Pack 125 Celebration, FL

Cub Scout Motto: Do your best!

FAQs

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. If you are interested in joining our pack, please visit our Membership page.

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. 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, and most units are glad for any offer of help. You can also visit our Membership page for more details.

Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?

Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members.

The Cub Scout 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 boys.

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?

Tiger Cubs must have one parent or guardian at all den meetings.  Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual boys. However, parental involvement is not forbidden and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you have questions contact your den leader for more information.

Uniform and Supplies

What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?

Here at Celebration Pack 125, we encourage our cub scouts to always be prepared and to wear the appropriate uniform. A uniform shirt and the appropriate handbook is required. The cubs do lots of cool things with their necktie, so that is also is strongly recommended. Florida has lots of sun, and cubs will spend a fair amount of time outside so a scouting hat is always a good idea – be sure to get the right one for your cub as colors make a difference. Shorts and socks and lots of other really neat stuff is also available, and you can easily find more information on them.

Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?

Local uniform shops:

Uniform Cottage

12 E. Darlington Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741  (407)847-3920

Central Florida Scout Shop

1951 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL  32703 (407)814-1040

Or online:

Scoutstuff.org

How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and dues?

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 boys to earn their uniforms. Also, some packs will award boys rank-specific uniform components (hat and necherchief) 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 boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?

No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (7- and 8-year-olds), the requirements for those badges are below a 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.

If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?

No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys 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 boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, but he may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates 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.

When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?

Boy Scouting is available to boys 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 he is at least ten years old).

However, our pack coordinates with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.