Generally the Cub Scout program is flexible. There are many different ways of running a pack to fit the needs of members around the country. And, as long as your Cub Scout program is planned to fit the purposes of Cub Scouting and a few policies and procedures, you are on safe ground.
The policies are rules we must follow to play the game correctly. It is possible to play by other rules, but if you choose to do this, it won't be Cub Scouting. These rules are based on more than sixty-five years of experience in packs around the nation and have been established for these reasons:
- To make sure the objectives of the Cub Scout program are the natural outcome of the activities
- To protect the health and safety of each member and assure him of a program that will hold his interest
- To protect the Boy Scouts of America and its good name against misuse by those who would exploit boys and the organization for personal gain.
- To protect each leader while conducting the program.
Remember; the program is flexible, but the policies are not. All leaders agree to uphold these rules when they sign the Adult Application for registration.
This small excerpt was taken from Chapter 11 of the Cub Scout Leader book. This chapter further covers the policies of the BSA. Call your local Scout Shop and get one for yourself.