Play With Purpose

When you’re a kid, fun comes first!  Through Cub Scouting, Kindergarten through 5th Graders enjoy adventure in a program that builds their character and instills values according to the Scout Oath and Law.  Activities expertly tailored to match their specific age group help youth build academic skills, physical fitness, self-confidence, respect, and good citizenship. The Cub Scout motto, “Do Your Best,” instills a code of excellence, preparing our young people to achieve throughout their life! But most importantly, Scouts just have “FUN” — a child’s code word for the satisfaction gained from meeting challenges, having friends, feeling good about themselves, and feeling they are important to other people!

Strengthening Families

Youth development starts with families, and the Cub Scout program is designed to support all types of families, as well as organizations to which families belong! Cub Scouting provides a positive place to enjoy safe, wholesome activities where family members work and play together, have fun together and get to know each other better. With the inclusion of girls in the Scouting program (with the transition to Full Family Scouting), families are now able to create life-long memories as they truly adventure together!  Cub Scouting involves the whole family as parents pitch in to plan and deliver activities, inspiring new skills and interests you can enjoy together! 

Quality Time Spent

Typically your Scout will meet for an hour, 2 or 3 times a month with his/her Den.  This is a group of 5-8 Scouts from his/her same grade level.  The group is led by a volunteer parent or Den Leader and perhaps an Assistant Den Leader and/or Den Chief.  Through a wide array of outings, STEM based activities, outdoor adventures, and ceremonies outlined in the program handbook, your child learns to set goals and achieve them!  These Den Meetings are where Scouts earn their ranks and advancements, but don’t worry if you have to miss one.  Your Den Leader will support the completion of requirements at home; and regardless of achievements, your child will progress to the next rank with his/her peers.

Once a month all Dens, or grade levels, will meet together as a Pack for an hour or so.  Through this time together, Scouts gain a sense of belonging and fellowship as they interact with various ethnicities, income levels, religions, and levels of physical ability. By having fun as a group, Cub Scouts learn the importance of not only getting along but the value of diversity!  It is in this setting that they receive recognition for the efforts and accomplishments through badges.  But the real benefit comes from the worthwhile things the Scout learns while earning the badges, as self-confidence and self-esteem grow.

Scouts do Things that Take Them Places

These life-changing experiences – and the confidence they provide – form a foundation a Scout can stand on to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.  Some favorite Pack activities your child may participate in include:

Outings are a big part of Scouting – and for good reason!  Studies show children who play outside engage in more imaginative games, interact more and get along better.  Being in nature provides a sense of calmness and a better ability to focus.  It gives children stronger awareness, reasoning and observation…which translates to less bullying!  They develop more advanced motor skills, such as agility, balance and coordination, and are sick less often.  As an adult, they are more likely to maintain a healthier lifestyle and develop a love of nature and the need to preserve it!  Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservation.

Learn to live in the outdoors. Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world. The Mid-America Council offers plenty of these opportunities through Day Camps, Family Camps, Resident Camps and Jubilee! Just visit GoCubCamping.org to learn more!

Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Powered by gravity, the cars are raced down a track to see how they perform!  Win or lose, youth learn to take pride in having done their best – not to mention craft skills, rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship—things they will remember all their life. Scouts and their families will have an opportunity to race each year with their Pack, again at their District’s race and culminating in a won’t wanna miss event, the Mid-America Pinewood Derby!

In February, when Scouting celebrates its "birthday," packs across the country hold blue and gold banquets. In nearly all Packs, the banquet is a very special event and often include special recognition for the Scouts’ accomplishments.

Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise "to help other people."  One of the largest service projects coordinated across our nation is Scouting for Food!  Here locally, every April, Scouts hit the pavement going door-to-door collecting on average 175,000 food items to donate to local food pantries!

