How Cub Scouting Works

The Cub Scout Den

Your son is a member of a Cub Scout den (a group of same age boys).

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 son’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 boys 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.  The pack committee is led by the Chairperson.  The committee plans pack meetings around the monthly theme.  The committee works with the chartered partner, 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 & feedback.


The Boy Scout Council

Your son’s Pack is a member of a Boy Scouts of America Council (Grand Canyon Council).


The Boy Scout District

Your son’s Council  is a member of a Boy Scouts of America Council. A Scouting district is a geographical area of a BSA local council, determined by the council 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 12 districts serving southwestern, central, eastern and northern Arizona.

The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. 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 (Mountain View Lutheran Church) religious organization, service club, or other organization interested in helping youth. 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 boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.


What Will Scouting Cost Me?

Mandatory Fees: Pack Dues/Registration – $125/year

Fees for optional items:

Uniforms (recommended, but not required) – $80-100

(Remember, uniforms can also be found at thrift shops or on e-bay. Check with pack leaders regarding financial assistance, if needed).

Boys Life Magazine – $12/year (optional)