Cub Camp FAQs

Here are the most common questions we hear about Cub Camp. Click to jump to your answer. Not finding what you are looking for? Email us at cubcamp@svmbc.org

What is Cub Camp?

Cub Camping is Scouting Fun in the Outdoors

We provide unique Cub Scout camp experiences under the supervision of nationally accredited Cub Camp volunteers. We offer shooting sports range training, Webelos resident camps, family camps, overnight camps, and day camps. Our day camp programs include single-day, multi-day and week-long adventures. Scouts and their families grow together having fun and achieving the goals of Scouting:

  • Character Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Citizenship Training
  • Physical Fitness

Why participate in a Cub Camp program?

  • Earn requirements for rank advancement, special awards, and gain recognition
    • Participants learn new skills and build confidence
    •             Families make lifelong memories and new Scouting friends
    •             It’s FUN for all ages

Who may attend Cub Camp?

All registered Cub Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade in the Fall of 2020, including boys and girls. If your child is not currently a Cub Scout, the additional fee for non-Scouts will be used to register your child in Scouting. He or she will be registered with a Cub Scout Pack of your choosing through the end of the year. To find Cub Scout Packs in your area, go to beascout.org. Parents may also attend along with siblings of Cub Scouts when their parents are working at camp.


Can Siblings of Cub Scouts attend when their parents are working at camp?

Most of our camps offer a Sibling Program that is a safe place for you to bring other kids in your charge while volunteering at camp.


Can I Work on Staff?

Yes! We are always looking for volunteer staff willing to work all week. At many camps, as compensation for specific roles you receive one free week of Cub Camp for a Cub Scout you designate. All volunteers must be registered members of the BSA, be selected to work on staff, and attend training. Contact Cub Camp for more information: cubcamp@svmbc.org.


What is the Volunteer Requirement at Camp?

There is a volunteer requirement of one-day for our 5-day camps for each participating Cub Scout. We rely on volunteers to provide supervision at our camps and to help campers transition from station to station. Volunteering one-day helps keep the cost of camps reasonable and provides an extra level of safety for our participants. Volunteers need to be a trusted adult such as a parent, guardian, grandparent, adult family member, or hired childcare provider. Tiger Cub Scouts (current Lions and kinders) require one-to-one supervision with their trusted adult.


What if I can’t volunteer?

We understand that not everyone is able to take time away from work. To assist families in this position we offer a limited number of volunteer-opt-out spots at camps when it is feasible. Opting out requires an additional $100 fee to allow us to bring on additional full-time volunteers. Available at most but not all camps.


What Does Cub Camp Cost?

Prices vary per camp. Fee includes one Cub Camp T-Shirt, Cub Camp Patch, all program supplies and materials and one great week of fun at an outstanding outdoor facility! Camp Scholarships are available for youth, we call these “Camperships”. Some families are able to volunteer all week at camp to offset the cost of camp. All full-time volunteers must be vetted by the camp director – please contact them directly for more information.


Financial Aid = Camperships

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay BSA Council (SVMBC) is committed to giving every Cub Scout the opportunity to go to camp this summer. To that end, Camper Scholarships are available for those in need. Applications are available at the Scout office and online.


Do Packs and Dens Attend Camp Together?

Individuals are welcome to register and attend camp alone but please consider encouraging other den and pack members to participate as well. When four or more members of the same pack register for camp and complete a pack incentive participation form, everyone on the list receives a cool grinning shark neckerchief slide kit that can be decorated and whittled.


Who Runs Cub Scout Day Camp?

Each camp provides a trained staff that runs the daily program and events. These are volunteer BSA members, typically adults or older Scouts. Cub Scouts are organized into dens with Den Leaders coming from our volunteer pool. The camp directors & program directors at each camp are Nationally Certified by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camping School.


What Do We Eat?

Lunch and snacks! – Each day, campers provide their own lunch. At our camp locations refrigeration is not always available so we recommend that you pack lunch items that are nonperishable. There may also be special days and events for campers and their families –you will hear more about this from the camp director.


Do I Have to Pre-register?

YES! Camps are limited and many camps fill quickly and it is recommended that you register early. Also, to ensure availability of T-shirts and patches please pre-register. Camps close when full. Early bird discount pricing is available through April 30; all camp fees increase beginning May 1. Sign up early. Click here to register.


What Do I Wear and Bring to Camp?

The Cub Camp uniform is a T-shirt provided by the camp on the first day or during your pre-camp parent meeting. Sneakers & socks (no sandals), shorts and a poncho may be appropriate depending on weather conditions. Scouts should also bring a water bottle, hat, snacks and lunch. You will receive a letter from the camp director about the pre-camp parent meeting explaining the camp program, rules and expectations prior to your arrival at the camp so you can prepare for your first day of camp.


How Are the Camps Regulated for Safety?

Our day camps are supervised by Boy Scouts of America National Camping School certified directors, health officers are on duty while camp is in session, and the camps operate under the safety and program standards of both the Guide to Safe Scouting and the State of California. Information regarding the Permit to Operate may be obtained from the SVMBC BSA council. We feel confident your Cub Scout will have a great and safe time at cub camp this summer!


How Do I Find Out More Information About Cub Camp?

welcome notice will be sent to all participants with information about the pre-camp parent meeting. This will be an opportunity to confirm your attendance and share all the important information concerning your specific day camp. If you should need more information, contact the camp director.


If my child is entering 4th or 5th grade this Fall, does he or she have to attend a Webelos Resident Camp?

Your child is able to attend any Cub Camp he or she would like to. Only children entering 4th and 5th grade are able to attend a Webelos Resident Camp.


Do you have before or after care?

This answer will vary by camp. You may inquire with the Camp Director for the particular camp you are interested in.


What happens if my child has a doctor’s appointment?

It is recommended but not required that your child attend all of the camp. We understand there may be other commitments happening and he or she is able to miss parts of camp for that. Just be sure to visit the Camp Director prior to signing your Cub Scout of camp for the day.


If my child does not participate all 5 days, is there a discounted fee?

Unfortunately, no. If your child is not able to attend all 5 days, the fee still remains the same. He or she will still have a great experience well worth the price.


Do participants bring their Cub Scout book with them?

He or she does not need to bring the Cub Scout handbook unless stated otherwise in communications with the particular camp staff. A list of requirements completed will be distributed at the conclusion of camp. Parents should submit this list to their home pack for updating records and receiving awards and recognition devices.


Is there a health officer at the camp?

Yes. Each camp has a designated health officer on property during all hours of camp and 50% of camp staff is certified in basic first aid.


What if I still have questions?

Questions may be directed to camp directors directly or via the general email box cubcamp@svmbc.org. Webinars and information sessions are also a great place to receive more information.

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