Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Cub Scouts



Cub Scouting is for boys in kindergarten through fifth grades. 

Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or, if they are 14 or older, the Venturing, Sea Scout, or Exploring program.

Starting in September, 2018, girls will also be eligible to join Cub Scouts, at the option of the sponsoring organization of each pack. More details about girls in Cub Scouts will be announced as 2018 progresses. 

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. It is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. 

Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Dens of Lion Cubs (kindergarteners), Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cubs (second-graders), Bear Cubs (third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) usually meet weekly to do crafts and projects and work on their advancement through Cub ranks and Academics and Sports belt loops and pins. 

For information on Cub Advancement, see our Advancement page

Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization. At Pack meetings, Cubs receive the advancement awards they've earned since the last meeting, and take part in ceremonies, activities and games. 

  The Pinewood Derby is a favorite activity for Cub Scouts

Cubs build and race their own Pinewood Derby cars

At the Rocket Derby, Cubs can launch model rockets

Cubs can also build and race boats in the Raingutter Regatta


Special Opportunities for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts can attend a variety of camps and weekend events, usually with an adult partner. There are several Cub Adventure Weekends each year, in which the Cubs take part in games and activities on a fun theme. Every summer there are Cub Day Camps at a number of locations around the District and Council, and also overnight Resident Camps at Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake and Camp Tuscarora in Deposit.

Cub Scout camps usually include many activities, such as archery, crafts, nature, sports and other things Cubs love to do!

Cub Camps involve the Cub Scouts in interesting themes, such as knights in armor or the Wild West - they're all different, and all fun!

The Camp Barton 2011 Resident Camp was set in Barton Flats during the 1848 California Gold Rush - see here for pictures.

Our 2012 Cub Camp was at Scotland's Castle Frontenac in the year 1212 for The Quest for the Barton Grail. See here for the story of the camp, with lots of pictures. 

In 2013, we went to Barton Hall in foggy 1913 London, where the Cubs solved mysteries with Barton Holmes, Sherlock's brother, in A Study in Azure. See here for the mystery, with pictures...

The 2014 Cub Resident Camp theme was Leatherstocking Tales, as Camp Barton became Fort Barton on the frontier. You can find the story here

In 2015 the Space Invaders came to Camp Barton. See here for the whole story!

For the 2016 Cub Resident Camp, Camp Barton became Cretaceous Camp, and dinosaurs roamed the gorge... 

In 2017 the Cubs graduated from the Barton School of Mystery and Magic

In 2018, we've got a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous... Watch the Camping page for details.

See our District Scrapbook page to see more pictures of the fun our Cubs had at Cub Weekends and Camps over the last few years. 

Cub Scouts can attend day activities sponsored by the District or Council, where Cubs can earn many different Adventure belt loops.

The Fall Cub Adventure Weekend at Camp Barton usually has a Halloween theme - Boo at Barton

For more information on Cub Scouting, see:

There's a Cub Pack Near You!

Packs in Cortland County
and contact information

If you are interested in starting a new Pack, Troop or Crew in your area, please contact the Taughannock District Executive at DE@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org

Packs in Tompkins County

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