Registration Fees

When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! The registration fee to join Scouting is $33 annually. In addition, there are one-time uniform costs and nominal activity fees that may be charged by your local unit. Of course, these costs may be offset by unit fundraising and other available scholarship funds. Please contact your local unit leadership for details.

WellCare
If you are a WellCare of Nebraska member you may enjoy an additional benefit of a free annual membership to our organization and a subscription to Boys Life Magazine. Please see here for more information: https://www.wellcare.com/Nebraska/Members/Medicaid-Plans/WellCare-of-Nebraska/Benefits

Camp cards are a program meant to help get more kids to go to camp – for FREE! With the sale of a $5.00 discount card Scouts carter a better community and all the benefits of summer camp. The purpose is to alleviate financial stress from families and units so that more kids can go to camp and receive the unparalleled experiences that Scout camp is known for. Revenue from the camp card sales is directed back into the Mid-America Council camping programs.

The Mid-America Council offers two fundraising options to offset program, activity, supply costs and provide unparalleled experiences for more youth. The annual popcorn sale begins in September and goes through October

The purpose of the Council campership program is to make summer camp available to deserving Scouts who could not otherwise afford the attendance fees. This is an annual application process in early spring. The funding can offset expenses to any of our Council summer camp opportunities including day camp, family weekends, Jubilee and resident camp.

Cub Scout Uniform

The Cub Scout uniform has the following parts:

Shirt—The official uniform shirt is available with long or short sleeves and has button-flap pockets and “Boy Scouts of America” lettered in gold above the right pocket.

Trousers or shorts—Official blue.

Skort- available for girl Cub Scouts, official blue.

Belt—Official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle and Tiger, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout emblem.

Socks—Official socks are available in three lengths: ankle, crew, and knee. Tigers’ socks are navy blue with orange tops. Cub Scouts’ socks are navy blue with gold tops.

Cap—Official navy-blue cap with orange front panel and tiger cub emblem for Tigers; yellow panel and wolf emblem for Wolf Scouts; blue panel and bear emblem for Bear Scouts. Webelos Scouts wear an olive cap with a plain panel bearing the Webelos logo.

Neckerchief—Triangular neckerchief is orange with navy-blue trim for Tigers, gold with navy-blue trim for Wolf Scouts, light blue with navy-blue trim for Bear Scouts, and plaid for Webelos Scouts. Official BSA neckerchiefs are the only neckerchiefs that Scouts should wear. Packs should not make their own pack neckerchiefs.

Neckerchief slide—Official gold-tone metal slide with the Tiger, Cub Scout, or Webelos Scout logo. Scouts may wear handmade neckerchief slides.

Where to buy the Cub Scout uniform - Scout Shop Omaha/Sioux City

Gottschalk Scout Center
12401 West Maple Rd.
Omaha, NE 68164
(402)431-0700

Hours
Mon-Thurs: 9am7pm
Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: Closed

Sioux City Scout Center
819 A Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712)255-8846

Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm
Thur: 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

Handbooks

Cub Scout handbooks are designed for youth and their parents to use as they progress along the Cub Scout trail. Each Cub Scout has a handbook to help them along their trail. Tigers use the Tiger Handbook, Wolves use the Wolf Handbook, and Bears use the Bear Handbook. The Webelos Handbook is for Scouts working on the Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks. The handbooks guide Cub Scouts through the required and elective adventures for each rank and include helpful tips, background information, and fun activities. The handbooks also introduce a mentor character, Ethan, who will share his enthusiasm for Scouting with younger Cub Scouts as they work through their ranks. These handbooks can be found at your local Scout Shop.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for Scouting is about 1 hour of activities a week. Those activities look different each week. Twice a month your Scout will meet in grade-based meetings, called den meetings. Then all of the Scouts, grades K – 5, will come together for a pack meeting. Once a month there will be a Pack activity.

Scouting programs are volunteer led, so each family should plan on volunteering as a part of their scouting commitment. That can be as simple as making sure there are snacks at every meeting or coordinating large scale events.