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(Lino Lakes, Minnesota)
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What Can I Expect in Cub Scouts?

                THE DEN              

A Cub Scout Pack is divided into small groups of about 6-8 boys called Dens, who meet at least 2 times a month under the direction of adult Den Leaders.  Dens are organized by rank. Ranks are organized by grade:

    • Lion Cub Dens (Kindergarten)
    • Tiger Cub Dens (1st grade)
    • Wolf Dens (2nd grade)
    • Bear Dens (3rd grade) 
    • Webelos Dens (4th/5th grades)

The Den allows boys to get to know each other better and engage in activities that would be difficult in a larger group.  Den meeting activities are planned around the advancement requirements and include games, crafts, outdoor fun, practicing skits and stunts in preparation for the next Pack Meeting, taking part in simple ceremonies and songs, and working on monthly core values.  Some of the work may be accomplished by the boys with their parents outside of the Den Meeting.  The Den Leaders may ask for special help from parents (helping with a meeting, sharing a special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys).  The Lion and Tiger programs are run through shared leadership of the adult partners.


                              THE PACK

The Pack is a group made up of several Dens. The Pack includes not only the boys in those Dens, but also their families, and their leaders. The Packs meets once a month with Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members attending. The Pack meeting is the climax of the month's Den Meetings and activities. It gives the Dens something to look forward to and work toward. This is a chance to recognize the boys, their parents, and their leaders.

In addition to its regular meetings, the Pack sponsors certain special projects. These include community projects, outdoor activities, fund raising activities, and fun competitions (e.g., Pinewood car Derby).

Pack 136 also has a "Scout Fun Day" (usually on a Saturday) which is an entirely optional day just to get together with their fellow scouts to have a good time.

The Cubmaster is an adult volunteer who serves as master of ceremonies at Pack Meetings.  Pack leadership positions may be held by men or women.

The Pack Committee is a group of adult volunteers who plan the Pack program and manage things such as record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The Pack Committee meets monthly and meetings are open to any interested parent.

The Cub Scout Program has two basic features:

Rank Advancement                                      Academics and Sports Program


Rank Advancement
Bobcat, the first badge all Cub Scouts earn, regardless of age.  To earn the Bobcat badge, a Cub Scout must learn the Cub Scout motto, promise, handshake, salute, and sign. This is typically a very short held rank before moving on to the advancement specific to their age level.

Lion Cubs 
a new Cub Scout program for boys in Kindergarten and their adult partners--with each taking a turn planning and hosting Den gatherings. The program is focused on parent cooperation and and covers a variety of topics which are outlined in literature specifically designed for the younger age group.  Each month’s curriculum includes Family/Den Activities, At-Home Activities and Grand Adventures.

Lion Cub activities and Grand Adventures are built around a monthly topic.  The Lion Cub Adventure Guide contains idea pages for the Lion Cub and his adult partner to do at home and with the Den in order to build a deeper understanding of each topic.  Lion Cubs love to be recognized like Cub Scouts and as the boys complete their activities, they receive beads to add to an instant recognition totem which can be worn on his right pocket or a belt.

Tiger Cubs 
are first graders and an adult family member. Tiger Cubs members take turns planning and hosting Den gatherings and selecting projects from a broad range of suggested activities. You and your son will learn together throughout the year while fostering friendships with the other families.

Tigers must first earn his Tiger Cub emblem, which is a tiger paw with four strings for beads.  He wears this emblem on his right pocket.  As a boy finishes each part of the five Tiger Cub achievements, he earns an orange bead (for den activities), a white bead (for family activities), or a black bead (for "Go See Its").  When the boy has earned five beads of each color, he can receive his Tiger Cub badge.

Wolves is the program for boys who are in second grade.  To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must complete twelve achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.  Most, if not all, will be presented in Den meetings and any achievements missed will need to be worked on a home before the badge can be earned.

To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements.  His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book.  After he has earned the Wolf badge, a Wolf Scout can work on the 23 Wolf electives until he finishes second grade.  He can choose from more than 100 elective projects that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years.  When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Wolf bade.  For each 10 elective projects after that, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.

The Bears program is for boys in third grade. Bears get a little more in-depth and there are twenty-four Bear achievements in four different categories.  The Cub Scout must complete twelve of these to earn the Bear badge.  These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than previous ranks. When a boy has earned his Bear badge, he may work on electives to earn Arrow Points to wear under his Bear badge.

Webelos is a two-year process for fourth and fifth grade boys as they transition from a Cub Scout Pack to a Boy Scout Troop.  As they complete the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, they will work on activity badges and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements - all leading to the final Cub Scout honor, the Arrow of Light.

The Webelos program is different from the Cub Scout program in that everything the Webelos work on is more difficult than what the younger boys in the Pack do.  Webelos Scouts get to work on 20 different Webelos activity badges.  Webelos may practice skills and complete project at home.  When a boy has done the requirements for an activity badge (some are required, some are optional), the Den Leader must approve it rather than a parent.  After a Webelos Scout earns seven activity badges, he can earn the compass points emblem.  For each four activity badges earned after that, he receives a compass point.

The two years of Webelos are filled with activities and outdoor fun.  They take part in Cub Scout Pack Meetings, events, and outings, but they also get to make their own plans and enjoy many activities that the younger Cub Scouts don't get to do.


Academic and Sports Program

This is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the Cub Scout rank advancement program.  The Academic subjects and Sports activities allow boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship - and have fun!  Boys participating in the program will be recognized for enjoying teamwork, developing physical fitness, and discovering and building new talents.  The Academic and Sports program encourages a boy to do his best.  Belt loops and pins are awarded to boys who complete the requirements.

Link to the Council's website for program options and requirements

Click here to download a Youth Application for Cub Scouts, or contact
Chris Koenig at (651) 464-2834 or for a hard copy. 

Upon completion, turn into the Lino Lakes Elementary Office,
Attention: Cub Scouts