Cub Scouts vs. Adventure Guides (We’re Doing Both!?)

by MyDadBlog on December 4, 2010

in Advice

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Last year, I wrote this Adventure Guides review (a huge two thumbs up).  For a few reasons, this year, we’ve opted to sign up our six year old with Cub Scouts as well.  At least in our neck of the woods, the two organizations are noticeably different, both worthwhile though.  We are cautious about overburdening our son with too many activities since he’s in piano lessons and seasonal sports as well.  The quandary we have here is he absolutely loved his first adventure guides season and wants to stay with it, but I was only able to rope one other dad and son into it.  All his other schoolmates/friends are in cub scouts.  So, we figured we’d sign him up for both and just get to what we can reasonably get to.

Here are some key differences I see between the two:

Adventure Guides

  • Informal
  • Dads only
  • No fundraising
  • Go to what you want, skip the rest
  • Meetings are Quick, Kids Play while Dads talk
  • More focus on fun stuff, overnights, Dad & Son (or daughter)
  • No real focus on community service, charity, discipline

Cub Scouts

  • More Formal and Structured
  • Both moms and dads go to events
  • More expensive and fundraising required
  • Meetings are more frequent and some pressure to attend all meetings/events
  • Administrative meetings are tough on fidgety little guys (boring)
  • Broader focus – outdoors, culture, survival tactics, ropes, other skills
  • Strong on the creed, discipline, service to others, volunteering, etc.

What I’ve heard about both organizations is as the kids reach the 9-10 age group, they start to drop out and get into other things, so we’re going to make the most of the time we have with these organizations now.  The Adventure Guides outings seem a little more informal, crazy and fun.  There’s a slight feeling of “up tight” and rigid oversight with the Cub Scouts expectations, but maybe it’s just a function of a lax Adventure Guides leader and opposite Cub Scouts leader.  Some of the activities actually overlap, and it will get to be expensive to go to everything, so we’ll have to prioritize.

I’m curious to hear from anyone else who’s had experience with either, or both organizations.

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