FAQ: Joining Cub Scouting
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.
How can I become an adult volunteer in Cub Scouting?
Express your interest to the pack leaders—the Cubmaster, chartered
organization representative, or members of the unit committee. They can help you understand the process and guide you on areas where the pack needs support. All packs welcome parent help.
Is there a Cub Scout pack in my area?
In most instances, yes: 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. The "find a pack" feature at
will show you a sample of the units in your area.
Is it possible to be a Cub Scout if there is not a pack in my area?
In rare instances where there actually is no pack in your area—which
generally occurs only in rural areas or overseas locations—a single youth
can become a Lone Cub Scout, working with an adult mentor to pursue the
advancement program, and participating in activities with nearby packs when
Must I be a U.S. citizen to join Cub Scouting?
Citizenship is not required of youth or adult to become members of the Boy Scouts of America.
If you live outside the United States and are not a U.S. citizen, it may be
more beneficial to join the Scouting association in your own nation. The World
Organization of the Scout Movement provides contact information for all national
Scouting organizations on its Web site at www.scout.org.