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Cub Scout Pack 522
(Gilbert, Arizona)
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The Purposes of Cub Scouting

Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America have helped younger boys through Cub Scouting.  Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.

The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
1. Character Development
2. Spiritual Growth
3. Good Citizenship
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
5. Family Understanding
6. Respectful Relationships
7. Personal Achievement
8. Friendly Service
9. Fun and Adventure
10. Preparation for Boy Scouts  

Scouting Fun Facts

Boy Scout Alumni are:
  • 71% of football captains
  • 65% of basketball captains
  • 85% of student council presidents
  • 88% of school newspaper editors
  • 77% of editors of school annuals
  • 75% of business managers of school publications
  • 80% of junior class presidents
  • 89% of senior class presidents
  • 65% of college graduates
  • 72% of Rhodes Scholars
  • 75% of Military Academy graduates
  • 65% of U.S. Congress
  • 85% of airline pilots
  • 85% of FBI agents
  • 26 of the first 29 astronauts were Boy Scouts
  • 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Boy Scouts
  • Over half of the 108 Scout astronauts attained Star, Life, or Eagle ranks
For every 100 young men who join the Boy Scouts:
  • 12 will have their first contact with a church
  • 5 will earn their religious emblem
  • 2 will enter the clergy
  • 1 will use Scout skills to save a life
  • 1 will use Scout skills to save his own life
  • 2 will become Eagle Scouts
  • 18 will enter professions first learned through the Merit Badge system
  • 17 will become Scouting volunteers and pass their skills, inspiration, and leadership along to countless youths
  • 28 will develop hobbies started in Scouting that will give them lifelong interests
  • And . . . Only rarely will one appear in a criminal or juvenile court!
  • And yet, amazingly Scouting reaches only 25 percent of the youth in the country!


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?
Tiger Cubs (entering first grade or age 7), Cub Scouts (entering second or third grade, or age 8 or 9), Webelos Scouts (entering fourth or fifth grade, or age 10).

What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
Cub Scouting 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.

How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two-four Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Boys 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 though 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 son on advancement projects and activities.
  • Attend pack meetings with your son and present his advancement awards to him at the pack meeting.
  • Attend and assist with den outings.
  • Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your son.

Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at

What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 522 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include: 
        - Scouting for Food  
        - Blue & Gold Banquet 
        - Pinewood Derby 
        - Summer Day Camp 
        - Summer Resident Camp
        - Community Service Activities 
        - and MANY more to come next year!

How much is it going to cost? 
    -Annual BSA registration and insurance is $17.00 - this is included in the annual dues.
    -Annual Pack 522 dues of $90 covers your son's rank and all patches and
    awards for the year and the BSA registration.
    -Annual subscription to Boy's Life Magazine is $12.00 (optional)

    Other costs include uniforms and rank book.  Some activity fees including
    those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Youth members participate in a
    couple of fund-raising activities (including popcorn sales and Scouting event
    tickets), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities.
    (Personal/corporate free-will donations also accepted)

    Also, It will cost some of YOUR time.  We encourage all parents to give of
    their time as leaders and assistant leaders, or just time as you have it. 

Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
    The Scout Shop is located in Mesa, AZ just off the 202. 
    Store location and hours are:
        Mesa Scout Shop 
        Mesa Riverview Shopping Center    
        1061 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 109
Mesa, AZ   85201
(480) 926-0345
    M-Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
            Closed Sunday

    If you can't make it to the store, and are comfortable specifying your son's
    shirt size (S/M/L), they will also take phone orders and ship via UPS.
    Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at

How often are the meetings? 
    Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens a two to four of times month, 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, 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 

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 Our Pack (above) and 
    asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the