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how does cub scouting work?

Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys and girls. Cub Scouts meet in their Dens once each week 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 a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, a Pack may conduct a special event such as a Blue and Gold banquet as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting. Cub Scout Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the Scouts. Parental involvement is encouraged and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you would like to be present at a Den meeting, ask the Den leader in advance so that the leader can plan a way for you to participate.

The Cub Scout Pack is made up of all the Dens, which meet monthly at the Pack meeting led by the Cubmaster. This is the highlight of the monthly Den meetings and activities. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies and presentations of badges that Scouts earned during the month. This is where families – not just parents, but siblings, too – can see the achievements of their Cub Scout. The Pack, including families, also participates in other special events throughout the year.

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Your Blue and Gold Banquet: Cub Scouting’s birthday party-for all Pack members and their families in February.

Camping: Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the camping experience. The Miami Valley Council has many Cub Scout camping opportunities at our two camp properties.

Your Pinewood Derby: Build and race a model car with your Scout.

Service Projects: Packs are encouraged to participate in Miami Valley Council’s annual coordinated food drive Scouting for Food, which takes place each November. Field Trips and Special Outings, of course, are great ways to learn more about the people and places in your community.

glossary: leaders of your pack

Leads the Den at weekly Den and monthly Pack meetings. Attends the monthly Pack Committee meeting and district roundtable meeting.

Helps plan and carry out the Pack program with the help of the Pack Committee. Leads monthly Pack meeting and attends Pack Committee meeting and district roundtable monthly meeting.

Presides at all Pack Committee meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders. Also, attends Pack meetings.

Keeps all records for the Pack, including Pack Committee meeting notes and prepares monthly Pack newsletter.

Keeps accurate financial records, manages bank account, and helps develop Pack budget. Attends Pack meetings and Pack Committee meetings.

Maintains advancement records for the Pack. Orders all badges and insignia. Attends Pack and Committee meetings.

Engages youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel welcomed and want to stay.

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how much does
scouting cost?

National annual registration fee for youth and leaders: As of April 1, 2024 $85 for Cub Scouts. Adult volunteers are $65 (Includes Enhanced Background Check).

Annual Council Adventure Fee: Youth $45 and Adult $25

Scout Life Magazine: An option that costs another dollar or so each month (But trust us, it is worth it!).

Pack dues: The amount varies by Pack, depending on money-earning projects conducted by the Pack to decrease the amount needed to run the Pack program.

Uniform: The uniform and its cost vary by program for youth and may also be purchased at your local Scout Shop.

Books: Scout handbooks are the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook and Webelos Handbook. Adult leaders use the Den Leader guides, Cub Scout Leader book and other valuable training resources. See or your local Scout shop for prices and a wealth of other resources.

Scouting Expenses Reimbursable by ACE Program

  • Annual National BSA youth registration fee of $80. ($85 starting April 1, 2024)
  • National BSA New Member Fee of $25 (through April 1, 2024 if applicable).
  • Council Adventure Fee of $45 (effective January 1, 2024)
  • Cub Scout Day Camp
  • Council Organized Day Activities where an overnight stay is not required (merit badge classes, shooting sports days, Cub Adventure Day, daytime-only option at Camporees)

Youth Protection Training

All leaders are required to be trained in order to deliver a safe, quality Scouting program. Your district provides online training for adult volunteers on how to be a successful leader. All new leaders must take Youth Protection Training and a variety of other online trainings prior to leading the Scouts. Parents are encouraged to take the trainings as well.

  1. Create or log into your account at
  2. On the right side of the screen Click on “Youth Protection Training”
  3. “Enroll” in Youth Protection Training and complete the training
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Hours of Operation

Scout Shop
Monday – Tuesday
10 am to 6 pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday – Friday
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 3 pm
Council Service Center
Monday – Tuesday
9 am to 5 pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday – Friday
9 am to 5 pm
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popcorn sale

The annual Scout popcorn sale directly funds unit membership costs and activity costs for your unit. When effectively implemented, many units are able to fund their full year of Scouting activities. The popcorn sale begins in August and is a great way to help fund your child’s Scouting year.

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friends of scouting

Friends of Scouting is the annual giving campaign that asks families and community members to make a tax-deductible gift to Scouting. This campaign helps provide accident and general liability insurance for all Scouts and Scout leaders, helps maintain council camps, provides Scout Scholarships to Scouts in need of uniforms or camping fees, and subsidizes the cost of camping and activities for all Scouts in the Miami Valley Council. A volunteer or council representative will be stopping by your unit to tell you more about Friends of Scouting.

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