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School Night to Join Scouting: Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Where can I get additional information on how Scouting is organized and implemented?
    Download the 2011 School Night to Join Scouting Parent's Guide.pdf. This publication contains information on:
     
    • How your Cub Scout pack is organized and functions as a team
    • How your son can advance through the ranks in Cub Scouting
    • What special programs are planned, like Scouting for Food and subscribing to Boys' Life magazine
    • How to purchase a Cub Scout uniform
    • And much more...
  2. How do I sign up for Scouting?
    You and your son can sign up during School Night to Join Scouting.  Registration fees vary by unit. All youth members and adult volunteer leaders must fill out a membership application. Click on the links below to download a PDF of the applications:
    Youth Application (PDF)
    Adult Application (PDF)
  3. How can I find out when my School Night to Join Scouting will be held?
    Each county and school district will hold School Night to join Scouting on a designated night. Check our website in late summer\early fall for a new schedule of the next set of events.
  4. Why Join Scouting?
    Your son is at a critical time in his physical, mental, social, and spiritual development. We believe Scouting is the best program available that develops values in young people. An independent study by Louis Harris & Associates verified our beliefs.
     
    Parents said that after one year in Cub Scouts:
    --80 percent of their sons learned to stay away from drugs, and to help at home.
    --90 percent said Scouting encouraged family togetherness through projects, going places, and talking with each other.
    --95 percent said Scouting provides a safe and friendly environment and created a sense of belonging, and their sons learned to get along with others.
     
    We invite you to accompany your son to School Night to Join Scouting. You will meet other parents whose sons are joining, and learn more about upcoming activities and programs.
     
    Today's youth may have different needs than you had as a child, but one thing is true: They need time with you. Scouting provides a pre-packaged program that helps you maximize the time you will spend with your son.
  5. Where do I sign up?
    If your son brought home a School Night to Join Scouting flyer from school, the location of the event and a person to contact should be on the bottom of the flyer. Scout units conduct School Night to Join Scouting at or near where they hold regular meetings. This can be at schools, churches or other community organizations.
  6. How is Scouting organized?
    Here's how boys progress through the Scouting program:
     
    Tiger Cubs: For boys in first grade
    - Designed for boys and their parents
    - Activities based on searching, discovering, and sharing
    - Prepares parent and son for Cub Scouting
    - Boys and parents work with other families
    Cub Scouts: For boys in second or third grade
    - Family centered program
    - Boys meet regularly in small groups to work on projects
    - Learning is achieved through completing tasks to earn badges
    - Boys wear uniforms with their badges, play games and sports, and have fun!
    Webelos Scouts: For boys in fourth or fifth grade
    - Boys start participating in outdoor learning experiences, such as hiking and camping
    - Boys meet regularly with adult leaders
    - Learning is achieved through hobbies and a life-skills program called activity badges
    Boy Scouts: For boys in sixth grade to age 18
    - Emphasizes learning through a weekly meeting that prepares the Scout for his monthly outdoor experience
    - Learning is achieved through an advancement program
    - Interaction with adult leaders and role models
    - Boys learn self-reliance, teamwork, and leadership skills