Frequently Asked Questions

Join Cub Scouts FAQ

Cub Scouts is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Those who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouts, but they may be eligible to join the Scouting BSA or Venturing programs depending on their age and grade level.
Cub Scout Pack 20 is excited to welcome girls into our Scouting family! By welcoming both girls and boys into the program even more youth will have access to the character development and leadership opportunities that Scouting promises. Please see Scouts BSA's press release announcing girls being welcomed into Scouting along with additional details on how the girls will be included by visiting the official Cub Scouts web page.
Please refer to the Costs page for a detailed explanation.
If you are interested in volunteering, express your interest to the Cubmaster or Den Leaders. While there's no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available, there is usually some way in which you can contribute. Cub Scout Pack 20 is appreciative of any offers to help and welcomes contributions! There are some single-instance volunteer opportunities such as Popcorn Kernel or Pinewood Derby Chair. All volunteers with Cub Scout Pack 20 will have to undergo a background check and complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT).
Cub Scout Pack 20 is chartered by the Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church (MSPC) and serves the Madeira, Ohio area, but being a resident is not a requirement to join the Pack. Membership is open to anybody within the tri-state area.
There are tens of thousands of Cub Scout Packs in the United States and its territories, as well as Packs that serve the families of U.S. citizens who live overseas. Go to BeAScout.org, select Cub Scouts, input in your zip code, select Cub Scouts, and click the "Find a Unit" button. You will be directed to a Google map and provided a list of units in your area. You will also be provided contact information for the BSA Council serving your zip code.
United States citizenship is not required for youth or adult members.  

