as conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, academic subjects, sports, and religious activities.

Cub Scouting Provides Adventure

Cub Scouting helps fulfill a child’s desire for adventure and allows them to use their vivid imagination while taking part in skits, games, field trips, service projects, and more.

Cub Scouting Promotes Diversity

In Cub Scouting, Scouts may learn to interact in a group that includes children of various ethnicities, income levels, religions, and levels of physical ability. By having fun together and working as a group toward common goals, Cub Scouts learn the importance of not only getting along; but also of working side by side with other children of different races, classes, religions, cultures, etc.

Cub Scouting Is a Positive Place

With all the negative influences in today’s society, Scouting provides your child with a positive peer group who can provide encouragement in all the right ways. Carefully selected leaders provide good role models and a group setting where values are taught and help to reinforce positive qualities of character.

Scouting: By-the-Numbers

In U.S. high schools:

  • 85% of student council presidents were Scouts
  • 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
  • 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
  • 71% of sports team captains were Scouts

In U.S. universities:

35% of former Scouts graduate with a 4-year degree, versus just 19% of high school graduates nationwide

  • 72% of Rhodes Scholars were former Scouts

68% of U.S. Military Academy (West Point) graduates were former Scouts

70% of U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) graduates were former Scouts

64% of U.S. Air Force Academy graduates were former Scouts

In service to our country:

  • 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4% of all astronauts)
  • 189 members of the 113th Congress participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult leader
  • 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer

 In life:

A 2012 Baylor University study found that former Scouts, as compared to individuals who were never Scouts, were significantly more likely to:

  • Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 versus $61,000)
  • Value family relationships highly (81 percent versus 72 percent)
  • Exhibit higher levels of participation in a variety of health and recreational activities
  • Show a greater connection to siblings, neighbors, religious community, friends, coworkers, formal and informal groups and a spiritual presence in nature
  • Share a greater belief in duty to God, service to others, service to the community and leadership
  • Engage in behaviors that are designed to enhance and protect the environment
  • Be committed to setting and achieving personal, professional, spiritual and financial goals
  • Show higher levels of planning and preparedness
  • Indicate that they have built character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance and respect for diversity

The Organization of a Cub Scout Pack

The Pack is made up of several Dens – Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. We have one Den per grade level, and each Den works on projects together throughout the school year.

Lion Den (Kindergarteners) Lions is a family-oriented program. A youth and their parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of three to eight Lions and their adult partners meet together in a group called a Den, which meets once per month. They have fun participating in Den meetings and outings while making memories together. Lions encourages children to learn and explore through hands-on, high-energy activities. Lion Scouts are not required to wear the full Cub Scout uniform, and instead wear a Lions t-shirt and Lions baseball-style hat.

Tiger Den (1st graders) –  One or two times a month the Tiger Den will meet for an activity built around an educational adventure from the Tiger handbook, usually once for a Den meeting and once for a “Go See It” outing. Tiger Scouts work towards earning the Bobcat and Tiger Badges. To earn the Tiger badge, a Scout must complete six required adventures with the Den or family and one elective adventure of the Den or family’s choosing. The leadership is shared among the adult partners with guidance from the Tiger Den Leader. During the Summer, Tiger Scouts have the opportunity to attend Cub Scout Day Camp.

Wolf Den (2nd graders) – Like Tigers, the Wolf Den usually meets twice a month. These meetings are run by an adult Den Leader. Meetings are planned around monthly educational adventures and may include games, making crafts, taking hikes, and other outdoor activities. Wolf Scouts work towards earning the Wolf Badge.

Bear Den (3rd graders) – Like Tigers and Wolves, the Bear Den usually meets twice a month and meetings are run by an adult Den Leader. Bear Scouts begin to work with more independence, and are introduced to more advanced outdoor skills, such as cooking over a flame, orienteering with a map and compass, and using a pocketknife to cut and whittle. Bear Scouts work towards earning the Bear Badge.

Webelos I and II Dens (4th and 5th graders) – Webelos are the transition from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA, and stands for WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts. The Scouts work on their Webelos Badge, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Scouts BSA joining requirements. They should begin to do many of their requirements independently with some guidance from their parents. The Scouts also have the opportunity to participate in activities with local Scout Troops. During the summer, Webelos have the opportunity to attend over-night Cub Scout camp. As 5th graders, the work they do can lead to the highest award a Cub Scout can earn – The Arrow of Light.

Who Helps the Pack Run?

The Pack is run by the Pack Committee, which is made up of parent volunteers. The Committee selects leadership, plans and schedules events, performs record keeping, manages the Pack’s finances, maintains Pack equipment, and helps to train leaders. The Committee meets once a month to help make sure all plans are finalized and to prepare the upcoming months. All parents or guardians are encouraged to be part of the Committee meetings and actively volunteer to help with various events.

Meetings and Events

Then entire Pack meets once a month for a Pack meeting, and the grade-level Dens generally meet once or twice a month for Den meetings or outings. In addition, throughout the year we have special events and gatherings. For example:

  • Pack Campouts (Fall and Spring, and includes entire family)
  • Holiday Party (December)
  • Pinewood Derby (January)
  • Blue and Gold Banquet (Cub Scout Birthday Celebration)(February)
  • Service Projects (Scouting for Food, Community clean-ups, Collecting for PWC Animal Shelter)
  • Model Rocket Launch (March)
  • Cubmobile (Soapbox car) Race (May)
  • Summer Camps (June, July or August)
  • Arrow of Light Ceremony (March)
  • Bridging Ceremony (June)
  • July 4th Parade (July)
  • Baseball Scout Nights - Potomac Nationals (June, July, or August)

All together, these meetings and outings commit families to approximately 4 Cub Scout events per month during the school year. During the summer, we continue to have just-for-fun events, but do not hold Pack or Den meetings.

Chartered Organization

Cub Scout Packs are sponsored by a Chartered Organization that supports our endeavors.  Our Chartered Organization is Prince of Peace United Methodist Church (POPUMC).  POPUMC approves Pack leadership, provides meeting and storage locations, and keeps the Pack within BSA guidelines and policies.

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