About Cub Scout Packs . . .
Your Son is a Member of a Den
- A Den consists of 4 to 9 boys.
- The Den meets once a week.
- The Den is led by a Den Leader (usually a parent).
- The Den Leader is usually assisted by an Assistant Den Leader, a Den Chief (an older Boy Scout), and a Denner (a Cub Scout elected by Den members).
- Den meetings have games, crafts, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.
Your Son is a Member of a Pack
- A Pack is made up of several Dens.
- The Pack meets once a month – all Cub Scout families attend.
- The monthly Pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster.
- The Pack meeting is the climax of the month's Den meetings and activities.
- Pack meetings have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that the boys earned that month.
The Pack is run by the Pack Committee
- The Pack Committee is made up of groups of qualified adults appointed by the Chartered Organization to administer the program of the Pack. Usually, the Committee Members, as well as other Pack leaders, are parents of boys in the Pack.
- The Committee meets once a month.
- The Committee is led by a Committee Chairperson and the Cubmaster.
- The Committee plans Den and Pack meetings around the monthly theme.
- The Committee selects leaders, performs recordkeeping, manages the Pack's finances, orders badges, helps train and recognize leaders, and maintains Pack equipment.
The Pack is "owned" by the Chartered Organization
- Chartered Organizations include schools, parent-school associations, religious organizations, service clubs, and other groups interested in youth.
- The Chartered Organization approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates Packs within the guidelines and policies of the Chartered Organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
- The Chartered Organization selects a Chartered Organization representative who serves as a liaison between the Pack and the organization.
Cub Scout Pack Job Descriptions
Cubmaster: Leads the monthly Pack meetings, works with the Committee on program ideas, selects and recruits adults as leaders, and supports the Cub Scout District by having the Pack attend events while following policies and procedures.
Assistant Cubmaster: Aids the Cubmaster and stands in for Cubmaster in his or her absence.
Den Leader: Works with the Cubs on a weekly basis and encourages his or her Den to attend and participate in the monthly Pack meeting. Also attends (when possible) the District’s monthly Roundtables and training sessions.
Asst. Den Leader: Aids the Den Leader.
Webelos Den Leader: Same as Den Leader –only with the Webelos. (4th-5th graders)
Asst. Webelos Den Leader: Aids the Webelos Leaders.
Tiger Den Leader: Organizes and provides orientation and leadership for a Tiger Cub group (1st graders). Helps plan and coordinate Tiger Cub gatherings, activities, and meetings.
Committee Chair: Presides over Pack Committee Meetings and supports the Cub Scout District by having the Pack attend events while following policies and procedures. Takes care of the Pack’s business while working with the Cubmaster. Works to solve problems the Pack may have. The contact person with the Chartered Organization Representative.
Advancement Chair: a Pack Committee Member sho collects Den Advancement reports at Pack leaders’ meetings and Orders badges and insignia using Advancement Reports.
Activities Chair: A Pack Committee member who recruits parents to “chair” individual events for the following year. These include the Pack’s Blue & Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, District Banquet, and any other events the Pack may schedule.
Secretary: A Pack Committee Member who provides Den Leaders with records and forms for meetings. Keeps notes on leaders and Committee meetings. Maintains inventory of Pack property.
Pack Trainer: A Pack Committee Member who provides new Leaders the Fast Start training video soon after they have been selected. Encourages new Leaders to attend New Leader Essentials and Basic Training. Helps with training within the Pack.
Treasurer: A Pack Committee member who maintains the Pack bank account, approves all budget expenditures, collects dues from Den Leaders at Pack meetings, and manages the Pack budget plan.
ScoutParents Unit Coordinator: Invites parents of new or existing Scouts to make their child’s Scouting experience a family experience.
Youth Protection Chair: A Pack Committee Member who is responsible for showing the “It Happened to Me” video to all the boys in the Pack. Follows the National Youth Protection Training guidelines and policies.
Longhorn Council Information
Cub Scout Parent Information Guide
Longhorn Council website
Maps and Directions
Maps of Camps
The Longhorn Council is divided into 17 districts, each with their own volunteer committee providing support and training for local Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews.
