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Your child can learn skills about teamwork in sports and music. However, Scouting’s strength is that it provides a well-rounded program, and your child works at their own pace. As a parent, you will enjoy joining your child in fun and constructive activities. When you serve as a leader, you are helping youth achieve their full potential.

Fun With A Purpose

As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be self-reliant, dependable, and caring. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him or her. Since 1910, we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness. In youth, Scouting teaches family values… However, we know that kids do not join Scouting to build their character. They join because of the fun and exciting events and activites!

Trying New Things! As life is varied, so are Cub Scouts. Scouting provides opportunities for kids to experience activities they might never receive the chance to explore.

Learning New Skills! As Cub Scouts play and explore, they are learning valuable life skills that will be with them throughout life.

Skills like: Public Speaking, Citizenship, Leadership, Personal Fitness, Survival, and More!

Cub Scouting is a family program! Parent involvement is a must for kindergarten and first grade. It is also highly recommended as needed for Cub Scouts in second through fifth grade. Families (siblings, grandparents, etc.) can also attend meetings and events.

Cub Scouting is safe! The Boy Scouts of America places the most significant importance on providing its youth membership with the most secure environment possible. To maintain this standard, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies. There are many online resources to assist in educating leaders and parents about the best ways to keep kids safe. Additionally, all Scouting leaders are required to complete Youth Protection Training every two years. The training is available to everyone and can be completed online at

How Does Cub Scouting Work?


Within the pack, your child will be a member of a den based on their grade or age (i.e. the Lion Den – see chart). Each den will have 6-10 boys and/or girls and will meet 1-3 times a month. The den meetings typically consist of fun activities, outings, games, and more and are ed by two or more volunteer parent Den Leaders.


The entire pack (all dens) typically meet once a month at the Pack Meeting led by the volunteer parent Cubmaster. The Pack Meetings may have a theme like the Pinewood Derby Race, or the Popcorn Sale, or guest speakers while others will focus on recognizing scouts for heir achievements from the past month.

Packs will create their own calendar of events for you to participate in, including: the Pinewood Derby Race, campouts, parades, service projects, day visits to museums/police/fire stations, and more!

Activities & Programs

What happens at the Pack Meetings?

FUN! This is where the achievements of Scouts are recognized as they progress towards rank, where they can show off a little (games, songs, and skills), and information is distributed to parents and Scouts.

Summertime Camping

Cub Scout Day Camp: An activity for all Cub Scouts that includes crafts, games, nature, sports, songs, and skits. Camps run for four to five days in a local park or at a scout camp

Webelos Resident Camp: Rising Webelos, come and join your fellow Scouts for four days of excitement and Scouting fun! This overnight program gives the full Scout camp experience at a perfect level for rising 4th and 5th graders.

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Your child’s pack cannot exist without your involvement on some level. You will find that the time you spend as an active Scouting parent will be quality time with your child. You will create cherished memories that last a lifetime. As parents, you have a short time to influence your child’s life. Scouting coincides with that time, so make the most of it and join today!

Parent & Family Involvement

Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are the primary source of leaders in the Scouting program. You volunteer not only to serve Scouting but also to help your son or daughter and their friends and to have the chance to positively influence the youth in your community.

What Do I Get In Return? 

Being a leader is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Leaders find that their experiences help them to become better parents. The following are some of the many dividends that will enrich your life as you dedicate your time, talents, and enthusiasm to Scouting.

• Fun and fellowship with other families, sharing your pride in the scout’s accomplishments

• The privilege of helping enrich and strengthen families

• A chance to help scouts learn good citizenship and to help shape them into men and women who have the strength of character and are sensitive to the needs of others

• The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of boys and girls as they grow strong in mind and body

• A code to live by which will set a worthwhile example for both kids and adults

• The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement and pride in being publicly identified as a part of this organization – wearing the Scouting uniform is a visible means of showing you believe in and stand up for the ideals and objectives of the Boy Scouts of America.


The cost of Scouting is a true investment in your child’s education and future. Annual costs associated with Scouting are less than most other youth programs.  Additional fees associated with your Pack and/or Den will vary by Pack.

Cost Comparison

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    $10-$20 / Month

  • Local Soccer

    $57 / Month

  • Travel Sports

    $77-$92 / Month

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    Karate Lessons

    $99 / Month

  • Youth Drama

    $110 / month

Scouting Districts

Districts bring the joy of Scouting right to your doorstep, ensuring every member can experience the adventure close to home… Remember, we are all one big Scouting Family, where you can participate in exciting events within your district or council and other councils nationwide!

Preparing today’s youth to do their best without fear of failure and become men and women who live, lead, and serve with integrity, confidence, and purpose—while having fun as kids, friends, and families.

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