Join Cub Scouts

Few organizations are able to project an image as enduring and wholesome as The Boy Scouts of America. Duty to God and country, camping, campfires, hiking, and serving the community with cheerful fellowship. That's what you think of when someone mentions the Boy Scouts! And I believe that there are very few Americans who can't tell you that an Eagle Scout is someone to be respected...even if they don't really know the particulars of what it took to become an Eagle Scout.

It's taken over 100 years for the Boy Scouts to earn the reputation they enjoy in our society. And I know that parents who are looking for the right environment for their boys to grow in won't regret it if they take their scout aged son to their nearest church or school and ask if they don't have a Scout unit their son can join.

I think all parents envison their sons as being Eagle Scouts, but Eagle Scouts have to start somewhere and the place to do it is in the Cub Scouts. The Cub Scouts is The Boy Scouts of America's program for younger boys who are not ready to be full fledged Boy Scouts. Cubs Scouts, or Cubs as it is usually referred to, start as early as first grade and grows with the boys until they are Boy Scout age at the end of fifth grade. The program itself is designed to meet the ages and stages of these early grade school boys. First graders, or Tigers, are accompanied by a parent partner to all events and activities, while Fifth grade Webelos are starting to learn how to camp as a small group led by adult leaders with fewer parents along. And in between the program scales to permit the boys to explore and understand the same three goals that scouting has always espoused:

  • Character - Think "Boy Scout Law". A Scout is, Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
  • Citizenship - meaning how we become good citizens in our country, community, and family.
  • Physical Fitness - a scout is clean and fit in body and mind.

These are lofty goals for any man but the magic of scouting is that the lessons come in the best classroom of all - the outdoors! And when we suggest that the lessons come in the form of classes this is really stretching a point. The lessons come as the boys are having fun playing games, learning skills, and interacting with one another under the supervision of trained adult leaders.

One of the points I like to make to prospective Cub Scout parents is that this program is as much about families as it is about scouting. Let me explain what I mean. If you enroll your son in some team sport where will you spend your time? On the sidelines? In the stands? or worse...manning the consession stand? And - where will your son spend his time? On the field or on the bench? In Cub Scouts we want to teach our boys to have healthy, respectful relationships with adults so we want YOU to participate along with your son. This means that YOU can be a part of his scouting career - not just watching from the sidelines. And your son, will definately not be sitting on the sidelines. Scouts participate 100% of the time.

Still not convinced? Then why not stop by and visit and talk to some of our best advocates...our Cub Scouts themselves!

How to Join Cub Scouts

Joining is simple. All you have to do is be (or have) a boy in kindergarten through fifth grades, or 6 to 10 years of age. Take him to any Cub Scout meeting. Meetings for Pack 29 are held at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church on Monday evenings from 6:30pm - 7:30ish. Then you simply need to fill out a BSA Youth Application and a Health Form. Membership fees are $85/year which includes annual membership fees, a copy of BSA's Boys Life magazine, awards, & accident insurance.

Questions or looking for more information? email: Pack 29 along with your question and we will get back to you promptly.