How old (or young) can a boy or girl be to join Cub Scouting?

Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in the kindergarten through fifth grades, or 6 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 depending on their age and grade level.  Girls who are older than 10 will be able to join a BSA girl troop beginning February 2019.

Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?

Citizenship is not required of youth or adult members.

Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?

No. 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 and girls.

How often do Cub Scouts meet?

Cub Scouts meet in their dens two to three times a month, and a pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. We may hold a special activity, such as a service project, a hike or a camp out, in place of one of the meetings or in addition to the weekly or pack meetings.

May parents attend meetings?

Parental involvement is expected, and all meetings are open to your participation. Parents are highly encouraged to participate as Adult Leaders, Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members and even Cubmaster.

What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?

At minimum, each boy or girl in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. Our pack charges a $150 annual activity fee which pays for awards, crafts, food, etc.

Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?

The South Bay Scout Shop is located at 970 W Julian Street, San Jose. Their hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm.