Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Cub Scouts



Cub Scouting is for boys and girls 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 are eligible to join the Scouts BSA program.  

Boys and girls aged 14 or older can join the Venturing, Sea Scout, or Exploring program.

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

Cub Scouts join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight Cubs. Dens of Lion Cubs (kindergarteners), Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cubs (second-graders), Bear Cubs (third-graders), Webelos (fourth-graders) and Arrow of Light (fifth-graders) usually meet weekly to do crafts and projects and work on their advancement through Cub adventures.

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 Cubs 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'had a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous... 

For 2019, the Cubs will go on A Knight's Quest... 

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

A note on girls in Cub Scouts

Younger girls, from kindergarten to fourth grade, can join Cub Scouts in a Pack which chooses to participate in Family Scouting. Each den within a pack which chooses to accept both boys and girls will be single-gender. Sponsors may also choose to keep their pack as a boys-only pack, and/or may choose to sponsor a new girls-only pack. Unless noted otherwise in the list of packs below, all of our District Packs plan to have dens for girls starting in 2018.  

Also, starting on February 1, 2019, girls between 11-17 years of age will be eligible to join Scouts BSA - for more information, see that page. The older-youth BSA programs, Venturing and Exploring, have been co-ed for many years, and remain open to both boys and girls from 14-20. 

As the guidelines are developed by BSA National over time, they will be announced on the Family Scouting page on National's website, and important information will be posted to the district announcements page. 

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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