This is Why Cub Scouts Meet With Their Packs and Dens Each Week

July 12, 2017
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Cub Scouts don’t just grow as individuals during their years experiencing the Boy Scouts of America’s adventures. They also develop in their ability to interact with friends, peers, older and younger kids, and adults leaders.

That’s why den and pack meetings are important. Face-to-face interactions and exciting group adventures are the focus of weekly meetings when kids join Cub Scouts. These meetings usher chances for young Scouts to build collaboration and communication skills (not to mention, this is when many kids get their first chances to act as leaders).

What Do Cub Scouts Do at Meetings?

When it comes to what Cub Scouts do at meetings, the possibilities are limitless.

Often meetings focus on fun challenges, games, and skits. Scouts work on and perform these activities together. Meetings allow Cub Scouts to work through their handbooks to achieve specific milestones and take steps to make sure they are prepared for their next year in Scouting. Other times Cub Scouts use meetings to work toward achieving awards.

Other meetings provide an opportunity to recognize Cub Scouts who are receiving an award. They provide a set time for annual activities like blue and gold banquets and advancement ceremonies. Some packs even host their Pinewood Derbies during a meeting time.

A Cub Scout has the chance to meet with small groups and bigger groups, depending on if a meeting is with his pack or his den. To understand the difference between packs and dens, check out our “What Is Cub Scouts?” post.

Some items are meeting staples, like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or reading through the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

But above all, Cub Scout meetings are fun and a chance for kids to work toward interpersonal skills, leadership development, and team building in a safe environment.

If you think your children would benefit from this kind of growth and development, visit Be a Scout.

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