Why Join Scouting?
Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped younger boys appreciate the outdoors, learn how to work with others, make new friends and so much more. Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to make Cub Scouting a prosperous program. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA’s three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.) Scouting reinforces the skills and values we want our sons to learn while they’re having fun.
Scouting is designed to promote socially acceptable behavior while arming our young men with the skills and knowledge they need to make wise decisions. Scouts, families and communities are helped through education provided by Scouting on:
- Fighting child abuse and substance abuse
- Environmental stewardship
- Physical and mental health
- Setting and achieving goals
- Helping others in need
- Career preparation and education
Scouting teaches our young men the skills that help prepare them for a lifetime of ethical leadership. Among Scouting alumni are:
- Almost 90% of all Senior Class and Student Council Presidents
- More than two-thirds of all Rhodes Scholars
- More than two-thirds of military academy graduates
Research conducted by Louis Harris & Associates showed that when a random sample of Scouts was asked what Scouting had taught them, almost nine out of ten responded with the following:
- Take better care of the environment (89%)
- Get along with others (88%)
- Always give your best effort (87%)
- Have confidence in yourself (87%)
- Set goals for yourself (87%)
- Care for other people (86%)
- Treat other people with respect (86%)
In addition, Scouts were found to be more likely to:
- Assume leadership roles in clubs and school organizations
- Put the needs of others before themselves
- Make the most ethical, not necessarily easiest, decisions
- Value education and the environment
Scouting is Fun!
Cub Scouts participate in both pack-wide activities as well as numerous den-level activities. Typical pack activities during the year have included exploring a cave, overnight camping, pinewood derby.