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Cub Scout Pack and Den Ideas

Cub Scout Pack and Den Ideas

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Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped boys of cub scouts age. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
  1. Character Development
  2. Spiritual Growth
  3. Good Citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship & Fitness
  5. Family Understanding
  6. Respectful Relationships
  7. Personal Achievement
  8. Friendly Service
  9. Fun & Adventure
  10. Preparation for Boy Scouts
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The Cub Scouts of America 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.
As a boy begins the Boy Scout Trail, he joins other boys his own age. He can start the scouting program from 6 (starting 1st grade) to 17 years old.
The Cub Scout age program is for 1st graders through 3rd graders - Tiger cubs, Wolf scouts, and Bear scouts. After completing Bear scout requirements, scouts begin their Webelos program.
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How to Join:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
  3. Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
  4. Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
  5. Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.

The Cub Scout program has an Organizational Structure that puts boys into groups called dens with recommended size of from 6 to 8 scouts. Dens of boys in a community form a pack which is part of a district. Districts combine to make a council - see this page for organization details.

The Bobcat rank is the first rank earned by Cub Scouts, no matter which grade they begin scouting.   After earning the Bobcat rank, he then begins earning the rank of his grade.

Cub Scouts have 12 Core Values:

  1. Citizenship: Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
  2. Compassion: Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
  3. Cooperation: Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
  4. Courage: Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
  5. Faith: Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.
  6. Health and Fitness: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
  7. Honesty: Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
  8. Perseverance: Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.
  9. Positive Attitude: Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
  10. Resourcefulness: Using human and other resources to their fullest.
  11. Respect: Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
  12. Responsibility: Fulfilling our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves.

More Cub Scout Information to Use:
  Cub Scouts - information about the cub scout program
  Bobcat Info - any grade
  Tiger Info - 1st grade
  Wolf Info - 2nd grade
  Bear Info - 3rd grade
  Webelos - 4th and 5th grade

To help make your Cub Scouts of America program the best it can be, use these pages to find good stuff:
  Monthly Cub Scout Themes
  Activities - find age-appropriate, advancement-supporting activites for Cub Scouts
  Games - den or pack games just right for 1st through 3rd graders
  Projects - fun projects for cub scouts to use to do a good turn
  Recipes - easy recipes
  Cub Scout Skits - skits that Cub Scouts love
  Songs - songs to liven up a cub scout den or pack meeting
  Stories - choose stories that cub scouts will enjoy and understand
  Awards - see what awards are available to all cub scouts
  Cub Scout Academics & Sports - extra recognition opportunities
  Pinewood Derby - advice for the big race

 Feb 13, 2012 - Devonte Berry
You people are really cool because you take kids and take them to the woods allover the world so all I what to say is thank and god bless you

Feb 15, 2012 - Helena Elliott
Hi, helping my daughter do her cubs global challenge badge in the UK.
Do the cubs in the USA have a promise they must learn to be invested into cubs?
Feb 15, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Helena - The first rank earned is Bobcat and the scout needs to learn the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack.
See the Bobcat link at top of page.
Feb 22, 2012 - Angel Emory
I would like to thank all the people who make scouting possible. My son is 11yrs old and is a first year Webelo. His first meeting was in Nov.2011 and he has came along way in a short time the den is helping him come out of his shell. We have made wonderful lifelong friends. I ask myself why did Iwait so long to get my son envolved with BSA I guess better late than never  
Feb 29, 2012 - Renee
If my 10 year old has never been in cub scouts of any kind and is wanting to join do I wait the 6 months and put him in boy scouts or start him in cub scouts? What is the oldest they can be in cub scouts?
Feb 29, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Renee - on the official BSA application, it states a boy can be up to 11.5 years old and still be a Webelos scout, which is the oldest Cub Scout program.  
If he is 10, then he needs to finish 5th grade or turn 11 before joining a Boy Scout troop.  So, he'd actually need to just wait 3 months, I expect.
May 30, 2012 - Kevin Derocher
How do the electives count towards the Bear Arrow Points?  If a scout does Elective #1 Space, and completes a-f, would that count as 1 elective or 6?


