If you are coming from Cub Scouts, then you have a good idea of what Scouting is for, what it means and how it will help develop good character traits in your future scout. It’s best to learn some of the key differences between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Here are a few of the big items you will see as you transition:
Pack is now a Troop
In Cub Scouts everyone is a pack member, as well as their own den. In Boy Scouts, it’s no longer a Pack, but a Troop. Everyone is in the Troop as well as a patrol. One key difference is that in Cub Scouts your den is based on your grade level. The patrols are not always related to your grade, you may be with scouts of other ages. In addition you will find in Boy Scouts that everyone works together, that means your 11 year old may be working with 15, 16 and 17 year olds.
Leadership is different
As you know in Cub Scouts all leadership is by the parents. Boy Scouts is intended to be ‘BOY LED’. There will still be parents involved as leaders, however the intention is that meetings, events and programs should be organized and run BY the scouts! This is one of the features that sets Boy Scouts far ahead of many other organizations for their age group. This is what helps them develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime!
Our troop strives for a overnight camping trip 1x per month. You will find we do a lot more activities outdoors than in Cub Scouts. The trips are not mandatory, all voluntary as to what you choose to go on, however there are a lot more opportunities for camping/hiking/outdoor activities as well as other fun activities.
Advancement is different
Whereas each year of Cub Scout represents a dedicated program towards their grade level, Boy Scouts provides a clear advancement path that is up to the scout to move forward based solely on their own self motivation on how far they want to succeed. There is no ‘spoon feeding’ of advancement and programming per week/month/year. Everything is up to the individual scout as to how far in rank they want to achieve.
Ready to visit Troop 834
Troop Meetings are held Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm at Our Lady of Grace Church on Bower Hill Road, in Conroy Hall. Go to our Calendar to see our schedule. We would be glad to meet with you and answer any questions you have about our troop or Boy Scouts in general. Hope to see you soon!
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