Cub Scouts (Boys and Girls Grades K-5)
With fun and discovery at every turn, Cub Scouting provides a foundation youth can stand on to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles and make new discoveries. Adventure is waiting!
Join the Adventure
Families carve out time for Cub Scouting because it provides opportunities for their sons and daughters to explore the outdoors, engage in the community, and develop life skills and interests, all while having FUN! Cub Scouts earn recognition while doing activities that encourage self-responsibility, confidence, and willingness to help others. Get to know your child’s friends and their families as part of a den made up of similar age kids and gender. Having separate dens allows girls and boys to learn and grow at the pace that is unique to their development. Anyone, including those who attend school outside Piedmont, is welcome to join.
Things We Do
A SAMPLING OF FUN SCOUT ADVENTURES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR…
Explore new trails, discover creatures big and small, pitch a tent, use a compass, or cook over an open fire. Play outdoor games with your friends and family. Cub Scouts plan multiple activities throughout the year, including:
Family Highlander Hikes
Experience the wonders of our amazing Bay Area with other Cub Scout families. Each month, a different Pack plans a Saturday “Highlander Hike” – short trips, bikes rides, and/or campouts – to various places throughout the Bay Area.
Scouts sharpen their outdoor skills at this September overnight for 4th & 5th Grade Webelos Cub Scouts and their parents.
Three evenings of adventure by lantern light for all 1st graders and an adult partner! Enjoy crafts, games, making (and eating) s’mores, and building sailboats to race in the rain gutter regatta race! October, Dracena Park.
Cubs learn about community service and join older Scouts each year to collect food for the Alameda Food Bank in the Annual Scouting for Food drive held each November.
Tree Lot Fundraiser
Work alongside older Scouts to sell trees and hone sales skills at the Annual Christmas Tree Lot, Piedmont Council’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Create lasting memories building your dream machine and competing in this long-standing tradition held every February. Open workshops are held in advance to help your child create, design and race their wooden racecar on Race Day!
Hosted jointly by the Piedmont Police Explorers (a Boy Scout program) and Police Department, this fun-filled day for the whole family features bike maintenance and repair, a bike obstacle course, and prizes.
Summer Day Camp
A week of sports, crafts, water games and the famous Egg Drop. Join Cub Scout families and the Piedmont Fire Department to see if your egg will survive! Mid-June, Dracena Park.
Build rockets, race paper airplanes and catch up with friends each year at the Back to School Air Day, held in late August, for those interested in Cub Scouts and their families.
Fun with Friends
Cub Scout dens (grade and gender specific), led by trained adults, meet every other week for about an hour. Games, learning-based activities, outdoor adventures and field trips make these meetings one of your child’s favorite activities. Cub Scout Packs (all dens together) meet once a month to showcase activities and receive awards, and several times a year they participate in a community service project.
Anyone is welcome to join any Pack, not just those who attend Piedmont schools. Contact the Council to try out one of the Packs below.
Levels of Cub Scouts
Kindergarten or 5-6 years old
First grade or 7 years old
Second grade or 8 years old
Third grade or 9 years old
Fourth and fifth grade or 10 years old
Piedmont Cub Scout Packs
Check out each of the Packs and Dens below.
Pack 3 Cub Scouts keep it exciting! Our dens have been involved in some fantastic activities – dens visited local police and fire stations; built and launched rockets at Dracena Park; learned about old and rare coins from a coin collector with a fantastic collection; learned how to safely build and cook on a fire; honed their whittling skills; and removed invasive plants at Wood Park in Oakland. In addition to our monthly Pack meeting games, we’ve done a number of Pack activities. We learned design and woodworking skills to create fast Pinewood Derby cars, slept in the racks of the USS Hornet, hiked the stairways of Piedmont, and built tents in the Piedmont Park.
Pack 4 Scouts have lots of fun! The annual Tree Lot is a big seller with our Cubs, literally, who help raise money for all Piedmont Scout programs. Building cars for Pinewood Derby, building and launching catapults, pirate story-telling, mummy wrapping, and learning to weave paracord bracelets keep our Cub Scouts excited. Cubs from Pack 4 also join in the fun and achievement at the Webeloree every September. They practice aluminum foil cookery, make a tent with just a tarp and some rope, perform first aid on their fellow campers, and learn the calls of local birds. Overnight camping, Christmas Caroling in December at “The Point in Rockridge”, a senior living site, and spending the night aboard the USS Hornet in the spring are just a few more highlights!
Pack 5 keeps busy having fun and learning, starting with August’s campfire and s’mores feast! We build cool cars and race them in the Pinewood Derby. We practice knots, lashings, and making rope. We make compasses and navigate with a map. After learning what to pack and how to pitch a tent, we camp! The Webelos learn about engineering principles, local plants and animals, and launch model rockets high into the air at Moffet Field. The Bears tour the Piedmont Police station and practice composting and cooking. The Wolves discover Lake Merritt’s history, then clean trash out of the lake with cool gloves and huge nets, usually filling 8 big garbage bags. They also perform skits and climb Mount Diablo’s Rock City. The Tigers hike Joaquin Miller Park and tour the Piedmont Fire Station, where they learn about fighting and preventing fires. The Pack picnic caps off the year, complete with the traditional tug of war!
Pack 6 Cub Scouts pack a lot of learning and fun into the year! The older Scouts kick off the year with the Webeloree, and work on the Outdoorsman and Forestry pins. We also work on some fun badges like biking, whittling, collections, marbles and citizenship, and some achieve their religious awards. Pack meetings include a bike rodeo, pumpkin carving, hiking Mount Tam, rock climbing, and racing cars we design and build in the Pinewood Derby. We practice being good citizens by participating in service projects: placing flags at Mountain View cemetery for Memorial Day, singing carols at Monarch Place for Christmas, helping at the Tree Lot, and collecting food for the Food Bank. We wrap up the year by inviting the Kindergarten boys to our meeting to set up tents and make s’mores over a campfire.
“Scouts has provided our boys with opportunities to participate in challenging outdoor adventures and team building situations, practice leadership skills and build friendships while working their way through a variety of engaging achievements. These experiences, and the knowledge acquired along the way, will no doubt have a life-long impact on their development into well-rounded young men.”
– Nancy and Wes Steimle
The Piedmont Council is fortunate to have dedicated staff and over 150 trained volunteers responsive to the needs of our youth, both boys and girls, aged 5-18. With their help, we continue to provide safe and relevant programs through Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, coed Venturing, coed Explorers and coed Sea Scouts.