May 30, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Kevin - please see the individual Wolf and Bear pages for descriptions of how the arrow point requirements work.  In your case, that would be 6 requirements completed.
May 31, 2012 - Bart Allen
My oldest son turned 6 on March 9th and is just completing Kindergarten.  Is it possibleto enroll him as a Cub Scout at this time?  I'd like for him to get started this summer before he has to deal with the homework assignments of first grade.  Or is it advisable to wait one more year when he has a little more maturity and better focus?
May 31, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Bart - the Tiger Cub program is intended for boys your son's age.  As he gets older, the program changes to be appropriate to his age.  As soon as he finishes kindergarten, he can join.  You might contact a couple Packs in your town and check out how things are run so you can pick the one you feel will be the best fit for your son and yourself.
Some packs do little over the summer, but others have very active summer programs.
Jun 14, 2012 - Bruce Winfrey
I am an eagle scout. My son will be 3 in October. I would like to get involved in helping any local cub scouts so that he can be there with and watch how the older boys do. I would also like to help with activities. I don't know of anyone locally that is still involved or even if there is a group of Cub Scouts here any more. I am located in the Quapaw Area Council and would like to know who I need to contact about getting involved.
Jun 24, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Bruce - go to and click the "Find a Pack" link.  Contact your local council about becoming a volunteer.
Jul 12, 2012 - Palmer
It was mentioned earlier about a boy could not join Boy Scouts until he was 11.  First I thought it was 10.5 yrs they could join.  I have a scout that is interested in joining.  He turns 6 in Oct and is going into Kindergarten.  I ran the numbers and if it is 10.5 he would be able to join a Boy Scout Troop in April after his birthday.  Am I tracking properly?

Bobcat/Tiger 6
Wolf 7
Bear 8
Web 1 9
Web 2 10
Boy scouts 10.5 in April

Finally what about the grade issue.  My son turned 6 in May but start Kindergarten in the fall.  He's still eligible correct?

Thank you for your time.

Jul 12, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Palmer - you really should review the official BSA Youth Application.  There's a link to it in the How To Join section towards the top of this page.
It says - a boy can be a Scout if he has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, or is age 11, or has earned the
Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.
In your example, the Webelos could join a troop if he's earned the Arrow of Light.

For your son, the application says - Must have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade, or be age 7.
So, it sounds like he will be eligible in May when he turns seven unless he finishes kindergarten before then.  There is a Lion Cub program for kindergarten boys that you might check about in your local council to see if it's available.
Aug 28, 2012 - Carmie
Hi!  I'm trying to figure out activities I can do with Bear/Wolf/Webelos that would help them all pass off a requirement.  I know that several requirements overlap and if I did an activity with all the levels, like a field trip or something I'd want to make sure it passed of something for everyone.  Do you have some kind of list that would show these, what would you call them?? Overlaping/Similiar Requirements for all levels?  I can't be the only person who has wondered this, I figure some one some where has done a list.... hoping it's you?  Thanks SO much for your time in reading this request.
Aug 29, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Carmie - the possible combinations are infinite so I have no idea how someone could possible create such a list.  There are similar topics in each level of cub scouting - for instance "ART", "SPORTS", "NATURE" are all present in the different rank requirements.
Normally, activities involving advancement are done by separate dens, not by the entire pack.
You could easily do an outing for all dens that included requirements for belt loops and pins since those requirements are mostly the same for everyone.
Aug 29, 2012 - Carmie Ellyson
Thank You Scouter Paul!  We were just going to try and plan fieldtrips for all the levels while making sure to incorporate a requirement they all could pass off.  You have a great point with the pins & belt loops.  I guess I'll just have to sift through the books myself.  

I already took a few minutes to take a look & for example with Cooking:  You could do something like discuss food and make something outside and by doing that something will get passed off for each a Wolf/Bear/Webelo.  Also with Family:  You can make a new game with a Bean Bag Archery or Eagle Golf and discuss the rules & they can take it home & play with their family ... heck, you may even be able to do that at a Pack meeting and that will pass off a requirement in each of the levels.  I am totally new at this, but it's exciting to see all the possiblities.  

THANK YOU SO much for your help!
Sep 05, 2012 - Sherry Reel
I am a guide at a geology attraction in Texas.  We would like to offer a program where Cub Scouts earn a patch/badge that includes geology.  I have already read the requirements for the Boy Scout Geology Badge and I really need information on the Cub Scout level.  Also where could I find this information.  Sherry Reel
Sep 07, 2012 - Michael Dyer
Hi Sherry,

