In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America launched a home- and neighborhood-based program for boys up to age eleven. The program focused on nature, hobbies, games, preparation for Boy Scouts, and above all, character. The Cub Scouting program has changed and evolved over the last 80 years and has grown from 5,102 boys and 243 Packs in 1930 to over 1.9 million boys in more than 53,000 Packs today. Even with all of these changes, the focus of the program is still on preparing boys to become better adults.
Boys, families, Leaders, and chartered organizations all work together to achieve the ten purposes of Cub Scouting:
- To influence the development of character.
- To encourage spiritual growth.
- To help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
- To encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
- To improve understanding within the family.
- To strengthen the ability of boys to get along with other boys and respect other people.
- To foster a sense of personal achievement in boys by helping them to develop new interests and skills.
- To show boys how to be helpful and to do one’s best.
- To provide fun and exciting new things for boys to do.
- To prepare boys to become Boy Scouts.
We achieve these purposes by teaching the ideals of Cub Scouting, which are represented by the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto.