New Cub Parents
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In Cub Scouting, children 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 children in all parts of the Cub Scout program -- all while they're having a great time with their friends and families.
Cub Scout Parent Guide pdf (Grades 1-5)
- Video: New Parent Orientation
- Purposes & Methods
- Benefits of Cub Scouting
- Cub Scout Values
- The Cub Scout Uniform
- Interactive Uniform Guide
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- BSA Insignia Guide
- Scout Handbooks
- Den & Pack Meetings
- The Advancement Trail (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf ...)
- Cub Scouting Adventures
Cub Scout packs are for kids grades 1-5 and some have a program for kindergarteners. Each grade belongs to a small den: 1st graders are Tigers, 2nd graders are Wolves, 3rd graders are Bears, and 4th & 5th graders are called Webelos. Boy Scout troops are for grades 6-12.
How much does it cost?
Generally, a family should budget about $100 to get a Scout started. This is broken into a few parts and does not need to be paid all at once. Each unit has their own fundraisers to help Scouts fund their year so most costs become perpetually covered as the family stays involved. Some financial assistance is available for those in need.
- $36 annual membership fee (prorated to $3 per month)
- $13-15 Scout Handbooks
- $40-60 uniform basics (shirt, patches, etc). This can last a few years and varies in costs depending on what the unit wears.
- Some unit charge their own dues each year to cover monthly activities.
When are meetings?
Each group meets on a different weeknight depending on your area. There are weekly small meetings at homes and monthly large meetings at schools and churches where awards are given.