What are the age requirements for boys to join Cub Scouts?
·Tiger Cubs - Boys entering first grade or age 7
·Wolf Cubs – Boys entering second grade or age 8
·Bear Cubs - Boys entering third grade or age 9
·Webelos Scouts I - Boys entering fourth grade or age 10
·Webelos Scouts II - Boys entering fifth grade or age 11
What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty,bravery, and respect.
How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball,swimming, gymnastics, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform.
What are the responsibilities of a parent?
Cub Scouting encourages closeness to family. The program will give you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you normally couldn't do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to grow closer together, and encourages you to spend quality time together. In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your involvement is vital to the program's success.
Some specific things that you can do as a parent to help your son in Cub Scouting are:
1. Help your Cub Scout along the advancement trail
2. Participate in monthly Pack Meetings
3. Go on family camp-outs with your son
4. Choose to serve as an adult leader or volunteer
5. Provide support for your son’s Den and Pack.
Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at CubScout Camping.
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 1100 is very active, providing a rich environment for boysand their families. Typical annual events include:
·Ice Cream Social
·Scouting for Food
·Veteran’s Day Observance
·Blue & Gold Banquet
·Memorial Day Observance
·Summer Day Camp
·Community Service Activities
How much does Scouting cost?
Annual Pack 1100 dues are $50. This covers such items as the BSA national registration fee, a subscription to Boys' Life Magazine, the neckerchief and pinewood derby kit, and all patchesand awards for the year (through next May).
Other costs include uniforms and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Youth members participate in one fund-raising activity where they sell Trails End popcorn, which helps to cover the cost of den supplies, equipment, and other activities.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The nearest Scout Shop is located at 6512 FM 1960 West (google map). More information about the store including hours and directions can be found on their Web site at Sam Houston Area Scout Shops.
If you can’t make it to the Scout Shop, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at Scoutstuff.org
There seems to be a lot of uniform stuff at the scout shop, what uniform items does my son need?
This can seem a little daunting at first. Pack 1100 is a “belt up” uniform Pack. This means that a Scout can wear the pants or shorts if he chooses but the only required uniform items are the shirt, neckerchief, and belt.
There are two uniforms that each Scout will need; a Class "A" or “field” uniform, and a Class “B” uniform/activity shirt.
·The Class A blue Cub Scout Short-Sleeve Uniform Shirt (shown below) is worn by Scouts in the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks, while the tan Boy Scout Uniform Shirt (shown below) is worn by Webelos. Be sure to buy the Blue Shirt big enough that your son can wear it for 3 years if possible.
·The Class "B" shirt refers to our Pack T-shirt which can be purchased at Pack Meetings for $XX.
·The Cub Scout Uniform Belt (shown below) is a blue belt worn throughout the Scout’s tenure in Cub Scouts. The Scout will display the Sports and Activities belt loop awards that he earns on his belt.
·The Cub Scout Cap (shown below) is also an optional uniform item in Pack 1100. This cap is not widely worn by boys in the Pack, although a hat of some sort is a good idea at many scout outdoor activities, like camping.
The Scout Shop will help you with the patches you need. Be sure that you know your son’s Den number before you go shopping. Do not buy the individual Pack or Unit numbers (shown right) to form "1100" at the Scout Shop because the Pack has special ordered an 1100 patch that is available for purchase at Pack meetings for $4.
Finally, there are several tailors in the area that will sew on the patches for $1-2 each. Experience has shown that sewing the patches in place is a much better option than the glue sheet.
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How frequently do the scouts meet?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens once or twice each 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 toa local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, campout, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.
How can I learn more?
The best way to learn about what a Cub Scout really does is to talk with a Cub Scout who is engaged in the program. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Cub Scout program by selecting Contacting the Cubmaster through the Contact our Pack link above and asking questions.