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What age does my son need to be to join Cub Scouts? Boys can begin Cub Scouts in the Kindergarten (or six years old), but can join anytime while in K through fifth grade.

Can my son bring a whittling knife? Cub Scouts must earn their whittling chip before carrying a knife. The whittling chip can be earned as a Bear or Webelos Scout and must be carried at all times when he carries his knife.

I’d like to bring my son to Cub Scout meetings but I do not have child care for my other children, can I bring them along? Cub Scouting is a family event. Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members may attend any Cub Scout event, including camping. Some age restrictions may apply to certain outings.

Does my son have to wear a uniform to every meeting? While not required, we do recommend that your son have a “Class A” uniform shirt, neckerchief and neckerchief slide. Pants, belt, socks and hat are optional, however there are awards your son will earn that are to be placed on the official Cub Scout belt. Your pack dues also include one pack t-shirt for your son. Generally the pack t-shirt is worn during the weekly den meetings and the Class A uniform is worn at the monthly pack meeting. Proper dress for other den and pack events will vary.

My son is in 5th grade and wants to join Cub Scouts. Is that too old? Absolutely not! We routinely have boys joins Cub Scouts in the fifth grade as a Webelos 2 Scout. This is a great preparation to moving on to Boy Scouts, which would happen in the spring of their 5th grade year.

We are on a budget. Is Cub Scouts expensive? Cub Scouting is a great value for all who participate. Costs generally include council dues, the pack activity fee and some cost for special events, camping and other outings. The pack activity fee varies by rank and can be paid in one payment or over several months. The pack makes every effort to underwrite some of the cost for the boys when possible through money raised by our popcorn sales.

Will my son have to do any fund raisers? Each year Pack 268 sells Trail’s End Popcorn. This is the main fundraiser for the pack and scouts are encouraged to participate by helping with our Show & Sell events at local supermarkets and/or gas stations, and by selling on an individual basis to family and friends. We do not require Cub Scouts to go door to door to sell popcorn, and if a scout want to sell in their neighborhood, a parent or guardian should accompany the scout.

Does my son need to know how to swim in order to join Cub Scouts? There are many different activities that your son can participate in while in Cub Scouts. Swimming activities are held only a certain events and if your son participates he will be classified as a non-swimmer, a beginner or a swimmer as a result of a swim test. There are scouts at all levels.

Will my son be required to go on camping trips? Camping is an important part of Cub and Boy Scouts and while the pack does go on 2-4 campouts during the year, it is completely voluntary.

Can we bring the family pet on camping trips? Unfortunately we do not allow pets on our camping trips.

When and where do you meet? We meet at Mandarin United Methodist Church located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL. Our den meetings are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and our pack meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30pm.

I have never been camping before, what do I need to bring on a campout?    COMING SOON

What is a den and a pack? Dens are arranged by ranks and are generally composed of 8-10 boys. Each den has an adult Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader. Dens meet weekly to work on activities, awards or advancement. A Cub Scout Pack is made up of dens. Pack 268 currently has 6 dens (Lions, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 and Arrow of Light) and meets on a monthly basis.

Pack 268 MUMC Jacksonville, FL