Cub Scout Programs & Activities
The Longhorn Council's Training Committee is made up of volunteers from each of the council's 17 districts who organize training teams to provide training for local Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews. Each district's training team posts training course dates on the Training Calendar. If you are looking for a course that has not been updated with new dates pleaseemail the Training Chairman for more information.
Online Training: myscouting.org
E-learning training courses for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, parents, and adult volunteers.
BSA Cub Scout Information Sites
All about Cub Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America.
FAQ's, the basics of being a Scout parent, the Lifelong benefits of being a Scout, info on Scouting With Your Child, as well as info on Family Fun, Scouting Resources, and a Parenting book.
Scouting - Vale La Pena
The official Spanish-language Web site of the Boy Scouts of America.
Cub Scouts - National Info Page
Cub Scout Resources
Short videos to introduce you to Scouts!
-- Cub Scouts - grades 1-5
-- Boy Scouts - ages 11-17
-- Venturers - ages 14-20 coed
Boy's Life Magazine
The magazine for Scouts! The mission of Boys' Life magazine is to entertain and educate America's youth and to open their eyes to the joyous world of reading. Parents can always be confident that the content of the magazine is wholesome, entertaining, and educational.
Web site for Scouting magazine - contains all Scouting Magazine articles and content back to 1998. Many parents of Scouts find Scouting magazine a valuable resource. The magazine provides a wealth of information about parenting and working with youth.
The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do! This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day.
Cub Scout Purposes & Methods
The Cub Scout program has 10 purposesrelated to the overall mission of the Boy Scouts of America – to build character, learn citizenship, and develop personal fitness:
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation to become Boy Scouts
Every Cub Scouting activity should help fulfill one of these purposes. When considering a new activity, ask which purpose or purposes it supports. Not everything in Cub Scouting has to be serious – far from it! The FUN, silly songs, energetic games, cool ceremonies, yummy snacks, and the rewards of the advancement program all help keep the boys interested and on track to achieve the more serious character building purposes of Cub Scouting. It's a game with a purpose!
The Methods of Cub Scouting
To accomplish its purposes and achieve the overall goals of building character, learning citizenship, and developing personal fitness, Cub Scouting uses seven methods:
1. Living the Ideals
Cub Scouting’s values are embedded in the Cub Scout Promise , the Law of the Pack , the Cub Scout motto , and the Cub Scout sign , handshake , and salute . These practices help establish and reinforce the program’s values in boys and the leaders who guide them.
2. Belonging to a Den
The den—a group of four to nine boys who are about the same age—is the place where Cub Scouting starts. In the den, Cub Scouts develop new skills and interests, they practice sportsmanship and good citizenship, and they learn to do their best, not just for themselves but for the den as well.
3. Using Advancement
Recognition is important to boys. The advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with boys on advancement projects.
4. Involving Family and Home
Whether a Cub Scout lives with two parents or one, a foster family, or other relatives, his family is an important part of Cub Scouting. Parents and adult family members provide leadership and support for Cub Scouting and help ensure that boys have a good experience in the program.
5. Participating in Activities
Cub Scouts participate in a huge array of activities, including games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, trips and service projects. Besides being fun, these activities offer opportunities for growth, achievement, and family involvement.
6. Serving Home and Neighborhood
Cub Scouting focuses on the home and neighborhood. It helps boys strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn support the boys’ growth and development.
7. Wearing the Uniform
Cub Scout uniforms serve a dual purpose, demonstrating membership in the group (everyone is dressed alike) and individual achievement (boys wear the badges they’ve earned). Wearing the uniform to meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of belonging, and good behavior.
8. Making Character Connections
Throughout the program, leaders learn to identify and use character lesson in activities so boys can learn to know, commit, and practice the 12 core values of Cub Scouting. Character Connections are included in all the methods of Cub Scouting and are the program themes for monthly pack meetings.
