Cub Scout Pack 824

 Sanborn, NY

Frequently Asked Questions for new scout families:

Why should we join the Cub Scouts?


  • Character development

  • Develop new skills and interests

  • Encourage good sportsmanship

  • Strengthening the ability to get along with others

  • Become involved in community service

  • Prepare for Boy Scouts


When can my son join Scouts?

  • You can join Scouts at any time of the year. You can jump in the middle at any time and progress from there. You cannot go back and work on previous ranks.


How old do you have to be to join Cub Scouts?

  • Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys can actually join in the Spring after they have finished kindergarten.  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.


How much does it cost per year to be in the Cub Scouts?

  • Our Pack charges $65 a year. Most, or all it can be paid with selling popcorn which is our main fundraiser we do at the beginning of the Scout year. Scouts are encouraged to pay their own way thru Scouting by selling popcorn. Details of the fees and popcorn selling can be found on our website.  
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Is Scouting only for my son and his dad?

  • No. Cub Scouts is for the boys, but they can have anyone as an adult partner (dad, mom, grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc). At the Cub Scout level, also family participation is encouraged at Pack events, camping, hiking or anything else that might get planned. Moms and/or Dads both are very active as adult partners in our Pack. We are a family.


What kind of uniform do we need? 

  • Our Pack only requires the Cub Scout Blue Uniform shirt (tan for Webelos) and a neckerchief. The rest of the uniform along with the Pack T-shirt is optional. 


How much time is involved every month to be a part of scouting and where do we meet?

  • We meet nearly every Wednesday evening during the school year at West St Elementary School in Sanborn for Den meetings.  One Wednesday a month, during the school year we meet at Sanborn Fire Company for a Pack meeting. We have several camp-outs , camp-ins and all sorts of other activities that continue throughout the entire calendar year that we encourage every family to participate in as they see fit.


Do I HAVE to volunteer to be a Leader?

  • No. But, Scouting is run by mostly volunteers (98%); all of the Den Leaders in our Pack are non-paid volunteers that have kids in the Pack. If you do not want to be a leader, that is fine.  Someone within your Den will have to be the Leader. You will be asked to volunteer within the Pack at some level as our children’s experience depends on each of us helping where and when we can. Ask your Den Leader or a Pack Committee member at a pack event (generally adults found in uniform) how you can assist.


How do you learn to be a Den Leader or Pack Leader?

  • There is training available for all volunteers through Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Training is a requirement for all new leaders. It is free, and much of it can be done online. Check out the Council web site for the latest training schedule. Click Here
  • The safety of our children is our number one concern; every adult in our Pack must complete a "Youth Protection Course" that can be completed online in approximately 30 minutes. Click Here


When can we start participating with the Pack?

  • NOW!! You just need to sign up by contacting our Cub Master, who can walk you through the SIMPLE process. You will be asked to fill out the application form, Pack policies form, health form and write a check for the annual membership (prorated for the year) and that's it. Once the application is complete, we will put you in touch with the appropriate Den Leader and he/she will welcome you in from there. The sooner you start the more fun you will 


What is the Cub Scout structure?

  • Boys Scouts of America- (BSA) 
  • Pack- As a Cub Scout, you are part of a Pack. A Pack is a group of families from the same school, area of schools, church or neighborhood. The pack is divided by age groups into Dens. 
  • Cubmaster– Adult volunteer who serves as master of ceremonies at all Pack Meetings and Activities.
  • Pack Committee– A group of adult volunteers who oversee and plan pack activities.
  • Tiger Den – 1st Grade
  • Wolf Den – 2nd Grade
  • Bear Den – 3rd Grade
  • Webelos 1 – 4th Grade
  • Webelos 2 – 5th Grade

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What is the difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts?







BSA Frequently asked question can be found here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/FAQS.aspx