Cub Scouting means "doing". Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the Scouts doing things.
Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting - citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.
Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.
Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a Scout's sense of belonging.
Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method.
Each Scout plans their advancement and progresses at their own pace as he meets each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps them gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help Scouts grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms are for Scouts who are registered with Scouts BSA. Any registered Scout may earn these awards until their 18th birthday.
Sea Scouts has its own distinct language, customs, and advancement track. It combines traditions of the past with technology of the future, and whether one looks to the sea as a career or lifelong hobby, it is worth exploring. Sea Scout units, called “ships,” use a variety of paddle craft, power boats, and sailing vessels, and promote service to others and advancement that rewards individual pursuits of excellence. Each level marks progressive growth as a seaman and leader, culminating in the prestigious Quartermaster rank.
There are a series of three awards, the Bronze, Gold, and Silver Awards, which can be earned in sequence by all Venturers,
no matter their specialty, plus the Ranger Award, for Outdoor/High Adventure activity, the TRUST award for Religious Life activities, and the Quest Award, for Fitness and Sport activities.
In addition, Leadership Awards, which can be earned by Youth and/or Adults can be presented at the Council, Area/Region, and National levels.
Any Scout Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop may continue advancement toward Star, Life
and Eagle Scout ranks, and Eagle Palms, up to their 18th birthday.