What is Cub Scouting? Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents and with the addition of Family Scouting , we also have a separate den of girls as well. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide scouts through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement.
What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts? Cub Scouts has a young learner program for Kindergartners and First Graders that meets just like the other grades but requires an adult partner to attend all activities. This is usually a parent, but it can be any adult. The youngest scouts, both boys and girls, are called the "Lions" for Kinder and the "Tigers" for 1st Graders.
After Lions and Tigers in Kinder and First Grade, Cub Scouts move to being Wolves in second grade, Bears in third grade, and finally Webelos Scouts in 4th and the first half of 5th grade. They will graduate to a Boy Scout troop in March of their fifth grade year.
What does Cub Scouting offer my son or daughter? Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys and girls in separate dens, 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, scouts learn citizenship, kindness, and courage.
Cub Scouting teaches scouts: confidence through recognition by adults, belonging by building relationships with other kids, quality family time to strengthen the bond between parent and child, social skills through working in teams and with other people, moral and ethical choices by instilling essential values, leadership skills through leading other scouts, and citizenship to become 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 for scouts and one extra meeting a month for parents about once per quarter.
What is expected of me as a parent? Cub Scouting is a program that parents and scouts do together. Parents are critical in providing help and support for the den and pack. Every parent will need to work with their 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. Camping at the Cub Scout level is only with family except at official Cub Scout Summer camps, and so 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 scouts and planning time. As a parent volunteer there are a variety of position to fill such as banquet coordinators, outing planning, snack coordination, social media work, 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
. And there are cub camps in the summer for camping with the den or pack.
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Scouting for Food
Blue & Gold Banquet
BBQs & socials
Parades, flag ceremonies, and patriotic service
Outings all over the area to fun places, cultural centers, and community locations
How much is it going to cost? The Fees are broken up into two installments: $60 in October, and the last $30 in February to make it easier on families. The money is distributed like this: The registration fee we send to the larger organization to cover insurance and paperwork is $36 per year. The subscription to Boys' Life Magazine is $12.00. Annual pack dues are also $42 per year, for a total of $90 per year.
Other costs include uniforms (which they can keep for all 4 years of Cub Scouts), age level 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. Typically, selling popcorn in the fall twice in the stores can earn scouts enough to pay dues. For camp we have wreath, candy, meat stick, and usually some other fundraiser, that can cover most if not all of the cost of camp for a scout. There are also scholarships called camperships available to many scout families that can cover up to 50% of camp fees.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
Nor'West Scout Shop
2145 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201-5197
M-F 9-6; Sat 10-5; Closed Sun
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.