How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program.
How much does it cost to be a Cub Scout?
Our pack dues are $100 per year. We collect $45 at registration, $35 in December and $20 in March. The dues cover the rank handbook, Boys Life, activity kits, advancement, program leader materials and continuing registration dues with BSA.
It costs approximately $50 for the uniform shirt (with patches), neckerchief and slide. Our goal is for 100% of our cub scouts to have the basic uniform. Optional uniform items include socks, belt, and pants or shorts. These items can be added as the year goes by. The uniform shirt and optional pants/shorts will generally last several years. The hat, neckerchief and slide are rank specific and will need to be replaced each year (approximately $30).
Lack of funds should never be a reason not to join scouting. If there are financial issues please bring them to the attention of our cubmaster. We have resources available to help in special situations. We also have fund raising opportunities throughout the year to help with funding the program.
Pack fundraising is an important part of providing a full program for our Cub Scouts. From the Blue & Gold Banquet (Cub Scouting’s Advancement celebration and birthday party) to adventures like camping on the USS Yorktown in the Charleston Harbor, it all takes money. We have several opportunities throughout the year to raise the funds to help our boys enjoy these special trips.
Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at the Palmetto Council Scout Shop in Spartanburg (864-515-9732). You can also visit the Supply Division Web site at www.scoutstuff.org.
How often do Cub Scouts meet?
Dens meet twice a month. We will have a pack meeting for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. During months that we have special activities (Campout, Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, etc) we generally do not have a pack meeting.
May parents attend den meetings?
Tiger Cubs and their adult partner attend meetings together. Cub Scout den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual boys. They are not a family activity, and the presence of parents can be a distraction. However, parental involvement is not forbidden and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you would like to be present at a den meeting, ask the den leader in advance so that the leader can plan a way for you to observe or participate in an unobtrusive manner.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the pack leaders—the Cubmaster, chartered organization representative, or members of the unit committee. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute, and most units are glad for any offer of help.
Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are both members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys.
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
As mentioned above, at minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years (Tiger, Wolf and Bear). When a boy enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. Den and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of the program year.
If a boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (7- and 8-year-olds), the requirements for those badges are below a 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.
If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, but he may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates into a Bear den.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least ten years old—so a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least ten years old).
However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.