Frequently Asked Questions
Following are the answers to common questions about Cub Scouting.
Joining Cub Scouting
How old (or young) can a child be to join Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Youth who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program. Read more about Scouting for all ages.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the pack leaders—the Cubmaster, chartered organization representative, or members of the unit committee. They can help you understand the process and guide you on areas where the pack needs support. All packs welcome parent help.
Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
Citizenship is not required of youth or adults to become members of the Boy Scouts of America.
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 web site at www.scout.org .
The Cub Scouts Program
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 children, and serve as an introduction to Boy Scouting or Venturing.
How often do Cub Scouts meet?
Pack 52 has den meetings weekly, on Mondays. We meet briefly as a pack and then split into dens. One Monday out of each month is a pack meeting and this is usually when awards and ranks are given out. 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 campout as an additional event, or as a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.
May parents attend den meetings?
Cub Scouting is open to parents at all times. Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual Scouts, and your den leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused. 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.
Uniform and Supplies
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
At minimum, each Scout will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, a new handbook, and neckerchief will be needed, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. Pack 52 usually provides the handbook and neckerchief each year during the cross over ceremony when the scout officially advances to their next rank.
The Class A, or full dress uniform varies according to rank. For pack 52 Lions, Tigers, Wolves, and Bears wear a uniform that consists of an official blue uniform shirt, belt, neckerchief with slide and all required patches. These Scouts should also wear navy blue dress pants (or clean jeans with no holes) or shorts, and dark socks. The official hat is optional for Pack 52. The color of the Scout’s hat, and Neckerchief varies by Rank (as does the slide): Tigers are Orange, Lions and Wolves are Yellow and Bears are Blue.
Within Pack 52, Webelos Scouts wear the tan/olive uniform similar to the one that Boy Scouts wear. For the tan/olive uniform, boys wear olive trousers or shorts and official Boy Scout tan shirt with blue shoulder loops. Official olive socks (with red tops) are worn with the tan/olive uniform. All Webelos wear the Webelos neckerchief (plaid with the Webelos emblem), Webelos neckerchief slide, Webelos cap, and Webelos belt buckle.
The Class B uniform consist of pants (no rips or tears) and the pack T-shirt. If the pack T-shirt is unavailable a BSA appropriate t-shirt may be worn. The den and pack leaders should notify you when it’s okay to wear class B.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the unit will be discussed at meetings leading up to the events. Den and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.
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 www.scoutshop.org to order online or you can order directly by phone at 1-800-323-0736 or To locate a scout shop in your area: Store Locator
How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and equipment?
The Cub Scout pack may provide assistance to families. Some packs operate a uniform exchange or uniform bank, or they may hold fund-raisers to enable the Scouts to earn their uniforms. Also, some packs will award Scouts rank-specific uniform components (hat and neckerchief) and/or the program books that the Cub Scout needs each year—so parents should inquire as to what the pack provides before purchasing the items themselves.
Advancement and Awards
If a child joins a Bear den, can they go back and earn the Tiger and Wolf badges?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all Scouts in a den work toward the same badge. If a child joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, they must earn the Bobcat badge (all Scouts in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then begin working on the Bear badge with fellow Cub Scouts. Tiger or Wolf badges are not required. Since those badges are for younger children, the requirements for those badges are not consistent with an older child’s level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.
If a child completes the Wolf badge early, can they 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 elective adventures, but they may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. Work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when graduating 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 Awards Central.
When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, can they 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 they are at least ten years old).
However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the Scout, the Scout’s family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each Scout leave the pack as soon as they are eligible.Follow us: