Cost and time commitment

Time commitment

Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose. It is not like sports teams: advancement and high attendance are great but not mandatory. If you feel like your son is enjoying his Cub Scout experience and gaining from it, then you’re doing enough!

Here’s the three categories of activities, in order of importance:

  1. Den meetings, where the boys do their essential activities. They are generally 1 hour long and happen twice a month. Each den is about 8 boys of the same grade. The den’s meeting schedule is ultimately a decision of that den’s families.
  2. Monthly pack activities. These are where the entire pack meets together. These are enjoyable, but it is up to each family to decide how they fit these in their schedule.
  3. Occasional pack-wide fine arts, entertainment, or fun activities. These are meant for optional enrichment and fun, but sometimes they also satisfy badge requirements.

We understand families are busy. While den meeting attendance is encouraged, if your boy wants to earn his Tiger, Wolf, etc. badges, parents can coordinate make up activities for missed meetings with the den leader.

Most of our families have siblings. Cub Scouts is family-friendly. Almost always, brothers and sisters may participate in activities and may come to meetings with your Cub Scout.  Please discuss with your den leader if you have questions about suitability of an activity for sibling participation.


No boy will be denied Cub Scouts due to financial need. If financial assistance is needed, please discuss with a pack leader.

Basic costs:

  • $75 annual dues, which covers national membership, Boys’ Life magazine, and pack dues.
  • A uniform and handbook, which generally cost around $100 new, much less if purchased used (check eBay, Craigslist, etc.). (Tip: if purchasing used, watch for patch glue under existing patches.) Additional expense may be incurred if you elect to have a tailor sew on patches, but parents can give an idea of low-cost tailors.)

The dues cover significant expenses for many activities, like pinewood derby, water bottle rockets, and more. Dues also cover most badges that are awarded for advancement.

Some activities may have separate costs. For example, family campouts have these separate costs:

  • $10 per family for Saturday night meal
  • Any state fees (we generally use state parks), like campsite and adult entry fees
  • Personal incidentals, like food for other meals, transportation, and equipment