Like every effective organization, Cub Scout Packs have a structure (see the Org chart). Understanding this structure and how it works will increase your scout’s enjoyment of the program (and leave the parent far less confused). Below is a helpful guide to understand how the program is set up.
- Cub Scouts is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA is broken up into regions, in Massachusetts we are part of the Northeast Region.
- Each Region is broken into Councils. In Millbury, we are part of the Mohegan Council. The Mohegan Council serves the Worcester County and surrounding areas. The Council organizes area-wide events, camporees, and fundraisers as well as owns and operates Treasure Valley Scout Reservation which offers year-round camping as well as a summer camping program.
- Each Council is broken into units, being Troops (Boy Scouts), Packs (Cub Scouts), Crews (Venture Scouts), etc.
- The Pack is broken into Dens, with each scout belonging to a den of boys his age.
Groups of up to 10 boys meet weekly together as a Den. Each Den is led by a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader. A Boy Scout, known as a Den Chief, may also work with your scout’s den.
The location and time that each den meets weekly is determined by the Den Leader in conjunction with his or her’s dens parents.
Dens are organized by age groups. Boys work toward a specific rank during each year in the Pack. Ultimately, they work towards the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. We have one or more Dens at each rank:
|Bobcat: The Bobcat rank is earned by all boys when they join Cub Scouting. To earn the Bobcat, a boy must complete eight simple activities including learning the Boy Scout Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Motto. Bob Cats are combined with Tigers and not necessarily it’s own Den.|
|Tiger Cub: The Tiger Cub Den is for first grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.|
|Wolf: The Wolf Den is for second grade (or age 8) boys. To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass twelve achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.|
|Bear: The Bear Den is for third grade (or age 9) boys. There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.|
|Webelos: This Den is for fourth and fifth grade (or age 10 and 11) boys. WEBELOS stands for “WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts”. A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award. While Scouts are technically Webelos for two years, in their second year they are considered “Arrow of Light Scouts”, formerly “Webelos 2”|
In addition to weekly Den Meetings, all Dens meet together once a month at a Pack Meeting for group activities, presentations, games, and awards. Our Pack Meetings are typically the third Thursday of each month at Elmwood Street School.
The Cubmaster is the figurehead of the Pack. He is in charge of organizing Pack Meetings as well as supporting each Den and ensuring consistency of the program.
The Pack Committee consists of volunteer adults who are charged with managing the Pack and its programs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the Committee and attend regular meetings. The Committee Chairperson and the Cubmaster lead the group in planning and organizing the Pack program. The Committee is also responsible for maintaining Pack funds and planning it’s budget.
Cub Scouts Do Things and Go Places
Have you been to the local police station and talked to the policemen on duty? Or visited the fire station and sat in the driver’s seat of the pumper truck? Or visited the local TV station and sat in the news anchor’s chair? These are some of the places you might go with your den or pack. You might also build a Pinewood Derby car and race it on the track, build a sailboat or trimaran and race it in the raingutter regatta, or build a spaceship and race it to the stars in the pack space derby.
Cub Scouts Earn Awards
Each time you complete an accomplishment or learn a new skill, you will be rewarded. Sometimes the reward is a bead or a patch. Sometimes it is a smile on your parents’ faces to see you grow and learn.