Helpful Information for Cub Scouting Families
Deer Creek Elementary School
Pack 171 Parents Handbook 07/2012 Ver. 1.1
Table of ContentsWelcome to Cub Scout Pack 1714Purposes of Cub Scouting4Adult Leader Responsibilities to the Boys4The Methods of Cub Scouting5Why Join Cub Scouting?6Year Round Program6ScoutParents6What Is a ScoutParent?6ScoutParent Responsibilities6How Does Cub Scouting Work?7Dens7The Tiger Cub Den (Grade 1)7The Wolf Cub Scout (Grade 2) and Bear Cub Scout (Grade 3) Dens7The Webelos Scout Den (Grades 4 and 5)7Pack7How Can You Help?8The Pack Committee8Training8Youth Protection8How Much Does Scouting Cost?9The Structure of Cub Scouting9Cub Scout Uniforms10What do I need to get?10What is provided by the pack?10Where to Buy Uniforms and Other Scout Items13Pack 171 Uniform Closet13Financial Assistance13Awards14Den Meetings15Pack Meetings15When and Where15Seating at Pack Meetings16The Pack Meeting Agenda16Den Assignments16What do I need to do16Raffle Tickets16Other Pack Events17Fundraising18Friends of Scouting18Rules of Conduct and Safety:19Inappropriate Behavior19Use of Knives by Cub Scouts19Electronic Entertainment19Youth Protection and Two Deep Leadership19Transportation19Emergency Policies19Inclement Weather19Cub Scouting GLOSSARY OF TERMS20
Welcome to Cub Scout Pack 171
We want you and your son to have an excellent Cub Scouting adventure here at Pack 171. In order to help your understanding of the pack and the Cub Scout program, we have created this guide to help explain things. If you have any further questions, please contact any adult leader. You can also find answers to many common questions on our website: www.Pack171.net . The calendar section of our website is constantly updated with upcoming events and the Parent Resources section is a valuable resource for parents.
Purposes of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting is a year-round, family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America program designed for boys who are in first through fifth grades (or are 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Fun and Adventure
Preparation for Boy Scouts
All the activities leaders plan and boys enjoy should relate to one or more of these purposes.
Adult Leader Responsibilities to the Boys
All Cub Scout leaders have certain responsibilities to the boys in Cub Scouts. Each leader should:
Respect boys rights as individuals and treat them as such. In addition to common-sense approaches this means that all parents/guardians should have reviewed How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parents Guide located in the front of the handbook, and all youth leaders must have taken the BSAs Youth Protection training.
See that boys find the excitement, fun, and adventure that they expected when they joined Cub Scouting.
Provide enthusiasm, encouragement, and praise for boys efforts and achievements.
Develop among the boys a feeling of togetherness and team spirit that gives them security and pride.
Provide opportunities for boys to experience new dimensions in their world.
The Methods of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting uses eight specific methods to achieve Scoutings aims of helping boys and young adults build character, train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. These methods are incorporated into all aspects of the program. Through these methods, Cub Scouting happens in the lives of boys and their families.
1. The Ideals The Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, motto, and salute all teach good citizenship and contribute to a boys sense of belonging.
2. The Den Boys like to belong to a group. The den is the place where boys learn new skills and develop interests in new things. They have fun in den meetings, during indoor and outdoor activities, and on field trips. As part of a small group of six to eight boys, they are able to learn sportsmanship and good citizenship. They learn how to get along with others. They learn how to do their best, not just for themselves but also for the den.
3. Advancement Recognition is important to boys. The advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding. Cub Scout leaders and adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.
4. Family Involvement Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting. When we speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular family structure. Some boys live with two parents, some live with one parent, some have foster parents, and some live with other relatives or guardians. Whomever a boy calls his family is his family in Cub Scouting.
5. Activities In Cub Scouting, boys participate in a wide variety of den and pack activities, such as games, projects, skits, stunts, songs, outdoor activities, and trips. Also, the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program and Cub Scoutings Fun for the Family include activities that encourage personal achievement and family involvement.
6. Home and Neighborhood-Centered Cub Scouting meetings and activities happen in urban areas, in rural communities, in large cities, in small townswherever boys live.
7. The Uniform The Cub Scout uniform helps build pride, loyalty, and self-respect. Wearing the uniform to all den and pack meetings and activities also encourages a neat appearance, a sense of belonging, and good behavior.
8. Making Character Connections Throughout the program, leaders learn to identify and use character lessons in activities so boys can learn to know, commit, and practice the 12 core values of Cub Scouting. Character Connections are included in all the methods of Cub Scouting and are the program themes for monthly pack meetings.
Why Join Cub Scouting?
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 opportunities for you and your son to do things together.
Your son needs to belong to a group of boys his own age. Through this sense of belonging, he builds his self-esteem and learns 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. The Boy Scouts of America has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910.
In a society where your son is taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to do his best and to be helpful to others.
Scouting teaches family values and works to strengthen your relationship with your son. Scouting activities can bring added value to the time you already have with your son.
But we know that boys do not join Cub Scouting just to get their character built. Boys join because it is fun.
Scouting is fun with a purpose!
