FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?

Lion Cubs (entering Kindergarten or Age 6), 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).

Is Pack 1154 an official Family Scout Program Pack (accepting Girls into Cub Scouts)?

Yes, Pack 1154 is an official Family Scout Program Early Adopter Pack.  This distinction allows for Pack 1154 to officially register both boys and girls for participation in Cub Scouts.  At the den level, the boys and girls are in separate dens, but all pack wide activities and some den activities are all inclusive.

Why is Pack 1154 participating in the Family Scouting Program (accepting Girls into Cub Scouts)?

The members of Pack 1154 believe strongly in the value of the Cub Scout program for all family members. By participating in the Family Scouting program, we are offering a unified scouting experience for those who want to scout together as an entire family.  Now both sons and daughters can participate equally in cub scouting activities year round.

What does Cub Scouting offer my child?

Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys and girls through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys and girls 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. Kids 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, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at the Outdoor Program Guideline (PDF).

What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?

Pack 1154 is very active, providing a rich environment for kids and their families. Typical annual events include:

  • Summer Camps

  • Popcorn Fund Raiser

  • Corn Maize

  • Stone Bridge Homecoming Parade

  • Scouting for Food

  • Pinewood Derby

  • Scout Sunday

  • Blue & Gold Banquet

  • Pinewood Derby

  • Winterfest

  • Spring Camp-O-Ree (Camp Snyder)

  • Conservation Project

  • Cub Scout Camporee (Camp Snyder)

  • Annual Camp Out (Lake Fairfax)

  • Pack Picnic

  • Fishing Derby

  • Pool Party

  • Bike Rodeo

  • Keys Campout

  • Bottle Rocket Derby

  • Cub Scout Day Camp (Camp Snyder)

  • and more!

How much is it going to cost?

Annual Pack 1154 Dues are $140 for the first Scout, $125 for any additional siblings and $100 for the Lion Program.  Annual Pack dues are divided between the following:

  • National registration and insurance.

  • Boys' Life Magazine

  • The neckerchief appropriate for your son's rank

  • Awards for the year

  • Uniform patches

  • Pinewood derby kits

  • Spring & Fall Camp Out with Dinner

  • Blue and Gold Banquet with Dinner and Special Show

Since the Pack 1154 scouting year is from September through August, new Cub Scouts who register after the year starts may qualify for a prorated fee depending on when they register. Contact Us for a prorated dues schedule.

Other costs include uniforms and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Youth members participate in one fund-raising activity (popcorn), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities.

Where can I buy uniforms, belts, and hats?

There are few area scout shops where you can purchase all the necessary supplies for your scout. 

Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles (Official Distributor)
Uniform Supply
9 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 779-8600

Northern Virginia Scout Shop (Official BSA Store)
Uniform Supply | Camping Gear
5234 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA22151
(703) 321-4836

National Capital Area Scout Shop (Official BSA Store)
Uniform Supply | Camping Gear
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3897
(301) 564-1091

Alternatively, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at http://www.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 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, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, campout, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.

Where do you all meet?

During the Loudoun County School year, our pack meetings are held once a month at Sanders Corner Elementary.  Each den coordinates their meetings through the prospective den leader.  Usually these meetings are twice a month with time for a monthly outing. 

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 Us" (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Cubmaster.