We developed this section to answer some common questions... What is scouts about? Will scouts help my son grow? Why should I sign my son up? How is Boy Scouts of America organized? What can I expect from scouts? What is expected of me?
The aim of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to develop character, citizenship and personal fitness (including mental, spiritual and physical) in today's youth. All activities, including den and pack meeting programs, contribute to the aims of Scouting.
Every Scouting activity should be a positive experience in which youth and leaders feel emotionally secure and find support from their peers and leaders. Everything we do with our Scouts, including songs, skits and ceremonies, should be positive and meaningful and should not contradict the philosophy express in the Scout Law.
Scouting helps forge bonds between the parent and child that can last a lifetime. Values such as integrity, leadership, and honesty are taught through the activities and events that the scout is immersed in. It doesn't matter what your ethnic background is, demographic area is or what your economic situation is, because scouting is the great equalizer. We are all the same in scouting and our message is strengthened by more than 100 years of continued success.
Cub Scouts are organized into Dens according to age. Each Den has about 6 to 8 boys. The Dens make up the Pack. Packs are chartered by an organization such as churches, schools, city groups and even PTA's.
There are (6) ranks: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II. Click the links below to find out more about each rank.
Tiger Dens are ran by an Akela and the parent partner. Wolf to Webelos Dens are run by two "Akelas". An Akelas means Leader. A Leader can be the Den Leader, the Cub Master, a teacher, the parents or any one the Cub Scout turns to for guidance. Akela stands for a symbol of wisdom in the Cub Scout program.
The pack in general is ran by a Pack Committee. the pack committee consist of at lease the Committee Chair, Cubmaster and Treasure. These are know as the "Key 3". Ideally a pack committee will have the above three mentioned positions and the following: Pack Secretary, Pack Trainer, Outdoor Chair, Advancement Chair, Membership Chair and a Pack Chaplin.
These are all volunteer positions and a pack depends on parents to step up and fill these positions to help the pack run smoothly.
Cub Scouts is not a drop off baby sitting service. It is all about family involvement.
When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: It follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it’s always there for you. It’s not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities and will always be there when you return.
Cub Scouting encourages closeness to family. The program will give you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you normally couldn't do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together, and encourages you to spend quality time together. In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your involvement is vital to the program's success.
Some specific things you can do to help your son in Cub Scouting are:
The Cub Scout years are developing years for young boys, falling between the dependence of early childhood and the relative independence of early adolescence. As he grows, your son will gain the ability to do more things "on his own," but at this stage of his development, your help is critical.
Scouts account for:
26% of the first 29 Astronauts
72% of Rhodes Scholars
85% of FBI Agents
70% of Naval Academy Graduates
64% of Air Force Academy Graduates
For Every 100 Scouts:
(Source: Membership figures from each organization)
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