The Geology Belt Loop and Academic Pin can be found at

That is terrific that you want to tailor part of your program to the Cub Scouts.
Sep 12, 2012 - Lori Boshaw
I just want to say Thank you. I started using this site when my youngest went into Cub Scouts as a Tiger. I became the Tiger leader and stumbled on to this site when looking for help. My son is in his second year of Boy Scouts (First Class) and I still use this site even as the Committee Chair for our Troop.
Thank You for the time you put into the site and all the wonderful ideas and information! Yours in Scouting LORI
Sep 12, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Lori - Thanks!  I'm glad you've found it to be helpful along your scouting trail.
Sep 21, 2012 - Bridget
My son is 6 years old and joined the tiger cubs. I am not stable financially and he needs a uniform from top to bottom. I live in New Jersey near Perth Amboy and would like to know if there is a second hand shop around that sells the uniform used or if anyone knows someone that is giving away a uniform or even parts such as the hat(orange/blue), shirt (blue), neckerchief (orange/blue)and slider (gold/orange).
Sep 21, 2012 - Grey Merryman
Dear Bridet - You should talk to your Cubmaster, explain your situation and ask them for help.  There may be a uniform closet at your Pack, District or the Council that has these supplies for families that need them.  If your Cubmaster does not have answers call your local council and ask for your District Executive.  Good luck!  Your son will appreciate your efforts
Sep 21, 2012 - Rachael Daley
BRIDGIT- And other pack masters:

My little brother pack (he's in his 20's now) had a tradition. the First pack meeting of each yr we hEld a small cerimony and the boys would pass on thier slids and bandannas to the upcoming den. New Tigers would get the bandannas of the boys moving up to Wolves, Wolves to Bears ect. It saved on costs for parents and helped to reenfources that we are all one pack and that we need to pass on what we have learned and help the next generation. The pack would always buy the fill in amount as needed. it also helped to take some of the pressure off parents.

just an idea!

It is one i hope to impliment in our New Pack!
Sep 22, 2012 - Bridget
To Grey Merryman

