Cub Scout Frequently Asked Questions
Joining Cub Scouting
How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth
grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys 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 depending on
their age and grade level.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the pack leaders—the
committee chair, 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. Most units are glad for any offer of help. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such
as popcorn chair or pinewood derby chair.
Is there a Cub Scout pack in my area?
In most instances, yes. There are tens of thousands of Cub Scout packs
in the United States and its territories, as well as packs that serve the families of U.S. citizens who live overseas.
Go to www.beascout.org, select Cub Scouts, key in your zip code, and press the red button. You will be directed
to a Google map and provided a list of units in your area. You will also be provided contact information for the
BSA council serving your zip code. Contact any unit(s) or contact the council directly.
Is it possible to be a Cub Scout if there is not a pack in my area?
In rare instances where there actually is no
pack in your area—which generally occurs only in rural areas or overseas locations—a single youth can become
a Lone Cub Scout. He would work with an adult mentor to pursue the advancement program and participate
in activities with nearby packs when possible. You will need to check with the BSA council serving your area to
verify that it supports the Lone Scout program.
Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members. 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. The World Organization of the Scout Movement provides contact information for all national
Scouting organizations on its website at www.scout.org.
The Cub Scout Program
Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?
No. 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
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.
May parents attend den meetings?
Cub Scout den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual
boys. They are not a family activity, and the presence of parents can be a distraction. However, parental
involvement is encouraged, 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, or talk to the pack leaders on becoming more involved.