Cub Scouting is a
program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), whose overall mission is to
help young people build character, learn citizenship, and develop
personal fitness. While the BSA serves boys from ages 7 through 20 and
girls from ages 14 through 20, Cub Scouting focuses on boys ages 7 to 10
or enrolled in the first through fifth grades.
Cub Scouting Is For All Boys.
Cub Scouting is for boys of all sizes, shapes, colors, and backgrounds.
Some are gifted students or talented athletes; others struggle in these
areas. Some have strong, stable families; others face social and
economic challenges. Some live in cities, some live in suburban areas,
and some live in rural communities. Some have physical, mental, or
emotional disabilities that make ordinary activities difficult. Because
of its flexibility and its emphasis on doing one's best, Cub Scouting
easily adapts to all these situations.
Cub Scouting Is For Families.
The family is the most important influence on boys' development. Cub
Scouting seeks to support the family--whatever it looks like--and to
involve families in Scouting activities. Cub Scouting is sensitive to
the needs of today's families, and it provides opportunities for family
members to work and play together, to have fun together, and to get to
know each other better.
Cub Scouting Is Fun.
Boys join Cub Scouting because they want to have fun, but they
instinctively understand that fun means more than just having a good
time. It also means getting satisfaction from meeting challenges, having
friends, and feeling they are important to other people. When Cub
Scouts are having fun, they are also learning new things, discovering
and mastering new skills, gaining self-confidence, and developing strong
Cub Scouting Has Ideals.
In an age when values seem old-fashioned or even passe, the Scout Oath
and Scout Law, along with the Cub Scout motto, provide boys with a
positive set of values and dispositions to aspire to. As short,
declarative statements, the Scout Law offers a positive set of values to
live up to. The Oath, Law, and motto are a pathway to good citizenship.
Cub Scouting Provides Adventure. Cub
Scouting helps fulfill a boy's desire for adventure and allows him to
use his vivid imagination while taking part in skits, games, field
trips, service projects, and more. Boys find adventure in exploring the
outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining a greater appreciation for
our beautiful world.
Cub Scouting Helps Boys Develop Skills and Interests. Cub Scouts
learn many useful and varied skills. They develop ability and dexterity,
and they learn to use tools and to follow instructions. Badges and
awards encourage them to learn about a variety of subjects, including
conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, sports, and
religious activities. The skills they learn and interests they develop
could lead them to careers or lifelong hobbies.
Cub Scouting Has an Advancement Plan. The
Cub Scout advancement plan recognizes boys' individual efforts and
achievements, teaches them to do their best, and strengthens family ties
as leaders and family members work with them on requirements. Boys
enjoy receiving badges for their achievements, but the real benefit
comes from the skills, knowledge, and self-esteem they develop along the
Cub Scouts Belong. Belonging is important to boys; they like to
be accepted as part of a group. In Cub Scouting, boys take part in
interesting and meaningful activities with their friends, learn
sportsmanship, citizenship, and loyalty. The Cub Scout uniform, symbols
like the Cub Scout sign, and being a member of a den help boys feel part
of a distinct group and shares a common purpose.
Cub Scouting Teaches Boys to Reach Out. Cub
Scouting provides opportunities for boys to reach out into the wider
community while maintaining a link with secure foundations at home,
school, and religious organizations. Through field trips, boys get to
know their community better. Through service projects and other
community activities, they learn what it means to be a good citizen.
Cub Scouting Teaches Duty to God and Country. Through interfaith
activities and the religious emblems program, Cub Scouting helps boys
fulfill their duty to God. Through flag ceremonies, service projects,
and other activities, Cub Scouting helps boys become useful and
Cub Scouting Provides a Year-round Program.
When school ends, Cub Scouting continues. Boys have more free time
during the summer, so summer is a great time for Cub Scouting. Den and
pack activities take on a more informal feel and are often held
outdoors. Day camp and resident camp programs run by Scouting districts
and councils are often the highlight of the Cub Scout year, offering
activities that local packs couldn't easily provide.
Cub Scouting Helps Organizations. A Cub
Scout pack is chartered by an organization in your community--a
school-based parents' organization, a religious organization, or a
service club or organization. Cub Scouting is a resource that
organization uses to further its outreach and achieve its goals for
serving young people.
Cub Scout Pack #310 is located in Newport News, Virginia. We meet weekly at First Baptist Church Denbigh.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by
using the Contact Our Pack link. One of the pack leaders will respond to you
as soon as possible.
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