Frequently Asked Questions
Joining Cub Scouting
How old (or young) can a child be to join Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is for girls & boys in Kindergarten through fifth grades, 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 USA or Venturing program. If you are interested in joining our pack, please visit our Membership page.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the pack leaders—the Cubmaster, chartered organization representative, or members of the unit committee. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute, and most units are glad for any offer of help. You can also visit our Membership page for more details.
Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members.
Are Cub Scouts the same as Scouts USA?
Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Scouts USA 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 youth.
How often do Cub Scouts meet?
Cub Scouts usually 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.
May parents attend den meetings?
Tiger Cubs must have one parent or guardian at all den meetings. Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual youth. However, parental involvement is highly encouraged and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you have questions contact your den leader for more information.
Uniform and Supplies
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
Here in Pack 926, we encourage our cub scouts to always be prepared and to wear the appropriate uniform. A uniform shirt and the appropriate handbook is required. The cubs do lots of cool things with their neckerchief, so that is also is required. Cubs will spend a fair amount of time outside so a scouting hat is always a good idea – be sure to get the right one for your cub as colors make a difference. Shorts and socks and lots of other really neat stuff is also available, and you can easily find more information on them.
Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
Local uniform shop:
Boy Scouts of America- Sam Houston Area Council
www.shac.org - 2225 North Loop West, Houston - (713) 659-8111
How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and dues?
Our pack believes that the cost of uniforms and dues should not be what holds a youth back from joining. If you need assistance with either of these, please contact the Pack leadership
May Cub Scouts earn badges such as the 50-Miler Award or Mile Swim, BSA?
Cub Scouts are not eligible to earn these awards, which are part of the Boy Scout program. All of the awards that Cub Scouts may earn are listed in their handbooks.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?
Scouting USA 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 a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the scout, their family family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.