Can Tiger Cubs attend resident camps?

That’s a trick question. Yes, they can.

Effectively immediately, the policy forbidding Tiger Cubs from attending resident camp has been reversed.

As Scout Wire first reported yesterday, the change allows Tiger Cubs to go to resident camp with their adult partner or guardian. What’s a resident camp? The BSA defines it, at least for Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts, as “a council-organized overnight camp of at least two consecutive nights in duration that operates under council-retained leadership.”

Overnight camping by Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scout dens as dens is still not OK.

The language in the Guide to Safe Scouting and other publications will be updated as those documents are reprinted. In the meantime, the Age Guidelines in the Guide to Safe Scouting now read: 

Age Guidelines

The Boy Scouts of America has established the following guidelines for its members’ participation in camping activities:

Overnight camping by Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scout dens as dens is not approved, and certificates of liability insurance will not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Tiger Cubs may participate in boy-parent excursions, day camps, pack overnighters, or council-organized family or resident camping.
  • Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts may participate in a resident overnight camping program operating under BSA National Camping School–trained leadership and managed by the council.
  • A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips.
  • All Scouts registered in Boy Scout troops are eligible to participate in troop or patrol overnight campouts, camporees, and resident camps.
  • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts 12 through 17 are eligible to participate in national jamborees. Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts 13 through 17 are also eligible to participate in world jamborees and high-adventure programs.
  • All youth registered in Venturing are eligible to participate in crew, district, council, and national Venturing activities as well as national high-adventure programs and world jamborees.

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What do you think?

How will this change affect you? Leave a comment below.

22 thoughts on “Can Tiger Cubs attend resident camps?

  1. so a tiger can go to resident camp if the adult partner goes too? what parent has time to go to camp for a week with the tiger?

      • I have a two year old at home. that means both parents would have to take vacation. I’d rather go on vacation as a whole family.

      • At many Cub resident camps there does not need to be a parent or guardian for each scout if they sign up as a Pack. Our camp has about 4 scouts for every 3 adults. Some scouts have both parents attend. We also have parents split days, 2 days for each parent.

    • Cub Scout resident camps are usually only two or three nights and it can be the most fun you have with your boy. Some of my fondest memories are with my boy at camp. When they go to Boy Scout camp you hardly see them. Enjoy these years they fly by.

    • Cub scout resident camps are usually no longer than two or three nights. (Such as Bear camp and Webelos Camp) Week long overnight camp doesn’t generally start until Boy Scouts.

    • I’m involved with Boy Scouts & not Cubs, but who do you think goes camping & to resident camp with the Boy Scouts? Leaders that care & are able to take vacation time & spend it with the boys instead of with their families. Yes, with younger siblings it can be hard but if you want it to work, you will find a way.

  2. So if it is called a Pack overnighter its fine, just cant call it a den overnighter. why not just have 1 rule for Cub Scouts?

    • Theres a difference between Den and Pack. A den may only have 6 boys in it, While the pack may have 30 boys in it. They are just saying that individual dens should not be going on camp outs without the rest of the pack.

    • A Pack overnighter has the same requirements as stated here too, 1 adult/guardian for every scout (Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelo).

  3. In our council Cub Scout camp is 4 days and starting this year it is over a weekend to make it easier for parents to take the time off.

  4. Council overnighter camps for cub scouts are in general 3 days and 2 nights, so this change makes a lot of sense. Still maturity levels of 6 yr olds is such that they will need their partners with them anyhow. Activities for this age group is in general a partner endeavor.

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  6. This may be kind of a moot point. According to the official policy, July 1 is the official “transition” date for dens. Thus, this year’s Tiger Cubs will be Wolves after July 1. I guess if the resident camp is scheduled for late spring or early summer this may be an issue, but I doubt there would be very many brand-new Tigers after July 1 that would start off their scouting career by attending resident camps.

  7. Remember a Tiger Cub (during the summer) is a spring recruit from Kindergarten….this means that he and his adult partner have likely been to one pack meeting, the one they signed up at. I encourage packs to organize a Tiger Cub summer program that includes den meetings and going to a day camp. Going to 3 day, 2 night resident camp may sound great but it can be a big jump for many boys. Just as some 6 year olds “get” concepts like time and money and some don’t, its a maturity issue. One that you don’t want to rush and create a bad experience.

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  9. My major concern is where the staff for this new camp will come from? We have a hard enough time finding enough adult staff for a Day Camp (open to all Cub Scouts) in each District, Bear Camp, and Webelos Camp. Adding another resident camp for Tigers (either just before or after 1st grade) makes the problem that much more difficult. I guess one solution would be to drop a session of Bear or Webelos Camp to add the new one with those same staffers, but will that causes problems for the higher ranks? As someone stated earlier, tryinig to get a new Tiger (just out of kindergarten) to come to a resident camp with a parent just after signing up is asking for a whole lot of problems as the parent must complete their Scouter application, complete YP training, pay for the camp for Scout & themselves, etc. How much will this take away from day camp attendance because I cannot see a Tiger going to both a resident camp & day camp? It’s an option, but most councils will really need to examine the pros & cons of adding a Tiger resident camp.

  10. So I hate to ask for clarification, but in connection with Cub Scout summer camp (typically lasting two overnights): I take it that an INCOMING Tiger (i.e., a boy who is going to be officially welcomed into the pack in the fall) can now participate in camp with his Tiger parent the summer before? (Assuming of course that they’ve submitted their application already.) In other words, before they get their Bobcat badge?

    We had one kid and his dad in that situation join us last summer with no objections by our local council camp. We’ve always had numerous kids come to camp after their first year in Scouting, when they’ve earned their Tiger rank and are now wearing the yellow neckerchiefs and hats and working towards Wolf.

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