Activities & Events
Cub Scouting is an active program—boys learn by doing, and there's no end to the fun things that Cub Scouts do in their dens, as a pack, and at special events. As a leader, you should be aware of the wide array of activities that can be included in the Cub Scout program, and do your best to include as many of them as possible in your annual schedule.
A den is a group of six to eight boys that meets several times a month between pack meetings. The den structure allows boys to build relationships with leaders and other boys.
The monthly pack meeting brings together boys from every den, their leaders, and their families, to participate in a large-scale event that serves as a showcase for all that the boys have learned and done in their individual den meetings.
Cub Scout Camping
Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.
Cub Scout Outdoor Program Highlights
This section in the annual Cub Scouting Highlights provides an overview of outdoor program opportunities for Cub Scouts.
Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and helps them protect it for future generations. This plan applies in a backyard or local park as much as it does in the wilderness.
Excursions and Field Trips
Cub Scouts enjoy many outdoor experiences as they participate in the variety of activities that can be held outside, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservation experiences, and outdoor games.
Blue and Gold Banquets
During the month of Scouting's anniversary, packs across the country hold blue and gold banquets. In nearly all packs, the banquet is a highlight of the program year.
Cub Scout Derbies
Cub Scout derbies—the pinewood derby, raingutter regatta, and space derby—teach Cub Scouts craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship.
Participating in service projects as a group is one of the ways in which boys in Cub Scouting fulfill their promise "to help other people."
District and Council Activities
Your local council or district office may schedule activities in which all the packs in your area are invited to participate.
Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
These program-specific criteria are designed to assist unit leaders in determining what activities are age-appropriate for their participants.
Nationally Approved Historic Trails
Search our online listings of more than 300 trails have been approved for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and family campers.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
Cub Scout Dens may participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air, an annual Scouting and amateur radio event that creates contact among Scouts from around the nation, and around the world.
Guide to Safe Scouting
Use the Guide to Safe Scouting to help you plan and conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.