Cub Scouting is fun! But it is fun with a purpose. Woven through all the fun is an inspired program that really works. Tried and proven methods are used that transfer traditional values, build character, and develop leadership skills -- all in the context of fun and family togetherness."
What is Cub Scouting?In short, Cub Scouting is a family-centered program for boys in the 1st through 5th grade, designed to instill strong moral values; build character, fitness, and confidence; and develop citizenship and leadership skills ... all within the framework of fun activities.
Cub Scouting is boys and their families working together in a quality time-tested program. Cub Scouting offers opportunities to develop new interests and skills, participate in sports and competitive activities, fulfill a boys desire for adventure through an active outdoor program, and gain confidence, self respect and a sense of belonging. Cub Scouting offers a well-defined advancement plan designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy in a natural way and teaches them to “do their best”.
Cub Scouting is also a neighborhood-centered program supported and enabled by community partners, Cub Scouting is designed to strengthen family ties and to improve the life of their community by enriching the lives of the people who live there. Cub Scouting provides opportunities for boys to reach out into their communities and “help others” as they take part in service projects and other community-related activities.
Cub Scouting teaches “duty to God and Country”. Scouting has always been known for service to others, a foundation of good citizenship. Patriotism also plays a significant role in preparing our nation’s youth to become useful and participating citizens. The Boy Scouts of America believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without also recognizing an obligation to God, and encourages both youth and adult leaders to be faithful in their religious duties.
Cub Scouting provides positive role models to guide boys in making ethical choices and developing strong values. As leaders have both the responsibility and the opportunity to positively influence a boy’s development and to help families better understand their sons by providing a quality fun-filled program.
A Little HistoryThe world of Scouting was conceived and developed by one man, Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, in England in the early years of the 20th century. He tested his ideas out on twenty boys in a camping experiment at Brownsea Island in 1907. The next year, he published his book “Scouting for Boys”. That book set in motion a movement, which quickly spread around the world and continues to this day.
Chicago businessman and publisher, William D. Boyce, after a trip to England brought scouting to the United States in 1909. As the story goes, he was lost in a London fog when a boy appeared and offered to take him to his destination. When Mr. Boyce tried to tip him for his kindness, the boy stopped Mr. Boyce by courteously explaining that he was a Scout and could not accept payment for a good turn. Intrigued, Mr. Boyce questioned the Scout, who took him to Baden-Powell’s office, and then disappeared into the fog. The “unknown Scout” was never heard from again, but he will never be forgotten. At the Scout Training Center at Gilwell Park, England a statue of a buffalo was erected in honor of this “unknown Scout”. His good turn is what brought Scouting to our country. On February 8, 1910 Mr. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America, which is why we celebrate Scouting’s birthday with Blue and Gold Banquets every February.
By the 1920’s, millions of Cub Scout-aged boys and their families were clamoring for a program of their own. After a few years of demonstration projects, Cub Scouting was formally launched in 1930. In 1982 the Tiger Cub program was added based on shared leadership of boy-adult teams.
The Scouting program is updated periodically to keep pace with a changing world. It isn’t the same as it was on Brownsea Island in 1907, but the ideals of Scouting remain the same. Its ideals are still based on the principles Baden-Powell had been taught as a boy. Scouting continues to be sensitive to the needs of young people everywhere.
Aims of ScoutingThere are three broad objectives of the Boy Scouts of America, which are contained in their charter issued by the U. S. Congress in June 1916: ·to build desirable qualities of character ·to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship ·to develop personal fitness
These “Aims” are progressively applied, woven into all Scouting programs (Tigers, Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring) with the goal of teaching boys important human values that will help and guide them the rest of their lives.
Purposes of Cub ScoutingThe Cub Scout program is designed for parents, leaders, and organizations to work together to achieve the following: ·Influence the development of character and encourage spiritual growth. ·Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship. ·Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body. ·Improve understanding within the family. ·Strengthen the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people. ·Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills. ·Show how to be helpful and do one’s best. ·Provide fun and exciting new things to do. ·Prepare a boy to be a Boy Scout.