The Basics

What is the main purpose of the Cub Scouting program?

In Cub Scouting, Scouts and their families have fun and adventure in a program that builds character and instills values. Cub Scouting embraces the values of the Scout Law, encouraging Scouts to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. These values come to boys in all parts of the Cub Scout program - all while they're having a great time with their friends and families.

Secondary to the skills, knowledge, and adventures each Scout experiences Scouts work toward rank advancement. Rank advancement provides an extra level of motivation and camaraderie within the Pack. More information about advancement can be found here.

What is the difference between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting?

Both programs are part of the same organization -- Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouting (now referred to as Scouts BSA) is for boys and girls in grades 6-12; Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in grades K through 5. One of the aims of the Cub Scout program is to prepare younger Scouts for Boy Scouts.

The Cub Scout program is very family focused. Family members serve as volunteer leaders of the Pack and all family are welcome to get involved at all events.

What is a Pack? What is a Den?

All the Scouts in our group are part of the same Pack, Pack 99. The Scouts are placed into Dens based on their grade and gender (Boys and Girls are placed into separate dens).

  • Scouts in Kindergarten belong in a Lion Den. The Lion program is an introduction to Scouting. There are some Pack activities that the Lion den does not take part in; such as fundraising.
  • 1st grade Scouts belong to a Tiger Den
  • 2nd grade Scouts belong to a Wolf Den
  • 3rd grade Scouts belong to a Bear Den
  • 4th grade Scouts belong to a Webelos Den
  • 5th grade Scouts are still considered Webelos but are many times referred to "Arrow of Light" Scouts to signify they are working on their final steps to becoming a Boy Scout.

Each Den has one or more Den Leaders and anywhere from 5 to 15 Scouts.

How often do the Scouts get together?

It varies but generally speaking our Pack does the following...

  • One Pack meeting per month
  • One to two Den meetings per month
  • One or two special events each month. This could mean camping, field trips, or community service projects.

How Are Families Involved?

Cub Scouts are all about family involvement. Families can be involved in a number of ways.

  • Cub Scouting events are not "drop off" events. At least one parent or guardian must be present at all meetings and events their Scout attends. At times parents will assist their Scout in the activities.
  • All leaders in our pack are volunteers and most are family members of our Scouts. As Cub Scouts graduate and move on to Boy Scout's those volunteer leaders often go with them which means we look for new leaders on a regular basis.
  • We have leaders who work directly with the Scouts and those that work behind the scenes making sure our Pack runs smoothly. It is a time commitment but there are a lot of resources (training classes, online tips and advice) to make the process easier.
  • Beyond formal leadership roles all families are involved in assisting with various events on an as needed basis.

How Much Does Scouting Cost

There are three components.

  • Dues. Dues are collected annually on a calendar year basis. The dues are prorated for Scouts who join during the year. Dues are approximately $105 per year. These fees cover many things including advancement awards (rank badges and belt loops), fees we need to pay to our regional and national Boy Scouts of America organization, as well as funds to cover many of the activities we provide at our Den and Pack meetings.
  • Uniforms and other necessary items. All new Scouts must have a uniform and a handbook. As scouts move from one rank to another a few uniform pieces must be replaced with pieces that correspond to their new rank, as well as a new handbook.
      • A new Tiger scout (1st grader) will need the following items (all total this will be about $100)...
            1. Blue Scout Shirt and several patches
            2. Patriots Path Council Patch
            3. A Den patch denoting what Den number they are in
            4. A "99" patch signifying the scout is part of Pack 99
            5. A scout belt
            6. A Tiger Scout Hat
            7. A Tiger Scout Neckerchief and Slide
            8. A Tiger Scout Handbook
      • The next year as a Wolf and again as the Wolf moves to Bear the Scout can use the same shirt and belt but will need a new hat, neckerchief\slide and handbook (this will cost approximately $30).
      • When a Bear Scout moves to Webelos the Scout will need a new shirt (Tan instead of Blue) in addition to the a new hat, neckerchief\slide and handbook. This new gear will be used for both the first and second years of Webelos.
  • Events. There are no additional dues charged at Pack or Den meetings. Some events do involve additional costs...
      • Camping - see more info about camping and it's associated costs on our camping FAQ. In general the costs of camping range from $30-75 per person.
      • Pinewood Derby - we typically charge $20 per family. This includes the cost of the pinewood derby kit as well as lunch for each family (typically pizza or sandwiches).
      • Blue and Gold Banquet - this is our February pack meeting but more importantly it's considered the birthday party for Scouting. This event includes a catered dinner as well as live entertainment (animal shows, magicians etc.). The cost for this event is $10-15 per person.

Is our Pack associated with a church?

No. Each Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop is sponsored by a non-profit organization, referred to as the "charted organization", such as a church, an American Legion Post, or a local PTO. These chartered organizations provide support to the Pack or Troop. Our Pack is sponsored by American Legion Post 327 located on Old York Road in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater. The Legion provides our pack with financial support and a place to hold picnics and flag retirement ceremonies.

Does Pack 99 do any fundraising?

Yes. We sell popcorn each September\October. Occasionally we do a candy fundraiser in the spring. 50 percent of the profit we earn from our fundraisers goes directly to the Scout to help defray the cost of camping and other scout related expenses.