Cub Scouting FAQ
How old (or young) can a child be to join Cub Scouting? Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in grades K through 5, or 5 to 10 years of age. Children 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 Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouting) or Venturing program depending on their age and grade level.
How much does it cost to join? All packs are different. For Pack 370 all scouts pay an annual fee of about $150 as of Fall 2018. That fee covers the costs of nearly all pack and den activities and programs, the age-specific neckerchief and handbook, as well as fees we pay the Boy Scouts of America for membership, insurance, and any awards the scout earns during the program year.
What other costs are there? Your scout will also have to buy an official uniform or find one second hand. Beyond that, the only other costs might be Summer camp or some special events. There are no monthly fees.
Do you need to be a boy to join cub scouts? No! not anymore. In Fall of 2018, Pack 370 added girls to all girl dens as part of our pack. You can read a lot more about the change here.
Are all girl dens lead by females? In each all girl den, the den leader or assistant den leader must be female. This has been the BSA practice with Venturing and Sea Scouts.
Where can I get a uniform? Ask a scout leader what you need and then you can ask around and probably find one used from a friend or neighbor, or buy one new at the Scout shop. Check out the website for current hours. They are located at the Atlanta Area Council service center at 1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339, or call (770)988-9912
When are meetings? The pack meetings are generally always on Thursdays, either the second third Thursday of the month. Check the calendar page for details. Den meetings vary den by den.
Do Cub Scouts Camp? Yes! We typically have two weekend camping trips per year, one each in fall and spring. These are tent camping, typically at a camp property owned by the Atlanta Area Council or a neighboring BSA council. All family members are always invited. Some Webelos dens may do additional camping as a den, or may be invited to join Troop 370 (boys) or Troop 372 (girls) on one of their camping trips.
If a child joins a Bear den, can they go back and earn the Tiger and Wolf badges? No. In the Cub Scout program, all Scouts in a den work toward the same badge. If a child joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, they must earn the Bobcat badge (all Scouts in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then begin working on the Bear badge with fellow Cub Scouts. Tiger or Wolf badges are not required. Since those badges are for younger children, the requirements for those badges are not consistent with an older child’s level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.
If a child completes the Wolf badge early, can they begin working on the Bear badge? No. In the Cub Scout program, all Scouts 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 Scout may work on elective adventures, but they may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. Work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when graduating into a Bear den.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting? Express your interest to the pack leaders—the committee chair, Cubmaster, chartered organization representative, or members of the pack committee. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—there is always some way in which you can contribute. We are glad for any offer of help. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as banquet chair or pinewood derby chair. The pack pays the membership dues for the adult leader, but the volunteer must provide their own uniform.
Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts? No. Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA 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 children.
How often do Cub Scouts meet? Cub Scouts meet in their dens (grade level) 1-2x a month and with the pack (all grades) 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 regular 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.
May parents attend den meetings? YES! and they are required to attend for K and 1st grade.
What about other family members? Pack activities are always open for families. Not all den activities may be appropriate for younger siblings, but talk to your child's den leader for details.
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting? At minimum, each child 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 Cub enters a Webelos den, they 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.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, can they immediately join a Scouts BSA troop? Scouts BSA is available to youth 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 they are at least ten years old).
However, our pack coordinates with Troops 370 (boys) and 372 (girls) to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Scouts. In these instances, it is better for the Scout, the Scout’s family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each Scout leave the pack as soon as they are eligible.
What if my child misses a den meeting? Many will attend all or nearly all meetings, and that is the goal. Beyond that, active participation is pretty subjective. I’ve seen scouts who attend every meeting yet are not “actively participating” nearly as much as those who miss meeting for whatever reason. Independently earning adventures at home, participating in other den or pack activities, or attending camp all come into play. The key is to communicate your absence in advance to your den leader and work out a plan with your den leader for advancement when missing material covered at den meetings.