What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young scouts and their parents. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide scouts through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, scouts also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders, and friends, scouts learn citizenship, compassion, and courage. This family-and community-centered approach to learning means that Cub Scouting is truly time well spent.
What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?
Each rank in Cub Scouts is tied to your child’s elementary school grade level:
- Lions (Kindergarten)
- Tigers (1st grade)
- Wolves (2nd grade)
- Bears (3rd grade)
- Webelos Scouts (4th grade)
- Arrow of Light (5th grade)
What does Cub Scouting offer my son or daughter?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide scouts through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, scouts 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 2-3 Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Scouts 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 scout on advancement projects and activities.
- Attend pack meetings with your scout and cheer them on as they receive awards.
- As they advance rank present them with these achievement during the ceremony. (The advancement ceremony may even include face paint for your scout!)
- Attend and assist with den outings.
- Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your scout.
What is our level of commitment?
The level of commitment depends on the individual family. At a minimum you will want to attend the monthly Den and Pack meetings on Mondays. The other activities are there to enhance the Scouting experience and are not specifically required.
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 here.
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 608 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys, girls, and their families. Typical annual events include (in addition to den and pack meetings):
- Rain Gutter Regatta
- Pinewood Derby
- Walk & Knock
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- Scouting for Food
- Bicycle Rodeo
- Spring pack picnic
- Pack hikes
- Veteran’s Day Parade
- Blue & Gold Banquet
- Pinewood Derby
- Memorial Day Flag plant
- Summer Day Camp
- Summer Resident Camp (3 or 6-day overnight)
- Other community service activities
- and more!
How much is it going to cost?
The annual Pack 608 dues of $90 (for 2021-2022) cover such items as the National registration fee, neckerchief appropriate for your scout’s rank, all patches and awards for the year, and to help cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities. Additionally, new scouts will receive a Pack 608 T-Shirt to wear as their Class B uniform. This fee does not include the handbook for the 2021-2022 year.
Other costs include handbook for each rank, uniforms, and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Youth members can participate in fund-raising activities (popcorn or meatsticks/candy), which helps to offset camp fees.
If you’re already a member of the pack and you’d like to pay dues for your child, or pay dues if you’re a leader, you can do so on our online shop.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The Nor’West Scout Shop is located off of SW Naito Parkway in Portland. More information about the store including hours and directions can be found on their web site.
Nor’West Scout Shop
2145 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Check Hours of Operation before you leave.
If you can’t make it to the store, you can order everything online from the BSA retail store at ScoutShop.org.
What are the uniform standards for the pack?
Pack 608 adheres to the BSA Uniform guidelines, will frequently refer to two different type of uniform styles:
- Class A: Field Uniform – This uniform type is typically used during Pack meetings and more formal public events. See this page for more details and examples of the uniform used per Cub Scout rank.
- Class B: Activity Uniform – For Pack events where the Class A is not required (such as some field trips), the Class B uniform will be used as Pack 608 has chosen a hi-viz t-shirt and hoodie which makes our scouts easier to locate when we’re out and about.
How often are the meetings?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens two to three times 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 attraction 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 regatta, derby, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.
Where and when are the meetings?
As COVID-19 restrictions continue, our normal venue of the Chinook Elementary School Cafeteria is not available to us. For the foreseeable future, Pack 608 will continue to meet online in a pack-wide Zoom session, using breakout rooms for each den when den meetings are held. Meetings are held Mondays at 7pm when school is in session. See our Calendar for more event details and to get details on the Zoom session, please contact us.
How can I learn more?
The best way to learn about what a Cub Scout really does is to talk with a Cub Scout or parent who is engaged in the program. Alternatively, you can learn more about our Pack’s program by emailing us here.