The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
As a worldwide brotherhood, Scouting is unique. It is based on the principles of loving and serving God, of human dignity and the rights of individuals, and of recognizing the obligation of members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement dedicated to bringing out the best in people. Cub Scouting doesn't emphasize winning as an end result, but rather the far more demanding task of doing one's best.
When Scouting can help nurture courage and kindness and allow boys to play, laugh, develop their imaginations, and express their feelings, then we will have helped them grow. We want boys to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own potential. Helping a boy to learn the value of his own worth is one of the greatest gifts we can give him.
What We Do:
Cub Scout leaders can have a wide variety of personalities since there are many different ways to participate. Some are very outgoing and work directly with the boys. They lead meetings, teach Scouting skills, help prepare for skits and songs and mentor the boys.
Others focus in on the business side of the unit and are detail-oriented. The main personality type is for someone who wants to serve and can focus on the well-being of the boys.
Time & Training Required:
There are various levels of participation. Commitments will vary for each. Den Leaders usually have a couple hours of prep time each week. They attend Den and Pack meetings for 1 hour each month.
The Cub Master and Committee Chair usually have several hours per week in planning and preparation for the weekly activities. The committees meet for one and a half hours each month. The Committee members have several hours per month in preparation of the monthly meeting and projects. Project leadership is spread among various committee members to balance the workload.
All adults associated with this ministry must complete the Safe Environment training
The most important skill is the desire to serve. We need adults who can be Den Leaders to work directly with the boys, Pack Leaders who organize the unit level activities, and Committee Members who manage the business of the unit. We have service projects, fundraisers, and campouts as some of the activities. Training is available for all positions. Much of the training is available online and can be performed at the volunteer's pace.