Cub Scouts are split into age appropiate groups called Dens. Each Den, Tigers, Wolves, Bears & Webelos consists of up to 8 boys, a Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, except Tigers have a Co Leader, and a Den Chief. All leaders must pass a background check and attend and pass many different training classes. The Den Chief is a Boy Scout from a neighboring Troop that helps the Den Leaders with many aspects of running a Den.
1st Grade – Tiger Cubs
Tiger Cubs BSA gives parents an opportunity to provide their children with a safe, structured, and nurturing environment. Tiger Cubs and their adult partners have fun together while developing closer family relationships. Scouting can provide positive, enriching experiences and activities to complement a child’s formal classroom education. Scouting and education share the common goal of helping young people grow into self-reliant, dependable, and caring adults.
Tiger Cubs BSA is a simple, fun, easy-to-operate program that helps a boy and his adult partner gain a better understanding of and an appreciation for the community environment in which they live, and even the world at large.
Tiger Cubs BSA offers an opportunity for boys to enter the Scouting family at an important age. Research has shown that early involvement in values-based programs is vital to strong character development. The longer a boy stays in Scouting, the more likely he is to develop the values and skills needed to become an ethical and productive citizen.
The Tiger Cub dens are a part of the Pack. Tiger Cub dens meet twice a month as a den, plus once a month for a “Go See It” activity, and they attend all pack meetings. There are Tiger Cub resource books and program helps available for the Tiger Cub Den Leaders, and a Tiger Cub Handbook for each Tiger Cub. Tiger Cubs BSA introduces boys and their adult partners to the excitement of Cub Scouting as they “Search, Discover, and Share” together.
The Tiger Cub program is designed for First Grade boys and the ideas are geared to their level. They are also arranged to help the boy and his adult partner interact together in a positive way.
2nd Grade – Wolves
3rd Grade – Bears
4th & 5th Grade – Webelos I/II
Webelos is a 20 month program for 4th and 5th grade boys. This is a transition period for the boys, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Webelos stands for WE BE LOyal Scouts.
During this 20 month program the boys will take more of a leadership role in their activites. They have 20 activity badges to work on to achieve their Webelos Badge as well as the Arrow of Light.
The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouts and is the only Cub Scout level award or badge that can be worn proudly on their Boy Scout Uniform.
The Webelos have the opportunity to attend the annual Weboree. During this overnight camp out even, the scouts are able to complete numerous activity badges. They also have the opportunity to build in advance and then compete in the Wacky Racer competition. This is usually the first overnight camp out event the Cub Scout level is involved in, other than the annual Scout Expo.
The overall Cub Scouting program is family-centered, adult-run, and offers very little camping or outdoor activities. Camping is not available unless the Cub in in the Webelows program. Scout Expo offers the only other opportunity for Cubs to camp at the event with their family.
As of 12/31/09, Cub Scout youth membership included 232,075 Tiger Cubs, 769,777 Cub Scouts, and 633,099 Webelos Scouts, for a total of 1,634,951, a one-year loss of 3.1%. There are 49,037 packs, with an average size of 33 youth members. And there are 465,106 adult Cub Scout leaders.