Simon’s Center

Joining Scouts

How does my son join Scouting?
Parents or guardians need to visit BeAScout.org and click on Get Started at the top right hand of the screen. From there please choose which program your child would like to join: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturing/Sea Scouting. Find the closest Unit using the map, fill out a contact form, and then a Leader of that Unit will contact you on joining Scouts.

How old (or young) can a boy be to join Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program depending on their age and grade level.

How much is it for my child to join scouting?
All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee of $24. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms and the activities of their individual units.

Are Cub Scouts the same as Boy Scouts?
No. Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts 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 boys.

Additional Cub Scout frequently asked questions

Additional Boy Scout frequently asked questions

Volunteering

How do I volunteer in Scouting?
Parents, guardians, or family members that wish to volunteer can visit BeAScout.org and click on Get Started at the top right hand of the screen. From there please choose Volunteering. Find the closest Unit using the map, fill out a contact form, and then a Leader of that Unit will contact you on joining Scouts.

If your child is already involved with a Unit, the parent, guardian, or family should express your interest to the pack leaders—the committee chair, Cubmaster, chartered organization representative, or members of the unit committee. While there’s no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute. Most units are glad for any offer of help. There are many single-instance volunteer opportunities such as popcorn chair or pinewood derby chair.

Do you I have to fill out an adult application for every position I hold?
Yes. All registered adult volunteers that hold a position within a Unit must fill out an adult application for each position. The application can found here.

How much is it for an adult to become a registered Adult Leader?
All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee of $24. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms and the activities of their individual units.

Financial Side of Scouting

What supplies and equipment are needed to participate in Cub Scouting?
At a minimum, each boy in Cub Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. Each year, the handbook changes, as does the cap and neckerchief, but other uniform parts remain the same for at least the first three years. When a boy enters a Webelos den, he may need to obtain a new uniform if the parents in the den opt for the khaki-and-olive uniform. Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the unit, will vary from pack to pack. Den and pack leaders should provide parents with information about any supplies that will be required at the beginning of each program year.

What supplies and equipment does a Boy Scout need?
The single most important piece of equipment a Boy Scout needs is the Boy Scout Handbook. A local Scout shop is the best place to buy a handbook, and the staff there can guide you to get exactly what you need. The Simon Kenton Scout Shop is located at 807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Find out their hours and information here.

The uniform is also very important as it plays an essential role in creating a sense of belonging, and it’s where a Scout gets to display his awards and rank achievements. Check out the interactive uniform builder at www.bsauniforms.org. Uniforms can be ordered online or in person at the local Scout shop.
Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the troop, will vary. Unit leaders will provide information about any required supplies at the beginning of each program year.

What if I cannot afford a uniform and other Scouting supplies?
Please contact your District Executive for all questions and application processes to apply for financial assistance.

What if I cannot afford summer camp?
The Simon Kenton Council provides financial assistance in the form of Camperships. Please fill out the application and find out more information here.

Advancement Questions

Where can I find Advancement Resources for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts?
Please visit our Advancement Page of our website.

For more information on the Cub Scout Advancement Trail, please visit the national BSA website.

For additional Boy Scout Advancement resources, please visit the national BSA website.

If a boy joins a Bear den, may he go back and earn the Tiger Cub and Wolf badges?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward the same badge. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a 9-year-old or in the third grade, he must earn the Bobcat badge (all boys in Cub Scouting earn this badge), and then he will begin working on the Bear badge with his fellow Cub Scouts. He is not required to have earned the Tiger Cub or Wolf badges. Since those badges are for younger boys (first grade or age 7 and second grade or age 8), the requirements for those badges are below a third grade or 9-year-old’s current level of ability, so “going back” to pick up those badges is not permitted.

If a boy completes the Wolf badge early, may he begin working on the Bear badge?
No. In the Cub Scout program, all boys in a den work toward a badge that is geared to their level of development. If the Wolf badge is completed before the end of the program year, a boy may work on electives to earn Arrow Points, or Academic and Sports belt loops and pins, Nova awards, or the religious emblem of their faith. He may not begin working on the requirements for the Bear badge. His work on the Bear badge will begin the next program year when he graduates into a Bear den.

When a Cub Scout earns the Arrow of Light, may he immediately join a Boy Scout troop?
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light and are at least 10 years old. So a Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light is eligible to join a troop immediately (provided he is at least 10 years old). A boy can join a Boy Scout troop if he is 11 years old whether he has earned the Arrow of Light or not. However, many packs coordinate with a local Boy Scout troop to facilitate the transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. In these instances, it is better for the boy, his family, and both units if all Webelos Scouts make the transition together, in a coordinated fashion, rather than having each boy leave the pack as soon as he is eligible.

Where can I get a list of Merit Badge Counselors?
Merit Badge Counselors are listed on the District Charter, therefore, a list cannot be pulled based on a select Unit. Merit Badge Counselor lists are generated three to four times a year. Scouts and Scouters should contact their Scoutmaster for a current list of Merit Badge Counselors.