2. Scouting Builds Character
Scouting Builds Character
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 development should extend into every aspect of a boy's life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use Cub Scouting's 12 core values throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings.
The Purposes & Methods 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 6 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 Cub Scouting program has 10 purposes related to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America – to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness:
The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Fun and Adventure
Preparation for Boy Scouts
Every Cub Scouting activity should help fulfill one of these purposes. When considering a new activity, ask which purpose or purposes it supports. Not everything in Cub Scouting has to be serious – far from it! Silly songs, energetic games, and yummy snacks all have their place in the program.
The Methods of Cub Scouting
To accomplish its purposes and achieve the overall goals of building character, learning citizenship, and developing personal fitness, Cub Scouting uses seven methods:
1. Living the Ideals
Cub Scouting’s values are embedded in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout sign,handshake, and salute. These practices help establish and reinforce the program’s values in boys and the leaders who guide them.
2. Belonging to a Den
The den—a group of six to eight boys who are about the same age—is the place where Cub Scouting starts. In the den, Cub Scouts develop new skills and interests, they practice sportsmanship and good citizenship, and they learn to do their best, not just for themselves but for the den as well.
3. Using Advancement
Recognition is important to boys. The 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 and their den leader work with boys on advancement projects.
4. Involving Family and Home
Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, his family is an important part of Cub Scouting. Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that boys have a good experience in the program.
5. Participating in Activities
Cub Scouts participate in a huge array of activities, including games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, trips and service projects. Besides being fun, these activities offer opportunities for growth, achievement, and family involvement.
6. Serving Home and Neighborhood
Cub Scouting focuses on the home and neighborhood. It helps boys strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn support the boys’ growth and development.
7. Wearing the Uniform
Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating membership in the group (everyone is dressed alike) and individual achievement (boys wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of belonging, and good behavior.
What is the first thing a Cub Scout Learns?
On my honor,
I promise to do my best,
to do my duty
to God and my Country,
to obey the Scout Law
and to help other people at all times, to keep myself
physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
A Scout is . . .
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful
Friendly, Courteous, Kind
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty
Brave, Clean and Reverent
Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best
12 Points of Scout Law as related to the
Core Values by Month
& Related Theme
September - COURTEOUS
How the West was Fun
October - THRIFTY
A Camping we will Go
November - REVERENT
Cubs Give Thanks
December - KIND
Paying it Forward
January - HELPFUL
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
February - CHEERFUL
Friends Near & Far
March - THRIFTY
April - LOYAL
Cubs in the Future
May - FRIENDLY
June - OBEDIENT
Wheel into Summer
July - BRAVE
Home of the Brave
August - CLEAN
** In Cub Scouts, Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership.
What makes Scouting great?
If you like going on field trips, hiking, doing crafts and just having fun, Cub Scouts is the place for you. We guarantee your child (with you the Parent/Guardian participating) will never be bored in Pack 241. Your child will have opportunities to see things no other kids have the chance of seeing and to do things no other kids can do. Cub Scouting opens doors to a world your child will never forget.
There are 12 Points of the Scout Law
As of June 1st 2015, the Cub Scouts meetings will no longer revolve around the "Core Values". Cub Scouts will now learn the 12 Points of the Scout Law. All Den and Pack meetings will be themed around these points. We will continue to relate the Scout Law with the Core Values. The 12 points of Scout Law and the Core Values help build the growth of your cub scout. We encourage families to know, practice and commit to them in everyday life, not just at scouting events.
Trustworthy: A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
Loyal: A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
Helpful: A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
Friendly: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
Courteous: A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
Kind: A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
Obedient: A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
Cheerful: A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
Thrifty: A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
Brave: A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
Clean: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
Reverent: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.