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Cubbing - Cub Scouting

In 1930, the BSA was twenty years old and solidly established as the preeminent organization for older boys and young men. “Cubbing” began as an experimental program and was carefully controlled by the national office. This trial continued for three years. In 1933, the National Executive Board removed the “experimental” label and began to strongly support it. The leadership of the Cub Scout den was a Boy Scout known as a Den Chief. A den mother helped to guide the den chief but was not the key leader. By 1936, den mothers were permitted to register with the national council but still remained in a supporting role to the den chief.  It was soon realized that dens with adult leaders functioned better than with den chiefs.  

The original ranks of Cub Scouting were Wolf, Bear and Lion. In 1938, the Bob Cat pin was introduced as the entry-level for a new Cub. It was for civilian wear only. In 1959, it was approved for wear on the uniform. At that time it was changed from Bob Cat to Bobcat.


In 1941, the Webelos rank was added for Cubs who had completed their Lion Badge and some requirements for the Boy Scout Tenderfoot rank. In 1954, a Webelos Den was created for boys 10½. The rank of Lion was dropped in 1967 and 15 activity badges were added to the Webelos program. In 1972, the old Webelos badge became the Arrow of Light.  

In 1982, Tiger Cubs was introduced into the program. Tigers were associated with a local Cub Pack but met separately and attended the blue and gold dinner in February and a graduation ceremony in the spring. The program was designed to bring the seven year old closer to his parent and introduce him to Scouting. There was no advancement plan and no uniform. In 1986, a Tiger Cub graduate emblem was designed and presented to tigers who moved on into the pack. In 1997, this emblem was replaced with the tiger strip to be worn on the uniform. Over the years the tiger program has been drawn more into the Cub program and tigers now wear the Cub Scout uniform and have a complete advancement plan. Tiger is  now a rank advancement.