Cub Scouts is for Everyone!

Cub Scouts is open to both boys and girls, from Kindergarten through fifth grade. But it’s not just for kids.

Adventure for the Whole Family

Scouting gives parents and their children an opportunity to make memories together, while helping kids develop skills and character traits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s serving as a den leader, going camping as a family, or celebrating the achievement of earning a new badge, parents can be as involved as they’d like!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to frequently asked questions about Cub Scouts.

Cub Scouting is for girls and boys in kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Kids who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, are eligible to join the Scouts BSA program. For more information on Scouts BSA, click here.

There are many adult volunteer positions within Cub Scouting, and we’re glad you are interested!  Please reach out to your pack leaders for information. There are many ways in which you may be able to contribute. From assisting with a meeting, to chairing a committee, the pack will be glad to hear that you want to help.

There are tens of thousands of Cub Scout packs in the United States and its territories, as well as packs that serve the families of U.S. citizens who live overseas. To find a pack near you, enter your zip code here.

Yes! In rare instances where there is no pack in your area—which generally occurs only in rural areas or overseas locations—a single youth can become a “Lone Cub Scout.” He or she would work with an adult mentor to pursue Cub Scout activities and participate with nearby packs when possible. If interested, please check with the BSA council serving your area to verify that it supports the Lone Cub Scout program.  To find the contact information of the council serving your area, please click here (link to council locator).

No. U.S. citizenship is not required to register as a BSA youth or adult member.

No. Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA are both programs of the Boy Scouts of America, but they are geared for different ages. Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of boys and girls ages 5-10.  Scouts BSA is designed for older youth age 11-18.

Generally, Cub Scouts meet in their dens twice per month, and with their pack once a month. However, it is up to the den and pack to set a schedule that works with their families.  Occasionally, a den or pack may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum. These events, along with regular meetings, are generally scheduled in a yearly pack calendar available to parents.

Absolutely! Parent involvement is encouraged within Cub Scouting and there are many ways to assist the den as a volunteer.  Once you’ve joined a den, your leader will have information on ways to become involved…whether that’s leading an activity or simply attending meetings.  In Cub Scouting, we’re happy to have you!

The annual membership fee is $66 which covers 12 months of members and there is a one time joining fee of $25 (Effective August 1, 2020). In addition, there are uniform costs, nominal activity fees and/or dues that may be charged by your local pack.  The dues and/or activity fees are established by the families in the pack through the pack committee.

Of course, these costs may be offset by fundraising or other alternatives.  Please contact your pack leadership for details. When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Cub Scouting delivers great value to its members!

Each child in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Although the handbook and parts of the uniform change each grade level, much of the uniform can be worn from one year to the next.  Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or special events. Den and pack leaders will provide parents with information about needed uniforms and supplies at the beginning of each Scouting year.

Of course, these costs may be offset by fundraising or other alternatives.  Please contact your pack leadership for details. When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Cub Scouting delivers great value to its members!

Uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at specialized Scout Shops in your area, or online at  Scout Shop locations may be found here (link to shop locator).

The Cub Scout pack may provide assistance with the cost of uniforms and equipment through initiatives such as fundraisers or uniform exchanges.  In addition, many packs award uniform components (hat and neckerchief) as part of the graduation to the next grade level. Parents should inquire as to what the pack provides before purchasing items.

No. The Cub Scouting program is designed so that a child may jump right in at any point.  There is no need to work backwards to catch up. A new Cub Scout may join in any grade (K-5) and continue through the program.

The foundation of Scouting is built on providing hands-on, interactive activities that lead a child down the path of character and leadership development.  In den meetings and pack meetings, Cub Scouts will make new friends, play purposeful games, and learn new skills through age-appropriate activities outlined in the Cub Scout handbooks.  In addition, Cub Scout families will have opportunities to go camping and to participate in outdoor adventures.  Lessons learned in the out-of- doors help to develop a life-long respect for the environment. Many packs host special events such as banquets, Pinewood Derby races, and community service projects. Packs may also be invited to attend other special events such as a large community festivals and/or special “Scout Nights” at local sporting events. All of the fun family activities are part of a curriculum designed to help a Cub Scout become their best future selves! 

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