Cub Scouting

(Ages 8 through 10)


When properly carried out, Cub Scouting is a fun, home-centered activity program. Parental involvement and help is a key to success in this program (see Scouting Handbook, 4). The Church does not sponsor Scouting for boys younger than 8 (see Handbook 2, 11.5.3). Boys advance on their birthdays. No Scout-sponsored overnight camping should be planned for boys under age 11 (see Scouting Handbook, 4).

Faith in God

Church activities should be planned to fulfill gospel-centered purposes. To maintain a gospel focus in Scout activities, leaders use the Faith in God for Boys guidebook as one of their resources (see Handbook 2, 11.5.3). The Faith in God program should be coordinated with Scouting to lay a foundation that prepares a boy to keep his baptismal covenants, better serve his family, and receive the priesthood (see Scouting Handbook, 4).

Faith in God is the activity program for the worldwide Church and is meant to be used along with Scouting in the United States and Canada. If you are new to Scouting and are not sure where to begin, you could plan activities for your Scouts by using the Faith in God for Boys guidebook.


Faith in God and Scouting

Activity Correlation Suggestions

Basic RequirementsAchievement 11Achievement 1Webelos Badge, Requirement 8
Learning and Living the Gospel
Give a family home evening lesson on Joseph Smith’s First VisionAchievement 10c, 11aAchievement 1, 10bWebelos Badge, Requirement 8, Activity Badge: Family Member 5
Give an opening and a closing prayer in family home evening or PrimaryAchievement 11bAchievement 1bWebelos Badge, Requirement 8
Tell a story from the Book of Mormon that teaches about faithAchievement 10cAchievement 1aWebelos Badge, Requirement 8
Read D&C 89. Discuss how Heavenly Father blesses us when we faithfully live the Word of WisdomAchievement 11b, cAchievement 9c, gActivity Badge: Fitness
Prepare a pedigree chartAchievement 10, 11Achievement 8dWebelos Badge, Requirement 8 or Activity Badge: Family Member 5
Serving Others
Write a letter to a teacher, your parents, or your grandparentsElective 21bAchievement 18bCommunicator 11
Plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious mealAchievement 8c, eAchievement 9c, gFamily Member 11, Fitness 3, Outdoorsman 8
Read the twelfth article of faith. Discuss what it means to be a good citizenBobcat Trail 1 or Achievement 2aAchievement 24aCitizen Requirement 1
Developing Talents
Learn to sing, play, or lead a song from the Children’s SongbookElective 11d, e, fElective 8Activity Badge: Showman 8, 9
Visit an art museum or attend a concert, play, or other cultural eventAchievement 10c, fAchievement 10aActivity Badge: Showman 17, Naturalist 4
Write a poem, story, or short play that teaches a principleElective 2aRequirement 18gCommunicator Requirement 8

How Does a Boy Earn the Religious Square Knot Patch?

  • He fulfills the basic requirements in the Faith in God for Boys guidebook.
  • He completes all seven activities marked with the square knot icon in the Faith in God for Boys guidebook. (Note: The second square knot icon on page 9 has been omitted and replaced by the activity immediately preceding it: Read the twelfth article of faith. Discuss what it means to be a good citizen and how your actions can affect others.)
  • The religious square knot must be earned before a boy turns 11 years old. It is recommended that it be earned in the Bear or Webelos years.
  • The square knot is usually awarded in a pack meeting.

Can a Webelos Cub Scout earn the Arrow of Light Award without an overnight camp?

Yes. The Cub Scout Webelos Handbook states that one of the Arrow of Light Award requirements is to “participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike” (64; italics added).

What are the changes for Faith in God requirements?

To align the Faith in God program with the new Handbook 2, a few of the requirements have been omitted or revised:

Faith in God for Boys

  • Page 9, bullet 7: Read the twelfth article of faith. Discuss what it means to be a good citizen and how your actions can affect others.
  • Page 9, bullet 8: Omit (quarterly activities are no longer held).
  • Page 12, bullet 2: Read D&C 20:57–60 and Fulfilling My Duty to God for Aaronic Priesthood Holders: Your Duty to God, page 7.
  • Page 18, paragraph 2: Omit (quarterly activities are no longer held).

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