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Cub Scout Sports Program

Today's busy world often compels families to make many choices regarding how to best spend their valuable time.  Often young boys are forced to select between organized sports and Scouting. It is for this reason that the Boy Scouts of America introduced the Cub Scout Sports Program.

Cub-aged boys gravitate to activities where they can run, jump, throw and compete. Now they can participate in their favorite sports as part of the pack's program or gain recognition in Cub Scouting for their participation in community programs.

The sports program includes summer and winter sports, both indoor and outdoor team and individual, and active and less active types.

The following sports are being offered by the Cub Scouts Sport Program :

ArcheryPhysical Fitness






FishingTable Tennis




Packs are encouraged to get involved in the sports program and try two sports a year - perhaps one team sport and one individual sport.  When done correctly, this program supplements the existing Cub program. In four years a boy could be exposed to eight different sports.

The Cub Scout may participate in the sports program in his unit, in his community or by himself.  Cub Scouting  emphasizes participation of the family by involving an adult teammate.  Throughout the Cub Scout years the Cub is encouraged to learn and practice good sportsmanship and always DO HIS BEST.

Who Runs The Scout Sports Program

Although the Cubmaster does not run the Sports program, he should give supervision to the program to make sure  the program is conducted in accordance with the BSA policy.  The same would hold true with the den leaders. This is where parent involvement becomes important.  Parents, grandparents, high school coaches, physical education teachers and community sports program volunteers are all good resources for team coaches.

CHOOSE  YOUR COACHES  CAREFULLY !!!  They will have a big impact on the Cubs and their future enjoyment or sports.

Qualifications for Coaches

1.They should be familiar with and like working with young boys.

2.They should know the rules, strategies and skills of the game.

3.They should know how to teach enjoyment of the sport.

4.They should be able to spot problems and correct them.

5.They should know when NOT to play a boy who is ill or injured.

6.They must be able to keep his ego and his temper under control.

7.They must be able to keep open communications with players and parents.

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