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.
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 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. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. However, the Boy Scouts of America's Guide to Safe Scouting limits the length and type of camping Cubs can participate in...and Pack 303 firmly believes in following those guidelines for the safety of your Scout.
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 303 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families.
Typical annual events include:
How much is it going to cost?
- Fall Campout
- Veteran’s Day Flag Retirement
- Holiday Lock-In
- Blue & Gold Celebration
- Pinewood Derby
- Scouting for Food
- Memorial Day Observance
- Summer Day Camp
- Summer Resident Camp
- Community Service Activities
- and more!
The annual Pack 303 dues of $24 covers the National registration fee and we do not have a Pack Fee currently. Since the Pack 303 charter begins on February 1, new Cub Scouts may pay a prorated fee for the remainder of the year, depending on when they register. Contact the Cubmaster for a prorated dues schedule.
Youth members participate in one fund-raising activity (popcorn), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities. Popcorn sales aggregated across the Pack provide for the entire year's activity and award funds. Upon graduation to the next rank…the neckerchief and slide appropriate for your son's rank, the pinewood derby kit, and all patches and awards for the year (through next March).
In addition, Pack 303 encourages each scout and family to "Help Other People At All Times" Community Service Projects are scheduled throughout the year, generally at a rate of 1 project per month. Projects typically only take 1 hour to complete and are scheduled for Saturdays. If a Scout participates in 7 projects, the extra $15 Pack Fee is forgiven at Registration time in February.
Other costs include uniforms and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The Scout Shop is located on 13th
Street in Canton near Mercy Hospital and Interstate 77.
Buckeye Council Scout Shop
2301 13th Street NW
Canton, OH 44708-3157
Mon - Fri 9:00 to 5:00
Thur 9:00 to 6:00
Every Saturday 10:00 to 2:00
Check Hours of Operation before you leave.
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 ScoutStuff.Org
How often are the meetings?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens once or twice each month, and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, it depends on the Den: 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 pinewood derby, 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 Our Pack" (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Cubmaster or Committee Chair.