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(South River, New Jersey)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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, or members of the unit committee. While there's no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute, and most units are glad for any offer of help.  
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.  
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 blue and gold banquet as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.  
What is a Den?  

A den is a group of six to eight boys in the same grade or age group. There are five types of dens:

  • Tiger
  • Wolf
  • Bear
  • Webelo I
  • Webelo II
What are Den Meetings?
Den meetings are a time for learning new things and having fun. Dens are led by a team of adult volunteers - the den leader and assistant den leader(s). Den leaders are usually adult family members of boys in the den.  
What is a Pack?
A pack is the combination of all the dens within a given Pack.  
What do Scouts do at these Meetings?

Den meetings: learning new things, having fun and working on projects and accomplishments to be presented at the Pack Meetings

Pack meetings: a time to recognize the scouts for their accomplishments during the month and to have fun with the entire family.

Do Scouts go on any Trips?
Each month some type of travel activity is planned for the scouts to participate in. These activities range from hikes, trips to different points of interest.  Family members (siblings) are invited to attend these activities.   
What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?  
At minimum, each boy 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. 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.