Cub Scout Pack 3057

Parent’s Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developed by the Pack 3057 Committee


 

What is Cub Scouting?

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, as incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide for boys and young adults an effective education program designed to build desirable qualities of moral strength and character, to develop fitness, and to train in the responsibilities of active citizenship.

 

Since 1930, younger boys have had the opportunity to the Cub Scouts in a year-round, home-centered program that helps to strengthen the family.  Cub Scouting (which includes Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts) is the largest of the BSA's program phases.  The other phases are Boy Scouting (which includes Varsity Scouting) and Venturing (which includes career development through Exploring and Sea Exploring)

Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scout pack serves boys who are in first through fifth grade (or 7 through 10 years of age).  Boys, families, leaders and chartered organizations work together to achieve the following objectives:

 

·         Influencing the development of character and encouraging spiritual growth

·         Developing habits and attitudes of good citizenship

·         Encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body

·         Improving understanding within the family

·         Strengthening the ability to get along with other boys and to respect other people

·         Fostering a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills

·         Showing how to be helpful and to do one's best

·         Providing fun and exciting new things to do

·         Preparing them to become Boy Scouts


 

 

Cub Scout Promise

I, (say your name), promise

To DO MY BEST

To do my DUTY to GOD

And my Country

To HELP other people, and

To OBEY the LAW of the Pack

 

Cub Scout Motto

DO YOUR BEST

 

Law of the Pack

The Cub Scout follows Akela.

The Cub Scout helps the pack go.

The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.

The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

 

 

 

Tiger Cub Motto

SEARCH, DISCOVER, SHARE


 


Cub Scouting -- A Parent's Call to Action

"There is a battle of significant consequence taking place in the lives of boys in America today.  In simple terms, it is the battle between doing what is right or wrong.  A recent study conducted by Louis Harris & Associates indicates that the proportion of boys choosing to do what is wrong is alarmingly high.  Even basic values such as not cheating on schoolwork and not stealing seem to be unstable.

 

Clearly, the results of this study indicate that our nation's youth are struggling with ethical and moral decisions, and that these difficulties can only increase with age.  Therefore, the need for reinforcing and rewarding strong moral standards and providing positive role models at a young age is more important than ever before.

 

Cub Scouting creates a climate of cooperative and collaborative relationships between adults and children--a laboratory for adults and children to get to know one another.  It provides opportunities for children to acquire the capacity for accomplishment.  The program affirms to the child that the world really is an interesting place.

 

Cub Scouting is fun!  But it is fun with a purpose.  Woven though all the fun is an inspired program that really works.  Tried and proven methods are used that transfer traditional values, build character, and develop leadership skills -- all in the context of fun and family togetherness."

(BSA: Operation Tiger Mania 1996)

The Pack

The Cub Scout pack provides three membership levels as a part of the pack program.  Each level is designed to meet the developmental needs and characteristics of the boys of that age or grade in school.

 

1.     Tiger Cubs BSAis for boys who are in the first grade (or are 7 years of age) and their adult partners.  Boys and adults are members of a Tiger Cub den the usually meets twice a month for activities built around the Tiger Cub motto "Search, Discover, Share."  All of the adult partners share in the leadership of the den, with the guidance and support of the Tiger Cub Den Leader.  Tiger Cub dens also take part in monthly pack meetings and other activities.  Tiger Cub den activities are based on completing five achievements grouped into three areas: den activity, family activity and go see it. 

2.       Cub Scouting is for boys in the second and third grades (or 8 or 9 years old).  When a boy becomes a Cub Scout, he is assigned to a Cub Scout den.  Den meetings are generally held each week under the supervision of an adult volunteer den leader, usually a parent of one of the boys in the den.  There might also be an assistant den leader and a den chief (an older Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer) helping the den leader.  All adult family members are expected to help when called upon to assist with den activities.  At den meetings, the boys enjoy games, stunts, songs, crafts, and ceremonies.  Many of these activities are based on a theme for that month such as "Under the Big Top" a circus theme.  Dens also take part in field trips, service projects, and outdoor activities.

3.       Webelos Scouting is for boys in the fourth and fifth grade (or 10 years old).  These boys are members of a Webelos den.  Their den meetings are also held weekly, usually in the evening or on a weekend.  Instead of a monthly theme, the Webelos den program is built around one of the Webelos activity badges.  Outdoor activities, including parent-son overnight camping, are also an important part of the den's program

Webelos Scout to Boy Scout

When a boy earns the Arrow of Light Award (or reaches 11 years of age, or completes fifth grade) he may graduate from a Cub Scout pack in to a Boy Scout troop.  An impressive graduation ceremony is conducted jointly by the Cubmaster, Webelos den leader, and Scoutmaster at a pack meeting.  One of the purposes of Cub Scouting is to graduate every boy into Boy Scouting.

