About Cub Scouting

 Cub Scouts

The Program

In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America created a new opportunity called Cub Scouting for boys younger than Boy Scout age. A year-round, home-centered program used by chartered organizations, Cub Scouting emphasizes involvement between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends. In the multidimensional plan of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouting is where it all begins. Currently, it is the largest of the organization's three membership divisions.

  • 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 prepare for 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.




Cub Scout Promise

I, 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.









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 goodwill.




Cub Scout Motto

Do Your Best

Frequently Asked Questions 
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cub Scout program.

History of Cub Scouting
Here is a brief overview of the history of the Cub Scout program, from its origins in 1930 to the present day.

Purposes and Methods of Cub Scouting
All the activities leaders plan and boys enjoy relate to one or more of the purposes of Cub Scouting, using the seven specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims.

The Benefits of Cub Scouting
As a worldwide brotherhood, Scouting is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. All Scouting activities benefit the growth and development of boys.

Character Development
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were...