Yeah, pretty strong words. I have a bunch of reasons as to why the BSA should just fold up the Cub Scout program. There is no big payoff by having the Cub program. Boy Scout troops don’t get any dividends for having Cub Scouts come to their troops. It’s just a hassle for the Scoutmasters to have to teach them. Or worse yet, have to re-teach the parents about how to act when comparing a pack and a troop. Here’s a couple more reasons…
* Uniforms – Half the time, the Tigers are wearing a uniform that they are drowning in, and then, by the time they are in Webelos, they are too small, and filled with patches and stuff all over. And then, they have to buy a khaki shirt later, anyways. That’s 2 shirts in the span of 4 years. And all the sewing that needs to be done. Well, you could use Badge Magic, but then there’s the leftover residue on the shirt. Some kids don’t even wear one, or they wear it wrong…untucked or without the neckerchief.
* Time – It’s so much time for the Cubs to invest, for no apparent reason. An hour or more, each week, to sit in a boring meeting, while you are making something or talking about the next adventure, is just too much. Parents don’t have the time for it, and if the parents don’t, then the leaders, don’t, either. C’mon…it’s only an hour a week, and that’s all that should be dedicated to it. Invest more time than that, and all you’ve done is waste your time. The Scouts aren’t gonna learn any more by you putting in more than an hour, and really, an hour? Stay at home and watch TV or play a video game and save that hour for yourself.
* Leadership – Wow, more time that needs to be dedicated to something that isn’t going to pay dividends for anyone. Wasted Saturdays sitting in training sessions like Scouting University or whatever else it’s called around the country. Endless weeknights of meetings, whether it’s Cub Scout Roundtable, den meetings, or pack meetings. Too much personal time wasted…why would you want to sit through another powerpoint about how to be a den leader? *eye roll*
* Learning/Teaching – Citizenship, service and good manners are way over-rated, and will do no good in the real world. No need to do this…see above about time. This would be a huge waste of time. Most boys, these days, aren’t interested in helping little old ladies cross the street, or sing songs or make crafts. Video games are better for young boys, as they teach hand/eye coordination…something that Cub Scouting can’t compete with.
* Money – it costs way too much to be involved in the program. You’re expected to sell stuff, like popcorn or batteries or cookies or pizza or something like that, and then, have to pay dues so that the Cubmaster can give you a patch at the pack meeting. What is that patch going to get you in life? Nothing, except the memory of the money that got wasted on a piece of cloth on a plastic backing. Then there’s the cost of other events, like paying for your leaders to get trained, registration fees and Boy’s Life magazine. Wagon rides, sporting events…why would you want to go with your den when you can go with mom and dad?
* Cub Scout Resident Camp – Who wants to be outdoors for a couple of days and nights? There ain’t any air conditioning out there! There’s animals and bugs out in the woods, and they just want to get your food or you. The food in the dining hall is horrible and there’s never enough. And then, they march you around all day, making you hike or swim, and make you sleep in a rickety, squeaky bunk with a bunch of other Scouts, so that you can get up early, and do it all over again. Don’t even get me started on pack camping…
* Pack/Den meetings – way over-rated, too. Once again, waste of an hour or more. Sit there, being quiet, listening to the Cubmaster drone on and on about nothing that you want to hear about. As a Cub, it’s just not worth the time. Your time could be better spent at home, watching TV or playing video games. As a parent, you chase your Cub around to make sure that he has his uniform on, then get him in the car, to drive to the meeting, and then sit there, while you listen to some adult in a khaki shirt, drone on about camping, BB guns, Archery and other stuff that has no practical purpose in today’s society.
* Training – really, don’t get me started. “Every Scout deserves a trained leader”…right. First you get roped into signing an application, and then you are expected to buy a uniform, put patches on it, and then actually plan a meeting. There ain’t no time for that. Plus, the training isn’t that thorough, anyways. You have kids, how hard can it be to be a den leader? It’s like having extra kids for a birthday party or something. Plus, some of the training costs money, and why should you spend your money on something that isn’t going to help you? And then to not get reimbursed for it? Not for me.
So, skip Cub Scouts…no reason for having the program. Wait til your son is 11 or done with the 5th grade, and just join a Boy Scout troop. Troops have the answers to it all, because it’s boy-led. The adults don’t have to do any work…really, just sitting around, talking about the football game or the latest and greatest smartphone app. With skipping Cub Scouts, then there is no reason for the Cub Scout program. Hence, with no added value, and a huge waste of time and resources, Cub Scouts should just be disbanded by the BSA.
Really, this is what I think, or my name ain’t John Henry.