Hello and good day!
I'm the Cubmaster for Pack 396. Welcome to our Pack!
I think it's important to reflect on WHY we exist. In this day and age, there's no lack of organizations competing for our attention and the attention of our sons. What makes Scouting special is the mission, methods, and purpose built into it.
Cub Scouts is the first step in the Scouting program here in the USA which builds to Boy Scouts then Venturing. All of these programs share one mission which bears repeating:
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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 Law.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent
Our pack is run by volunteers who seek to achieve this mission using the Aims and Methods of Cub Scouting:
- Living the Ideals
- Belonging to a Den
- Family Involvement
- Serving the Neighborhood
We do this through a program of activities geared around having fun outdoors, exploring the community, and helping people. Each year from Kindergarten through 5th grade the Scouts work to complete Adventures. As they complete Adventures each year they progress in rank ... Lion to Tiger to Wolf to Bear to Webelos to Arrow of Light, then on to Scouts, BSA.
Youth of each rank are organized into single gender Dens of about 5-10 Scouts and their parents, and meet about 2-3 times a month to work on their Adventures, go on Den outings, play games, or prepare for community service projects. The Dens all come together once a month to meet as a Pack, where we recognize the achievements of the Scouts, share songs and skits and games. Most months we plan an additional Pack outing of some kind, which could be a campout, a hike, a day at the beach, trip to a museum or someplace special, or other event, like the famed Pinewood Derby.
Through it all we, the leaders and parents, try to keep the Scouts on the path of citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. I've included the official Purposes of Cub Scouting below.
So, that's a quick overview of Cub Scouts. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have, or discuss our program in more detail if you'd like. Feel free to email me anytime.
I'm so glad you and your family are here, and I'm really looking forward to the great Scouting adventures we'll have together!
Pack 396 Cubmaster
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