Thanks very much for your info. I called the council and they were very helpful and successful in helping me. They had some donations at their location and I was able to receive a shirt and cap for my son. This saved me alot that I didn't have, so all I had to get were the neckerchief and slider. Again thanks and thank you all for reading.
Sep 29, 2012 - Boyd K Vanhorn
The Scouting program is so much more that just a great idea that the founders had.  It is of devine inspiration.  I believe that Scouting is life changing for all involved, boys and adults alike.
Sep 29, 2012 - Troy
Thank you for all the wonderful information you've posted on this site. Passing what I read on to our committee.
Oct 09, 2012 - Jackie McCarver
Is there a 'pre-cub scout' area for ages 4-6? My grandson needs the friendship, teaching, involvement and spiritual connection dispensed with this wonderful organization.
Oct 10, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Jackie - Tiger Cubs for first graders is the only nationally available BSA program, but Lion Cubs may be available in your local BSA council for kindergarten boys.  You can contact your local council through
Oct 11, 2012 - Kris Bass
We are a fairly new Pack (1 year now) in Dresden, Germany. We have no military or government affiliation so our membership is small.  We only have 1 or 2 boys at each level and are challenged with den activities.  If anyone has ideas or links that could help us out, I'd greatly appreciate it. So far, we only meet as a Pack twice a month with no den meetings so far (we usually break out into dens for a portion of the meetings).  We are spread out over the city and it is challenging to get everyone together more often.  The boys love Cub Scouts and some have gone to camps, also offered here in Germany.  I'm sort of "at wit's end" trying to keep all ages interested without making it too complex for the Tigers or too boring for the Webelos.  I'm really new to this, so anything will help.
Oct 11, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Kris - Thanks for your efforts to provide scouting to the guys in Dresden.  The best solution would be to recruit more scouts - the scouts themself can ask friends to join them.  If that's not possible, maybe having the Tigers and Wolfs do outings and activities together and the Bears and Webelos group together.  Since each rank is working on its own advancement requirements, combining the guys would just be for activities.  There is also a program called Lone Scouts if you just don't have enough scouts to make dens work.
Oct 15, 2012 - Michael Bissell
Old son is a Bear Scout, and our Den leader asked for volunteers to speak at our next Den meeting about what it was like when WE were Scouts.  While going through my old stuff, I found a lot of things, including my Wolf and Bear cards.  On the front of Bear, it has a place for my name, "became a BEAR" and places for the Pack #, date, etc.  On the back is printed "GOOD WORK! Now you are a BEAR CUB SCOUT. You have come way up the trail and you are ready for more fun with your electives. Earn your Gold Arrow Point and Silver Arrow Point. Your Den Mother will show you how. Do your share with the other Cub Scouts in your den. Help at home. Try to live up to your Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack. When you grow to be 10 years old, you can become a LION CUB SCOUT".  It's been a long time (it's dated 1980), and I don't see anything nowadays regarding a Lion Scout.  Out of curiosity, when did that disappear from the badge list? Is what used to be Lion now called Webelos 1?
Oct 25, 2012 - dchenry
This year we had a number of boys participate in a local 5K race that raises money for their local elementary schools.  We would like to recognize them with a patch or certificate at a Pack Meeting.  Has anyone done anything similar?  I've been searching around on ScoutStuff and haven't come up with anything really relevant yet.  Before designing our own cert, was just curious what might already be out there for this kind of recognition.  thanks!!!
Oct 25, 2012 - Scouter Paul
dchenry - There are some generic patches on that could work.  Race To the Finish, Good Citizen, Community Service are possibilities.
Jan 05, 2013 - Matt
I have 7 sometimes 8 Bears in my den. And of course depending on participation,they all are in a different place in their progress towards achieving Bear. Do I Issue the Bear badge to those that have already earned it? Or do I wait until the Blue and Gold Banquet since it is their highest achievement and the rest of the den will be caught up?
Jan 05, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Matt - "Recognize scouts as soon as possible" is a good rule of thumb to use.  When a scout completes all the requirements for Bear, he should be recognized at the next den gathering with a simple congratulations, then be recognized at the next Pack meeting with his rank patch.  
There should be no "catching up" in scouts - each scout progresses at his own pace and should not be asked to wait for others.
Jan 28, 2013 - Scott Lewis
What i try and do is give then everything they earn right away... then after they make there rank they can work on there arrows in the back of the book and that gives ya alittle bit of time to work with the ones who might not have been there every week or who take alittle more time doing there books now i give recognition every week but i only do awards once a month.. so that does give the other time to catch up and do more at one time
Feb 26, 2013 - Tamara Gingrich
I am a Webelos den leader and currently do both the 1's & 2's.  I have four 2's and only one currently getting his AOL and one wihtin a few weeks will be ready.  The others are not even remotely close.  I have done all I can think of to try to get them there...their parents are not involved at all.  What advice to you give about webelos 2's that are no where close to getting their Arrow of Light?
Feb 26, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Tamara - My advice would be to not worry about it.  So what if they don't earn an award?  If, as den leader, you've provided the opportunities to earn it and they've participated at a level they chose, then everything's just fine.
Arrow of Light isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  It's not required for any future advancement or rank or joining a troop.
Jul 14, 2013 - Joanna Cox
I absolutely LOVE this page!  It has made my scouting experience so much better and easier.  Thank you for creating this!
Jul 15, 2013 - Dance64014
My son is joining scouts, tiger cub, I read he needed to begin acquiring camping supplies is there a list of what items are suggested.  I know as they progress they get more advanced and I have no clue where to begin.  I have never been camping so we have nothing really.
Jul 15, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Dance - What gear is needed for Cub Scout camping depends on where you live, when you will camp, what gear the Pack supplies, and what activities will be done.  Best thing to do is ask the Den Leader or Cubmaster.
In general, a cub scout needs:
water bottle, personal 1st aid kit, flashlight, whistle, raingear, sun protection, sleeping bag and pad, warm and cool clothes, eating utensils, toiletries.
Tents, cooking equipment, and other group gear are often provided by the Pack so you really should check with your leaders for their expectations.  
Jul 15, 2013 - Dance64014
Thank you so much, we live in kansas so we get it all in terms of weather.  There is a family camp trip coming up and I don't have a clue.  About any of it and I don't want to get stuff and it be the wrong stuff.  On the more costly stuff like a sleeping bad and pad any suggestions.  Just being a tiger cub I don't think there will be much camping in the freezing cold.
Oct 16, 2013 - Max
The Scout Trax advancement tracking page is really useful. Unfortunately it is no longer working for Bear and Wolf.
Does anyone know where I can get similar advancement tracking for these?
Jan 27, 2014 - John Mullins
Question on advancements for Cubs... does an activity have to be done specifically for the achievement?  What if the activity was done last month?  Last year?  Good enough to share about the activity to get the advancement?
Thanks for the great resources.

