2016 Cub Scout Parent Guide

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Scouting can be a bit overwhelming for new parents, so give them a hand with the Cub Scout Parent Guide! This handy booklet is packed with information to help your new parents get acquainted with Scouting and make the most of this fun program with their family.

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  • Orange County CouncilBoy Scouts of America

  • Complete this quick reference guide to save important information about your pack and leaders

    My Pack Number is ________________________________________

    My Den Number is ________________________________________

    My Scouting District is ____________________________________

    My Den Leaders Name ______________________________________

    My Den leaders Phone Number _______________________________

    My Den Leaders Email Address ______________________________

    My Den Meets Day ________________________ Time ____________

    My Den Meets at __________________________________________

    My Cubmasters Name ______________________________________

    My Cubmasters Phone Number ______________________________

    My Cubmasters Email _____________________________________

    My Pack Meets Day_______________________ Time _____________

    My Pack Meets at _________________________________________

    My Council is:

    Orange County Council, #391211 East Dyer RoadSanta Ana, CA 92705

    P: 714-546-4990 | F: 714-546-0415www.ocbsa.org ocboyscouts:

    My Scout Directory

  • Scouting Makes a Difference ...................................................... 1

    Cub Scout Program ................................................................ 2-3

    Desired Outcomes ....................................................................... 3

    Advancement Plan ................................................................... 4-5

    Special Programs ....................................................................... 6

    New Scout Basic Needs ............................................................... 7

    Uniforms .................................................................................... 8

    Your Journey Begins Here ....................................................... 9-10

    Council Properties .................................................................... 11

    How Can I Help? ......................................................................... 12

    Parent Volunteer Leadership .................................................... 13

    Leadership Training .................................................................. 14

    You Are Not Alone ..................................................................... 15

    Funding Fun, Friendships and Futures ....................................... 16

    Special Awards and Recognition ............................................... 17

    The Role of the Council and Districts ........................................ 18

    Create a Social Moment ....................................................... 19-20

    Table of Contents

  • Scouting Makes a Difference

    As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness for youth.

    Scouting is about positive youth development. However, we know that boys do not join Scouting to get their character built. They join because it is fun!

    Your time is valuable. More than ever, todays families struggle to find time to spend together. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made adventures and activities for you and your son to enjoy together.

    Your son needs comradery with his peers. With an emphasis on fostering friendships, he will build self-esteem and learn to get along with others. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your boy joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness in a safe environment.

    Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son. Scouting activities can provide added value to the time you have with your son. It also provides activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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  • Did you know that the 5 Cs of positive youth development are woven though out the Scouting program?

    COMPETENCECONFIDENCECHARACTERCONNECTION

    CARING

    Cub ScoutsDo Your Best. Have Fun Doing It.As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable

    and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, we have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness for youth.

    Scouting is about positive youth development. However, we know that boys do not join Scouting to get their character built. They join because it is fun!

    Your time is valuable. More than ever, todays families struggle to find time to spend together. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made adventures and activities for you and your son to enjoy together.

    Your son needs comradery with his peers. With an emphasis on fostering friendships, he will build self-esteem and learn to get along with others. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your boy joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness in a safe environment.

    Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son. Scouting activities can provide added value to the time you have with your son. It also provides activities for the whole family to enjoy.

    The best way to find out what you do best is to do it. Swing a bat. Pitch a tent. Build a Pinewood Derby car. Cub Scouts are at that magical age where everything is new and fun. They live in a world of firsts first home run, first campfire, first checkered flag where their game plan is their imagination. Their most valuable reward are the friends they make for life and a parents proud smile. These are the invaluable experiences that can be had in Scouting.

    Your son is a member of a DenCub Scouts is a family centered program for boys and adults

    A Den is six to ten boys who meet with adult leaders to play games, learn skills, complete adventures, perform skits and songs, and take field trips.

    Dens meet at the convenience of leaders and families, at least twice a month, perhaps weekly.

    A Den is led by a Den Leader (parent volunteer) who is assisted by an assistant Den Leader and parent helpers who share the fun.

    Your son and his Den are members of a PackEach Pack is made up of one or more Dens.

    Once a month, all Cub Scout families attend a Pack meeting with games, skits, songs, ceremonies and presentations of badges that boys earned that month.

    The Pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster with help from other parents.

    The Pack families will also have other activities, like Pack Family Camping, Pinewood Derbies, and field trips.

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  • As a Cub Scout, your son will participate in activities and adventures that will achieve five key outcomes:

    Desired Outcomes

    Desired Outcome Scouting Program Components

    Character Development

    Participatory Citizenship

    Outdoor Skills & Awareness

    Personal Fitness

    Leadership

    Scout Oath and Scout LawDuty to God

    Civic Awareness and PatriotismServiceStewardship

    Comfort, Safety, & Adventure in the OutdoorsNature and Outdoor EthicsEmergency Skills

    Physical FitnessHealthy EatingWellness and Healthy Habits

    Supporting LeadersLeadership Training

    Your Pack is owned by a Charter OrganizationChartered Organizations include schools, parent-school

    organizations, religious organizations, service clubs, and other

    organizations interested in youth.

    Your Chartered Organization approves leadership, helps secure a

    meeting place and keeps the Pack within both their guidelines and

    policies and those of the BSA.

    Your Chartered Organization selects a Representative as a liaison

    between the Pack and the Chartered Organization.

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  • The Advancement Plan

    A Cub Scout Den provides your son with a group of boys his own age in which he can earn awards and recognition. In the Den, he will also gain a sense of personal achievement for the new skills he learns. Each Cub Scout learns to respect his home, country, God, and other people. Most advancement requirements will be done at Den meetings but many can be done at home with the family.

    LionLion is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age boys. The Lion pilot encourages boys to learn and explore through hands-on, high-energy activities.

    BobcatAll boys earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Scout Oath and Law, handshake, salute, sign, and motto. After receiving the Bobcat badge, the boys work on requirements based on their grade level.

    1st Grade - TigerThe Tiger badge is earned after completing six adventures and one elective adventure. Adventures can be a den activity, family activity, or a field trip. After completing the Tiger rank, boys may do more adventures. Adventure loops are worn on the Tiger belt.

    2nd Grade - WolfThe Wolf badge is earned after completing six adventures and one elective adventure. Adventures can be a den activity, family activity, or a field trip. After completing the Wolf rank, boys may do more adventures. Adventure loops are worn on the Wolf belt.

    Your Pack is owned by a Charter OrganizationChartered Organizations include schools, parent-school

    organizations, religious organizations, service clubs, an