What to Expect as a Scouting Parent

Parents in Cub Scouts

It’s important to be clear about the main difference between Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA (formerly the Boy Scouts). Scouts BSA is a program for older youth that usually has them working together and making decisions independent of adults. Cub Scouts requires parent participation. That means parents do most of the activities with their scouts, and at times if your child needs assistance it’s expected that their parent is present and available to help. Scouts camp with their family, and additional non-scout family members are welcome. Cub scouts are still learning to camp, so site locations at scout parks or state parks always have basic facilities (i.e. not primitive sites). Parents can learn new skills right along with their child, and being there with them is key. The success of your cub scout’s experience is largely determined by your level of involvement.

Working with Your Scout

The unit cannot provide a quality program without your help. When completing the youth application, you acknowledged the Parent Agreement: I have read the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and I want my child to join Scouting. I will assist them in abiding by the policies of the BSA and the chartered organization. I will: Serve as an adult partner while my child is a Lion or Tiger, help my Scout grow through completion of advancements, help the unit with activities and assist as needed.

To assist your Scout in getting the most of the Cub Scout program, the recommendation is for parents to:

  • Commit to sitting down with their Scout to get familiar with the rank handbook
  • Commit to spend time talking with their Scout about what they are working on in their Den meetings and assist and encourage them in their efforts.
  • Attend monthly Pack meetings with their Scout, particularly those when their Scout will be recognized or presented with an award.
  • Attend Den meetings with their Scout.
  • Talk with their Scout’s Den Leader at least four times during the year about their progress.
  • Commit to participate with their Scout in every Pack related activity that they express an interest in participating.

Adult Volunteers

For a pack to function, we must all work together. We need each family to volunteer throughout the year. We have broken up the common tasks, so that there are small volunteer opportunities, and large opportunities such as serving on the pack committee. We need each family to volunteer for tasks from the following groups:

  • 4 tasks related to pack meetings and/or roundup throughout the year
  • 1 task for each campout a family attends
  • 1 task at either crossover or summer activity
  • 1 task for popcorn/camp cards, if participating in fundraiser
  • 1 task for pinewood derby, if participating