Boy Scouts of America
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Pack 472
Baxley, GA

 

 

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Baxley First United Methodist Church

 

 

Okefenokee Area Council

 

Scouting.org

 

 

 

www.usscouts.org

We are chartered by First United Methodist Church in Baxley, Georgia

We welcome all boys in the area who are interested in Cub Scouting.

We hope you enjoy this website and invite you to come and see just what scouting is all about.

The Purposes of Cub Scouting

 Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It 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 achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA's three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)

The 10 purposes of Cub Scouting are:

 

Character Development
Spiritual Growth
Good Citizenship
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Family Understanding
Respectful Relationships
Personal Achievement
Friendly Service
Fun and Adventure
Preparation for Boy Scouts

 
Membership

Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet weekly.

Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.

Advancement Plan

Recognition is important to young boys. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.

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.

Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is for all boys who join Cub Scouting.

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 simple physical and mental skills.

Bear. The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9). There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. 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.

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.

 

Camping!

Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts into the great out-of-doors. Day camping comes to the boy in neighborhoods across the country; resident camping is at least a three-day experience in which Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts camp within a developed theme of adventure and excitement. "Cub Scout Worlds" are used by many councils to carry the world of imagination into reality with actual theme structures of castles, forts, ships, etc. Cub Scout pack families enjoy camping in local council camps and other council-approved campsites. Camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.

No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos.  The Bobcat requirements include demonstrating his understanding of Scouting's core values and being able to recite the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack and Motto.  Additionally he must be able to demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, Handshake and Salute.

The Tiger cub (age 7) must learn the Cub Scout promise, Cub Scout sign and Cub Scout salute,  When he has accomplished this he will be awarded his Tger immediate recognition emblem.  This is a Tiger Paw with four strands for attaching the beads that he will earn.  The Tiger Paw goes on the right pocket.  As a boy completes each part of the achievements he will be awarded either an orange bead(Den Activities), white bead(Family Activities), black bead(go see it activities).  When the boy has earned five beads of each color he is eligible to recieve his Tiger Badge.

 The Wolf rank is for boys who have completed the first grade or who are 8 years old.  To earn the Wolf Badge a boy must pass 12 achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.  His parent or guardian approves each achievement by signing his book.  After he has earned the Wolf Badge a boy is encouraged to work on the 22 Wolf electives until he completes the second grade, or turns 9 years old. For completing 10 elective projects he earns a Gold Arrow point to wear under the Wolf Badge.  Each additional 10 electives completed earns a Silver Arrow Point.

The Bear rank is for boys who have completed the second grade or are 9 years old.  There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories and boys must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear Badge.  When the boy has earned the Bear Badge he may work on electives for credit toward Arrow Points to be worn under the Bear Badge. There are over a 100 elective projects a Cub Scout can work on aimed at kindling his interest in new hobbies as well as teaching him new skills that will be usefull in his later years.

Webelos dens are for boys who have completed third grade or are age 10.  The Webelos den program is different from the Cub Scout den program as instead of being based on a monthly theme, the Webelos program is based on one of twenty Webelos activities.  These activities are broken into five categories with four activities in each category.  In addition to earning the individual activity pins a scout can earn compass points(East, West, North and South) which can be earned after earning seven activity pins.

The pinnacle of Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award.  The requirements for this badge include developing outdoor skills, gaining an understanding of the values of scouting and preparing to become a Boy Scout.  The Arrow of Light is the only award that can be worn on a Boy Scout uniform.

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is a supplemental enrichment program that complements the existing Cub Scout program.  The academics subjects and sports activities allow boys to learn new techniques, increase scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship, and have fun.  Emphasis is on introducing a boy to a sport or academic subject, allowing him to participate in it and encouraging him to do his best.  The academics and sports program focuses on learning and skill development, not winning.  The main goal is to try something new and see if you like it.  There are only three specific requirements for each belt loop in a particular activity.  As a Cub scout completes these requirements he is encouraged to do his best to learn about the activity.  Once a scout has earned his belt loop he can stop and go on to another activity or he may decide to continue with the activity and earn an activity pin by meeting additional requirements.  Both the belt lops and pins are intended to be worn with the uniform.  These activities can be done, individually, with the family, in the den or at school.  Please use the following links to attain descriptions of each of the belt loops offered:

Academic Belt Loop / Pin Program:

http://usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/academics.asp

Sports Belt Loop / Pin Program:

http://usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/sports.asp 

 

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