Basswood Family Activity & Climbing Center
Open for reservations by families, Cub Scout Dens and Packs, and other youth groups: Overnight lock-ins, pool rentals, two climbing towers, Starship Room space flight simulators, pinewood derby race track, inflatable rentals, paleontology/dinosaur programs, meeting room rentals, reptile shows (the nation’s largest kingsnake collection), and more!
Tiger Cub Adventure Day
Basswood Center, north Fort Worth: Oct. 5
Swimming, two climbing towers, Starship Room space flight simulators, pinewood derby racing, bounce houses, dinosaur dig, reptile shows, games, crafts, and more!
Dinosaur & Wild West Family Adventures
Sid Richardson: Oct. 12. Apr. 12
Camp Tahuaya: Apr. 5, 2014
A weekend of camping fun for the whole family! Dinosaur fossils & dig, frontier outlaws, Petting Zoo, Climbing Wall, BB & Archery, Leather Crafts, new games, campfire, meals, and much more. Everyone gets 3 meals, a T-shirt, & a patch.
21st Century Space Academy
Camp Tahuaya: Oct. 5
Sid Richardson: Oct. 26. Mar. 15.
NASA displays, Rocket launching, & Fun for your entire Pack. Program includes meals, Model Rockets, space characters, BB, archery, campfire, and more! Each participant gets 3 meals, a T-shirt, and a patch.
Haunted Hayride & Fall Festivals
Sid Richardson: October 12, 19, & 26.
Camp Tahuaya: October 19 & 26.
The whole family can join us for pumpkin carving, festival games, BB & archery, bouncehouse, supper, and Haunted Hayride. Hayride incl. ghosts, monsters, aliens, Space Wars characters, T-Rex, & several new haunted scenes for 2011.
Cub Scout FUN Day
A fun-filled day of outdoor adventures. Programs include climbing wall, BB & archery, flour battles, bounce houses, jousting, walking the plank, ball tosses, face painting, lassoing, monster tag, golf, crafts, monkey bridges, bowling, ring tosses, games, wrist rockets, pipe crawling, chariot racing, soccer, ... and more ... and lots more! The annual Pushmobile Derby is held at Fun Day.
Sid Richardson: Jan. 4.
CUB-O teaches your boys to read a map and solve puzzles while hiking in the woods - a treasure hunt for all levels of age, fitness, and skill. You get a color map showing the locations of numbered flags in the fields and forests, take a short map training, and then go find the flags. You can compete hard and try to find them all, or just find a few while you take an easy group hike on roads and trails through our wilderness. Map training is held all morning. Lunch and a patch included. Over 2000 attend each year - the largest Orienteering event in the USA!
Cub Scout Trout-O-Rees
Tahuaya: Jan 18, Jan 19, Jan 25, Jan 26.
Fishing fun for the whole family! Camp Tahuaya’s lake is stocked each winter with over 2,000 Rainbow Trout from Missouri. Parents and youth catch and keep up to 6 Trout per person. Includes awards, a Trout-O-Ree patch, hot dog lunch, and the Cub Scout fishing work Shops.
Introduces Webelos and their parents to the exciting adventures of Boy Scouting. The weekend is filled with fun activities, intriguing demonstrations, and plenty of outdoor excitement. Event patch and supper provided. Activities include tomahawk & knife throwing, BB & archery, knot tying, flint & steel, climbing, campfire cooking, wrist rockets, dodgeball, crafts, mountain man black powder demo, Native American stories, fire starting, fossils & geology, story hour, flag raising, canoeing demo, hikes, rock skipping class, chapel, & Texas frontier stories.
Cub Scout Day Camp
It’s a week of outdoor FUN and cool programs at the Cub Scout Day Camps held in our 19 local districts. Day camps are usually 4 or 5 days and include activities like BB & archery, water activities, crafts, outdoor skills, hiking, games, rank advancement, and more!
Cub Scout and Webelos Resident Camps
Bring outdoor fun and excitement to your Cub Scout summer!! Join other Cub Scouts for a week of camping, water battles, swimming, rowing, canoeing, BB shooting, archery, rock climbing on our cool Mobile Climbing Wall, campfires, and much more. Tents and all meals are provided.