In Which Den Do I Belong?
Pack 531 welcomes boys in Grades K-5
As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own pack. The Pack is divided into smaller groups called Dens. Each Den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in your Den are in the same grade. Parents are part of the Pack and can have fun too!
Lions is a new permanent program of the Boy Scouts of America for Kindergarten-age boys starting with the 2018-2019 school year. Pack 531 was one of the pilot packs for this program. This is a family program where a youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. The Lion Pilot encourages boys to learn and explore through hands on, high energy activities. Each adult partner takes a turn at leading a den meeting or outing during the year. Most meetings and outings are approximately 45 minutes in length. Boys must be 5 years old by September 1 and in Kindergarten to join.
All new boys to Cub Scouts, in Grades 1-5, will first work toward his Bobcat Badge. The Bobcat Badge is like an orientation for kids and parents and introduces you to what it means to be a Scout. Bobcat is always the starting point for Cub Scouts. You will learn the Scout Law & Oath, Cub Scout Sign, Cub Scout Handshake, Cub Scout Motto, and Cub Scout Salute. You will be placed in a den with other boys of the same age/grade level. Once you've earned your Bobcat, you will continue working on the rank associated with the rest of your den.
Tiger Cubs is an exciting introduction to the scouting program for first grade boys. Tiger Cubs do stuff - lots of stuff - with their adult partners known as Akelas.
What do Tigers do?
Prepare for a hike and go hiking | Build a birdhouse | Play team-building games | Make and eat a nutritious snack with your Den | Practicing good manners at a meal | And much more.
If a Cub Scout has completed the first grade (and has earned the Bobcat Badge), he may start earning the Wolf rank.
What do Wolves do?
Prepare for a hike and go hiking | Prepare and perform skits at campfire program | Participate in a flag ceremony | Visit a religious monument or site | Make a map of your community | And much more.
If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (and has earned the Bobcat Badge), he may start earning the Bear rank.
What do Bears do?
Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip | Prepare and perform skits at campfire program | Plan a cooked lunch or dinner that is nutritious and balanced | Tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for | Identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living nearby | And much more.
Fourth & Fifth Grades
Webelos is a 20 month program for 4th and 5th grade boys to prepare to join a Boy Scout troop while learning outdoors skills and participating in 20 different activity badges. A well-run group of Webelos is a gradual change from being an 'adult-run' den to being a 'boy-run' patrol ready to fit right into an adventurous scouting troop. This migration requires the parents and den leaders to give the scouts more and more control, decision-making power, and responsibility as they progress in skills, abilities, and maturity. Boys begin working toward their Webelos Badge and then complete all of the requirements to earn Cub Scouting’s highest honor, the Arrow of Light.
What do Webelos do?
Demonstrate how to build a fire; light the fire, and safely extinguish it
Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family; utilize one of the methods below for preparation of part of your meal:
Open campfire or charcoal
Help plan, support, or actively participate in a service of worship
Show what to do for the hurry cases of first aid
Make, carry out and track an exercise plan that includes at least three physical activities for 30 days
Complete a service project on or near a hike location
And much, much more.