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Cub Scouting is a year-round family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program designed for boys who are in first through fifth grades or ages 7 - 11.  Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the ten purposes of Cub Scouting:

  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 for Boy Scouts  

 The Methods of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting uses seven specific methods to achieve Scouting's aims of helping boys and young adults build character, train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. These methods are incorporated into all aspects of the program. Through these methods, Cub Scouting happens in the lives of boys and their families.

1. The Ideals
Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boy's sense of belonging.

2. The Den
Boys like to belong to a group. The den is the place where boys learn new skills and develop interests in new things. They have fun in den meetings, during indoor and outdoor activities, and on field trips. As part of a small group of six to eight boys, they are able to learn sportsmanship and good citizenship. They learn how to get along with others. They learn how to do their best, not just for themselves but also for the den.

3. 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 work with boys on advancement projects.

4. Family Involvement
Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting. When we speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular family structure. Some boys live with two parents, some live with one parent, some have foster parents, and some live with other relatives or guardians. Whoever a boy calls his family is his family in Cub Scouting.

5. Activities
In Cub Scouting, boys participate in a wide variety of den and pack activities, such as games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, and trips. Also, the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program and Cub Scouting's BSA Family program include activities that encourage personal achievement and family involvement.

6. Home and Neighborhood Centered
Cub Scouting meetings and activities happen in urban areas, in rural communities, in large cities, in small towns—wherever boys live.

7. The Uniform
The Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout uniforms help build pride, loyalty, and self-respect. Wearing the uniform to all den and pack meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of belonging, and good behavior.


 I, (state your name), promise
To do my DUTY to GOD
And my Country
To HELP other people, and
To OBEY the LAW of the Pack.

New Scout Information

How does it work?

All boys start by earning the Bobcat badge which is an introduction to scouting.  They then immediately start work on the badge appropriate for their age.  For example, boys who join Cub Scouts in the third grade will earn the Bobcat badge then start on the Bear badge (they will not earn the Tiger or Wolf badges)  In addition to working on requirements at den meetings, each scout and his adult partner will work on the requirements at home.  Parents of Tiger Scouts are required to attend all den meetings and Pack events with their scout.  Please take a look at our Cub Scout Ranks page for more information on all the ranks.

What is a Den?

A Den is 3-10 boys who are at the same rank.  Each Den is one part of a Pack.

What is the Pack?

The Pack consists of all the Dens and ranks within a chartered (sponsored) organization.  Our Pack is  #831 and is chartered to Faith Presbyterian Church located at 8170 Hague Road Indianapolis, Indiana 46256.

How much does it cost?

Dues are $75/year and cover registration fees, scarf, slide, handbook, awards, Pack t-shirt and a lot more (i.e. pinewood derby cars). Additional fees are event specific (i.e. Fall Camporee, Blue & Gold banquet, summer camp) and are generally kept to less than $5 per person or $20 per family. The basic uniform and related patches are an additional cost (typically around $35, see below).

When and where are the meetings?

Den meetings (except field trips) are held at Faith Presbyterian Church.  Tigers typically meet once or twice a month.  Wolves, Bears, and Webelos meet two to three times per month.  A formal schedule is distributed prior to the first meeting of the year and can also be found on our pack’s secure website.  There is also usually one Pack event per month.

What happens at the meetings?

During Den meetings Scouts work on completing the requirements for the their rank and related electives.  Pack meetings are a time to recognize scouts for their achievements and discuss Pack events.  Some Pack events are opportunities to earn extra badges and experience adventures outside the badge requirements.

What happens if we miss a meeting?

Perfect attendance is encouraged and appreciated, but it’s no problem to miss a meeting.  The scout and his adult partner will just need to cover the topics on their own.

What is the uniform?

The only required piece of the uniform is the official Cub Scout shirt and related patches.  The neckerchief, slide, and handbook are included in the annual dues.  Uniform pants, belt, & hat are optional.  Once scouts start to earn additional awards called “Belt Loops” they will more than likely want to get the official Cub Scout belt.  Scouts wear their uniform to all den and pack meetings.  Included in the annual dues is a Pack t-shirt for the scout to wear on adventures (like zip-lining & hiking) and at summer camp.  

The uniform can be purchased at the Crossroads of America Council Scout Shop located at 7125 Fall Creek Road,  Indianapolis, IN 46256 (317.813.7125) or online at  

The required uniform costs approximately $35.00 and includes:

  • Shirt

  • World Crest Logo (1)

  • Crossroads of America Council Insignia (2)

  • Pack Numbers - 8 3 1 (3)

You can view the uniform at (Flash) 


Other Scouting Resources

National Scouting Website:
Crossroads of America (Indiana)
Boy Scout Troop 275
Scout Uniforms and Gear
General Scouting Information: (Flash)