The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a 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 ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
Each chartered organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. This organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities. Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organization representatives.
Volunteers are informed of national news and events through Scouting magazine. Boys may subscribe to Boys' Life magazine. Both are published by the Boy Scouts of America. Also available are a number of youth and leader publications, including the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, Webelos Handbook, Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Program Helps, and Webelos Leader Guide.
Cub Scouting Ideals
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.
The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. They have special meaning, which will help boys see beyond the fun of Cub Scouting to its ultimate goals. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.
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