The "Dens" are the term used for the different ages/grades. The different Dens are all part of one Pack.
In our Pack 174, we have one den for each grade level. If we have too many boys in one den, then we would start a second den for that age group.
Your son’s grade in school will determine which group he joins within the pack.
They are separated based on grade level, ensuring that the requirements and activities are age appropriate.
Boys can begin their adventures in Cub Scouts starting in the 1st Grade,
and can continue through 5th Grade, or when they become eligible for Boy Scouts.
If your family moves, your scout can transfer to another pack at any time.
A boy can join any time from Kindergaten on; and does not have to wait until the next school year. If your son joins mid year, the fees will be adjusted accordingly, but he may have to work a bit harder to complete requirements but please do not be discouraged and remember the Scout Motto: "Do Your Best"
Grade groupings within Cub Scouting:
Kindergarten Boys - Become Lion Cubs.
They work on their Lion Badge and prepare to join the older boys in the Pack.
First Grade Boys – Become Tiger Cubs.
They start with the Bobcat Badge and then work on their Tiger Badge.
Second Grade Boys – Become Wolf Cubs.
They start with the Bobcat Badge and then work on their Wolf Badge.
Third Grade Boys – Become Bear Cubs.
They start with the Bobcat Badge and then work on their Bear Badge.
Fourth Grade Boys – Become Webelos Scouts. Webelos stands for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Webelos Scouts work on their Webelos Badge. If they are joining for the first time, they will earn the Bobcat Badge first.
Fifth Grade Boys - Become Arrow of Light Scouts. The Scouts will work on earning the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts. If they are joining for the first time, they will earn the Bobcat Badge first. The boys who complete all of the requirements can participate in an Arrow of Light Cross Over Ceremony, usually held in conjunction with the annual Blue & Gold Banquet. This Cross Over ceremony graduates those Scouts from Cub Scouts and welcomes them into Boy Scouts if they choose to continue their Scouting Journey.