Congratulations! Welcome to the challenges, opportunities, joys, and satisfactions that will be yours as a Cub Scout, Cub Scout Parent or Cub Scout leader. By making the commitment to join, you have joined the ranks of more than 53,000 packs around the country who are giving time, ability ,enthusiasm, and energy to build a better future for our nation. As you work through the Cub Scout trail, you help enrich the lives of your boys and make a difference in the kind of men they will become. An exciting and rewarding experience lies ahead of you.
Cub Scouting is home and neighborhood centered. It is designed to support family life and meet boys’ growth needs, such as:
- To learn new physical skills: He can do this through games, sports and crafts. As he develops his coordination, he gains a sense of worthiness and acceptance by his peers.
- To learn to get along with boys of his same age: He needs to form friendships with other boys. He needs to learn how to balance giving and receiving affection if he is to relate well to his peers. He needs to belong to a group of boys his own age.
- To develop his mental processes: He can develop his mental process by reading, writing, and calculating. He needs opportunities to use language to express ideas and to influence others. He must move from a preoccupation with self to understanding how and what others think of him. Opportunities for observation and experimentation will help him learn self-reliance.
- To develop a conscience: He must begin to develop a sense of what is right and wrong and what is fair and unfair. He will do this by cooperating with other boys, by being taught, by examples of adults, and from positive reinforcement. He begins to develop democratic social attitudes.
- To develop personal independence: He needs to be less dependent on adults. His same-age buddies become important to him.
These are the developmental tasks a boy of this age needs to begin working on. He needs to belong to a group of boys his own age. This is exactly where Cub Scouting comes in. A den is like a neighborhood group of six or eight boys in which he will achieve status and recognition.
As you learn more about how Cub Scouting works and what goes on in a den and a pack, you will see that the program helps your boys in these five important developmental needs. The uniqueness of Cub Scouting is that you,as his family, join the program with your boy. You will help him all along the way.