We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may help you to make the decision about joining Cub Scouts.
How long does a Cub meeting go for?
A Cub Scout meeting goes for about an hour and a half depending on the Pack.
Do I have to stay with my child?
Its good to stay for a little while on the first week to see them settle in and to reassure yourself that they are happy and making friends but you don't have to stay, it depends on your child and how they adapt to new things.
Some Packs may need some parents to stay and have a roster of parents who can help out by running games or supervising activities and your Leader will have more information about that for you.
Of course parents that stay often join in the fun and have a great time too!
Can I go on camp with my child?
Some Parents might be expected to go on Cub scout Camps to keep up a good Adult to Youth ratio but it depends on you and your child. You might have a child who prefers to go it alone with his peer group or your child might burst with pride at the thought of your participation.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to go on sleepovers and overnight camps with their child. Scouts WA policy does not allow parents or other adults to sleep in the same room as the Cub Scouts. However, you can stay close by to reassure your child if needed, and join in all the fun activities with the Cubs. Every parent that attends a Scouting event overnight must have a current Working With Children Check Card or have shown their Group Leader or Cub Leader a copy of their Working With Children Check Card application receipt. Parents who do not have a WWC card or have not applied for one are welcome to join in the daytime activities on camps, but cannot stay overnight on the same site as the Cub Scouts.
Many Parents find that is a special time to share with their Cub and a great opportunity to make some friends with other parents with similar interests.
What does my child have to take to Cub Scouts?
This might vary from Pack to Pack but it is a good idea to take a bottle of water and a hat for sunny days.
Any medication such as inhaler should be left with the leader and you should check that your Leader is aware of any medical issues such as allergies and how to deal with them before you leave your child at Cub Scouts for the first time.
A leader will get you to fill out a Youth Member Application for your child when you come and try for the first time and that has questions about your child's health care.
Cub Scouts need to take along their yellow Cub Book that they will use to cross off the activities that they do and the Badgework that they complete. Your Cub Scout Leader will tell you more about this.
Where do I get the Cub Scout Uniform?
Your Cub Leader may have some second hand uniforms available at the Hall but you can also purchase new ones at the WA Scout Store, which is located at Scouts WA Branch Headquarters and is open on Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. For Scout Store details, click here
Where do I put the Badges?
The placement of the badges that your Cub Scout is given at their investiture ceremony and the Achievement Badges are shown on the chart here
Other badges such as activity badges will be sewn on to a Badge blanket or dilly bag and your Leader will tell you what badge goes where when they give it to you.
Cub Scouts have an enormous sense of pride in earning a badge so its great when a parent sits down and sews the badge on with them and reflect on their child's achievement.
How much does Cub Scouts cost?
There is a two part fee structure for Cub Scouts. Once you and your child decide to join and your child is invested, you will be invoiced a 'Branch Membership Fee'. This is $172 for your first child in Scouts, $138 for your second child in Scouts, $112 for your third child in Scouts, and $86 for your fourth and subsequent children. This fee covers 12 months from the joining date of insurance, administrative costs, and membership of Scouts WA, Scouts Australia, and the World Scout Movement.
Most Groups also charge a 'Group Fee', which is payable to your Scout Group and covers things like equipment, some excursions, and Group activity shirts. This fee varies from Scout Group to Scout Group, so please ask your Scout Leader or Group Leader how much it is in your specific Group. Arrangements can be made in most circumstances for families who are experiencing financial difficulties, and Scouts WA membership is eligible for KidSport funding for those who hold a healthcare card - please discuss this with your Group Leader or Cub Leader.
Does the fee include camps, excursions or special activities?
No, special events, camps and excursions may incur an extra cost but every effort is made to make these adventures available for everyone.
Please speak to your Leader or Group Leader if you have financial difficulties to make arrangements so that your Cub Scout does not miss out.