Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
All About Cub Scouts
Take 3 minutes to learn about Cub Scouting the answers to the following questions.
What is Cub Scouts?
Who is Cub Scouts for?
What about meetings and activities?
What are the adventures in Cub Scouting?
How much does it cost to be a Cub Scout?
Is scouting safe for my son and daughter?
Click the following image to watch the Scouting is Safer Than Ever video.
We have very strict membership standards for all adults who participate in the program. See our pages on Scouting Safety, which includes the Guide to Safe Scouting, and Youth Protection.
The BSA’s Commitment to Safety
In Scouting, we will not compromise the safety of our youth, volunteers, and employees. Safety is a value that must be taught and reinforced at every opportunity. We are all responsible and must hold each other accountable to provide a safe environment for all participants. We are committed to abuse prevention by utilizing:
Mandatory youth protection training.
Criminal background checks.
Banning one-on-one adult and youth interactions.
Mandatory reporting of suspected abuse to law enforcement.
A volunteer screening database.
We are committed to injury and illness prevention by integrating safety measures in our handbooks, literature, and training materials including the Guide to Safe Scouting. We expect leaders to use the four points of SAFE Scouting measures include:
Youth are Supervised by qualified and trustworthy adults who set the example for safety.
Activities are Assessed for risks.
Pre-requisite Fitness and Skill levels are confirmed before participation.
Appropriate Equipment is utilized, and Environmental conditions are monitored.
When incidents do occur, we expect a timely, clear, and complete incident report. We are committed to learning from the data and modifying program guidance for the prevention of future occurrence.
Can I visit a unit before joining?
Absolutely. Every Cub Scout pack will be happy to show you around and let you see what they are about. You can find a Cub Scout Pack near you by entering your zip code into the search bar on the Find a Unit Near You page. Cub Scout Packs meet as dens of scouts in the same grade. Once a month all of the grade based dens get together for a monthly Cub Scout Pack meeting.
Can I attend with my son or daughter?
Of course. The adult leader in charge will be delighted to have your participation. The den leader is the adult who is in charge of the small group of scouts called a den. All members of a den, typically, are in the same grade. The Cub Master leads the entire Pack (all of the dens together) will also welcome you. Cub Scouting is family based, you can have fun along side of your child.
What Impact does Scouting have on Children? We have so many other things to do like sports and school activities...
Scouting has a positive impact on children.
A national survey of nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts under age 12 reveals amazing findings of growth and development for children in Cub Scouts versus children who are not scouts.
In the beginning, there were no significant differences in character attributes between the two groups. By the end of the three year study period, those in Cub Scouts were found to be kinder, more helpful, more hopeful, more obedient, more trustworthy and more cheerful.
Scouting does work! See video summary and the pdf infographic.
How can I help in my child's cub scout experience?
Not Everyone Wears a Uniform
In Cub Scouting there are so many opportunities to volunteer. You want to get involved, but you’re not sure where to start. Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started. Remember not every volunteer in Cub Scouting wears a uniform. Everyone has different skills and ways they can contribute to make the Cub Scouting experience meaningful. No matter how you want to get involved, thank you for making the first move to volunteer with Cub Scouts.
Being helpful is part of the Scout Law, a value we seek to instill in everyone. The best way to help is not to wait until someone asks, but by providing assistance when you know someone needs it.
Volunteering is another way you can get involved. Being a volunteer in the BSA means you have registered as an adult and have gone through an approval process.
Being a leader means you are a registered volunteer that takes on a personal commitment to ensure that Scouting is being delivered in a safe manner, the way it was designed, and in a way that makes it meaningful to everyone involved. Leaders take training for their position.
Click here for resources for existing and potential Cub Scout Leaders
How often do the scouts meet?
When and where the scouting unit meets is up to the unit. Some units meet weekly, others every other week. There is often a quarterly or monthly activity on the weekend. Once you pick a few units to look at you will see their meeting schedules. The unit leader should have a calendar for the upcoming year they can share with you once you contact them. Remember every unit is a little bit different, if one unit meets at an inconvenient time, there are others nearby that may meet your schedule.
Is there someone I can call?
Yes, call the paid Scout professional in your area. Click here to find the Scouting professional in your area. .