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 an