Frequently Asked Questions
When and where do you meet?
Children in the same grade meet together in dens, usually on Thursdays at Versailles Baptist Church, though this is up to the individual Den Leader, and may vary a bit as dens go on outings. Family members are encouraged to participate with their Scouts, but may also wait at the church for the hour. For our youngest dens, the Tigers (1st graders) and Lions (Kindergartners), "Adult Partners" are a necessary part of the den meetings.
The dens meet together as a Pack, typically at the end of a month, to award and celebrate accomplishments. Families are encouraged to attend.
COVID-19 Changes: Dens will not meet at VBC. Instead, each den will meet individually at a time and location of the Den Leader's choosing. Dens may also meet using web conferencing tools, like Webex, Zoom or Discord. Parents should plan to remain for the meeting, in order to fulfill our Youth Protection guidelines of two-deep leadership.
When can I sign up?
Cub Scouting is a year-round program. Join at any time! We welcome interested families to join us at any of our regular den or Pack meetings. There's no requirement to commit or sign-up before seeing how our program works and how much it has to offer.
Does my child need to come to every meeting?
We know you're a busy parent. We're busy parents, too. While we'd love for our kids to not have to miss out on anything, we also know that our meeting time sometimes conflicts with other athletic or academic activities.
Attending meetings is encouraged, but not required to be a Scout. It is still possible for a Scout to earn adventure loops and rank badges, though there may be some work he must complete at home. Earning rank badges is the yearly goal for each Scout, but is not a requirement for further Scouting. For example, a Scout does not need to earn his Tiger rank as a first grader in order to continue Cub Scouts in the second grade.
How much does Scouting cost?
The annual registration fee is $66*, prorated through the year at $5.50* per month. Scouts registering for the first time will pay a flat $25* registration fee plus the prorated amount for the remainder of the calendar year. All Scouts will pay dues for the following year in November.
Scouts need a uniform (approximately $65*, see below) for den and Pack meetings, parades, ceremonies and other formal or public events. The uniform will last multiple years, but a Scout will need to purchase a handbook ($17*) and neckerchief each year of the program.
There will be other costs through the year. Most of these are optional, and include model rockets; Pinewood Derby kits; and off-site activities, like lock-ins, sporting events and some (but not all) camping locations. Dens may collect den dues to cover materials and/or den outings may have a small cost (e.g., admission).
Financial aid is available to help ensure that any child wanting to be in Scouting has the opportunity to do so. Additionally,the Pack will pay the registration dues for the following year for Scouts that hit a certain fundraising threshold.
*Prices are outside of Pack 32's control and may increase. Any increase in dues usually takes effect at annual renewal.
What is required for the "Class A" Cub Scout uniform?
Uniforms come in many pieces. Everything is available from the Blue Grass Council Scout Shop, where your Scout will be able to try it on, and the staff will be able to answer all your Scouting questions. Items are also available online from ScoutShop.org. A detailed list of uniform components, with prices, is available in this document.
For all Scouts except Lions, the uniform consists of
blue (Tiger, Wolf, Bear) or khaki (Webelos) shirt
TIP: To get as many years out of this as you can, buy this shirt as big as your child can comfortably and safely wear it.
Den rank neckerchief and slide
BSA "World Crest" emblem
Pack designation numbers ("3" and "2")
Blue Grass Council emblem
Den designation number (ask your Den Leader)
Webelos Scouts will need their "colors" (a set of three tassels to be worn on the shoulder)
Cub Scout belt and buckle
Lions purchase a Lion t-shirt and optional hat.
Do not purchase any rank (Bobcat, Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos) emblems. Those must be earned by the Scouts.
Everything else is optional. With regard to hats, please keep in mind that as a matter of respect, hats are not to be worn indoors, so their use within our Scouting program is limited.
Emblems may be sewn on to the shirt, or affixed with Badge Magic, available at the Scout Shop or online.
Where is the Scout Shop?
The shop is located at 2134 Nicholasville Road. This is on the east side of Nicholasville Road, between Zandale and Southland. It's a U-shaped building with red, clay tile shingles. If you're traveling inbound on Nicholasville Road, it's on the right shortly after you pass Fazolis.
Do I need to know how to camp?
We welcome the enthusiasm of those that already know the value of the Great Outdoors. We also understand that some of you may have never touched a tent or walked a dirt path into the woods. Our volunteers are eager to answer your questions, give you advice and put any fears or concerns to rest.