Cub Scout Program
|Aims · Purposes|
Methods · Core Values
|Ranks · Awards|
Academics and Sports
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is available to boys under the age of 11 who meet any of the following qualifications:
- boys who are 7, 8, 9, and 10 years old
- boys in the first through fifth grade and are not registered in a Boy Scout troop.
- The Tiger Cub Program and Electives are for first graders with their adult partners to emphasize shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.
- The Wolf Program and Electives are for second graders.
- The Bear Program and Electives are for second graders.
- The Webelos Scout Program and Webelos Activity Badges allow fourth and fifth graders to participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
- All levels can also participate in the optional Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program known as "Belt Loops and Pins."
BSA Mission Statement
- "The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
All levels of the Scouting program share three specific objectives:
- Character development
- Citizenship training
- Personal fitness
One is growth in moral strength and character. We may define this as what the boy is himself; his personal qualities, his values, his outlook.
A second is participating citizenship. Used broadly, citizenship means the boy's relationship to others. He comes to learn obligations to other people, to the society he lives in, and to the government that presides over that society.
A third aim of Scouting is development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).
Purposes of Cub Scouting
Methods of Cub Scouting
Core Values of Cub Scouting
Advancement, Awards, and Recognition
Everything a Cub Scout does in the advancement program is intended to achieve the Aims of Scouting and aid in personal growth. The program has two tiers of recognition: the classic rank system and the newer Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.
Cub Scout ranks
- Bobcat badge → The first rank earned by every boy in Cub Scouting. All boys will first work on their Bobcat badge to complete the Cub Scout joining requirements. Once the Bobcat badge requirements have been completed, the Cub Scout will continue with the age appropriate program.
- Tiger Cub → A boy who is in the first grade (or is 7 years old) and registered, with his adult partner, as a member of a Tiger Cub den.
- Wolf → The rank designed for a second-grade or 8-year-old Cub Scout.
- Bear → The rank designed for a Cub Scout in the third grade (or 9 years old).
- Webelos Scout → (Pronounced WEE-buh-los.) A Cub Scout who has completed the third grade or is age 10 but has not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2. The word "Webelos" means WE'll BE LOyal Scouts, and should always be used as a modifier, never as a noun.
- Arrow of Light award - The highest rank in Cub Scouting and the only Cub Scout rank badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program (Belt Loops and Pins)
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is designed toward the third aim of Scouting: the development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. It is an optional program for all Cub Scouts and is designed to assist in learning or improving skills. Belt loops are awarded for completing standards in various academic and sport fields. Advanced skills are recognized by pins, displayed on the Cub Scout Academic and Sports letter.
Other Activities for All Cub Scouts