Cub Scout Program FAQ

Cub Scouts is a program of Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA are both members of the same organization, however, they are entirely different programs. Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger Scouts from Kindergarten through fifth grades. Scouts BSA is geared toward older Scouts ages 11 through 18, or in grades sixth through twelfth.
Each Cub Scout Pack comprises of boys and girls from first through fifth grade. The "Pack" is the entire group of Scouts. Each individual grade level comprises a Den. Dens meet separately throughout the year and then once a month the entire Pack comes together. Please visit our About page for additional details on each Den.
Pack 20 meets the third Tuesday of every month in September through May from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Pack meetings are held for all Cub Scouts and their families. Each individual Den meets on a schedule determined by the Den Leader and parents. A Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in addition to or in lieu of a regularly scheduled Den meeting. Likewise, the Pack also conducts special events such as the Blue and Gold Banquet, Pinewood Derby, and Scouting For Food during the year. Check our Activities page for additional details on these fun scouting activities held throughout the year!
Cub Scout Den meetings are intended to be an activity for the individual Scouts. Parental involvement is encouraged and all meetings should be open to your participation. If you would like to contribute at a Den meeting, talk to the Den Leader in advance so that the leader can plan a way for you to participate or talk to the Pack Leaders about becoming more involved. Please note that for Lion (K) and Tiger (1st grade), an adult parent or guardian is required to attend all Den and Pack meetings and other events with the Scout.
Please refer to Uniforms FAQ section on the FAQ page as well as the individual Rank pages linked from the Advancement page for more information about uniforms for each Den.
"Webelos" is an acronym for "We Be Loyal Scouts". Cub Scouts in fourth and fifth grade are referred to as Webelos and Arrow of Light (AOL), respectively.
The Cub Scout program has a vocabulary all its own! If your family is just starting out, you'll hear Cub Scout terms being tossed around at every Den and pack Meeting. Below are some of the more common terms and their definitions:
  • Advancement – The progression that moves the Cub Scouts from rank to rank.
  • Adventure – Adventures are "collections of themed, multidisciplinary activities representing approximately two-three den meetings of engaging content." Tigers, Wolves, and Bears complete seven adventures to earn their rank badge. Webelos complete six adventures for their rank, and Arrows of Light complete five.
  • Akela – Anyone who is a leader to the Cub Scout. Akela can be a parent, teacher, den leader, Cubmaster, or any other adult who helps guide the Cub Scout.
  • Arrow of Light – The highest rank a Cub Scout can achieve. The Arrow of Light (AoL) badge is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Scouts BSA uniform.
  • Blue and Gold Banquet – Because February is the anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America, many packs celebrate with a Blue and Gold banquet. The banquets are special events that can include games and entertainment. Cub Scouts often bring their whole families including grandparents. Some packs may choose to hold their Blue and Gold Banquet in another month.
  • Buddy System – The buddy system is used to help Cub Scouts look out for each other. At Cub Scout events, especially outdoor activities, kids should find a partner. The buddies go everywhere together and know where each other is at all times. This helps ensure that the kids always have a partner to help him or her if they get lost or hurt.
  • Chartered Organization – Community or faith-based organizations that own and operate Cub Scout packs. They work under a "charter" from the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Class A Uniform – This is the official uniform of Cub Scouts. Lion Cub Scouts wear a t-shirt. Tigers, Wolves and Bears wear a blue shirt, while Webelos and AoLs wear the khaki Scouts BSA shirt. "Class A uniform" is not a BSA official term, but it is widely used by packs.
  • Class B Uniform – Class B uniforms are Scouting-related t-shirts. They can be pack t-shirts, day camp t-shirts, or any other Scouting t-shirt. They are officially called special purpose or activity uniforms.
  • Council – A council is a service center, chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, that is responsible for Scouting within its geographical area.
  • Crossover or Bridging – A Special ceremony where a Webelos Cub Scout "crosses over" or "bridges" from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA. It symbolizes the Scouts' induction into their Scouts BSA troop.
  • Cubmaster – A Cubmaster is the "face" of the pack. Cubmasters help plan and carry out the Cub Scout program in his or her pack. They support and motivate den leaders and parents. The Cubmaster serves as the emcee for pack meetings and other events. Cubmasters and pack committees work together to develop fun program ideas and activities.
  • Den – A den is a group of Scouts who are in the same grade. They work together to advance to the next level of Cub Scouts.
  • Denner – A Cub Scout who has been selected (by vote or appointment) to serve in a leadership role in their den. They have specific duties such as taking attendance, leading a flag ceremony, assisting with den activities, and conducting a closing ceremony. Serving as a denner helps develop the Cub Scout's leadership skills.
  • Den Chief – An older Scout who is a member of Scouts BSA who has been selected to work with a Cub Scout den. They assist with den activities and serve as a role model (and often a friend) to the kids in the den. The den chief position is considered a leadership role by the Scouts BSA troop.
  • District – The geographic territory within a council is divided into districts. Districts vary in size. Some may span multiple counties, while others are one county. There may be multiple districts within one county, depending on its size.
  • District Executive – The District Executive (DE) is a paid employee of the local council. His or her role is to support Scouting in the district.
  • Pack – A Cub Scout pack is a collection of dens of all ranks. The pack organizes the dens, holds monthly meetings, and conducts larger events such as the Pinewood Derby or Blue & Gold banquet. Packs belong to a community organization, such as a church or a service club, which is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to operate the Scouting program.
  • Pinewood Derby – Cub Scout racing event. With help from their parents, Cub Scouts design and build a race car using a kit that contains a block of wood, plastic wheels, and axles made from nails.
  • Raingutter Regatta – Cub Scout racing event. For this race, Scouts build sailboats with balsa wood, a mast, a plastic sail, a plastic rudder and a metal keel.
  • Rank – Cub Scouts are grouped by grade or age into specific ranks. Kindergarteners are Lions, first graders are Tigers, second graders are Wolves, third graders are Bears, fourth graders are Webelos, and fifth graders are Arrows of Light. Some people call fifth graders "Webelos," but they're working on the Arrow of Light rank. The Scouts work toward their rank badge throughout the year. For example, the second grader is a Wolf, but they don't get their Wolf rank badge until they complete seven Wolf adventures.
  • Space Derby – Cub Scout racing event. Similar to the Pinewood Derby, Scouts build rockets that fly across a line using a rubber band-powered propeller.
  • Webelos – This rank's name has special meaning. It stands for WE'll BE LOyal Scouts. Always use the S even when referring to one Webelos. So, one Webelos, not one Webelo.
  • Webelos Colors – The Webelos Colors consist of a blue metal bar with the word "Webelos" on it. Below the bar are three woven streamers –one each of gold, red and green. The Scouts can display their adventure pins on the streamers. The Webelos Colors are worn on the right sleeve of the Webelos uniform.
  • Whittling Chip – The Whittling Chip is an award a Cub Scout can earn that gives them the privilege of carrying a pocketknife to specifically designated events. To earn the Whittling Chip, Cub Scouts have to know how to safely use and care for a pocketknife, make a carving, and promise to abide by the knife safety guidelines and the pocketknife pledge.

Scout Oath

"On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country And to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."
Before Cub Scouts agree to the Scout Oath or Promise, they need to know what it means.
  • On my honor I will do my best... Saying "On my honor" is like saying "I promise." It means that you will do your best to do what the Scout Oath says.
  • To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law... A duty is something you are expected to do. At home, you might be expected to make up your bed or take out the trash. You also have duties to God and to your country. You do your duty to God by following the teachings of your family and religious leaders. You do your duty to your country by being a good citizen and obeying the law. You also promise to live by the twelve points of the Scout Law.
  • To help other people at all times... Many people need help. A friendly smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By helping other people, you are doing a Good Turn and making our world a better place.
  • To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. The last part of the Scout Oath is about taking care of yourself. You stay physically strong when you eat the right foods and get plenty of exercise. You stay mentally awake when you work hard in school, learn all you can, and ask questions. You stay morally straight when you do the right thing and live your life with honesty.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) believes that faith is an important part of a child's growth. Inspiration and support for your child's spiritual development will come primarily from your family and/or faith leaders/ While reverence and duty to God have always been part of Scouting values, the BSA does not promote any specific religion and is completely nonsectarian. There is no requirement that Scout identify with a particular religion or faith or that a Scout's family be a part of an organized faith group.

