The Timberwolf section is open to boys and girls ages 8–11 (grades 3 through 5). The Timberwolf Section is referred to as a “Pack” (much like the Otter “Raft” or Pathfinder “Troop”) and the smaller units within the Pack are known as “Sixes,” and both boys or girls may join (with the ideal number being 6–8 per Six).
The Timberwolf Pack should meet as a unit at least once a month outside of the larger Group meeting (not counting outdoor activities and community service outings), and be led by the Pack Leader or Cubmaster (Akela) with help from the Assistant Pack Leader. Each Six should be led by a “Duty Sixer” and a “Seconder” selected by Akela from the Timberwolves within that Six. The Duty Sixer shares responsibility with an adult leader for activity planning, leading during Six activities, and training the less-experienced members. At the Pack Meetings, the Timberwolves can, after the opening ceremony, announcements, etc., break out into their smaller units (Sixes) to work on whatever it is they’re learning at the time.
All adult leaders will need to register with BPSA as Rover Scouts and will need to complete a Brownsea Training Course within their first year of membership.
The Timberwolf section offers games and practical activities based on The Jungle Book as written by Robert Baden-Powell‘s friend, Rudyard Kipling. Much of the learning is “by doing.” The overall program is similar in appearance to B-P’s original pre-1960s Wolf Cub program. The focus is on preparing the Timberwolf for Scouting in the Pathfinder section.
BPSA Timberwolf Handbook – online handbook for all Timberwolf scouts
Wolf Cub Handbook – original Wolf Cub handbook by Robert Baden-Powell
Cubmaster’s First Year - Great resource for new Timberwolf Pack Leaders.