are the differences between the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs?
- Boy Scouts requires a bigger time commitment than Cub Scouts (But less than
- There is a troop meeting every Thursday. (Except
the 3rd Thursday is used for administrative purposes where only SPL,
ASP, PL, Troop Guide need to attend.)
- There is a weekend camping trip every month. (Except July and December.)
- Week long summer camp at the end of July.
- It is important that a scout attends the troop
meetings because that is where they learn a lot of their skills.
- It is important that a scout attends camping trips
because that is where they practice their skills.
- Troop 2 has a requirement that a Scout must attend
at least 50% of the troop activitites.
- Boy Scouts is more boy run that Cub Scouts.
- Scouts elect their own leaders. (SPL and Patrol leader)
- They plan camping trips; select menus, buy food, cook, clean up, pack trailer
- They set up their own tents and dining areas
- Boys fill the positions of responsibilty. (Quartermaster, Instructor, Chaplain, etc.)
- Scouts are divided in patrols containing a mixture of ages.
- Adults mostly provide advice and monitor safety.
- Boys advance in rank at their own pace.
- Reaching First Class in a year is desirable.
- Program ends at age 18.
- Early ranks are for learning basic scouting skills
- Later ranks use merit badges to learn more advanced skills
- Later ranks require a position
- After completing requirements for a rank they need a scoutmaster conference and
board of review.
need to make the initiative to keep the database up to date, and request a conference
or board of review.
hours are required for advancement. (Life projects, Eagle projects, Easter
Flower Sale, St. Vincent dePaul Clothing Drive, etc.)
involvement is critical in the beginning
- Just because a scout isn't at the same rank as their peers is no
reason to become concerned.