The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed
for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations
work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA's three membership
divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)
The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense
of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on
Tiger Cub. The Tiger Cub program 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.
Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Wolf. The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy
must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.
Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). 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 program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10). 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 Handbook, 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.
Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities
for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of
the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.
Character can be defined as the collection of core values possessed by an individual that leads to moral commitment and
action. Core values are the basis of good character development. In helping boys develop character, Cub Scouting promotes
the following 12 core values.
Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values
- Citizenship -Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
- Compassion -Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
- Cooperation -Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
- Courage -Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
- Faith -Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
- Health and fitness -Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
- Honesty -Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
- Perseverance -Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
- Positive attitude -Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
- Resourcefulness -Using human and other resources to their fullest.
- Respect -Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
- Responsibility -Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.
These core values are the basis of good character development, and must be promoted in all aspects
and all stages of a young man's life! To encourage this, Cub Scout Character Connections asks Cub Scouts to KNOW, COMMIT,
and PRACTICE these values.
Cub Scouts are challenged to connect core values in six general areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self.
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Tiger Cub motto,
and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.
Fact sheet from the Boy Scouts of America