What is Cub Scouting?
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.
BSA Video "Give Back to Youth:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmWYyNWITTw
BSA Video "Cub Scouting Frame of Mind:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acGIyLHPq8w
What activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 606 is very active. There are activities all year long for the entire family and plenty of options. You can participate in all, some, or none, but the menu is loaded! Past Pack 606 activities have included: Family campouts that are fun and rewarding for all, weekly den meetings, monthly awards ceremonies, Blue & Gold Banquet, pack and district pinewood derby grand prix, rain gutter regatta, Scouting for Food food drives, community service projects, conservation projects, placing flags at veteran's grave markers at Memorial Day, marching in the Outback Bowl and Independence Day parades, spring fishing tournaments, Disney Campout at Frontierland, Kenedy Space Center tour, several different types of MOSI events, Scout Nights at Monster Jam monster truck events, Tampa Bay Rays pro baseball games, Tampa Bay Lightning pro hockey games, Field of Dreams at the New York Yankee's spring training site, summer camps, Native American PowWows, camping on the infield of the Daytona 500, and Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Exploration.
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 in elementary school.
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 campout as an additional event, or as a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.
May parents attend den meetings?
Absolutely, in fact it is required. Cub Scouting is open to parents/guardians at all times. Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual boys, and your Den Leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused. If you would like to be present at a den meeting, ask the Den Leader in advance so that the Den Leader can plan a way for you to observe or participate.
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.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the Pack Leaders—the Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative (COR), or members of the unit Committee. They can help you understand the process and guide you on areas where the Pack needs support. All Packs welcome parent help. You will be asked to complete a BSA Family Talent Survey Form.
Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
No. Citizenship is not required of youth or adults to become members of the Boy Scouts of America.
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
At minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a “Class A uniform,” “Class B uniform,” and a handbook. Each year, he will need a new handbook, cap, and neckerchief; but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos Den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the Den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the unit, will vary from Pack to Pack. Den and Pack Leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.
Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?
BSA uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at your local Council, Scout Shops, and other licensed distributors. Our Gulf Ridge Council Store’s is located in the Gulf Ridge Council Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612. You may also buy limited uniform items at Woods and Water Outdoor Sports Center at 124 Edwards Ave, Brandon, FL 33510. You can shop online at the national store at www.scoutstuff.org.
See the video "Visit Your Local Scout Shop:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK0imvHw0ps
How can I save money on the cost of uniforms and equipment?
The Cub Scout Pack may provide assistance to families. Pack 606 operates a uniform exchange/uniform bank known as “Baloo’s Trading Post” where families may trade uniforms 1-for-1 or purchase items for a nominal fee as supplies are available. There are fund-raisers to enable the boys to earn their uniforms. Also, the Pack will award boy’s ranks for their uniform during the program year. Upon graduation and advancing to the next rank, the pack may provide specific uniform components (neckerchief, clasp, rank patches). Fundraising (e.g. selling popcorn) is critical to earning credits towards uniform components provided by the Pack.
What if we do not have camping equipment?
The Pack has a limited amount of camping equipment available to issue/loan to families. The Pack advises families not to rush to purchase large amounts of tents, stoves, and other equipment initially. It is recommended that the family “tests the waters” first. Then see what others have and if this program is right for you. We believe you will find it rewarding. After talking with Den Leaders and other families, determine what is best for your family.
How much can I expect to pay in Cub Scout Pack 606?
Generally, if your family is active in selling popcorn as individuals and participate in show-and-sales in the fall, your family will accrue enough credits with the Pack that costs will be minimal. Typically, new families pay the initial registration fee, Pack 606 dues, Boy’s Life Magazine subscription, and Class A & B uniforms up front. Then, after popcorn sales, the Pack provides a substantial amount of these costs going forward, but that depends on the amount of participation of the boy and the Charter Organization’s program budget from year to year.
As of 1 January 2016, registration, uniform, and activity costs were:
· BSA National Registration Fee and Insurance: $24.00
· Boy’s Life Magazine Subscription: $12.00
· Pack 606 Annual Dues: $100.00
· Class A Uniform: S/S Shirt, $24.99; Break-away pants/shorts, $24.99; Belt, $9.99; Hat, $14.99; Neckerchief, $8.99; Clasp, $5.99; assorted patches ~$6.00
· Class B Uniform: $12.00
· Campouts: Some campout fees may apply (e.g. campsite fees per person/vehicle, food, etc.)
· Outings: Some special tickets or events may be separate (MOSI classes, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona 500 camping in the infield, Disney Campout, Summer Camps)
NOTE: The Pack may provide a substantial amount of this cost depending on the program year budget, donations, and fundraising.