Like every effective organization, Cub Scout Packs have a structure. Understanding this structure and how it works will increase your son’s enjoyment of the program (and leave the parent far less confused).
Groups of 6 to 10 boys meet weekly together as a Den. Each Den is led by a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader. A Boy Scout, known as a Den Chief, may also work with your son’s den.
Dens are organized by age groups. Boys work toward a specific rank during each year in the Pack. Ultimately, they work towards the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. We have one or more Dens at each rank:
Bobcat: The Bobcat rank is earned by all boys when they join Cub Scouting. To earn the Bobcat, a boy must complete eight simple activities including learning the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Motto.
Tiger Cub: The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.
Wolf: The Wolf program is for second grade (or age 8) boys. To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must pass twelve achievements involving simple physical and mental skills.
Bear: The Bear rank is for third grade (or age 9) boys. There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.
Webelos: This program is for fourth and fifth grade (or age 10 and 11) boys. WEBELOS stands for “WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts”. A boy may begin working on the Webelos badge as soon as he joins a Webelos den. This is the first step in his transition from the Webelos den to the Boy Scout troop. As he completes the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, he will work on activity badges, attend meetings, and become familiar with the Boy Scout requirements—all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.
The Pack consists of the Dens and their Families. Pack 316 meets monthly for a Pack meeting and also schedules special activities throughout the year. The Pack serves as a vehicle for parent and family involvement in scouting.
The Pack Committee consists of volunteer adults who are charged with managing the Pack and its programs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the Committee and attend regular meetings. Meeting dates are shown on the Pack Calendar. The Committee Chairperson and the Cubmaster lead the group in planning and organizing the Pack program. The Committee is also responsible for maintaining Pack funds and planning its budget.
Click here for a generic organizational chart that contains detailed descriptions of all leadership roles associated with a Cub Scout pack.