Methods of the Scouting Program
Joining and Fees
FAQ for Parents
Questions Most Asked by
What can you tell me about Boy Scouts?
The Boy Scouts of America is
one of the largest youth service organizations. The program is
family based with a focus on teamwork, self-confidence and
What type of program and activities do
the young people participate
The program is a series of
enjoyable activities based upon abilities related to age and group
consensus, such as meetings, day trips, craft projects, outdoor
skills, weekend and summer camping.
How old are the children?
Tiger Cubs are first
graders, Cub Scouts are second through fifth graders, and
are ages 11-17. Explorers and
Venturers are coed teenagers ages
How often and where do the groups meet?
A Pack, Troop, Post or Team
will usually meet once a week on a regular basis for about an hour
and a half in a church, school or community center. Explorer Posts
may be career interest and may meet in a related facility, i.e.,
accounting office, medical center, police precinct or firehouse.
Who are the leaders?
The leaders are regular
people selected by the chartered organization who volunteer their
time for the benefit of young people. Often they are the parents of
Scouts who are in the unit or local leaders in the community.
As a parent, what do I do?
Scouting is a partnership
with the parents for the young person. Scouting is an excellent
opportunity for you to spend very high quality time with your son.
Since the leaders are not paid, they would most certainly appreciate
any help that you could provide.
What about Uniforms?
In the beginning uniforms
are not required, however they are, in fact, highly recommended. We
suggest that everyone start with at least the shirt which costs
around $20. Many units also have second hand uniforms that may be
What about camping?
Both Cub Scouts (ages 7-10)
and Boy Scouts (ages 11-17) have the opportunity to go both weekend
and summer camping (financial assistance is available). The council
operates three camps. Many
Point Scout Camp is located near Park Rapids, MN; Rum
River Scout Camp is just north of Anoka, MN and Camp
Stearns is located near Annandale, MN. Explorer and Venturer
activities vary according to the focus of each individual post or
So how much will all this cost?
Because the leaders arenít
being paid, Scouting, as a whole, is a very inexpensive, year-round,
What kind of badges and awards exist?
Your son can earn a wide
variety of achievements and awards by having fun and learning
something in areas such as citizenship, personal fitness, family
living, the outdoors, nature, crafts and more.
Who do I contact for more information about
the Boy Scouts of America
and their programs?
You can call the Viking
Council at (763)545-4550 to find out where a Pack, Troop, Post or
Team meets in your neighborhood. Use the
Unit Locator on
this site to help get you started.
What about the Girl Scouts?
The Girl Scouts are not part of the Boy
Scouts of America. They can be contacted at their office
(763)535-4602 or they have a local
web site at:
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