How Does Cub Scouts Work?
One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join in on the program with your son, and you will help him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. It exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Boys have a different handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your boy advances through these books by working on activities with you, he will earn badges and other recognition that he can wear on his uniform. Your son’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son will be a part of a den, a small group of boys in the same grade level who usually meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where boys show off the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned. All boys, when they join, earn the Bobcat badge first. The badge consists of 8 fairly simple requirements and must be completed before any other award can be issued.
Cub Scout DENS consist of a group of six to eight boys, within the pack, that meets a least once a month between pack meetings. The boys in a den are usually all at the same grade level. The den structure allows boys to build relationships with leaders, parents and other boys.
- Tiger – 1st Grade Boys
Your Tiger Den leader is Andrew Cunningham
Parents are most involved at the Tiger Cub level. The boy and his parent or guardian join the den together and attend all meetings and activities together.
The den is made up of three to eight of these parent-son teams. Each den also has a Tiger Cub den leader (usually one of the parents) who helps coordinate the meetings. The parent-son teams take turns running the activities and planning meetings with the Tiger Cub den leader. The den usually meets weekly either at the homes of host parent-son teams or at a designated facility; participates in Go See Its (with the den, as a group, visiting a community place of interest); and attends
the monthly pack meeting
- Wolf – 2nd Grade Boys & Bear – 3rd Grade Boys
Your Wolf & Bear Den leader is Jeff Bowman
Parents are vital to the Cub Scout dens, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader, but their sons are beginning to be more independent, and not every boy needs a parent at every meeting. The den consists of four to eight boys, a den leader and assistant den leader (usually parents of some of the boys).
They usually meet at least once a month at a regularly scheduled time and place, and they also attend the pack meeting with their families.
- Webelos – 4th & 5th Grade Boys
The Webelos Den leaders are Kevin McGarry and Jason Collins
This program is for boys in the fourth and fifth grades. The Webelos den is much like the Wolf & Bear dens, but there is more emphasis on the boys learning to take leadership roles and preparing to become Boy 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 led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award and Boy Scouts.
Our PACK (a Pack is made up of all boys from all the dens) meets meets each month from September through May. This regular Pack meeting is on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 8pm at the South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College. 480 Waupelani Drive, State College, PA 16801
This meeting is led by the Cubmaster, Andy Mylin. This is the climax of the weekly den meetings and activities. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during that month. This is where families—not just parents, but siblings, too—can see the achievements of their Cub Scout.
The pack, including families, also participates in other special events throughout the year, including:
- Pinewood Derby—You can build and race a model car with your son.
- Blue and Gold banquet—Cub Scouting’s birthday party—for all pack members
and their families.
- Camping—Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the
- Service projects—Our Pack participates in food drives and conservation projects, as well as other community activities.
- Field trips and special outings—Great ways to learn more about the people and
places in your community.
Please feel free to visit! Any adult in uniform can help direct you to the right place.