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 Scouts BSA or Venturing program depending on their age and grade level.  Girls who are older than 10 will be able to join a Scouts 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.

Do I have to be a resident of Milpitas to join Pack 163?

No, we serve families mostly from Milpitas, North San Jose, Berryessa, and the surrounding areas but you can live anywhere in the South Bay as long as you are able to attend meetings and events.  The scout can attend any school including home (virtual) schools.

Are Cub Scouts the same as Scouts BSA?

No. Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA 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.  At least one parent will be sitting together with the scout in a den meeting to help the scout work through the requirements. There is an annual volunteering requirement.

Can I drop off my child?

Cub Scouting is a family program and each den will determine its activities weekly so there is no set end time. You or another adult must be responsible for the safety and child’s behaviors at all times.

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.

Are Webelos required to wear the tan uniform or can they wear the Cub Scout blue?

The Webelos uniform is the tan uniform. Note: the diamond Webelos badge is being phased out.

When are uniforms required?

Cub Scouts full field uniform (a.k.a. Class A uniforms) are required at all events except when instructed otherwise. Uniform is one of the seven Methods of Cub Scouting and it serves the dual purpose of demonstrating that a Scout is part of a team and showing individual achievement.

Why is the BSA recommending single-gender dens and troops units instead of a co-ed model?

The leadership of the BSA determined that the best way to welcome girls to serve today’s families is to offer a unique model that builds on the proven benefits of our single-gender program, while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls.

Are there different uniforms for boys and girls?

All uniforms continue to be reviewed and adjusted to meet participant needs. While the fit and styling may be a bit different, the uniforms will remain fundamentally the same.

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 – 5:00pm.  It’s phone number is (408) 279-2086.