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Cub Scout Pack 440
(Houston, Texas)
 
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General Information about Scouting


The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to provide boys and young adults with an effective educational program designed to build character, to train boys in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Through chartered organizations, Cub Scouting provides a year round, home centered program that has helped to strengthen families since 1930. Today, there are approximately 7.5 million registered scouts in the United States, and 28 million worldwide. The Cub Scouting program is for boys from 7 years old (1st grade) to 11 years old (5th grade). The program focuses on preparing boys to become better adults through activities based on nature, hobbies, games, camping, preparation for Boy Scouts, and above all, character.

In the Cub Scouting program, boys, families, leaders, and chartered organizations all work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting, using 12 core values.

Purposes of Cub Scouting:

  1. To influence the development of a boy's character.
  2. To encourage spiritual growth.
  3. To help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
  4. To encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in both mind and body.
  5. To improve understanding within the family.
  6. To strengthen the boy's ability to get along with others and respect other people.
  7. To foster a sense of personal achievement in boys by helping them develop new interests and skills.
  8. To show boys how to be helpful and to do one's best.
  9. To provide fun and exciting new things for boys to do.
  10. To prepare boys to become Boy Scouts.

12 Core Values:

1. Citizenship:
Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities.
2. Compassion:
Being kind and considerate and showing concern for the well-being of others.
3. Cooperation:
Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal.
4. Courage:
Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, difficulties, or the consequences.
5. Faith:
Having inner strength and confidence based on your trust in God.
6. Health & Fitness:
Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
7. Honesty:
Telling the truth and being worthy of trust.
8. Perserverance:
Sticking with something and not giving up, no matter how difficult it might be.
9. Positive Attitude:
Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations.
10. Resourcefulness:
Using all our resources to the fullest.
11. Respect:
Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
12. Responsibility:
Fulfilling our Duty to God, country, other people and ourselves.

Scout Oath:

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

The Scout Law

 

A Scout is:

Trustworthy,

Loyal,

Helpful,

Friendly,

Courteous,

Kind,

Obedient,

Cheerful,

Thrifty,

Brave,

Clean,

and Reverent.

 

 

 

As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth; a self reliant, dependable, caring individual. The Scouting program has these same goals in mind for your son. Since 1910, Scouting has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth.

These values will help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him the confidence he needs to become an adult leader of tomorrow. Scouting will provide your son with a positive peer group and a program that is fun and adventurous and help him to "be prepared" and "do his best" in his life to shape his own future.