Cub Scouts is a program within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization that serves youth from 6 to 11 years old (kindergarten - fifth grade). The Cub Scouts program aims to prepare youth to grow into self-reliant and dependable adults. Cub Scouts achieve this with a lineup of hands-on activities and adventures focused on:
Cubs meet in dens sorted by rank / grade usually on an every other week basis. All Cubs are referred to as “THE PACK” and participate in pack events together. Registered adult leaders are ALL VOLUNTEERS and have had a background check and completed a certified youth protection safety training. We are part of the Abraham Lincoln Council which is a regional chapter within BSA staffed by paid professionals. The council will also host district events and summer camps.
BSA is a 110 year old organization and Blessed Sacrament Church has had this charted unit since 1945! The programming for Cub Scouts is family and faith centered. Siblings are welcome to participate in pack events. Spiritual discussions will be from the perspective of the Catholic faith. Additional patches and adventures can be earned through the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Dens meet through the year to work on the required adventures (synonymous to merit badges) which are outlined in the handbook to earn their rank emblem. They may find time to work on electives together as well. Naturally, with 110 years of development, the Cub Scout organization is very rich in guided programming. An individual scout (family) can choose to participate and advance in achievements and special awards at the pace they are willing and able to invest in. Many of our Cubs commit to other organizations and activities. If they are not able to complete activities with the den, they can do them on their own. Simply let the Den Leader know what has been accomplished on your own so it can be recorded and awarded.
Parent involvement and group participation is what allows Cub Scouting to facilitate meaningful and lasting memories. You likely have connections and skills to assist in completing interactive and enriching adventures. Please look through your child’s handbook and share your ideas with their den leader; offer to help. Scouting can be so rewarding when time and energy are dedicated to it.