The Bear Cub program of Scouting moves the young Wolves toward the goal of being self-directed, responsible Scouts. One look at the Bear Cub Scout Book in comparison with the Wolf Cub Scout Book will show parents the diversity and decision-making processes that will face their son this year. Each Scout should do their best to accomplish the achievement.
While there are still 12 Achievements to be completed, the boys have 24 different items to choose from over the course of the year. It is a busy and fast-paced year with time slipping by quickly. Parents and Scouts will need to work together to map out a plan of action to complete the requirements for the Bear rank.
A certain number of required items are to be completed in four major areas. Initially, most boys and parents begin the year doing the things they like to do best – or the things that interest them the most. However, boys and parents soon realize that a plan must be developed to complete the rank requirements and move on to electives and other fun activities like belt loops. This process helps boys learn to focus on goals and objectives.
The first activity in the Wolf Cub Book for parents and boys to work together is on child safety and prevention of child abuse. The Boy Scouts of America has recognized the problem of physical, mental and sexual abuse of children. In an effort to help protect Scouts, the BSA has developed a Youth Protection Program for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. A video, It Happened to Me, should be shown annually to Cub Scouts and their parents. This video and the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting Guide provide valuable information for Scout Leaders and parents alike in operating safe Scouting programs. The Guide to Safe Scouting is available on line at the Boy Scouts of America website.
Cub Scouts and their leaders wear uniforms to all BSA sanctioned activities. At Den and Pack meetings, this typically means the wear of the Blue shirt, neckerchief, belt and hat for Cub Scouts. For other activities like baseball games or community service projects, the uniform is typically the Pack T-shirt. Scout Camp may have additional requirements for Scouts attending those activities. The purpose of wearing the Cub Scout uniform is to promote recognition of Scouting, pride in Scouting and to help Scouts feel like they belong to the organization. Scouts in uniform tend to behave better too.
Although all Cub Scouts beyond the Tiger Cub program must earn their Bobcat Rank before earning and being awarded other ranks (such as the Wolf or Bear), only Third Graders (or 9-year-olds) can earn the Bear Rank. Cub Scout programs are designed to be age and grade appropriate for the boys. This is why parents and boys must work together during the year to complete the requirements for the rank.
To help keep track of boys advancement, here is a handy Excel spreadsheet I developed that can be used to record their progress: Bear Cub Scout Advancement Chart
Last update: Sunday, October 09, 2011