Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting was launched experimentally in the United States on August 1, 1929, when the first demonstration units were organized for younger boys, ages 9 through 11. Many younger boys had been trying to attend Boy Scout troop meetings for several years so the Boy Scouts of America thought it was time to produce a program that would fit this age group. In 1933, it was felt that the time had come to promote Cub Scouting as part of the Boy Scout program throughout the country so the experimental restrictions were removed.

The Webelos rank was introduced in 194,1 and in 1943 the first blue and gold banquet was held.  The Pinewood derby began in 1955, and in 1964, the first National Summertime Awards were issued.  Webelos dens became into being in 1967 and the first day camps were held in 1968.  The five ranks that are now in Cubbing were established in 1978.  Tiger Cub program begin in 1982.  The Cub Scout Sports program was introduced in 1985.  The Tiger Cub badges was introduced in 2001, and the Outdoor Activity Award was introduced in 2004.

The 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting was celebration during 2005.

Earliest Known Cub Pack

The earliest known Cub Scout Pack in this area was organized in the Southwest Texas Council in late 1930. A notice appeared in the Daily Guide of Eagle Pass, Texas on December 1, 1930, announcing that a meeting of all members of the new Cub Scout "troop." Mr. R. A. Braithwaite was Scoutmaster of the troop. He asked that all boys between the ages of 9 and 11 who were not already members of the group to come to the meeting.

The following week, another announcement appeared in the paper asking that the two Cub Scout patrols to be present at another meeting at the Courthouse. Later, the Boy Scouts of Troop 7 invited the Cub Scout Troop and their parents to join them in a campfire meeting to be held at the Army Post on December 19, 1930. Mr. R. A. Braithwaite was the leader for both groups.

The Southwest Texas Council later merged with the Concho Valley Council in 1936.

First Concho Valley Council Cubs

The first Cub group in the Concho Valley Council was chartered in 1934, when a rural Cub Den was organized at Station B of the Humble Pipe Line Company between Sonora, Texas and Junction, Texas in the spring. Mr. Carl Bardner was Cubmaster of the rural den Number 21 that was sponsored by the Station "B" School. The first Cub Scouts were Bunday Stanton, Davidson Irk, Jr. and Day Gilbert.

Another Cub Pack was organized in Iraan, Texas in November of 1934, with twenty-three boys. Cub Pack 1 was sponsored by the Iraan Lions Club, Dr. J. Marvin Rape, president. The Cubmaster was M. E. Norman and Chairman of the Committee was J. H. Jarvis. The Pack later took the same number as the Troop and is known today as Pack 49.

             Cub Pack 26 of San Angelo
First Pack in San AngeloThe Mother's Club of Santa Rita School sponsored the first Pack in San Angelo, Texas, Pack 26. E.P. Armstrong was Cubmaster.  Den Mothers were Mrs. Frank Findlator, Mrs. Oscar Erwin, and Mrs. C. T. Lockhart   They chartered with 23 Cub Scouts, and had their first meeting in September of 1935. By the end of 1935, this nucleus of Cubbing had expanded to three Packs and 70 boys.

The charter members of the Pack are as follows:  Bobby Bean, Sam Vines, Jr., James Louis Sutton, Warren Lee Sallee, Jackie Cole, Glenn A. Young, Billey Erwin, Jack Grafa, Norman Maier, Jr., Kenneth Ripple, Thomas Albert Aldrich, Macon Freeman, Jr. Lovel Davis, Earl Yates, Jr., John Findlater, Jim Probandt, Jr., Louis Farr Jones, Francis Mills Eckert, Robert Bruce Simmons, E. W. Whisnand, Joe Don Dickey and Weldon Sherffield.

The second Cub Pack in San Angelo was organized at S. F. Austin with the P.T.A. as sponsor.  Pack 27 had 38 boys with Miles Turner as Cubmaster.

Pictured below is a Bicycle Field Day sponsored by Den 1, Cub Pack 81 on Sixth Steet, San Angelo, in front of West Texas Foundry in 1938.  Mrs. Willig, Den Mother, on left.
Bicycle Field Day
C. A. Donaldson was Cubmaster of Pack 11 organized in1936, in Del Rio with 24 boys, was sponsored by the North Heights P.T.A.  Central Ward P.T.A. sponsored Pack 12 of Del Rio with 26 boys and Douglas Newton as their Cubmaster.

Fort Concho P.T.A. sponsored the sixth Pack in the Council in 1936, Pack 28, with 11 boys and W. E. Cuzick as Cubmaster.

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First Buffalo Trails Council Cubs

We know that the Cub program became active in the Buffalo Trail Councilin 1934 when a Pack was organized in Sweetwater at the Philip Nolan School. It was Pack 2 and the early leaders were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Neinast, H. D. Reed, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brown.

There was a council report in 1937 that stated that the Cub Scout program was beginning to grow. There were Cub Packs located at Grandfalls, Midland, Sweetwater and Big Springs, Texas. By 1939 the Cub program had grown to 165 Cub Scouts and by the start of World War II in 1941 that number had grown to 586 Cubs.

First Chisholm Trail Council Cubs

Ed Shumway, Scout Exeuctive of the Chisholm Trail Council, organized the first Cub Pack in 1935.  We have no addtional informatioin on this Pack.  This information came from the Stamford American, September 2, 1949, page 2.

