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.
Since rural Cubbing is carried on in and around the rural home, the Lone Cub plan is especially suited to serving the individual boy, or the one boy in a small neighborhood, a boy who is now "ready" to start, or the "shut-in" boy, or the boy who for good reasons cannot affiliate with an existing Pack or Den.
This individual boy, with the approval of his parents, or guardian, selects an outstanding man in their community and invites him to serve as "Friend and Counselor" to this young Cub. He may register formally with the Boy Scouts of America and receive Cubbing periodicals, and Scouting magazine as a Scouter, but is not required to do so. The "Friend and Counselor"-whom the boy's invitation honors as the "best man" he knows, perhaps his own father-is to serve as friendly advisor in the boy's Cubbing efforts and in other problems as desired. He should get acquainted with the boy and through acquaintance, build the confidence which makes influencing possible. He should visit with the Cub at least four times a year and preferably oftener than once a month.
One thing the "Friend and Counselor" can do is to encourage the Cub in his advancement and creative work, to remind him of it, enquire as to progress, suggest how to meet certain difficulties and help things to happen. If through these contacts about "things", the "Friend and Counselor" and the boy can help each other catch the feel of high ideals-then some real things are happening. However, such things must happen naturally, growing out of life so lived.
Lone Cubs will be promoted, at age 12, into Scouting as a Lone Scout, retain his leader "Friend and Counselor" or select a new "best man" to serve him in the Scout program, at age 15 he may advance to Senior Scouting as a Lone Explorer, or at 18 as a Lone Rover, thus with a "Friend and Counselor" he may span the program of Cubbing, Scouting and Senior Scouting on a "Lone" or "Buddy unit" basis from age 9 to 21.