A. Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. The program 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. Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders, and friends boys learn citizenship, compassion and courage. This family and community centered approach to learning means that Cub Scouting is truly time well spent.
Q. When can boys join Cub Scouts?
A. They begin in first grade as a Tiger Cub (or age 7), move to Cub Scouts in second and third grade (or age 8 or 9), and are Webelos Scouts in fourth and fifth grade (or age 10).
Q. What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
A. Cub Scouting uses proven methods to achieve Scouting's aims of helping boys build character, learn the responsibility of citizenship, and develop personal fitness.
Q. How does Cub Scouting develop character and values?
A. Character is part of everything a Cub Scout does. The 12 core values of Cub Scouting are integrated throughout the boys' handbooks and advancement program. The core values are citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility.
Q. What roles do parents play?
A. They provide help and support for the den and pack. They also work with their son on advancement projects and activities, and assist with den and pack meetings.
Q. Do Cub Scouts go camping?
A. Yes, but they ease into it, beginning with what we call "soft camping." They may go camping with a parent, or their entire family. An introduction to camping through Cub Scouting helps your boy transition into Boy Scouting.
Q. How much is it going to cost?
A. The annual registration fee for Cub Scouting is $25 and the official magazine, Boys' Life, is $12 per year. Most of the Pack costs are covered by the Popcorn sale in the fall. If your scout chooses not to sell popcorn, you will be asked to pay additional funds to replace those lost commissions.
Q. Do we raise funds?
A. Our pack sells Trails' End popcorn to defray the program costs of Scouting.
We also have a "Cake Bake" cake auction in April each year. Cub Scouts and their parents make a cake, cookies, brownies, or some baked good, and decorate it. They bring it to the April Pack Meeting and we bid on the cakes to raise money for the pack. It's a lot of fun!
Q. Where can I buy uniforms, pack, and den number patches?
A. The Scout Shop is located at:
3213 Walker Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544-9775
Scout Shop Hours:
Monday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday thru Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm