Joining the Pack

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Each year the scouts advance to the next rank automatically, but during the school year, the scouts work on achieving the rank badge for their level by accomplishing a series of adventures and activities.  Scouts proceed to the next level, regardless of whether or not they achieve the rank badge (In other words, a new 3rd grader starts directly in Bears den) they can join the fun at any time.   Scouts have fun earning achievements (belt loops/patches/pins) all year long, so while typically you earn your rank (rank patch) if you start at the beginning of the school year, this timeframe is not mandatory.

Why join?

The mission of our Cub Scout pack is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values represented in the scout oath and scout law, as well as prepare them for Boy Scouts, Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring programs available to older scouts.

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If you are new to scouting and have never registered with Scouting BSA: fill out an application for pack 1533 and we’ll be notified and can set everything else up!  If you have any questions before applying, please don’t hesitate to email


If you are transferring from another pack, there is a paper form for transferring. Please email so that we can add you to pack communication and so that we can get you and collect the completed form at the next pack/den event.

Now what?

Scoutbook Account

When you join the pack, the first thing that happens is you get set up in Scoutbook.  Scoutbook is how leaders and parents communicate and track advancement and achievements. You will receive an email with your account information.


The scout store sells the den level handbook that describes the different achievements.  All of the information is available online, but it is a good habit to get the book to get the scouts reading about the activities and so you can work on activities and achievements at home.


Please do not purchase any uniform material until you have attended at least one meeting, where the Pack leaders can provide guidance as to what to purchase.


Finally, you’ll need to pay dues.

Upon signup today, you’ll pay approximately $108 to the national scouting organization to cover one full year of program participation under the umbrella of Boy Scouts of America.  Pack 1533 will subsequently charge an additional $85 to cover the cost of running our local program.  Together a full year of Scouting will cost a brand new Scout approximately $193.

Dues can be discounted for scouts on FCPS free or reduced meal program (please email to coordinate this discount).

These dues cover all core Pack activities, including campouts, Pinewood Derby, all scout achievements, supplies, and fun.  A small number of events may incur an additional fee to be paid directly to the event (e.g., game tickets).