How Cub Scouting Works

The Cub Scout Den

Your son or daughter is a member of a Cub Scout den (a group of same age Scouts, girl and boy dens are separate).

The den meets 2-3 times a month.

The den is led by a den leader (usually a parent volunteer) .

The den leader usually has an assistant den leader (parent volunteer).

Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.


The Cub Scout Pack

Your Scout’s den is a member of a Cub Scout pack.

The pack meets once per month – all Cub Scout families attend.

The pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster (volunteer parent).

The pack meeting is the highlight of the month’s den meetings and activities.

Pack meetings have ceremonies, and presentations of badges which the Scouts have earned, & FUN!!!

The pack is run by a committee of volunteers.


The Pack Committee

The pack committee is made up of all den leaders, the Cubmaster, Pack Chairperson and parent volunteers.  The pack committee meets once per month, led by the Chairperson.  The committee works with the chartered partner organization, selects leaders, keeps records, manages finances, finds meeting places, organizes awards, maintains equipment and training.  ALL Parents are WELCOME and Encouraged to come to the Committee Meetings to help bring new ideas and feedback.


The BSA Council

Your Scout’s Pack is a member of a local BSA Council (Grand Canyon Council).


The Boy Scout District

Your Scout’s Council  is made up of districts. A Scouting district is a geographical area of a BSA local council, determined by the council’s executive board. District volunteer leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district`s territory.

Our District is the Gila River District which is one of the districts serving Arizona.

The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support units to be successful. The end result of effective district support: more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.



The Chartered Partner/Oragnization

The pack is “owned” by the chartered partner, usually a school, PTA, church, service club or other community organization interested in helping youth (Pack 178 is chartered by Mountain View Lutheran Church). The chartered partner approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates the pack within their own guidelines and the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.


The Advancement Plan

The responsibility for a Scout’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but many are completed at home with the family.


What Will Scouting Cost Me?

There are several cost to Scouting, these can vary over time and to get the latest information please contact us at

An important aspect of Scouting is that the different levels of Scouting are independent financially. The BSA, Council and Pack levels operate on independent budgets and through independent financing sources

The cost ranges listed below are generic for Scouting and do many not represent current Pack 178 Fees and Dues structures, contact the Pack for latest Dues and Fees information.

Remember that the cost below are associated with a year of Scouting, often a bargain compared to other youth activity costs.

Mandatory Dues and Fees:

National BSA Dues, Council Fees and Pack Dues – Typically $150-$200 / year for all fees combined, however this can vary depending on the Council and Pack and specific program offered.

Fees for optional items:

Uniforms (recommended, but not required) – typically $80-100 (can also be sources second hand for reduced cost)

Subscription to Boys Life Magazine – $12/year

Camp participation Fees – Varies by camp program