Cub Scouts Pack (Primary)

Cub Scouting in Wards and Branches Sponsored by the Church

Cub Scouting in Church-sponsored units is a family-centered program designed for boys ages eight through ten. (Girls are not included in Church-sponsored Cub Scout units). The boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight when they join the Wolf den of their ward’s Cub Scout pack. A new Cub Scout begins by earning his Bobcat badge. During his first year, the eight-year-old meets weekly with his den and works toward completing the requirements for the Wolf badge. The Wolf handbook has requirements that relate to the monthly Cub Scout themes. The Cub Scout will work on the requirements for that month’s particular “adventure belt loop” during den meetings and at home with his family. There are usually two or thee den meetings (one of which might be an outing) prior to the pack meeting, which is held at the end of the month. Families attend the pack meetings to support their Cub Scout as he performs and is recognized for his accomplishments that month. Each boy remains in the Wolf den until he turns nine, at which time he joins the Bear den.

In some very small packs there might be a combined Wolf-Bear den. During his year in the Bear den he works to achieve the Bear rank (including the seven or more adventure belt loops). When he turns ten, he joins the Webelos den and works on requirements for the Webelos badge and/or the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light is the highest rank awarded to Cub Scouts, but the only prerequisite is that the boy must earn the Bobcat badge when he first joins the pack. There is no prerequisite of having to earn the Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge in order to earn the Arrow of Light. When he turns eleven, he will join the ward’s Boy Scout troop.


Cub Scout Overview

While watching this  6-minute BSA Cub Scout overview video. keep in mind that Church-sponsored packs do not have Tiger Cubs. Also be aware that boys join Church-sponsored packs at age eight and advance to the next den by age, not by school grade or Primary class.

Become an Official Scout Leader

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately click here:  Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“Register with the BSA, receive BSA training, serve on the appropriate ward Scouting committees, and ensure that Church policies are followed.” Ward Scouting Guidelines

Complete the following two items:

  1. Register with the Boy Scouts of America. Fill out the Adult Application paper copy after printing an online form. Alternatively, you may get an Adult Application from a bishopric member, the pack committee chair, or your BSA local council office.
  2. Complete Youth Protection training at It will take up to 90 minutes to complete.
  • Youth Protection (YP) training is required for all leaders in Church-sponsored units prior to submitting the Adult Application.
  • Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID number to take YP training.
  • To take Youth Protection training go to and create an account.
    • From the portal, click on “Youth Protection Training.”
    • CHURCH POLICY ON THE TIMING OF YP TRAINING DIFFERS FROM BSA POLICY. As indicated above, for leaders in Church-sponsored units the YP training certificate of completion must accompany the Adult Application, even though older Adult Applications may indicate “New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins.”
    • If a currently registered leader is switching to a new position in the same unit, the YP certificate must accompany the Adult Application. The words “Position Change” should be added at the bottom of the application under the block for the registration fee.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application, to your pack committee chair (to be submitted ASAP to the district executive at the BSA local council office).
  • Once your paperwork (Adult Application and YP certificate) has been submitted to the council office, it can take up to approximately two weeks for the background check to be completed. After two weeks you may be sustained in sacrament meeting and then begin your service.
  • When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will be issued a BSA member ID number (your committee chair should be able to tell you what it is). After you know your member ID number, log back into Find your name in the upper right-hand corner. Click on the silhouette next to your name. Sign in with your username and password (if requested). Click on My Profile. Update the system by inputting your ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and any other training records in  to your BSA membership.
  • To learn more about BSA policies regarding Youth Protection, click here.

Prepare for Your First Meeting

  • The “Fast Start Training” videos for all Cub Scout leader positions USED to be the first online training for new Cub Scout leaders. With the launching of the new Cub Scout leader training at, the Fast Start videos have been replaced by the first set of Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training modules. Instead of Fast Start, new Cub Scout leaders should take all the modules in the Before the First Meeting segment.
  • To find out how to take this new training, click on the next bullet below: Required Training for Your Position.

Required Training For Your Position


  • You are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader working with Cub Scouts. Most Cub Scout leader training is available online at, and should be completed within 60 days of being called.
  • To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”
  • To be considered “Trained,” leaders must take the appropriate leader position-specific training. Fortunately most of the training for leaders serving in Cub Scouting can be taken online and doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. There is training for den leaders and assistant den leaders;  Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters; and pack committee chairmen and committee members.
    • There are three segments in each course: Before the First Meeting, First 30 Days, and Position Trained. There are short modules (5 to 10 minutes each) in each of the three segments, for a total of about 20 to 25 modules.
  • To take position specific training go to >  Menu > Learn Center > Cub Scouting > Program Specific Training > CS19-Cub Scouting > Take training for your position. You could also view “Take the Required Training for Your Cub Scout Leadership Position,” a guide which, although somewhat out-of-date, may help you in navigating the complicated route to the training courses.
  • Effective April 30, 2018 direct contact leaders must also complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
  • Pack committee chairs and members will be considered “Trained” after completing either the online position-specific training for pack committee members (at OR the new, interactive (and more fun), live course, Pack Committee Challenge (C60), offered by some district and/or council training teams.
  • Pack trainers will be considered “Trained” after completing pack committee member position-specific training (either the 22 online modules or the live Pack Committee Challenge, C60) AND Fundamentals of Training (D70) in a live classroom setting, offered periodically during the year by districts and councils. Because pack trainers need to be familiar with all pack positions, it would be worthwhile for them to complete the online modules for den leaders and Cubmasters. There are only 7 more online modules, in addition to the 22 already required for pack committee members. Having completed all the Cub Scout leader training modules, pack trainers are better able to advise and assist all other leaders in the pack.

