Cub Scout Pack 737

(Please note: This activity is offered through St. Mary’s Church for all parish and Saint Mary’s boys.)


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

FAQ: Joining 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.

What do I need to do to join Cub Scouting?

  • Complete the Youth Application PAPER
  • Complete the Required BSA Part A/B Medical Form. Include a Copy of Insurance
  • PAY Annual
  • Get a Uniform. Scouts can be PROUD to wear a Uniform, Shows they BELONG to the
  • Get Involved. Strong Parent/Scout Participation is what makes Scouting

How much are the Pack Dues to join Cub Scouting?

When compared to the cost of Sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers a great value to its members! Pack Dues go to cover the cost of running the Pack. BSA requires that each unit re-charter in December of each year. Pack 737’s dues are $110 per year which includes all the following without any nominal activity fees charged:

  • Annual Registration / BSA Insurance
  • Boys Life Magazine
  • Rank Advancement Awards / Individual Merit Awards
  • Class A Uniform Nametag
  • Class B Uniform (Tee-shirt)
  • Fall Camping (Dinner Saturday / Breakfast Sunday)
  • Spring Camping (Dinner Saturday / Breakfast Sunday)
  • Pack Subsidies for Outings / Events (Campsite, Food, Entertainment)
  • Pinewood Derby Car (Kit)

How often do Cub Scouts meet?

FAQ: The Cub Scout Program

Cub Scouts meet in their dens frequently – sometimes weekly, bi-weekly or another schedule that best fits the group – and a pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month.

  • Pack Meeting will be held on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30pm to 7:30pm (a couple of exceptions), and all meetings will be held at St. Mary’s School either in the gymnasium or the Lower Commons. Check Scoutbook for specific
  • Den Meetings will be scheduled by the Den Leaders, usually either the 1st and/or 2nd Mondays/Wednesday of the month and will be held in one of the St. Mary’s Classrooms.

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 campout as an additional event, or as a substitute for its monthly pack meeting.

May parents attend den meetings?

Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program and parents are strongly encouraged to participate at all meetings. Den  meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual boys, and your den leader will be working hard to keep the Cub Scouts focused and any help with your child is greatly appreciated. Den meetings are not meant to be a means to baby sit. If you cannot be present at a den meeting, please ask the den leader in advance so that the leader can plan accordingly.

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, and serve as an introduction to Boy Scouting.

FAQ: Uniform and Supplies

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, he will need a new handbook, 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.

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

Our uniforms, literature, and other Scouting merchandise is available at the local council shop:

FAQ: Advancement and Awards

If a boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger and Wolf badges?

No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts.  He is not required to have earned the Tiger or Wolf badges.  Since those badges are for younger boys (7- and 8-year-olds), the requirements for those badges are not consistent with a 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.

If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?

No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on elective adventures, but he may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year, when he graduates into a Bear den.

When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?

Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least ten years old—so a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least ten years old).  However, many  packs coordinate with a  local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.  In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.

 FAQ: Any Additional Questions, Contact: 2017 – 2018

Cubmaster:            Alan Lombardi (804).263.4995
Committee Chair: Stephen Schrier (804)731.5156