What Cub Scouts is About

Cub Scouts is an active program for children (both boys and girls) in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families that encourages learning, friendship—and most of all—getting out and having fun! Your child will join with others in the same grade in a “den” led by the parents and have a Handbook of adventures for their grade level. All of the Cub Scouts and families in the dens make up the “pack”, also led by parents. With an emphasis on outdoor events, small gatherings, and activities with family, Cub Scouts is a great way to let your kids safely socialize, learn, and have fun.


Flexible Experiences The Fit Your Family

From big overnight pack trips to small local den adventures, camping in a tent to building a pinewood derby car, trying new things and playing sports to learning STEM, there’s truly something for everyone to do and enjoy in Cub Scouts. Bring the whole family to participate in activities with you!

  • Parents work together to establish the den schedule and program
  • Cub Scouts works around sports schedules and you participate as your time allows
  • And at home with AtlantaBSA.org/ScoutingOnDemand

Cub Scouting Works!

Cub Scouts perform better in school,learn the value of volunteering in their community, and build confidence to take on positions of leadership.


Family Activities and Adventures Awaits

When you join Cub Scouts there’s always something to do and learn for the whole family:

  • Build and race Pinewood Derby cars
  • Hike to waterfalls
  • Try STEM activities
  • Explore nature and learn outdoor skills
  • Camp under the stars
  • Learn life saving skills

In addition to national registration fees, your pack will address costs for awards, uniforms, events and other items. Talk with your pack leadership if any aspect of Scouting is beyond your financial means.


Build Character and Leadership Skills

Kids love Cub Scouts because it’s fun. But Scouting teaches values-based leadership and character strengths, too. It builds new confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. In Cub Scouts, youth learn what it means to be a Scout today—and a leader for tomorrow, through our Scout Law. A Scout is:Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.


When You Join Cub Scouts

Every new Cub Scout will receive both a free Cub Scout Handbook and a launch kit filled with OVER $60 of items provided to welcome every Scout to a year of adventures and fun. There are over twenty awesome tools and toys in each box, including a robot hand, head lamp, water bottle, first aid kit, terrarium, whistle, knot guide, and more!


Scouting Safely

The health and safety of our Scouts is first and foremost. We provide volunteer parent leaders the tools for you to present safe social interaction and fun learning opportunities in small grade-specific groups right in your neighborhood.


Did You Know: Scouts are twice as likely to earn a college degree compared to those who were never Scouts?


Frequently Asked Questions

Cub Scouts is for boys and girls, kindergarten through fifth grade. Each Cub Scout is a member of a Den. Dens are a small group of 6-10 kids around the same age from your area. Cub Scouts connect on a regular basis – meeting safely and/or doing their Cub Scout adventures from home on the family’s schedule. Cub Scout activities include fun trips in your area, games, service projects and learning new skills. Dens of all grades make up each Cub Scout Pack. Some Packs are for boys only, some for girls only, and others called "family" Packs for both boys and girls.

Scouting has fees for membership and for activities. The annual National membership fee is $72 and the monthly Scouts Life youth magazine is an optional $12 plus tax per year. When joining, both of these fees are prorated by month for the remainder of the current calendar year, and new youth also pay a $25 one-time new member joining fee. The annual activity fees vary depending on the activities and budget of your local Pack and typically range from $100 to $175 annually. One of the key values of Scouting is that Scouts should help earn their own way. That's why we offer multiple fundraising opportunities throughout the year for your Scout to earn the money needed to camp and participate in other activities.

We believe that every child should have the chance to be a Scout! Because of the generosity of local families, businesses and leaders, the Atlanta Area Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.

Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children.

  • Over many years, the BSA has developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization including mandatory criminal background checks for all leaders, required training in youth protection, mandatory reporting, and two-deep leadership.

We take COVID Concerns Seriously
After 2020, we all have concerns over COVID-19, but we also know that youth still need social interaction and the values, character building and fun of Scouting. So we will Scout On Safely – by sharing updates about how to do in-person activities safely for small groups and as well as for families to do Scouting at home on your schedule. As a leadership organization, we want to do our best to assist against any potential spread of COVID-19 and keep our Scouting family and community healthy. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia State Department of Health, and our health committee, and sharing updates at AtlantaBSA.org/Safety-Health.

Absolutely! Cub Scouts are organized around service organizations, places of worship, schools, and more, all within a comfortable distance to your home. Dens and Packs meet at those locations when in-person activities may be done safely – and connect with each other in those Den and Pack communities safely at all times in other ways. To find a Pack near you, you can visit www.BeAScout.org, enter your zip code, select "Cub Scouts" and get immediate information about Packs near you, or give us a call at 770-989-8820.  Additionally you can click here to fill out a form with some easy information and we'll contact you!

Cub Scouts is a family activity! All Packs are led by Youth Protection Trained volunteers from families just like yours! You will have the opportunity to take a role in helping with your child's experience and we hope you will consider applying to be a volunteer leader.

Every volunteer leader is required to go through a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your child will be in a safe and fun program. The Atlanta Area Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver and increase the skills they can pass onto our Scouts.

Lots of youth take part in Scouting along with a variety of other activities like sports, music, academic interests, and more. These programs all work together with Scouting to provide your child with a balance of adult role models and experiences!

Joining Cub Scouts is easy. To find a Pack near you, you can visit www.BeAScout.org, enter your zip code, select "Cub Scouts" and get immediate information about Packs near you. Click here for a list of schools with a Pack.  You can also call us at 770-989-8820 to find out more about or click here to fill out a form and we'll contact you.

Parent Orientation Guide

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2020 Parent Orientation Guide Download