Year Round Program
Cub Scouts is a year round program. Formal den and pack meetings happen during the school year with regular program events planned throughout the summer months. Our scouts are involved in many different activities outside of scouting. Between school plays, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and swimming, it seems there is always something going on. The leaders understand this, because many of them are active in coaching these sports as well. Just follow the Cub Scout motto and Do your best to try to make it to the meetings. If you are coming from another event, such as a sports practice or game, do not worry about Scouting attire. We would rather have the Scout spend that preparation time in the den/pack meeting.
ScoutParents assist with short-term projects in the den or pack. This might be coordinating pack money-earning projects, service projects, conservation projects, field trips or outings, Blue and Gold banquet, day camp, pinewood derby, pack overnight camping, or field day events.
For more information go to www.ScoutParents.org
What Is a ScoutParent?
A ScoutParent is a parent or adult mentor of a Scout who enthusiastically participates with their Scout and also helps other volunteers to provide the best quality program experience to all youth in every unit.
Leads their family in obtaining the values, benefits, and rewards from their familys Scouting participation, and in sharing these with others.
Enjoys participating with his or her Scout, and inspires their child to persevere in Scouting with their tenure, activity participation and achievement.
Helps enhance youth and parent-mentor recruitment, retention, enthusiasm, commitment, and participation in the passionate GREAT family FUN of Scouting!
How Does Cub Scouting Work?
One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you, as his family, join in on the program with your son, and you will help him along the way. The family is the basis of Cub Scouting. It exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Boys have a different handbook at each grade level, with suggested activities that are age-appropriate for their developmental level. As your boy advances through these books by working on activities with you, he will earn badges and other recognition that he can wear on his uniform. Your sons success in Cub Scouting depends on you!
The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son will be a part of a den; a small group of boys in the same grade level who meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where boys show off the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned. All boys, when they join, earn the Bobcat badge first. Your den leader will show you how.
Dens The Tiger Cub Den (Grade 1)
Parents are most involved at the Tiger Cub level. The boy and his parent or guardian join the den together and attend all meetings and activities together.
The den is made up of six to ten of these parent-son teams. Each den also has a Tiger Cub den leader (usually one of the parents) who helps coordinate the meetings. The parent-son teams take turns running the activities and planning meetings with the Tiger Cub den leader. The den generally has two meetings a month, either at the homes of host parent-son teams or at a designated facility, participates in one Go See It activity (the den, as a group, visits a community place of interest), and attends the monthly pack meeting.
* Note that the Tiger Cubs Adult Partner must attend all functions with their Tiger Cub.
The Wolf Cub Scout (Grade 2) and Bear Cub Scout (Grade 3) Dens
Parents are vital to the Cub Scout dens, both in the role of home support and to help the den leader, but their sons are beginning to be more independent, and not every boy needs a parent at every meeting. The den consists of four to eight boys, a den leader and assistant den leader (usually parents of some of the boys), and often a den chief (an older Boy Scout or Venturer who helps the den leader).
The Webelos Scout Den (Grades 4 and 5)
The Webelos den is much like the Cub Scout dens, but there is more emphasis on the boys learning to take leadership roles and preparing to become Boy Scouts.
The Cub Scout pack is made up of all the dens, which meet monthly at the pack meeting, led by the Cubmaster. This is the climax of the monthly den meetings and activities. There are games, skits, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during that month. This is where familiesnot just parents, but grandparents and siblings, toocan see the achievements of their Cub Scout.
The pack, including families, also participates in other special events throughout the year, including:
Pinewood Derby You build and race a model car with your son.
Blue and Gold Banquet Cub Scoutings birthday partyfor all pack members and their familiesin February.
Camping Overnight and day camp opportunities introduce your family to the camping experience.
Service projects Packs may participate in food drives, conservation projects, or other community activities.
Field trips and special outings A great ways to learn more about the people and places in your community.
Make memories with your son that will last a lifetime!
How Can You Help?
The most important help that you, as a parent, can give your boy is to work with him on his Cub Scouting activities. His handbook is full of age-appropriate activities that you will enjoy doing together at home. When he completes an activity or project, it is your responsibility to sign his book to verify that he has done his best. And then it is all-important for you to attend the monthly pack meeting with him, so that you can celebrate his achievement. Your role as a parent is the secret of success of the Cub Scouting program!
The den and the pack also rely on parent participation to run a successful program. Cub Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Consider volunteering as a member of the pack leadership team or as a parent helper. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scoutings principle of service to others. By volunteering in Scouting, you are also giving your son the gift of your time. What could be more valuable? You will have an opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of him and his friends. Here are some of the ways you could volunteer:
Den leader Leads the den at weekly den and monthly pack meetings; Attends the monthly pack committee meeting.
Cubmaster Helps plan and carry out the pack program with the help of the pack committee; Emcees the monthly pack meeting and attends the pack committee meeting.
Committee Member Every pack is under the supervision of a pack committee. Parents are encouraged to serve on the pack committee and are encouraged to attend adult planning meetings.
Event Coordinator or Event Volunteer Organize or assist in special pack or den events held throughout the year.
The Pack Committee
Pack committee members perform administrative functions of the pack. The committee meets monthly. Obviously, with a committee of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more, where the responsibilities can be divided among the members. Although packs can and do operate with a minimum of three committee members, experience has shown tha...