Cub Scouting - Age Requirements:
Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, or 5 to 11 years of age. Boys/Girls who have completed the fifth grade are not able to join Cub Scouting, but are eligible to join the Scouting or Venturing program.
How Can You Help as a Parent:
There are many ways that you can help Scouting in Pack 1103. Whether you are volunteering directly with Scouts or helping out behind the scenes, you can make an impact on the lives of our Cub Scouts by volunteering your time.
How can you help? Here are a few ideas:
- Offering support and encouragement to your child
- Assisting your son with Cub Scout awards and achievements
- Offering assistance to the Den Leader at Den Meetings
- Volunteering for the many roles we have for adult assistance in our Cub Scout troop to help the annual program success
Volunteering is an important and vital part of the Cub Scouts in specific events or activities within the Pack, for example:
- Various volunteer roles on the Committee (Memberships and Pack Trainer currently open)
- Pinewood derby coordinator/volunteer member
- Service project coordinator/volunteer member
- Camping trip participant
- Banquet coordinator
- Cub Scout Trainer
- Membership coordinator
If you have never been involved in Scouting, the following guides offer a good introduction to Scouting and will give you a good idea of what to expect:
Register for the Pack 1103 Website:
ScoutTrack Online Tool:
When you join the Pack, the Pack Leadership team will create an account for your Scout(s) on the ScoutTrack tool. You should receive an email from the ScoutTrack system with your Parent user id and password. It will be sent to the email address you provided on the Boy Scouts of America Youth or Adult Application. When you receive the email, you should log into the ScoutTrack tool and update your password.
The tool is used for many purposes through the year including the following:
- Communications (e.g., emails about campouts, meeting reminders, etc.)
- Tracking progress toward Rank (i.e., what requirements has my son already completed)
- Tracking Adult Partner and Volunteer Training (e.g., Youth Protection Training status)
ScoutTrack - How To:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q1: How often do the Scouts meet?
The entire Pack meets once a month, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The "Pack Meetings" usually last about an hour. The smaller groups of 8-10 scouts, called Dens, usually meet 2 or 3 times a month. Den meetings are often hosted at the homes of the boys in the Den and meeting times are determined by mutual agreement within the parents of the Den. The Pack also schedules about 3 weekend campouts and 1 overnight trip.
Q2: I need to file health forms and do Youth Protection Training. Where do I find this stuff?
There are links and instructions to the Health Forms and Youth Protection training on the BSA's Scouting.org site under the SAFETY section - where you can find "Annual Health and Medical Record" requirements - see BSA Safety site. We recommend using the PDF/digital Health Form as you can update it in subsequent years and then re-print.
Q3: How often does the Pack go camping?
The Pack usually schedules 3 - 4 weekend campouts per school year and at least one overnight trip. We try to schedule the campouts so that they start on an early dismissal Friday and they last through Sunday morning. Families are welcome to spend as much or as little time as they can manage at the campouts.
The camp sites the Pack picks are usually anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes away, with occasional longer distances, they all are chosen to have bathroom facilities (toilets, sinks and showers). Texas Skies District also hosts several camping/outdoors events such as "Fun with Son" and "Cub-o-ree" throughout the year, so it is possible to go camping about 8 - 10 times in a school year should you decide you want to do so.
Our overnight trips usually start on a Saturday afternoon and end Sunday morning. In the past, the Pack has schedule overnight trips/events at the Houston Zoo, NASA Space Center, Moody Gardens Aquarium, Battleship Texas, and USS Lexington.
Q4: Where can I buy a uniform and get a handbook?
There are several scout shops in the area that sell uniforms, handbooks and lots of other neat items related to Scouting. You can request information from a leader by email or submission of a question on this website or consult Scouting.org provides guidance for Cub Scout requirements under Cub Scouts - Cost of Scouting.
Q5: What do I need to bring on a campout?
Usually our Outings Chair will send an agenda out about a week before the campout with information about what we plan to do during the campout and highlight any special items to bring.
We have a sample packing list on this website, but there are also lots of online alternatives:
Q6: What's the correct Pack Activity (Class B) T-shirt size of for my scout?
Our shirts are ordered from a company called ClassB. You may have seen ads for them in Boy's Life magazine. To find the best size for your son, please find a T-shirt that fits him well and measure the width and length (as shown below in the pics borrowed from the ClassB site) and then find the closest size match in the B110 T-shirt column on the ClassB T-Shirt Size Chart.