Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and girls 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, scouts 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, scouts learn citizenship, compassion, and courage. This family-and community-centered approach to learning means that Cub Scouting is truly time well spent.
What are the requirements for Cub Scouts?
The following are Cub Scout ranks:
Lion – Kindergarten
Tiger – 1st grade
Wolf – 2nd grade
Bear – 3rd grade
Webelos I – 4th grade
Webelos II – 5th grade
Webelos II cross over into Boy Scouts in Spring of 5th grade.
The first thing a scout needs to work on is his Bobcat badge. The Bobcat is required by the cub scouts no matter when a boy enters cub scouts. The Bobcat trail helps the scout understand the basic commitment of scouting, it is all scout rank books. When your scout is ready, let the den leader know and he will ask the scout to do all seven steps in front of the den; once he does this he achieves his Bobcat badge.
Each rank has achievements that must be completed on the path to their rank badge. The den leader plans out meetings that assist the scouts in getting their achievements and electives. Since there is often not enough time in the meetings to complete all of these, the scout can complete them with their Akela (generally a parent). If you complete any achievements outside the den meetings, please let your den leader know so they can record it and get the scout recognized for the achievement at the Pack Meeting.
How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation in other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to complement many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Scouts 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 through Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform.
What are the responsibilities of a parent?
* Provide help and support for the den and pack.
* Work with your scout on advancement projects and activities.
* Attend pack meetings with your scout and present his advancement awards to him at the pack meeting.
* Attend and assist with den outings.
* Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your scout.
Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family.
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Cub Scout Pack 678 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include:
* Family Campout
* Popcorn Sales
* Native American Weekend
* USS Lexington Tour and Overnight (Or other historical site)
* Blue & Gold Banquet
* Pinewood Derby
* Pack Olympics
* Rain Gutter Regatta
* Summer Day Camp (also known as Twilight Camp)
* Space Center Houston Overnight
* Community Service Activities
* and more!
How much is it going to cost?
The annual Pack 678 dues of $150 covers such items as the National registration fee, Boys’ Life Magazine, pinewood derby kits, rain gutter regatta kit, a pack t-shirt, and all patches and awards for the year (through next March). However, with a successful popcorn selling season (the main fundraising choice of Pack 678), the annual dues may be decreased, or even eliminated for that year.
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 (popcorn), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The Sam Houston Area Council has a Scout Shop located at 1300 Bay Area Blvd., Suite #101 (inside the United Way Bldg A), Houston, TX 77058. More information about the store including hours, a map, and directions can be found on their Sam Houston Area Council Scout Shop Website.
Or, if you’re willing to drive to Galveston, the Bay Area Council Service Center & Uniform Scout Shop is located at 3020 53rd St (close to Seawall and Rainforest Cafe). They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F (except holidays), as well as the 2nd Saturday of the month, from August to April (also 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Alternatively, you can place orders with the Bay Area Council Scout Shop via phone (409-744-5206), e-mail (email@example.com) or fax (713-744-7850), or you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutStuff.Org.
How often are the meetings?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens once a week on Mondays, and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month (replacing one of the den meetings). 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, 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 “Contact Us” (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Cubmaster.
You can also check out the Bay Area Council’s FAQ page.