Cub Scouting is for boys in 1st through 5th grades.
If you are a boy in first grade through fifth grade—or you're 7 to 10 years old—then Cub Scouting is for you. It's for your family, too. This is the first and the biggest of the three Scouting programs (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing) from the Boy Scouts of America. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. By joining the Cub Scouts, you've taken your first step on the Scouting trail. Many people stay in Scouting, one way or another, for many years. Some stay for a lifetime.
Program Updates - 2014 and Beyond
The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, and service to others and personal growth.
Cub Scouts: Samplers of new youth handbooks and den leader guides unveiling five of the 84 new adventures have been released. Other items of note include PDFs about progress-toward-rank recognition insignia; Ethan, our new Cub Scout guide; a transition guide, FAQs, and more! The Program Updates page of Scouting.org will always have the most recent information on what is coming and when. Please visit the PROGRAM UPDATES PAGE for more information!
Boys of different ages have different ranks in Cub Scouting. As you go from Tiger Cub (age 7) to Webelos Scout (age 10), you learn new things and new skills that you use to meet new challenges as you get older.
Tiger Cubs. First-grade boys join a Tiger Cub den, where each boy works with an adult partner on the requirements to earn his Tiger Cub badge.
Wolf Cub Scouts. Second-grade boys graduate into a Wolf den. They go to weekly den meetings on their own, but their families still help them work on the requirements for the Wolf badge.
Bear Cub Scouts. Boys in the third grade are members of a Bear den. They also work with their families to do the requirements for the Bear badge, but boys this old have enough knowledge and skill to take on more of the work by themselves.
Webelos Scouts. Boys in the fourth and fifth grades become Webelos Scouts. Webelos Scouts do more advanced activities to get ready to graduate into Boy Scouting.
Where you begin in Cub Scouting depends on your age at the time you join. If you join when you're in first grade, you will begin as a Tiger Cub. If you do not join until the third grade, you'll begin as a Bear Cub Scout. You won't have to go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges.
The Arrow of Light Award
The highest award in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award, which you will begin working on as a Webelos Scout. It is the only Cub Scout badge that you can wear on the Boy Scout uniform. As you work on the Arrow of Light Award, you practice outdoor skills, get physically fit, and learn more about citizenship and working with others. All of these things prepare you for the next stage of Scouting.
CUB SCOUT PACK RESOURCES
Here are some links to get you started in Cub Scouting. Please explore the rest of this website, as well as other Scouting sites and published materials for even MORE great ways to bring this GREAT program to your Cub Scouts!
Annual Pack Program Planning
Newsletter, Poster, and Calendar Templates
Cub Planning Resources, Forms & Applications
Family Talent Survey Sheet
Cub Scout Den Meeting Program Planner
Den and Pack Meeting Resource Guide
Pack Program Budget Planning
Adult Online Training Courses
New Den Leader Onboarding Tool - This is a nice handy bilingual reference tool for any new Pack Den Leaders. It has the information needed that answers the standard question, “What do I do now to get ready for all those boys at our first den meeting?” It is a simple message, what my job is, who I call for help, and the first den meeting plan with the resources needed to plan and run that very first meeting. This tool is available at the Norris & Deicke Scout Shops, but you can download it & print it out NOW! Enjoy!
Changes to the Cub Scouting Program for 2015
Cub Scout Ideals
Cub Scout Promise
Cub Scout Motto
Tiger Cub Motto
Law of the Pack
The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwil
Cub Scout and Adult Cub Leader Uniforms
- Cub Scout Uniform - Link to Cub Scout Uniform Guide
- Webelos Scout Uniform - Link to Webelos Uniform Guide
- Male Leaders' Uniform - Link to the Adult Male Leader Uniform
- Female Leaders' Uniform - Link to the Adult Female Leader Uniform
- Dress Uniform - Adult Dress Uniforming Link
- Special-Purpose Uniforms - Activity Scouting Uniform Options worn in place of the Official Uniform
- The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment.
- Personal equality - The uniform represents a democratic idea of equality, bringing people of different backgrounds together in the Scouting tradition.
- Identification - The uniform identifies youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America, visible as a force for good in the community. When properly and smartly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit.
- Achievement - The uniform shows the wearer's activity, responsibility, and achievement. The accomplishments of every youth and adult member can be recognized by the insignia worn on the uniform.
- Personal commitment - The uniform is a constant reminder to all members of their commitment to the ideals and purpose of the Scouting movement. It is a way of making visible members' commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and helping others at all times.
Useful Cub Scout Forms - From BSA National, a list of resource forms you can download for use in your Pack or Den.
Search, Discover, Share.
Do Your Best.
I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.