Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America!

We are so happy you are considering Scouting! Your child is joining more than 4 million members of the Boy Scouts of America. We know there are many youth organizations available. We salute them all for working to help young people. But Scouting goes above and beyond, providing programs and activities that allow youth to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. Scouting uses a fun program to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness for every member. You can help by encouraging perfect attendance, assisting with your child’s advancement, attending meetings for parents, and assisting with transportation. All Scouting activities are open to parental visitation.

Please click on the different program drop downs below to learn more specifics about Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Exploring. You can also contact the Northeast Iowa Council Service Center at 563-556-4343 with questions. We are happy to help.

Helpful information for new parents including how the leaders of Scouting units are chosen, approved, and trained is also listed below.

We have something for everyone!


For Boys and Girls in Kindergarten

The Lion program is a family-oriented program that encourages learning and exploring through hands-on, high-energy activities. A group of six to eight youth and their adult partners meet in a group called a den; the dens meet approximately twice a month. Adult partners take turns leading den meetings or outings during the year with meetings lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour; outings are slightly longer.

Lions are recognized for their accomplishments as they work toward the Lion badge. The Lion badge is earned by completing five adventures which are completed during the den meetings and outings. When an adventure is completed, the youth receives a sticker to put in his Lion Adventure Book.

Want to find a Lion den near your neighborhood or school? Click here to locate a Pack!


For Boys and Girls in 1st through 5th Grade

Cub Scouting is a program of communication, education, achievement, and fun for kids that also involves the parent and family. This program gives Scouts weekly involvement with a small peer-group called a Pack that is led by adults. Weekly meetings can be subdivided based on grade level to even smaller groups called dens. Throughout the year, there are many fun activities for packs, many of which include family involvement, such as the pinewood derby race, Scout Night with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Cub Camping, and Cub Olympics.

The Tiger Cub program is designed for first graders. At this level, Cub Scouting provides structured opportunities for the Scout and parent or other adult to spend quality time together learning more about the world, the community, and themselves. In turn, they enjoy projects, activities, and fellowship in a group of other kids and adults.

The program advances with the kids, adding more opportunities and responsibilities as they progress from Lion to Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Cub Scouting ends with the WEBELOS program, which stands for “We’ll be Loyal Scouts.” It is designed for fourth and fifth graders as they prepare to go on to Scouts BSA. It involves the youth more in the dynamics of the small peer-group; the impact of the adult role-model becomes stronger; and the program includes overnight camping.

Want to find a pack near your neighborhood or school? Click here to locate a Pack!


Scouts BSA is for boys and girls 11-17 years old

The Scouts BSA program provides a strong outdoor and peer group leadership program to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. The major difference between Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA is that the Scouts lead the meetings themselves. Under the supervision of trained volunteers, the Scouts decide where they want to go camping, what to do for special activities, and help organize service projects for the troop. It is through this hands-on mentality that the youth learn leadership, decision-making skills, service, personal achievement, and yet also, the importance of collaboration.

Scouts are part of a single-gender peer group called a Troop, which is led by a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and a group of other adult volunteers and parents. Troops often subdivide and operate in smaller groups called Patrols to accomplish tasks or take on leadership roles. One Scout is elected to be the patrol leader, but everyone shares in the responsibility of making the patrol successful.

While in Scouts BSA, your child will be exposed to over 120 hobby and career choices, frequently resulting in life-long involvement. Scouts work at their own pace in the advancement system. To advance all the way to Eagle Scout, Scouts must show Scout Spirit, complete the skill development at each rank, practice leadership, and perform a community service project. Each step of the way the Scout has a personal counseling session with their Scoutmaster and a review by other adults in the troop. As the Scout learns and progresses, a Scout’s self-esteem and confidence continues to grow.

Click here to find out more about Scouts BSA.


For young men and women ages 14-20

The Venturing program provides young people with positive experiences so that they may become responsible and caring adults. Venturing is a dynamic program that allows the youth to choose an interest or focus through activities and service. Specific topics usually fall in the realm of wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training, and more. Featuring these exciting and meaningful activities allows Venturers to pursue special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

Venturing utilizes five main methods to illustrate this to youth:  leadership, group activities, adult association, recognition, and teaching others. Venturing character development also places a strong emphasis on ethical decision making. The program aims to help young adults make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what is a risk and how it will affect others involved.

Click here to view more information on Venturing.


For young men and women ages 14-20

Exploring is a career education program that creates opportunities for young adults to explore career and hobby interests. The program is structured around the interest area of the youth, supported by the expertise and resources of the hosting business or organization. Exploring aims to create career awareness and helps expose high school students to the vast opportunities available, hopefully assisting them in making informed occupational choices.

Exploring is a unique extension program uniting youth with organization and businesses that is not just for Scouts, but open to all high school students. We repeat, Exploring is available for ALL high school students, male or female, ages 14-20. It does not matter if you are a Scout or not. Everyone should go Exploring!

For more information, visit our website:  www.exploringdubuque.org or contact the Exploring Executive, Melissa Neuhaus, at the Scout Service Center: (563) 556-4343 or send an email to melissa.neuhaus@scouting.org

More information for new Scouting parents:

The Boy Scouts of America makes Scouting available to our nation’s youth by chartering community organizations to operate Cub Scout packs, Scout BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts. The chartered organization must provide an adequate and safe meeting place, capable adult volunteer leadership, and must adhere to the principles and policies of the BSA. Chartered organizations agree to use the Scouting program in accordance with their own policies as well as those from BSA. The program is flexible but major departures from BSA methods and policies are not permitted.

The Northeast Iowa Council provides unit leader training, program ideas, camping facilities, literature, and professional guidance for volunteer leaders, and liability insurance protection.

Scouting’s adult volunteers provide leadership at the unit, district, council, and national levels. Many are parents of Scouts; many entered Scouting as youth members and are now giving back. Each chartered organization establishes a unit committee, which operates its Scouting unit, selects leadership, and provides support for a quality program. Most unit committees depend on parents for membership.

The unit committee selects the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Adviser, or Explorer Adviser, subject to approval of the chartered organization. The unit leader must be a good role model because our children’s values and lives will be influenced by that leader. Get to know your child’s unit leader and be involved in the unit committee activities so you can evaluate and help direct that influence.

Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for each unit. A background check is also required for every adult application. We also preach a concept called “Two-Deep Leadership” at ALL times. This requires at least two registered adults for all Scouting meetings, trips, or outings.

The safety and welfare of your child is our number one priority. Creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members is critical to the Boy Scouts of America. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies. We also provide leaders and parents with training and resources needed for all of our programs.

Training is a critical part of effective leadership. Every youth member of Scouting deserves a trained leader. All unit leaders, committee members, and any other adult who will be in direct contact with a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America are required to take Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection Training is designed to help leaders keep the youth safe. Leaders learn the BSA’s Youth Protections Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. This certification MUST be completed to volunteer with the BSA and MUST be renewed every two years.

Click here for more information on the policies and standards the National Boy Scout Office mandates to help keep Scouts safe.

  • All Scouting activities are open to parental visitation. There are no “secret” organizations within the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Leadership is restricted to qualified adults who subscribe to the Declaration of Religious Principle, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law.
  • Citizenship activities are encouraged, but partisan political activities are prohibited.
  • Military training and drills are prohibited. Marksmanship and elementary drill for ceremonies are permitted.
  • The Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of religious faith and duty; however we do not align with any particular faith or religious institution. We leave specific religious instruction to the member’s religious leaders and family.
  • If the unit happens to be chartered through a religious organization, such as a church, members who do not belong to that church shall not be required to participate in its religious activities.
  • Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required at all meetings, activities, and outings. If activities are coeducational, leaders of both sexes must be present.
  • Corporal punishment and hazing are not permitted. Parents and unit leaders must work together to solve discipline problems.
  • One-on-one activities between youth members and adults are not permitted; personal conferences must be conducted in plain view of others.
  • If you suspect that anyone in the unit is a victim of child abuse, immediately contact the Scout Executive, who is responsible for reporting this to the appropriate authorities.

A lot of Cub Scout parents have no idea what’s going on when they start their kids in the Cub Scout program.

That’s no problem. They all start as Bobcats (except Lions)…

  1. The Bobcat Award is like an orientation for kids and parents both. The Bobcat part introduces you to the basic outline of the program.
  2. Every Cub Scout will achieve the Bobcat Award (also called the Bobcat Trail). Meaning, you and your kid have to do this part first.
  3. Doing the Bobcat Trail gets you familiar with the principals of being a Cub Scout, like the Cub Scout Oat, and the ranks, and so on.
  4. Doing the Bobcat Trail also get you familiar with the workflow for achievement in Cub Scouts. Follow the steps and you’ll be ready to do the same for just about any achievement your Cub wants to tackle.
  5. It gives the new Scout a chance to earn an award within a few weeks of joining, having them receive an award at one of their first pack meetings!

Scouting Units

Pack 100  |  Carter Elementary School

Pack 324  |  American Legion Hall
Monthly Sunday Pack Meetings

Troop 86  |  Knights of Columbus Hall
Weekly Monday Troop Meetings

Pack 29  |  Cascade Sportsman Club

Troop 29  |  Cascade Lions Club

Pack 7  |  St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Monthly Thursday Pack Meetings

Pack 10  |  Nativity Catholic Church/Lincoln Elementary School

Pack 15  |  Grandview United Methodist Church
Boy dens only

Pack 17  |  Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Boy dens only

Pack 20  |  Westminister Presbyterian Church

Pack 50  |  Irving School

Pack 53  |  Eisenhower School

Pack 54  |  Hoover School
Monthly Tuesday Pack Meetings

Pack 55  |  John F Kennedy School

Pack 65  |  Table Mound School

Pack 91  |  Resurrection Catholic Church

Troop 7  |  St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Weekly Tuesday Meetings

Troop 11  |  Westminister Presbyterian Church
Weekly Monday Meetings

Troop 17  |  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Troop 19  |  St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Weekly Tuesday Meetings

Troop 22  |  St. Peters Lutheran Church
Weekly Monday Meetings

Troop 25  |  Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Weekly Monday Meetings

Troop 48  |  St. Paul Lutheran Church 

Troop 51  |  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Weekly Tuesday Meetings

Troop 69  |  St. Joseph Catholic Church (Key West)

Troop 91  |  Resurrection Catholic Church
First, Second, Third Tuesday Meetings

Troop 94  |  United Auto Worker 94
Weekly Tuesday Meetings

Crew 7  |  St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Crew 48  |  St. Paul Lutheran Church
Twice a month Sunday Meetings

Pack 60  |  American Legion Building

Troop 60  |  American Legion Building

Pack 39  |  United Presbyterian Church

Troop 39  |  Carpenter-Diesch-White Legion Post No 436

Pack 14  |  St. Mary’s Catholic School
Monthly Tuesday Pack Meetings

Troop 14  |  East Dubuque Police Station
Weekly Tuesday or Wednesday Troop Meetings

Troop 114  |  East Dubuque Police Station
Female Troop

Pack 28  |  St. Mark Catholic Church

Troop 28  |  Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

Pack 62  |  Peace United Church of Christ

Troop 70  |  American Legion Post #650
Weekly Monday Meetings

Pack 37  |  Sherman-Peterson American Legion

Pack 40  |  St. John’s Lutheran Church

Troop 40  |  St. John’s Lutheran Church

Pack 88  |  LaSalle Catholic School
October 9  |  6 PM
LaSalle Catholic School in Holy Cross

Troop 88  |  LaSalle Catholic School
Weekly Tuesday Troop Meetings

Pack 30  |  Hopkinton Lions Club

Pack 47  |  Lansing VFW

Troop 47  |  Lansing VFW

Pack 24  |  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Boy dens only

Pack 35  |  United Methodist Church

Troop 34  | American Legion Post 45

Troop 24  |  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Pack 32  |  AmVets
Monthly Thursday Pack Meetings

Troop 32  |  American Legion Hall

Pack 38  |  St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

Troop 38  |  St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pack 5  |  Peosta Community Center

Troop 5  |  Peosta Community Center
Weekly Wednesday Troop Meetings

Pack 41  |  Postville Lions Club

Pack 68  |  Sageville School
Monthly Monday Pack Meetings

Pack 36  |  Strawberry Point

Pack 64  |  Post Office Basement

Troop 64  |  Post Office Basement
1st and 3rd Monday Troop Meetings


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