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(Manalapan, New Jersey)
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We are very involved in sports and other family activities and don't feel like we can do everything. Does this mean my son can't be a Scout?

We welcome your son's involvement at any level of commitment he and you can make.  If sports is a big part of his life, you'll be pleased to learn that many of his sports activities can qualify for advancement and other awards in the Cub Scouting program.  All we ask is that you let your den leader know in advance that you won't be able to make a meeting or activity so that they don't expect you to come.  You will be required to pay the registration fee and meet all of the other requirements for the program, including the uniform guidelines.

What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?
Lions (entering kindergarten or age 5)
Tiger Cubs (entering first grade or age 6), Cub Scouts (entering second or third grade, or age 7 or 9), Webelos Scouts (entering fourth or fifth grade, or age 10). 

What does Cub Scouting offer my child?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide children through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, children also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. 

How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Children who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, bowling, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities though Cub Scout belt loops and pins which are worn on their uniform. 

What are the responsibilities of a parent?
  • Provide help and support for the den and pack.
  • Work with your child on advancement projects and activities.
  • Attend pack meetings with your child and present the advancement awards to them at the pack meeting.
  • Attend and assist with den outings.
  • Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your child.

Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at 

What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 157 is active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include:
  • Rocket Launch
  • Scouting for Food
  • Holiday Bowl
  • Blue & Gold Banquet
  • Pinewood Derby
  • Spring/Summer Campout
  • Summer Day Camp at the Qail Hill Scout Reservation
  • Summer Resident Camp  
  • Community Service Activities
  • and more!
How often are the meetings?
Lions usually meet in their Dens once to twice a month.

Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens twice a month and a Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month. Beyond that, it depends on the Den and Pack: a Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, campouts, or service activity as an additional events.