Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America!
We are so happy you are considering Scouting! Your child is joining more than 4 million members of the Boy Scouts of America. We know there are many youth organizations available. We salute them all for working to help young people. But Scouting goes above and beyond, providing programs and activities that allow boys to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and have fun of course!
Cub Scouts is a year-round family program designed for boys in the 1st-5th grade. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, and personal fitness.Cub Scouts meet in small groups called dens for weekly meetings, and join other dens for larger activities. Many of these activities include family involvement, such as the Pinewood Derby, Dubuque Fighting Saints Night, Cub Camping, and Cub Olympics. Every new Cub Scout will also receive this Cub Scout t-shirt when joining this fall!
Boy Scouts is for 11-17 year old boys. It provides a strong outdoor and peer group leadership program to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. The major difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is that the Scouts lead the meetings themselves. Under the supervision of trained volunteers, the Scouts decide where they want to go camping, what to do for special activities, and help organize service projects for the troop. It is through this hands-on mentality that the youth learn leadership and the importance of collaboration.
You can help by encouraging perfect attendance, assisting with your child's advancement, attending meetings for parents, and assisting with transportation. All Scouting activities are open to parental visitation. Here is a link to our National BSA website which offers some great answers to Frequently Asked Questions of Parents new to Scouting.
You can also visit the Be A Scout website to find the Scouting units in your area! Or you can contact the Northeast Iowa Council Service Center at 563-556-4343. We would be happy to answer any of your questions, send an application your way, and connect you with your new Cubmaster or Scoutmaster.