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Why join Cub Scouts?


Did you know…

- 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4 percent of astronauts); 39 are Eagle Scouts.

- 36.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth; 16.3 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.

- 22.5 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth; 11.9 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.

- 25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth; 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.

- 191 members of the 113th Congress participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult leader; 28 are Eagle Scouts.

- 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer; 4 are Eagle Scouts.

Famous Scouts:

Stephen Spielberg*

H. Ross Perot*

James Lovell*

Neil Armstrong*

Buzz Aldrin*

Robert M. Gates*

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Stewart

Harrison Ford

John F. Kennedy

Bill Gates

Nolan Ryan

Joe Theisman

Martin Luther King Jr.

George W. Bush

John Wayne

Mike Rowe (host of T.V. show “Dirty Jobs” *

Gerald Ford*

Walter Cronkite

Andy Griffith

Steve Young

Sam Walton*

Hank Paulson*

J.W. Marriott Jr.*

Michael Bloomberg*

 *Eagle Scouts

Why Join Cub Scouts?

Your time is valuable. More than ever, today’s families struggle to find time to spend together. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made opportunities for you and your son to do things together. 

Cub Scouting is also flexible. As parents themselves, your pack leaders understand that many demands are made on families in the form of sports, school activities, church, etc. Cub Scouting can work with family schedules and complement other activities. The time demand is minimal as a scouts meet for about an hour a week and missed requirements can be completed at home. 

Your son needs to belong to a group of boys his own age. Through this sense of belonging, he builds his self-esteem and learns to get along with others. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your boy joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. The Boy Scouts of America has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910. 

In a society where your son is taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to “do his best” and to be helpful to others. 

Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son. Scouting activities can bring added value to the time you already have with your son. 

He will learn to live by the code of “On my honor.”

But we know that boys do not join Cub Scouting just to get their character built.  Boys join because it is fun!

Learn more about Cub Scouts here.


How Does Cub Scouts Work?

Cub Scouts and their families are all a part of a Pack. The Pack is composed of several dens. The Pack usually meets once a month and is led by a Cubmaster who is guided by the pack committee.

Dens are composed of about 5 scouts of the same age and grade. Dens usually meet about 3 times a month and are led by a den leader (usually a parent of one of the scouts). Each level of cub scouting has its own associated animal or symbol:

Tigers – 1st Grade 

Wolves – 2nd Grade 

Bears – 3rd Grade 

Webelos – 4th & 5th Grade

During den meetings, scouts will work on age-appropriate adventures. These adventures are designed to be interactive and fun. Completion of an adventure will earn a scout a device like a belt loop (Tigers through Bears) or pin (Webelos). Completion of all of the required adventures means that the scout earns their badge of rank depending on their age. 

During Pack Meetings, all of the dens will come together to have fun and show off what they’ve learned. Pack meetings are meant for the whole family (mom, dad, siblings, grandma, grandpa… the more the merrier). 

The Pack will also come together for other special events during the year, including:

Pinewood derby®—You can build and race a model car with your son.

Blue and gold banquet—Cub Scouting’s birthday party, for all pack members and their families, in February.

Camping—Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the camping experience.

Service projects—Packs may participate in food drives, conservation projects, or other community activities.

Field trips and special outings—Great ways to learn more about the people and places in your community.


How Much Does Scouts Cost?

The costs for joining the Cub Scout movement are very reasonable (especially compared with other extra-curricular activities!)  The initial cost will include registration ($25), pack dues ($88), and a handbook and uniform (~$85).  There are other optional purchases but the initial outlay will be around $200 (or about $16 per month). This is a true bargain for the practical skills, wholesome life lessons, and great memories that Cub Scouting will impart on your son.

That stated, we also realize that costs may be an issue for some families. We want to afford every boy that wants to participate in Cub Scouts an opportunity to join in the adventure. If you or someone you know is interested in having your son join our pack but are worried about costs, please contact the Committee Chair, Treasurer, or Cubmaster. Scholarships are available through the church and through BSA. 


OK, I've decided to join. What's next?

Contact the Cubmaster at cubmaster@pack628gtx.com for more information. The Cubmaster will provide you with an application and will introduce you and your scout to your respective den leader.