What’s Next


The Cub Scout roundtable is a lively monthly training event sponsored by the district designed to help leaders carry out a successful Cub Scout program in their dens and packs. At roundtable you will receive information on BSA policy, upcoming district and council activities, and training events. Most Cub Scout roundtables have breakout sessions for your specific position (Cubmasters; committee members; and Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders). At roundtable you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences with other Cub Scouters and enjoy fun and fellowship in a relaxed and interactive environment.

SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING:     To take these and many other online training courses go to > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training.

  • Hazardous Weather Training:  Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. This training is required for at least one leader who is going with your unit on any outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is recommended for all adult leaders and den chiefs.
  • Safe Swim Defense: Required by at least one leader (preferably all adults) on outings involving activities that include swimming or wading in water over knee deep (that’s not very deep for a short Cub Scout!). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
  • Safety Afloat: Required by at least one adult on outings involving more than just swimming (boating, tubing, waterskiing, and so on). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.



Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It was designed by Lord Baden-Powell to enable Scouters to learn the skills and methods of Scouting; it is “learning by doing.” Those attending the course are divided into patrols consisting of about eight adults. The patrols form a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week (or for two weekends), practicing Scouting skills, such as fire-building, camping, cooking, tying knots and lashes, and so on.

Many councils offer a “Sunday-friendly” course, over two weekends from Thursday through Saturday. This allows leaders in LDS units and other religious organizations to return home on Saturday night so they can attend their regular Sunday services.

Charles W. Dahlquist, former Young Men president, had this to say about the value of Wood Badge:

“If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men. . . then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that—including getting trained. For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding this great tool for strengthening young men of the Aaronic Priesthood than anything else (“The Importance of Wood Badge Training,” LDS Relationships Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2007).  To view the entire article, click here.

To learn more about Wood Badge training and how you can attend, contact your local council office or check your council’s website.

Helpful Links

  1. Watch this 5-minute Boys’ Life Subscription Promo for LDS Scouts and Parents. Boys’ Life magazine only costs $12 a year for 12 fantastic fun, fact- and  adventure-filled issues. That’s just a dollar each–such a bargain! Boys’ Life fees are paid by the individual family of each Scout. What a great idea for a gift from Mom and Dad (or Grandma).
  2. Visit the BSA’s Cub Hub~This Is Cub Scouting and Cub Scouts websites
  3. Visit – Scouting in Primary
  4. Visit – Leader Roles and Responsibilities
  5. Visit – Frequently Asked Questions

Cub Scout Program Updates - 2018

Cub Scout Handbook Addendums  

Below are direct links to the 2017 addendums:

Wolf Requirement Modifications:

Bear Requirement Modifications:

Webelos/AOL Requirement Modifications:

(Note from National BSA – has been re-launched under a new platform, one that is more mobile friendly.  During the conversion we removed over 100 pages in Cub Scouting alone that were out of date, some by over five years.  Any bookmarked pages someone may have had on will no longer work until they re-bookmark them.)

Position-Specific In-Person Training Guides Available Now!

The training guides for Den Leader , Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster , and Pack Committee (Pack Committee Challenge) are now available on the adult training page of

The online training for den leaders, Cubmasters, committee chairs and members, and chartered organization representatives has been totally updated with help from volunteers from around the country. The new training is divided into shorter, more targeted modules so leaders can get the training they need, in the order they want, any time they need it. The new training is organized around the information needed prior to the first meeting, in the first 30 days, and to be position-specific trained. This new training was developed in conjunction with the BSA’s new Learning Management System (LMS). BSA’s LMS is accessed by clicking on Menu, then My Dashboard on after you log on. Then click on the My Training tab, then on the Training Center tab, then select Cub Scouting, then the applicable Cub Scout Learning Plan.

 Pack Meeting Plans have been discontinued!

From the Cubmaster’s Minute to resource lists, you’ll find everything you need to lead fun and engaging pack meetings! Click here for prior years’ pack meeting plans.

Updated Requirements for Cub Scout Awards

The requirements for the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scout program. CLICK HERE for details on all Scouting awards.

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Den Leader Guide Covers

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