Welcome to Scouting!
Cub Scouts is an active program for youth (both boys and girls) in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families that encourages learning, friendship—and most of all—getting out and having fun! Your child will join others in the same grade in a “Den” led by the adult partners and a Den Leader and have a Handbook of Adventures for their grade level. All of the Cub Scouts and families in the Dens make up the “Pack”, also led by parents and volunteer leaders. With an emphasis on outdoor events, small gatherings, and activities with family, Cub Scouts is a great way to let your kids safely socialize, learn, and have fun.
Flexible Experiences That Fit Your Family
From big overnight Pack trips to small local Den adventures, camping in a tent, building a pinewood derby car, trying new things, and playing sports to learning STEM, there’s truly something for everyone to do and enjoy in Cub Scouts. Bring the whole family to participate in activities with you!
Cub Scouting Works!
Cub Scouts perform better in school, learn the value of volunteering in their community, and build confidence to take on positions of leadership. Cub Scout families can serve the community through service projects done by the family, the Den, and/or the Pack.
Family Activities and Adventures Await
When you join Cub Scouts there’s always something to do and learn for the whole family:
- Build and race Pinewood Derby cars
- Hike to waterfalls
- Try STEM activities
- Explore nature and learn outdoor skills
- Camp under the stars
- Learn life-saving skills
In addition to national registration fees, your Pack will address costs for awards, uniforms, events, and other items. Talk with your Pack leadership if any aspect of Scouting is beyond your financial means.
Build Character and Leadership Skills
Kids love Cub Scouts because it’s fun. But Scouting teaches values-based leadership and character strengths, too. It builds new confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. In Cub Scouts, youth learn what it means to be a Scout today—and a leader for tomorrow, through our Scout Law. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
The health and safety of our Scouts is first and foremost. We provide volunteer adult leaders the tools for you to present safe social interaction and fun learning opportunities in small grade-specific groups right in your neighborhood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Scouting has fees for membership and activities. Beginning August 1, 2023, the annual National membership fee will be $80 and the monthly Scout's Life youth magazine is an optional $15 plus tax per year. New youth also pay a $25 one-time new member joining fee when joining. The annual activity fees vary depending on the activities and budget of your local Pack and typically range from $100 to $175 annually. One of the key values of Scouting is that Scouts should help earn their own way. That's why we offer multiple fundraising opportunities throughout the year for your Scout to earn the money needed to camp and participate in other activities.
We believe that every youth should have the chance to be a Scout! Because of the generosity of local families, businesses, and leaders, the Erie Shores Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.
Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children.
- Over many years, the BSA has developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization including mandatory criminal background checks for all leaders, required training in youth protection, mandatory reporting, and two-deep leadership.
- For more information about youth safety, please visit https://www.scouting.org/about/youth-safety/
Cub Scouts is a family activity! All Packs are led by Youth Protection Trained volunteers from families just like yours! You will have the opportunity to take a role in helping with your child's experience and we hope you will consider applying to be a volunteer leader.
Every volunteer leader is required to go through a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your child will be in a safe and fun program. The Erie Shores Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver and increase the skills they can pass on to our Scouts.
Lots of youth take part in Scouting along with a variety of other activities like sports, music, academic interests, and more. These programs all work together with Scouting to provide your youth with a balance of adult role models and experiences! Since many youth want to do both sports and Scouting, some Dens will organize alongside sports programs, sometimes with Cub Scout activities (and snacks!) after some practices, and activity schedules coordinated to allow participation in both sports and Scouting.
Learn about how the Erie Shores Council is advancing Scouting in Northwest Ohio.
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