Is your child learning your values? Do you want your son to grow up to be self-reliant, dependable, and caring? Is it important to you that he learns traditional values such as honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for others and the environment?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should check out what Cub Scouting has to offer boys in first to fifth grades. Pack 27, chartered by Grace United Methodist Church, invites you and your son to become a part of one of America’s leading values-driven organizations. The Cub Scout program is a valuable resource that can help families accomplish worthy goals while building and strengthening relationships within the family.
The activities in Cub Scouting are designed to help promote the overall aims of Scouting: to develop a boy’s character, train him in good citizenship, and to encourage him to become more physically, mentally, and morally fit.
Scouting is designed to provide opportunities for families to work and play together, to have fun together, and to get to know each other a little better. Parents are an integral part of the Scouting experience.
In Cub Scouting, boys are grouped into dens—small, family-like groups of same-age neighborhood boys. Dens meet weekly and work on age appropriate projects. In a den, boys learn give-and-take. It is a place where a boy learns to work with other while still being himself. In the comfortable setting of the den, even the shyest boy soon becomes involved as part of a positive support group.
At monthly pack meetings, parents see their sons in action with their friends, meet other parents, and join with neighbors in caring and sharing. These types of opportunities are scarce, and pack meetings highlight Cub Scouting teaches boys cooperation and collaboration.
The responsibility for a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies primarily with his family. Some advancements requirements are done at den meetings, but a Cub Scout completes most requirements at home with his family.
The advancement plan is designed to be used by parents to create a learning environment in their home. The plan helps parents awaken their son’s curiosity, stimulate his desires to try new things, and encourage him to carry the learning process beyond the classroom. It is important for a Cub Scout to know what his world is filled with exciting and interesting things to do to discover his capacity for accomplishment.
This advancement plan involves achievements, which are required to earn the various ranks, and electives, which are optional projects for boys to work on. The advancement plan—especially electives—gives boys some choices to make. There are two different reasons for this. First, each boy has different needs and interests; second, making choices is a skill to learn.
The advancement plan teaches boys how to set short-term goals and then enjoy the self-esteem of being recognized for the achievements at the monthly pack meeting. Adults and children get to know one another in Cub Scouting. It is safe turf for becoming comfortable with one another, for exploring each other’s world, and for experiencing, learning, and creating a shared life.
The Cub Scout advancement plan allow boys to work at their own pace. The Cub Scout motto is “Do Your Best.” This means every boy is a winner. No one sits on the bench—everyone wins!
Cub Scouting: Everything you could want for your son and more.