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(Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania)
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The Mission of Scouting

The structure of Cub Scouting is designed to promote the following goals for boys ages 6-11:

  1. Character development
  2. Spiritual growth
  3. Good citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship and fitness
  5. Family understanding
  6. Respectful relationships
  7. Personal achievement
  8. Friendly service
  9. Fun and adventure
  10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

In fulfillment of the aims and mission of Scouting, Cub Scouting uses the following eight methods:

  1. Ideals (Motto, Promise, Law)
  2. Den
  3. Advancement
  4. Family involvement
  5. Activities
  6. Home and neighborhood centered
  7. Uniform
  8. Character Connections
Ideals of Cub Scouts
The ideals are exemplified in three ways: the Cub Scout Motto, Promise and Law, which all Scouts learn and are expected to follow both in scouting and in the rest of their life.
Cub Scout Motto: "Do your best."

Cub Scout Promise:
"I, _____, promise
To do my best
To do my duty to God
And my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack."
Law of the Pack:
"The Cub Scout follows Akela [adult leader].
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
the Cub Scout gives goodwill."
Cub Scout Dens
The pack is organized into dens according to grade level. Boys in first grade are Tigers, boys in second grade are Wolves, boys in third grade are Bears, boys in fourth grade are Webelos, and boys in fifth grade are Arrows of Light.

Each den has its own series of age-appropriate requirements that each scout needs to complete over the course of the school year in order to advance to the next rank. Dens typically have anywhere from 4-8 boys, and are led by parent volunteers who serve as "Den Leader" and "Assistant Den Leader". Both moms and dads are encouraged to actively volunteer as Den and Pack Leaders.

When a boy joins the Cub Scouts, he will receive a guidebook for his Den level, detailing the requirements that he needs to work on for the year. It is expected that parents will be partners with their sons in this process.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making Character Connections
Throughout the program, leaders learn to identify and use character lesson in activities so boys can learn to know, commit, and practice the 12 core values of Cub Scouting. Character Connections are included in all the methods of Cub Scouting and are the program themes for monthly pack meetings.