Cub Scouting in LDS-sponsored units is a family-centered program designed for boys ages eight through ten. The boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight when they join the Wolf den of their ward’s Cub Scout pack. Every new Cub Scout begins by earning his Bobcat badge (no matter whether he joins at age eight, nine, or ten). During his first year, the eight-year-old meets weekly with his den and works toward completing the requirements for seven (or more) Wolf “adventures.” Each adventure has several requirements which must be completed, following which he will be awarded a specific belt loop for that adventure. The adventures, which are explained step-by-step in the Cub Scout Wolf Handbook, may be completed with the den or with the boy’s family. Six of the Wolf adventures are specifically required by the BSA, including Duty to God Footsteps, which should be completed with the family. There are also over a dozen Wolf elective adventures from which to choose the seventh adventure. When all six required adventures and one of the elective adventures are completed, the boy will earn his Wolf badge. After he earns his Wolf badge, he may continue to earn more Wolf adventure belt loops until his ninth birthday.
Each boy remains in the Wolf den until he turns nine, at which time he joins the Bear den; in some very small packs there might be a combined Wolf-Bear den. During his year in the Bear den he works with his den and with his family to achieve the Bear rank. As in the Wolf program, there are six required adventures and one elective adventure (with the accompanying belt loops) which must be completed in order to earn the Bear badge. After he earns his Bear badge, he may continue earning more Bear adventure belt loops with his den and family before his next birthday.
When he turns ten, he joins the Webelos den and works on earning adventure belt loops required for the two ranks he can earn that year. The ultimate goal of every Webelos Scout (in addition to having fun!) is to earn the Arrow of Light Award, the highest rank in Cub Scouting. Unlike Cub Scouting in the past, the Webelos badge is not a prerequisite to earning the Arrow of Light Award. In non-LDS packs, the boys are in the Webelos den between eighteen months and two years, and generally earn both rank badges. With only one year in the LDS Webelos program, some LDS Webelos dens focus all their attention on the boys’ working on the Arrow of Light requirements and electives, while other LDS Webelos dens have a goal of earning all fourteen Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements in one year. The Webelos rank requirements consist of five required adventures and two electives; the Arrow of Light badge has four required adventures and three elective adventures. An enthusiastic Webelos Scout, with an active Webelos den and a supportive family helping him, can earn all fourteen adventure belt loops in one year. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout rank badge that a boy may transfer to his Boy Scout uniform when he “crosses over” and joins the eleven-year-old Scout patrol in the ward’s Boy Scout troop.
Cub Scout Uniform
The Cub Scout uniform is blue. The uniform policy varies according to the ward’s pack uniform policy, but most packs have the minimum uniform consisting of the blue Cub Scout shirt. Many packs have the boys start wearing the tan uniform shirt when they join the Webelos den. The neckerchief is optional (depending upon the pack’s uniform policy). There are different colors of neckerchiefs based on the den to which a boy belongs: Wolf den: gold/yellow scarf; Bear den: light blue scarf; Webelos den: plaid scarf with the Webelos emblem. Hats and other uniform parts are optional, although most boys will want to have a belt on which they will place any adventure loops they might earn.
- adventure loop A recognition device given to a Tiger, Wolf, or Bear Scout for completing the requirements for an adventure. Adventure loops are designed to be worn on the Cub Scout belt.
- adventure pin A recognition device given to a Webelos Scout for completing the requirements for an adventure. Adventure pins are designed to be worn on the Webelos colors or on the front of the Webelos cap.
- blue and gold banquet A birthday dinner for Scouting held by Cub Scout packs in February to celebrate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and of Cub Scouting in 1930. May be called “blue and gold dinner.”
- Boys’ Life The magazine for all boys published by the Boy Scouts of America. To view the video about the importance of Boys’ Life magazine to an LDS Scout, click HERE.
- den A group of four to nine Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts that meets periodically, usually once a week, and is part of a Cub Scout pack.
- pack A group made up of several Cub Scout and Webelos Scout dens that conducts Cub Scouting for the chartered organization (the ward). The pack includes not only the boys in the dens but also their families and leaders.
- pack meeting A monthly meeting of all dens and pack families for games, skits, presentation of advancement awards, and other recognitions.
- pinewood derby A pack activity that involves making and racing small wooden cars on a track.
- rank The six Cub Scout ranks are Bobcat, Tiger (LDS units do not sponsor Tiger dens), Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light.
For More Information
- Watch this 6-minute Cub Scout overview video. While watching this BSA video, keep in mind that LDS packs do not have Tiger Cubs and boys join LDS packs and advance to the next den by age, not by school grade or Primary class.
- Watch this 5-minute Boys’ Life Subscription Promo for LDS Scouts and Parents. Boys’ Life magazine only costs $12 a year for 12 fantastic fun, fact- and adventure-filled issues. That’s just a dollar each–such a bargain! Boys’ Life fees are paid by the individual family of each Scout. What a great idea for a gift from Mom and Dad (or Grandma).
- For more information about Cub Scouts, please visit the Cub Scout Page at Scouting.org (or navigate to http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts.aspx)
- To view FAQs about the new Cub Scout program and how it is used by LDS packs, please visit ldsbsa.org under the Leader Resources tab.
- For more information about how you can be a supportive parent of your Cub Scout, please visit the Parents page at Scouting.org (or navigate to http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Parents.aspx)