Starting in 2018, the Cub Scouts program is open to boys and girls. Pack 131 is a coed, family pack, with Dens for both boys and girls. Boys and girls will each be in their own Dens, however we will do activities and meetings as a Pack. Pack 131 was an early adopter of the new coed program and is happy to provide a great Scouting experience for the whole family!
Cub Scouting means "doing." You have lots to do as a Cub Scout — crafts, games, sports, songs, stories, and puzzles, to name a few things. Much of the fun happens right in the Den and Pack. The Den usually meets twice a month, and the Pack meets once a month during the school year. At Den meetings and Pack meetings, Cub Scouts do different activities for fun and learning.
Cub Scouts also attend awesome events like the annual blue and gold banquet, contests and derbies such as the pinewood derby, and outings like sporting events and shows. We go on field trips to learn about interesting places. We go camping and have other kinds of outdoor adventures. We take part in community events like parades. We also do community service projects. Cub Scouts do all sorts of exciting stuff! Whatever it is that you enjoy, you'll have a chance to do it in Cub Scouting.
While you're having fun, you'll also be earning badges and awards. You'll work on projects with your parents or other adults in your family, and all of you will feel good about the things you accomplish. Lion Cubs earn stickers for their Adventures. Lions earn sticker badges. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears earn belt loops. Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts earn pins. Once you have completed your Adventures you'll earn the badge for your rank. When you have earned your rank, you and an adult member of your family take part in a ceremony. The badge is given to the adult, and he or she then gives it to you in front of the whole Pack. This is a way of saying "thank you" to your family for their help in earning your award.
The most popular awards for Cub Scouts are the advancement awards. Scouts do requirements to advance and earn their badges of rank: Bobcat, Lion Cub, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. Through a number of required and elective Adventures, Cub Scouts get to learn about favorite subjects such as outdoor skills, health and fitness, duty to God, teamwork and cooperation, art, math, science, music, citizenship, and more. No matter a Scout's interest, there are activities to learn more about it, or try something new! All you have to do is Do Your Best!
There is a reason for everything Scouts do in Cub Scouting. Apart from the fun and excitement, the aim of Cub Scouting is to help boys and girls grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose.