What is Cub Scouting? Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement.
What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts? Boys may join a Cub Scout pack the summer following kindergarten. They will graduate to a Boy Scout troop in February of their fifth grade year. First-graders must have an adult partner to attend all activities. This is usually a parent, but it can be any adult.
What does Cub Scouting offer my son? Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders, and friends, boys learn citizenship, compassion, and courage.
Cub Scouting teaches boys confidence through recognition by adults, belonging by building relationships with other boys, quality family time to strengthen the bond between parent and child, social skills through integrant with other people, moral and ethical choices by instilling essential values, leadership skills through leading other boys, and citizenship to beam responsible community members.
How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities? Typical time commitment is two den meetings and one pack meeting each month. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball or basketball or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art and science can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins.
What is expected of me as a parent? Cub Scouting is a program that parents and sons can do together. Parents are critical in providing help and support for the den and pack. Every parent will need to work with your scout on advancement projects and activities. At least one parent should attend pack meetings once per month with your scout to present his advancement awards to him. All siblings are always welcome at all pack meetings. Parents can attend and assist with den outings as needed. Parents must attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your scout.
Parents who volunteer for more substantial roles spend an average of two to four hours per week involved in Cub Scouting activities. This includes meetings with the boys and planning time. As a parent volunteer there are a variety of position to fill such as unit leaders, pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leaders, and chartered organizations representatives. Volunteering helps strengthen the bond between parent and child. Training is provided. .
Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at Cub Scout Camping
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Scouting for Food
Blue & Gold Banquet
How much is it going to cost? The registration fee is $24 per year. The subscription to Boys' Life Magazine (optional but highly recommended) is $12.00. Annual pack dues are also $24 per year, for a total of $60 per year. These fees are pro-rated, so if you join in June, the total fee would be $30 for the remainder of the year.
Other costs include uniforms, handbooks and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Scouts participate in fund-raising activities, which help the pack, the council and the scout. Scouts keep a percentage of the money they raise in an account which can be used for camp fees or uniforms.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches? Scout shops are located in Portland and Longview.
Nor'West Scout Shop
2145 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201-5197
M-F 9-7; Sat 10-4; Closed Sun
Longview Scout Shop
1339 Commerce Ave
Longview, WA 98632
Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00-1:30
Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutStuff.Org. The pack also maintains a small uniform bank. We usually have lots of neckerchiefs and a few patches. Every once in a while we will have a used shirt, all available free of charge. Contact the web master for more details.