Scout Law

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."
The Scout Law has twelve points. Each is a goal for every Scout. Scouts do their best to live up to the Scout Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.
  • A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY – A Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises. People can depend on her.
  • A Scout is LOYAL – A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
  • A Scout is HELPFUL – A Scout volunteers to help others without expecting a reward.
  • A Scout is FRIENDLY – A Scout is a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from her.
  • A Scout is COURTEOUS – A Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners.
  • A Scout is KIND – A Scout treats others as he wants to be treated. She never harms or kills any living thing without good reason.
  • A Scout is OBEDIENT – A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and pack. She obeys the laws of his community and country.
  • A Scout is CHEERFUL – A Scout looks for the bright side of life. She cheerfully does tasks that come her way. She tries to make others happy.
  • A Scout is THRIFTY – A Scout works to pay his way. She uses time, property, and natural resources wisely.
  • A Scout is BRAVE – A Scout can face danger even if she is afraid. She stands for what is right even if others laugh at her.
  • A Scout is CLEAN – A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. She helps keep her home and community clean.
  • A Scout is REVERENT – A Scout is reverent toward God. She is faithful in his religious duties. She respects the beliefs of others.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) believes that faith is an important part of a child's growth. Inspiration and support for your child's spiritual development will come primarily from your family and/or faith leaders/ While reverence and duty to God have always been part of Scouting values, the BSA does not promote any specific religion and is completely nonsectarian. There is no requirement that Scout identify with a particular religion or faith or that a Scout's family be a part of an organized faith group.

Cub Scout Motto

Doing your best is one of the most important things Cub Scouts learn. When children compare themselves to other people, they can become complacent (if they're high achievers) or discouraged (if they have to work harder to accomplish the same goals), Focusing on doing their personal best helps them feel good about themselves and see their potential for doing even better. Cub Scouting helps children realize they will feel successful if they always do their best.
  • A motto is like a slogan. It reminds us of something important.
  • Scouting is not a competition. All children learn at their own pace and in their own way.
Whatever you and your Scout are doing, remember to "Do Your Best!" It's a great motto for life.

Uniforms FAQ

Wearing uniforms has been a practice of the Scouting movement from the beginning. Decades of experience show uniforming to have many benefits including the following:
  • Equality – The uniform represents a democratic ideal of equality. Children from various cultures and different economic levels wear the same uniform and cooperate as equals.
  • Identification – The uniform identifies a child as a member of the Cub Scouts. Badges on the uniform tell other members that the Scout belongs to their Den, Pack, and Council. The uniform itself identifies a good citizen to the entire community.
  • Achievement – The uniform displays badges and other awards so the accomplishments of each Cub Scout can be immediately recognized.
  • Commitment – Wearing a uniform is a constant reminder to each Cub Scout of their commitment to the ideals and purposes of Cub Scouting: duty to God, loyalty to country, and helpfulness to others.
​​For these reasons, among others, all parents should emphasize to their Scouts the importance of wearing the correct and complete uniform on all suitable occasions. ​Pack 20 understands that BSA uniforms are not inexpensive and as a result has tried to adopt a uniform policy that reduces the amount of Official BSA apparel and allows Scouts to spend some time in Scouting before making a big investment. ​We do not want finances to be the reason for a Scout to not have a uniform. If the cost is an issue, we do have resources available to help. Please contact us for more information.
Activity Class A Uniform Class B Uniform Street Clothes
Pack Meeting Yes No No
Formal Pack or Den Activity* Yes No No
Informal Pack or Den Activity* Optional Yes No
Fundraising Preferred Acceptable No
Scout Camp – Campfires, Flag Ceremonies, Dinners Yes No No
Scout Camp – All other times Optional Preferred Acceptable
*Examples:
  • Formal Pack and Den Activities – Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, activities where we are a guest (volunteering at a church, visiting a fire department, town hall meeting, etc.), Den meetings with a guest speaker, public events, parades
  • Informal Pack and Den Activities – Hikes, campouts, family picnic, physical fitness activities, service projects, fishing, boating, family fun nights
The following patches should be worn on Class A uniform shirts for Pack 20 Madeira:
Please refer to the Cub Scout Insignia guide for proper patch placement on your Class A uniform shirt. Note: Only ONE patch should be worn in the temporary patch location (right pocket).