Jan 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@John - In Cub Scouts, it is up to "Akela" to decide if a scout has completed requirements or not.  That's the parent up through Bear Scouts.
I don't see how it helps the scout grow by rifling through the requirements looking for ways to apply something he did in the past.  With my sons, we identified the requirements and then completed them.  We did not count anything done in the past.
Feb 08, 2014 - ScouterAunt
I have an 8 year old who is currently earning his Wolf Badge. We are wondering if he can earn belt loops or does he have to earn his Wolf Badge first then earn belt loops?
Feb 09, 2014 - Matt
ScouterAunt- A Cub Scout may earn belt loops at any time. Many are earned on den or pack outings. e.g.; Roller Skating or Bowling. It is Arrow Points that Wolves and Bears can earn after achieving their Rank. The Arrow Points are earned by working on the electives in the back part of a Scouts handbook. The first 10 elective parts earn the gold Arrow Point and a Silver is awarded for each set of 10 after.
Feb 10, 2014 - ScouterAunt

Thank you!!
Mar 08, 2014 - Cubmaster Donn
Hi Fellow Scouters,
I was wondering IF anyone out there had a good voter tally program or knew of someone crafty in excel that could help us?  Our pinewood derby is in a few weeks and the boys vote on some "best of" categories like best cub spirit, best paint job, funniest design, most awesome design, most original design.  Now we do handwritten cards but counting in a task with 30 kids, so I was hoping there was an easy way to make a program that you click NEW VOTE and enter a car number under each of the five categories and it tallies the votes as to who won.  Anyone know a like program or be willing to write it in excel for us?  Thanks Cubmaster Don
Mar 19, 2014 - Maria
This is a great website for info. Thanks for having it. At our pack meeting I was surprise to hear that several of our cub scouts receive "tips" when selling popcorn and camp cards. A parent was proud to say that one of his sons has received more than 600.00 of tips which is in their child' s bank account. Is this allowed, and what is the policy regarding this. My common sense is no but  not sure.  Can someone provide the policy? Thank you
Mar 19, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Maria - Really???  I've never heard such a thing.
If a person DID give a scout extra money for a fundraising effort, it certainly should be going to the scout's unit, not to his personal bank account outside of Scouting.  That generous person is contributing to Scouting, not to Johnny.
See page nine of BSA Product Sales Guide.  
Mar 19, 2014 - Maria
Thanks, this is what I thought and although they are calling it "tips" it is just a matter of semantics, money is money. The difficult part is to approach my pack. I believe that many of the parents are accepting "tips" including possibly our cub master.
Jul 09, 2014 - Jon Peterson
I have a bunch of used golf balls as do 50 of my friends and we would like to donate them to someone who could sort, package and sell them. do any of the Cub Scout troops want to do this??? Let me know-Jon  623-236-3077
Aug 03, 2014 - Michael Maddux
I am working with a bear den now.  The options for completing the duty to God requirement says earn the religious award or do two others. App 1/2 of my new bears earned their religious knot back in the spring, apx 2 weeks before crossing over to bears.  It can't be earned again until they reach webelos, do they get to count it, or do they have to complete the other two options?
Aug 15, 2014 - Tonya
Hello,   I was wondering if you might know how to start up a kindergarten lions den? I have seen that some charters have them. Do I need approval from council? Or can we just start one if we have enough interest within our pack. We did our super scout sign up today and I hated turning these boys away. I'm new this year to scouting so Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.
Oct 19, 2014 - Mickie Hammel
Does anyone have any suggestions as to where we can get uniform medals or patches for Cubmobile? I have searched everywhere and can only find Pinewood Derby.
Oct 21, 2014 - allison
So is it common practice now to have 5 year old kindergartners register and participate in tiger scouts?  We seem to have meetings with the scouts not listening rolling on the floor and goofing off. I don't know if this is just how scouting is, how boys are, or that some are too young (per what I thought were the guidelines) to be in the program. I can adjust and relax if this is how they get eased into scouting - it just seems like its being used to drop kids off for an hour of supervised play. I know we can try other groups, but if th8s is the norm it doesn't make sense to start over with a new group.
Oct 21, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@allison - If you take a look at the BSA Youth Application, you will see that for a boy to be a Tiger Scout, he "Must be under the age of 8, have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade, or be age 7."
So, if your Pack has kindergarten Tigers, someone is not with the program.
There is a new Scouting level for kindergarten boys, called Lion Cubs, so it's possible your Pack has a Lion den.  But, it doesn't really matter - the den leader and parents should provide direction for their den so they do not disrupt the other dens in a Pack meeting.
Every Pack does have a different personality, depending on the leaders, so you might find a more 'controlled' environment at another Pack in your community.
Dec 02, 2014 - Lisa
If a cub scout has not earned his Bobcat badge yet, can he still be awarded Belt Loops?
Dec 04, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Lisa - Yes, he can.

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