Information for New Cub Scout Parents and Volunteers, let's get you started...
Welcome to the adventure of Scouting in the Chief Seattle Council. We look forward to helping you begin your journey. If you are unable to find the answers you need in the information provided here, please contact your Unit Leader or District Executive.
Welcome to the adventure of Cub Scouting! The Cub Scout program provides a common community for boys and girls from kindergarten to 5th grade to learn, take risks and grow in a safe, fun, group environment. For more information about Cub Scouts, program structure, adult leadership and training, and resources follow this link.
Check out this short video that answers the 5 most frequently asked questions by our new families.
To keep current on what is going on in our program there are several sources:
Whether you are new to Scouts or involved as a youth, there is a lot to learn. The BSA Learn Center is the place to go! There you will find a wide variety of online courses to help prepare you for any volunteer opportunities you choose, what to do before getting started with your first den meeting, and safety.
When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! Costs may be offset by unit fundraising and other available scholarship funds. Cub Scout Packs handle these costs (with the exception of annual registration) on an individual basis. Please contact your Pack leadership for details. Typical costs may include but are not limited to the following:
- Annual registration fee of $33.00
- Boys Life magazine subscription
- One time uniform cost (Lions purchase a t-shirt)
- Annual handbook
- Pack and/or Den dues
- Activity Fee for Summer Day or other activities
Each Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop or Venturing Crew is part of the community by partnering with a local organization to help guide and nurture the unit. Chartering organizations may be civic, faith-based, or educational organizations. By partnering with a local, community based organization, units will reflect the personality of the community.
For more information about how our Chartering Partner relationship works, click here.
Here is a fact sheet about our Chartering Partners, who they are and how many units they sponsor.
All youth serving adult volunteers are required to fill out an application and submit to a background check. Ask your unit for an application form, download the form from the National website, or pick one up at the Chief Seattle Council Resource Center, 3120 Rainier Ave South, PO Box 440408, Seattle, WA 98114.
All Chief Seattle applicants must complete Youth Protection training prior to turning in the application. Please attach a copy of the completion certificate to the application.
All adult leadership opportunities require position specific training in addition to Youth Protection. All direct-contact leaders are required to complete basic training in order for their units to recharter each year. Direct-contact leaders include: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Associate Advisor, Varsity Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach, Skipper, Mate. Studies have shown a positive correlation between a successful and thriving unit, and a trained adult leadership staff.
Training opportunities are available in a number of ways:
- Online via myscouting.org
- District training opportunities
- Annual Chief Seattle Program and Training Conference held in October each year.
Check out the Chief Seattle Council Training website for more information and a complete list of online and in-person courses.