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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will discover a handful of frequently asked questions about scouting. Clicking on the questions will link you to the answers listed on the lower portion of this page. Alternatively you can simply scroll down and review all of the questions and answers.

These questions and answers have been rounded up and assembled on this page for the benefit of our Pack and those who are interested in joining it. If you have any additional questions which you think should be listed below please do not hesitate to contact us with your suggestions.

 
How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouting?

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

Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?

What is a Charter Organization?

How and where do you get the Cub Scout leaders?

How often do Cub Scouts meet?

How active will we be as parents of a Scout in your Pack?

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

Why do all Scouts and adult leaders wear uniforms?

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

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

How early can I drop my boy off before the meeting?

If a boy joins a Bear den, can he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?

If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?

 

How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouting?
  Cub Scouting is for scouts in the first through fifth grades, or 6 to 10 years of age. Scouts 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.
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Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
  Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members. However, if you live outside the United States and are not a U.S. citizen, it may be more beneficial to join the Scouting association in your own nation.
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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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What is a Charter Organization?
  A Charter Organization is the sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout Pack, usually a church, PTA, homeowners' association or other community group. The primary responsibilities of the Charter Organization are to select the leadership of the Pack and provide a meeting place. Each year, the Pack must renew its Charter with its local council. The Charter Organization must approve the re-chartering application in order for the Charter to be renewed.
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How and where do you get the Cub Scout leaders?
  The leadership of this Cub Scout Pack is made up of volunteer parents and adults just like you who want to be involved in their son's growth and take full advantage of his influential years. We think enough of our scouts and their friends that we want to provide the best possible opportunity for them to become upstanding citizens of their community.

We need both registered and unregistered adult participation volunteering to help with the success of our Cub Scouting Program. If you are interested in becoming a registered adult leader please check out our volunteering page and check with our Cubmaster so that he is aware of your interest.

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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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How active will we be as parents of a scout in your Pack?
  We optimistically expect that all parents will get involved in some capacity, whether it be at the Pack, Den or home level. You can help the Pack by serving on our Pack committee, as a volunteer helping with one of various activities, as a den leader or assistant leader and most importantly you can help in the home to see that your son successfully advances through the ranks. The more involved you get with the Cub Scout program the more your son will get out of it - oh and don't forget it is also a lot of fun for you as well as the scout!
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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.

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Why do all scouts and adult leaders wear uniforms?
  The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. We uniform because it is a means of identifying ourselves openly with the principles to which we are committed: character development, citizenship, values, physical and mental fitness. The uniform is not intended to hide our individuality. It is a bond which ties millions of scouts throughout the United States. It is a way of making visible our commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country, and to helping other people.
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Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
  Uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council, Scout Shops [Aardvark Furniture SR 26E], and other licensed distributors.
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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 scouts to earn their uniforms. Also, some Packs will award 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.
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How early can I drop my boy off before the meeting?
  It is important that you understand that Scouting is a family program - the success of your son depends upon it! As a parent of a scout will be expected to stay at the meeting with your son and help him out if you can in any way possible, along with the other scouts parents, to make your sons den runs as smoothly as possible. As a parent of a Tiger Cub it is actually a requirement. Additionally, studies have shown that drop-off scouts have a higher rate of being a scout drop-out than compared to a scout whose family participates in his activities so please consider getting involved.
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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 scouts 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 scouts 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 scouts (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 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 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.
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