What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose
. The program is for boys in the 1st through 5th grades (ages 6 to 11). The boys are grouped with other boys of the same age/grade in dens
. Each group work towards earning their rank every year by completing a number of achievements
. These achievements serve to broaden a boy's experience by completing certain physical or mental skills, conduct character building exercises, or strengthen family bonds by doing fun activities with his family. In addition, Cub Scouts perform service projects for their community which serves to get the boys to be good citizens that will care for their neighbors and their environment.
What are these Cub Scouting Core Values you mention in your mission statement?
These are the characteristics that we try to instill in Scouts: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.
In addition, we always strive to get the boys to live up to the Cub Scout Motto: Do Your Best!
What's the difference between Dens and Pack?
Dens are a group of boys of the same age or grade that meet regularly to work towards their rank, go to an outing together, or just plain have fun (with a purpose)! Dens usually consist of no more than 8 to 10 boys, and are headed up by two volunteer leaders, usually adult family members of the boys in the den. The parents and leaders agree on a meeting place and times.
The Pack is collectively all the dens under the same organization. The Pack meets once a month. All Scouts should attend. The Pack meeting is a way to share news, perform skits/songs, receive awards earned since the last Pack meeting, and have fun with the entire family. Cub Scouting is about families, so family members are always welcome to Pack events.
What else is there to do in Scouting?
Scouting is more than just attending meetings. Most of our Pack meetings is coupled with some other Pack activity, like our Bike Olympics and Chili Cookoff in December, or Pinewood Derby in March. In addition, the Pack performs several service projects for the community every year, including caroling at a local assisted-living facility. We also do family camping three times a year.
The local Scouting District and Council holds events for Scouts as well, including Day Camps, Scoutorama, Scout Nights at professional sporting events, Wet-and-Wild day, and more!
What school do your Scouts attend?
We mainly recruit from Benchmark Elementary and Whispering Wind Academy, but you do not have to attend these schools to join our Pack! We have boys from many different schools, including home schooled kids. We've had Scouts that transferred over from another Pack for different reasons and have found a home with us.
What are the Cub Scout ranks?
|Bobcat. The Bobcat rank must be earned first by all boys new to Cub Scouts, no matter what his age. The rank is earned by learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, the Handshake, Salute, Sign, Motto and the meaning of "Webelos." The Bobcat requirements encapsulate what being a Cub Scout is all about, and serves to show that a boy is committed to do their best in participating in the Scouting program.
|Tiger Cub. The Tiger Cub program is for first-grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade. Achievements are rewarded by earning a Belt Totem, with beads for completing Family and Den activties and Field Trips.
|Wolf. The Wolf program is for boys who have completed first grade (or are age 8). To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements involving physical and mental skills. Along with, or after earning his Wolf Badge, a boy may work on 23 Electives that lead to Arrow Points. The Achievements teach life skills, such as keeping fit, learning about the American Flag, learning about your community, and learning how to use tools. The Electives let the Scout expand on the knowledge he gained from working on the Wolf Achievements. For every ten Electives a Scout completes, he recieves a Gold or Silver Arrow Point.
|Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories - God, Country, Family and Self. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank. Along with, or after earning his Bear Badge, a boy may work on 25 Electives that again lead to Arrow Points id different areas of interest.
|Webelos. This program is for boys who have completed third grade (or are age 10). A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Handbook, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award. (the round Webelos badge is for the tan uniform shirt only.)
||Arrow of Light. This is the highest achievement a Cub Scout can earn. This award is awarded in the second year of being a Webelos Scout after completing a rigorous set of requirements. The Arrow of Light award is the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. As an adult leader, he is entitled to wear a special square knot insignia to indicate he is an Arrow of Light recipient. Pack 416 prides itself in having almost all their graduating Webelos earn the Arrow of Light.
How does my son advance from year to year in Cub Scouting?
Each year of Cub Scouting has a set of Advancements that must
be completed in order to earn the appropriate badge for that year. For
example, when your son is in the Bear Den, there are 12 achievements
that he must complete through the year in order to earn his Bear badge.
Most achievements are worked on in Den meetings, however some are
expected to be completed at home.
What if my son does not complete all of the achievements for a year?
If your son fails to complete the required achievements for a
year, he may still crossover into the next year of Cub Scouting, however
he will not receive his badge at Graduation.
Who are the leaders in Cub Scouts?
The leaders of all Cub Scout Packs are
volunteers (usually parents of Cub Scouts). All leaders are required to be trained. Volunteering is a large part of Cub Scouting. All
parents of Cub Scouts are encouraged to volunteer in some fashion, as we
all have skills that can contribute to the health of the Pack.
The Pack is run by a volunteer committee, usually made of adult family members of the boys in the Pack. The committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month to plan for Pack meetings and activities and takes care of the "business" items necessary for a quality Pack program. Parents are encouraged to attend the meetings to lend their voices and ideas.
What are the responsibilities of a parent?
-Provide help and support for the den and pack
-Work with your scout on advancement projects and activities
-Attend pack meetings with your scout and support him when he receives his awards.
-Attend and assist with den outings
-Attend Cub Scout family campouts with your scout
-Help with Pack fundraising efforts
-Hopefully, eventually volunteer to be a leader/parent helper
How is the Pack funded?
The Pack is funded solely through Pack fundraising efforts.
Where do we get uniforms and other Scouting items?
Uniforms and handbooks can be purchased new at any Scout Shop. Class B uniform T-shirts can be bought directly from the Pack.
We recognize that families have different abilities to fund their participation in Scouting. Therefore, we don't require that you purchase the complete Cub Scout or Leader uniform. The Pack frequently has donated items. In addition, sources such as Goodwill and eBay are good way to acquire "gently used" items for low cost.
The Phoenix Scout Shop is located at Grand Canyon Council Headquarters by I-51 and Thomas Road. Do not hesitate to ask the staff for help! They are very knowlegeable and more than happy to help.
2969 N. Greenfield Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6615
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM