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CUB SCOUTING WITH PACK 33
Cub Scouting is the first and largest of the Boy Scouts of America's three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.) 
A key element of the Cub Scouting program is an emphasis on caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents or other adult partners. 
 
The Purposes of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting has nine purposes. 
To:
  • Positively influence character development and encourage spiritual growth
  • Help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
  • Improve understanding within the family
  • Strengthen boys' ability to get along with other boys and respect other people
  • Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills
  • Show how to be helpful and do one's best
  • Provide fun and exciting new things to do
  • Prepare boys to become Boy Scouts
Membership and Meetings
Cub Scouting is for children in the first through fifth grades.  Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to ten boys or girls in the same grade. Dens stay together from year to year.  Dens in Pack 33 typically meet once a month for an hour or two.  Since Cub Scouting emphasizes relationships between children and their parents or other adult partners, a parent or other adult accompanies each cub scout at all meetings and other events, and activities are oriented to involve both the scouts and their adult partners.
 
Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee made up of den leaders and other parents.  Pack meetings usually involve one or more activities and award ceremonies. Meetings of  the Pack are typically one Thursday a month at 7pm and go for an hour or so.
 
Although Pack 33 is sponsored by and meets at St. Augustine's (111 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont), it and the entire BSA are strictly non-denominational and welcome all participants.  Pack 33 welcomes students from all 4 public elementary schools of Larchmont/Mamaroneck, the French-American school and Sts. John and Paul school. The Pack is part of the Algonquin District within the Westchester-Putnam Council.  Pack 33 is one of the largest packs in the District with approximately 100 active Cub Scouts and 20 active leaders.
 
Volunteer Leadership
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leader coaches, and chartered organization representatives.
 
Parents are a vitally important part of the cub scout experience.  Parents serve as pack and den leaders, but more importantly all cub scout activities involve both the scout and his parent or other adult partner.  Cub Scouting is not a "drop off" activity, but rather a chance for parents and boys to interact and develop their relationship in a setting different from the normal hustle and pressure of school, sports, and other extracurricular activities.  Cub Scouting particularly focuses on community values, helping others, respect and sportsmanship, independent skills and working together as a team, and developing self-esteem and pride for doing one's best.
 
Advancement Plan
Recognition is important to young boys and girls. The Cub Scout advancement plan provides fun for the scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members or partners work with scouts on advancement projects.  Each level comes with a comprehensive handbook that guides the Cub Scout through their year.
 
 
 
Bobcat The Bobcat badge must be earned by all Cub Scouts first, and involves learning about certain key elements of Cub Scouting (like the Cub Scout Promise and the Cub Scott motto: "Do Your Best") and important safety information.
 
 
Tiger (first grade) The Tiger program introduces first graders to the Cub Scout program.  Tiger Cubs work on achievements with their parents/adult partners and are awarded beads which they wear on their uniform.  At the end of the year, they earn their Tiger badge and graduate to the next level.
  Wolf (second grade) The Wolf program is for second graders. To earn the Wolf badge, a boy must complete twelve groups of achievements, many of which will be done by the den as a group.
 

Bear (third grade) The Bear rank is for third grade. There are twenty-four Bear achievements in four different categories. The Cub Scout must complete six of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.

 

 

Webelos (fourth and fifth grade) This program is for fourth and fifth graders. These years mark the transition from the Webelos den to the Scout troop. As the scout completes the requirements found in the Webelos Scout Book, they will work on activity badges, attend meetings led by adults, and become familiar with the Scout requirements - all leading to the Arrow of Light Award.

 

Activities
Cub Scouting means "doing." Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting - citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.  Typical Pack 33 activities include:
  • The Rocket Launch, Raingutter Reggata and the Pinewood Derby where Scouts build crafts with their parents' help and race them together for fun
  • Camping Trips (see below)
  • Charity/community activities like Scouting for food , Bowl-o-ree and Community Day
  • Fun/family events like our holiday party, Blue & Gold Family Dinner (a Cub Scout tradition), carnival, and spring family picnic
  • Skits put on by the Scouts
  • Trips to local football games and other events
Cub Scouts take pride in wearing their uniforms to meetings and other Scout events.  Cub Scouts are recognized for their contributions and participations with badges, patches and other awards.
 
Camping
Age-appropriate camping programs combine fun and excitement with doing one's best, getting along with others, and developing an appreciation for ecology and the world of the outdoors.  Pack 33 typically conducts an overnight camping trip to a nearby Scout reservation in the fall, winter (in cabins) and spring.  While participation is entirely optional, many kids and the parents/adult partners find it among the highlights of the year.
 
If you're interested in joining our pack, go to the "How to Join" page.