Things You Can Do As A Parent To Help Your Cub Scout

As a parent, especially if it is your first time experiencing Cub Scouts, the question always come up... "What do I need to do?" There are a ton of things involved with Cub Scouts. From all the requirements for Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Activity Badges, Arrow of Light, and not to mention Sports and Academic belt loops and pins... it can get a little overwhelming.  Just remember the Cub Scout Motto - "DO YOUR BEST!"

The following are some items that you as a parent can do to "help the pack go"

  1. Be sure your boy attends weekly Den Meetings. Remind him to be on his best behavior while he is there. He is a guest in the Den Leader's Home.
  2. Remind him to wear his uniform to school on Den Meeting days, or at least have it laid out and ready to go so he can change quickly.  Have his uniform clean and all appropriate patches sewn on so he looks great at all scout function.
  3. Be willing to help out with transportation for Den Meetings, field trips, etc. Help him to provide den treats when it is his turn.
  4. HELP HIM TO ACHIEVE! Read his handbook, familiarize yourself with his requirements, many of them are done with the family, and at home. Read the parents supplement at the front of his book.
  5. Make sure that you Cub is doing his very best. Don't sign off achievements unless he has really earned each part of it. Don't count things he did as a wolf toward his bear. He needs to do each item during that year.
  6. ATTEND PACK MEETING with your son. Be alert to his behavior during the meeting, the Den Leader is not solely responsible for him, or his actions during pack meeting.
  7. Be willing to assist with costumes, skits, crafts, outings, refreshments, Scout-O-Ramma, etc.
  8. Always remember that Cub Scouting is Family Oriented. It is designed to help parents with their boys. The Den and Pack CANNOT help your boy grow without your help.
As the Law of the Pack states...
"The Cub Scout helps the Pack go,
The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow"

Painted Bobcat Ceremony

Akela / Den Leader: Tonight our Pack has some boys who have worked very hard since joining Cub Scouts. Will the following boys and their parents please come forward to take on the colors and spirit of Cub Scouting? (say names)

*As you say each color, the parent will paint their son's face or you or Cub Master can paint as committee member reads.


is from the sky. The paw print of the Bobcat on your forehead is the spirit of the bobcat. This reminds you to do your best on the Cub Scout Trail.


is from the sun. The marks under your eyes will help you see the light of the Cub Scout trail and they symbolize the bright spirit of Cub Scouting.


is for purity. The mark on your nose helps you know right from wrong as you go along the Cub Scout trail.


is for courage. The mark on your chin reminds you to always speak the truth.


stands for the spirit of nature. The marks on each cheek will guide you to live in harmony with the great outdoors.

**Have the parents hand the paint to the boys, they will now paint their parents nose with a white stripe. The boys love this part.

again WHITE is for Love and guidance, your parents are always with you in your heart and in your spirit. They will always do the right thing and will help you achieve all your Scout goals and keep you on the track of life until you are a man and can soar with the Eagles.