1 – The LDS Cub scouting program begins at age 8. Not before. (Traditional packs may sponsor programs for younger boys like Tigers)
2 – Boys enter and leave dens on their birthdays and according to age: 8 yrs old = Wolf, 9 yrs old = Bear, 10 yrs old = Webelos. (In a traditional pack is based on their school grade: Tiger = 1st Grade, Wolf = 2nd Grade, Bear 3rd, Webelos 4th & 5th)
3 – The LDS Webelos program is one year – Age 10. (Traditional Webelos is 4th & 5th grade)
4 – The LDS church does not sponsor Scouting for girls.
5 – LDS Church policy states “No Scout sponsored overnight camping should be planned for boys under age 11”. The BSA requirements state “If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong activity.” Seek the Bishops council for permission for scout related activities at a ward campout or father-son campout. Family camping is always allowed. (Traditional Cub Scouts may attend Resident Camp, Webelos Den Overnighters, and/or Pack overnighters)
6 – The LDS Bishopric calls men or women (they do not have to be members) to serve as Cub Scout leaders for Primary age boys. Parents are always welcome to volunteer on committees and with activities. (In a traditional packs leaders are recruited)
7 – No DUES are collected. (Traditional packs often assess dues for each boy.)
8 – If the LDS ward budget does not have sufficient funds to pay for an annual day camp … leaders may ask participants to pay for part or all of it. A single possible fundraiser for this purpose (day camp only), would need to be approved first and follow church guidelines for fundraisers. (In the traditional BSA program there are no limits on how many fundraisers a boy or pack may participate in, but BSA approval is required.)
9 – The LDS Church does not approve of hiking (or other such scouting activities) on Sunday. And Scouting events are not held on Monday evening, the night designated for family home evening.
11 – It is against LDS Church policy to light candles inside the building. (Many BSA ceremonies use lit candles)
After looking over this list I hope you will realize that there are actually more similarities than there are differences. There are some things we do differently as LDS Cub Scouters but we run the same program and the boys learn the same things, do the same activities and earn the same ranks. If you still have questions or want to read the official answers for yourself you can find more clarification on any policies specific to LDS Scouting you can find all the answers in the “Green Handbook” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States)