The Wolf Cub program launches boys into the regular Cub Scout and Boy Scout program. In the Tiger Cub Program, the families participated in collaborative decision making to determine the activities of the Den based on the Tiger Cub Family Activity Book and Tiger Cub Resource Book. In the Wolf Cub program, the neighborhood-centered activities are planned and coordinated by the Den Leader or Pack Committee members.
Parents’ role in the Bobcat and Wolf Cub program revolves around the one-on-one parent-son relationship and completing activities in the Wolf Cub Book. Advancement to Bobcat Rank and Wolf Cub Rank are documented by the boy’s completion of items as outlined in the Wolf Cub Book. Additional achievements beyond the required items are counted towards Arrow Points once the rank is achieved. Wolf Cubs can earn as many Silver Arrow points as they want until they complete the second grade or turn age 9 (whichever comes first).
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 Second Graders (or 8-year-olds) can earn the Wolf 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.
Rules change in Wolf Cubs too. In the Tiger Cub program, parents controlled rules and discipline directly with their children. Cub Scouting has established rules and procedures for safety of the boys and their leaders during Scouting activities. The goal is to help the boys move toward internal or self-control while keeping activities safe and enjoyable.
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.
Cub Scouts pay dues at each Den meeting or on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Earning and paying dues is part of the responsibility of each Cub Scout. Cubs should earn their dues at home by providing work or a service to their parents and pay their dues at Den meetings. Dues must be current to receive award at the Pack meetings since dues help support the operation of the Dens and the Pack. Dues and attendance can be collected and noted in the Den by the Denner and Assistant Denner. The Denners are learning leadership positions. They provide Cub Scouts in the Den with an opportunity to participate in the responsibility of running a Den. The Denner and Assistant Denner positions can change monthly to once every two to three months depending on the size of the Den. The Denners have special leadership cords that they wear on their uniform to symbolize this responsibility.
Parents should attend the monthly Pack meetings as this is the place where their Scouts are formally recognized for rank and achievement awards. And, it means a lot to the boys.
To help keep track of boys advancement, here is a handy Excel spreadsheet I developed that can be used to record their progress: Wolf Cub Scout Advancement Chart
Last update: Sunday, October 09, 2011