Frequently Asked Questions

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

Cub Scouting is for boys and girls 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 Boy Scouting or Venturing program.

How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?

Express your interest to the pack leaders—the Cub Master, 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.

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 and girls.

How often do Cub Scouts meet?

Cub Scouts meet in their dens twice a month, 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.

May parents attend den meetings?

Cub Scout den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual boys and girls. They are not a family activity, and the presence of parents can be a distraction. However, parental involvement is not forbidden and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you would like to be present at a den meeting, ask the den leader in advance so that the leader can plan a way for you to observe or participate in an unobtrusive manner.

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

At minimum, each scout 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 scout 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. Check back on the website for a list of camping supplies or check with your scout’s den leader or the Cub Master. We can also provide a list of suggested items at any time.

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

Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local council, Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Visit the Supply Division Web site at www.scoutstuff.org  to find a list of distributors in our area.

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

Pack 23 offers assistance for Adult Leader Uniforms. We also have tents that are available to borrow for camp outs. We also operate a uniform exchange each fall. Scouts can also use Cub Points from money earning activities towards the purchase of uniforms and equipment.

If a child joins a Bear den, may he or she go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?

No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys and girls in a den work toward the same badge. If a child joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, he or she must earn the Bobcat badge (all scouts in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then they will begin working on the Bear badge with their fellow Cub Scouts. They are 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.

If a scout completes the Wolf badge early, may he or she 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 electives to earn Arrow Points, but he or she may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. The scout’s work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he or she graduates into a Bear den.

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 or listed on this Web site.

When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he or she immediately join a Boy Scout troop?

Boy Scouting 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 he or she is at least ten years old).

Pack 23 coordinates with local Boy Scout troops to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.