Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.
Character can be defined as the collection of core values possessed by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action. Core values are the basis of good character development. In helping the children develop character, Cub Scouting promotes the following 12 core values.
Health and fitness
Cub Scouting is a year-round FAMILY-ORIENTED part of the BSA program designed for the children who are in Kindergarden through fifth grades (or are 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Fun and Adventure
Preparation for Scouts
All the activities leaders plan and the children enjoy should relate to one or more of these purposes. These purposes help us achieve the overall aims of the Scouts for character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.