First Comanche Trail Council Cubs

A newspaper story in the Brownwood Bulletin, dated October 29, 1929, talks about two patrols of Cub Scouts being organized.  Here is that story:
Boy Scouts Troop Eight
Organize Two Patrols of Cubs

"Boy Scouts of Troop Eight organized two patrols of Cub Scouts at their regular weekly meeting Friday evening in the First Baptist church gymnasium.  Forty boys attended the session.

There were 16 boys under the required scout age of 12 years present and two patrols were formed.  Joe Drake was elected patrol leader of the Cub patrol and Clinton Sanders was chosen leader of the second division, to be known as the Wolf patrol."

The first Cub Pack, Pack 1, was organized on March 31, 1936, in Breckenridge, Texas as part of the Comanche Trail Council.  The chartered organization was the Methodist Church and the Cubmaster was James C. Ferguson. We do not know how many kids were chartered with the Pack but do know that eight additional Cubs were added on April 17th and five more were added that October.

Pack 2, the second Cub Pack in the Council, was chartered on August 10, 1936 to "A Group Of Citizens" in Richland Springs, Texas. Joe E. Rogers was registered as Cubmaster and J. N. Templeton as his assistant. Nine Cubs were registered and received their Bobcat rank. The Pack met at the school on Thursday night.

Pictured on the left if a copy of Pack 2's Charter for 1945.  Elmo Letbetter was Cubmaster.  These charters were very colorful in the early days of Cubbing.  Just click on the charter to get a larger picture of it.

There was a Lone Cub registered in the Comanche Trail Council in 1935 but we have been unable to locate who that individual was.

By the end of 1936, the council had two Cub packs and forty-six Cubs.  Neither of the Packs survived, and by the end of 1937 the council was back to one registered Lone Cub!

Four men attended “Cubbing School for Leaders of Leaders” in November 22, 1937, which was held in San Antonio.  They came back to Brownwood with a determination to do a better job with Cubbing during the coming year.

Reorganized in 1938

Pack 1 in Breckenridge was reorganized and had twenty-four boys in it at the end of 1938.  This time the pack stayed organized and continued to serve the boys in Breckenridge for many years.

Den in Pack 2By February 10, 1939, they were finally able to get a Cub pack organized in Brownwood, Pack 2, sponsored by the First Baptist Church.  According to A. Clayton William, a member of one of the dens, they had no pack meetings, never saw the Cubmaster or his Assistant, nor did they participate in the Scout Circus.  They were one of three packs active during that year. Pictured on the left is one of the dens in Pack 2 taken about 1939, provided by A. Clayton William.

Left to right, back  row: C. Q. Davis, Jim White, John L. Gorman, Foy Dickinson, Harold Gene, A. Clayton William, and Den Chief King.  Left to right, seated: Murray Carter,  Jack Earl Brummett, Sonny Sims, William Glen Kemp, Billy Nickels, Marcus Kemp, and Mrs. M. E. Carter, Den Mother.

In 1940 the council had four packs organized with ninety-seven Cubs registered.  This included Pack 1 in Breckenridge, Pack 2 in Brownwood and Pack 3 at Eliasville.  We do not have a record of the fourth pack organized.

Picture of Pack 7, Stephenville, TX in the early 1950's
Pack 7 in Stephenville

By the start of World War II in December of 1941, the Council had seven packs with 171 Cubs including new Pack 5 in Desdemona and Pack 7 in Eastland.  During 1949 the age for Cub Scouts was lowered to 8 through 10 when they dropped the age of Boy Scout to 11.  National later changed Cub Scouts to include boys in the second through fourth grades.

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Tiger Cubs

Tiger Cubs was introduced into the Cub Scout program in the fall of 1982.  It was slow to develop in the first year as some Cubbers were reluctant to have First Grade boys in their Pack and the program was so much different than what they were used to.

According to Doug Palmer, Cub Pack 84 in Midland, TX had the first Tiger Cub group started in Texas in 1982.

Five Cub packs took the initiative and included Tiger Cubs in their pack in the Comanche Trail Council..  They were Pack 7, Stephenville; Pack 35, Dublin; Pack 37, DeLeon; Pack 78, Brownwood; and Pack 88, Gustine. Now almost every Pack in the Council has at least one Tiger Cub group and some have two.

Webelos Scouts

Lion Scout was the program for the eleven year old Cub Scout for many years. The Webelos Den was created in 1954 to provide a means of maintaining the interest of Cub Scouts 10 1/2 years of age in Scouting and to provide a bridge between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  In 1967  the Webelos program was changed again so that a Cub could be in a Webelos Den for a year.  Webelos Scouts could earn Activity badges toward the new Webelos badge.

The new two-year Webelos program became a part of Cubbing in 1988.  With it came five new activity badges and a strengthening of the requirements for the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Light award.  The new activity badges were Communicator, Family Member, Fitness, Handyman and Readyman.

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Click HERE for photos of Cub Scouts at Lad & Dad 2002 in Concho Valley Council

Click HERE for photos of Cub Scouts at Lad & Dat 2003 in Concho Valley Council

For more information on Cub Scout History go to:
Cub Scout History

Last undated: February 15, 2009
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