Welcome to Cub Scouting, the Simon Kenton Council, and Pack 365 in Worthington, OH! You and your son are in for an exciting adventure. This brief guide to Cub Scouting is intended to be your introduction to the Scouting experience. It is intended to provide you with basic information you need to give you and your son a great start in Scouting.
We hope you and your son will enjoy a long relationship in the Scouting family. Our best advice to you is to get involved with your son in as many aspects of Scouting as you can. He needs you very much at this point in his life and you will enjoy the experience of Cub Scouting along with him. Whether you volunteer to be a leader, or help in another fashion, or simply work with your son at home, you ARE a key to his Scouting experience.
The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts Membership
BASIC TERMS YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW
- Cub Scout: A boy in grades 1-5 that belongs to a pack or den.
- Akela: Akela means “good leader.” To a Cub Scout, Akela may be a parent, a teacher, a religious leader, a Cub Scout leader, or another guide. A Cub Scout should choose a good leader to follow.
- Pack: The whole group of boys, oftentimes all Cub Scouts in a community. This could be sponsored by a school, church, or other group and usually involves all boys in grades 1-5. The Pack meets once per month as a group with their families. This is where awards earned by the Scouts are presented, so the entire family is invited.
- Den:A group of 6-10 boys of the same grade. Dens usually meet weekly or bi-weekly, except for the week of the pack meeting, and work on badges, crafts, etc.
- Den Leader: The primary leader of your son’s den. Program ideas are easily available from other Pack Leaders, District Roundtables, or the Boy Scouts of America to make this the best “job” in Scouting. Den meetings are usually set for the convenience of the den leader and the boys/parents. Other parent participation is necessary for Den meetings to occur. Enjoy your turn!
- Cubmaster: The Cubmaster leads the pack and the pack meetings. He or she is a primary source of information for the group and will be able to answer most of your questions.
- Simon Kenton Council: You and your son are joining a specific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Simon Kenton Council. A council is a geographic area, divided into districts that provide services to local packs. The SKC stretches from Central Ohio down to the Ohio River.
- Buckeye District: A district is a sub-division of the council and helps deliver service to packs. You will find several district volunteers working with your pack’s leadership as well as a full-time District Executive, who is a full-time professional Scouter.
Your son’s grade in school will determine which group he joins within your pack.
Bobcat Badge – All Scouts, regardless of when they join, earn their Bobcat badge before any other rank.
First Grade Boys: Become Tiger Cubs. They earn their Bobcat Badge first, then earn their Tiger Badge.
Second Grade Boys: Become Wolf Cubs. They start with the Bobcat Badge and then work on the Wolf.
Third Grade Boys: Become Bear Cubs. They start with the Bobcat Badge and then work on their Bear Badge.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Boys: Become Webelos Scouts. Webelos Scouts work on their Webelos Badge and then the Arrow of Light. Webelos stands for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. It is a transition program between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. If they are joining for the first time, they will earn the Bobcat Badge as well.
All boys join with their current grade, there is no need for a Scout to “work his way up”.
FUN SCOUTING EVENTS
A family project in which each family member builds a race car made from a block of wood. Cars race at the den, pack, sibling and Akela level. Look forward to it!
Scouting for Food
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Council participate in a canned food drive in the fall to benefit local food pantries.
The Pack holds at least two overnight campouts every year, with additional nights hosted by the Webelos Dens. We typically camp at BSA facilities and State Parks around Central and Southern Ohio. Games, great camp food, hiking, fishing, sports, campfire songs and skits – it’s guaranteed fun, rain or shine!
Blue and Gold Banquet
It’s a celebration for the birth of Cub Scouting and the Cross-Over for the Webelos II Scouts from Webelos to Boy Scouts.
Community Service Projects
Our Pack is dedicated to the principle that Scouts should do a Good Turn for their community and their world. We participate in cleaning up our school grounds every year with our Chartered Organization, the Worthington Estates PTA. The Scouts also host an annual Earth Day Park Clean-up, a meals-and-games day at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, assist in the Memorial Day flag placement at Walnut Grove Cemetery, and more.
This exciting summer activity includes crafts, games, nature, sports, songs and skits. It is inspected locally to meet 68 national standards for safety set by the Boy Scouts of America. These camps run three to five days during the summer in different locations. Watch for further information.
Religious Award Program
This program is designed to recognize Cub Scouts who demonstrate faith, observe the creeds or principles of faith and give service as listed in the booklet for their faith. Cubs Scouts work with their own religious leaders and receive the award from their own religious group
Boy’s Life Magazine
Is an official publication of the Boy Scouts of America and is written in three demographic versions. Your son will receive a copy written at the Cub Scout level or Tiger Cub level. Interesting features include Scouting topics, sports, hobbies, magic, science and U.S. history. There are also jokes, comic and short stories.
Cub Scout Pack Organization Chart