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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Joining Cub Scouting

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 can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?

Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience and is a great opportunity to play an influential role in both your child's development, as well as others. The Pack is always interested to hear from other adults willing to donate their time and efforts towards Scouting. Express your interest to the Pack leaders—the Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, or members of the Unit Committee.


Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?

Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members.


The Cub Scout Program

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.

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How often do Cub Scouts meet?

Cub Scouts meet in their dens once each week, and a pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, it depends on the den and pack: a den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, a pack may conduct a special event such as a blue and gold banquet as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.

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May parents attend den meetings?

The family is the most important influence on the boys' development. Cub Scouting seeks to support the family--whatever it looks like--and to involve families in Scouting activities. Cub Scouting is sensitive to the needs of today's families, and it provides opportunities for family members to work and play together, to have fun together, and to get to know each other better.

The Tiger Cub Den is for those boys in the first grade and/or age seven and their adult partners. Parents must be in attendance for Tiger Cub den meetings. The remainder of the dens, (Wolves, Bears, and Webelos I and II), do not require the parent to attend meetings; however, parents and adult partners are encouraged to continue to support their children. Most den leaders appreciate the extra assistance parents may provide within these meetings.  

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Uniforms and Supplies

What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?

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. 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. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the unit, will vary from pack to pack. Den and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.


Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?

Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council, Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Our local Quapaw Area Council maintains a one-stop Scout Shop for all of your needs. The store is located within the Council Building located at:

Quapaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202    Phone: (501) 664-4780

or you can shop online at: http://www.scoutstuff.org/ 


How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and equipment?

The Cub Scout pack may provide assistance to families. Some packs operate a uniform exchange or uniform bank, or they may hold fund-raisers to enable the boys to earn their uniforms. Also, some packs will award boys rank-specific uniform components (hat and necherchief) and/or the program books that the Cub Scout needs each year—so parents should inquire as to what the pack provides before purchasing the items themselves.


Advancement and Awards

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

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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.



If you would like to contact us about joining Pack 82:
Contact either the Cubmaster at cubmaster.pack082@gmail.com 
or the Pack Committee Chair at chair.pack082@gmail.com.




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