This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
Cubbing is a home and neighborhood-centered program for boys of 9, 10 and 11 years of age. It consists of many active "things to do" and "things to be made" in and around the home and its "close-up" neighborhood,-and with the farm home folks having a definite part and interest therein.
Rural Cubbing may be made available to rural boys as:
1. A Rural Den in a Town Pack.
2. A Neighborhood Den in a small village.
3. A Lone Cub on the farms.
4. A Rural Pack, in churches and granges.
The studies of the district and the Boy-Fact Surveys, as made by the District Organization and the Extension Committee, will reveal which of these forms of Cubbing organization is best suited to every group and youngster in the district.
The rural Pack is sponsored by a church, a lodge, a grange, a school, or a group of interested citizens. It may be organized in the smaller rural towns and villages. In the small one-Pack town, it may prove desirable to have one Den from each of the two or three churches with a committee similarly constituted and a meeting place agreeable to all.
The distinguishing features of a rural Pack are that it may be small, but what is more important, its membership consists of rural boys and its program of activities is related closely to their home and farm life and interests. The rural Pack consists of several natural play groups called "Dens", which are federated into the Pack, which is sponsored as indicated above-with a Pack Committee and a Cubmaster (male citizen, 21 or over) selected by and preferably from the sponsoring group.
The rural Den uses the natural leadership-1) of one of its own local Cubs elected to serve as "Den-ner"; 2) of one of the mothers of the neighborhood elected or selected to serve as "Den Mother" to keep a sympathetic eye on things and encourage "good works"; 3) of one of the fathers selected to represent the Den on the Pack Committee, and known as "Den Dad"; 4) of a Scout in the neighborhood, perhaps an older brother of one of the boys, and known as the "Den Chief." He meets with the Den in their own neighborhood, once a week, to encourage progress in the projects the boys have started.
The rural Pack meets once a month, as a rally and get-together of its natural "Dens." Such meetings are held in the school, the church, the grange hall, or at some other suitable, acceptable and convenient place.