Advancement and Recognition

Tiger Cubs receive recognition for their participation in the various activities related to the monthly big idea, both as a part of their den and also with their adult partner and family.  Recognitions include the Tiger Tracks iron-ons, the Tiger Cub wall chart and stickers, and the Tiger Cub belt totem and beads.  Because of their age and developmental level, Tiger Cubs do not have a formal advancement program.  Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts have a plan of advancement in which a boy learns by doing.  All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and meaning of "Webelos."  After he receives the Bobcat badge, the boy works on requirements based on his grade.  Sometimes advancement requirements are started in den meeting, and then completed at home with the help of family members.  Parent involvement is a vital part of the advancement plan for Cub Scouts.

 

A Cub Scout who is in second grade works on twelve achievements to earn the Wolf badge.  A boy who is in the third grade earns the Bear badge by completing twelve achievements selected from twenty-four subjects.

 

When a boy is in the fourth of fifth grade, he becomes a member of a Webelos den, and works on requirements for the Webelos badge, activity badges, and the Arrow of Light Award (the highest award in Cub Scouting), which prepares him for Boy Scouting.

 

This system of recognition for learning new things and doing his best is a step toward self-reliance and motivates a boy to achieve.  (See the Cub Scout Leader Book for more information on advancement.)

The Pack Meeting:

Once each month, all den families gather for a pack meeting under the direction of the Cubmaster and pack committee.  The pack meeting is the climax of the month's den meetings and activities.  It gives the dens something to look forward to and work toward.  It gets all family members involved in activities with the boys.  It is an opportunity to provide recognition for boys, adult family members, and leaders.  It gives the boys a chance to "show off" things they have learned during the month.  Pack meeting activities are planned around the Cub Scout monthly theme and Webelos activity badge for the month.  Pack meetings are fun for the whole family.  (You will find more information on the pack meeting in the Cub Scout Leader Book)

Blue and Gold Banquet:

The Blue and Gold banquet is an important event because it is a birthday party for Cub Scouting in which all families take part.  The banquet is held in February, the Anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America.  Blue and Gold are the colors of Cub Scouts.  The meaning behind these two colors is very important to each of us as we strive to live our lives in truth and spirituality with steadfast loyalty represented by our blue, and the feeling of warmth of the sun reminds us to be of good cheer as well as give good cheer represented by our gold.

 

Pack 3057 also holds the Arrow of Light ceremony at the Blue and Gold Banquet.  The Arrow of Light signifies that the Second Year Webelos have done their best as Cub Scouts and that they are fully prepare to become Boy Scouts.  There is no greater honor a Webelos Scout can bring upon himself, than to earn the Arrow of Light.

 

The Pack Organization:

Pack Volunteer Leadership:

·         Den Leaders

·         Leads the den at weekly den and monthly pack meetings.  Attends the monthly pack leaders meeting.

·         Cubmaster

·         Helps and carry out the pack program with the help of the pack committee.  Emcees monthly pack meeting and attends the pack leaders’ meeting

·         Pack Committee

·         Pack Committee is composed of parents within the pack and performs the administrative functions for the pack

·         Committee Chairperson

·         Preside at all pack committee meetings.  Helps recruit adult leaders.  Also attends pack meetings

·         Advancement Chairperson

·         Maintains advancement records for the pack.  Orders and obtains all badges and insignia.  Attends pack meetings and committee meetings

·         Secretary/Treasurer

·         Keeps all records for the pack, including pack bank account, financial records, etc.  Attends pack meetings and pack committee meetings.

·         Parent Volunteers

·         Provide input to Pack program.

·         Function chairperson positions to perform ‘one shot’ program jobs such as recruiting, fund raising, pinewood derby, day camp, etc.

·         Training Coordinator

·         Ensures that all adult leaders are trained for the position that they serve.

Key Information

·         The Pack Number is 3057

·         Pack meetings are typically held at St. John’s Church Basement on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  We meet at least once per year at Corpus Christi.  Check your calendar for location.

·         Pack committee meetings are typically held at 30 minutes prior to the Pack meeting.

·         The Pack’s charter organization is The Lawrence Catholic School PTO, Lawrence, KS

·         The pack is part of Pelathe District.

·         Pelathe district is part of Heart of America Council.

·         10210 Holmes Road

Kansas City, Missouri 64131-4212

·         The National Council, BSA, charters the Heart of America Council to serve local chartered organizations and potential chartered organizations. 

·         The Council serves institutions through a large number of volunteers and a professional staff that supports the volunteer leadership by providing day-to-day administration.  Community groups are supported by registration of members and leaders, advancement programs, communications, commissioner service, training of unit leadership, program enrichment activities, camping facilities, as well as volunteer recognition items, program supplies, planning materials, insurance and monthly roundtables.

·         The Heart of America Council supports almost 21,000 cub scouts with greater than 7,200 leaders in 518 packs.


Sample Pack Activities


·          Blue and Gold Banquet

·          Day Camp

·          Webelos Camp

·          Royals Game

·          Popcorn Sales

·          Scouting for Food

·          Lake Clean-up

·          Pinewood Derby

·         Swimming Party


How much does it cost for my son to be in Cub Scouts? (Prices are Subject to Change)

·         Individual Registration and Fees - $30.00 each.  (Renewal each Fall) This Includes:

·         Pack Dues

·         Unit Insurance

·         Boys Life Magazine ($10.80)

·         Quality Unit and World Patch

·         Assistance is available if needed please see the Cubmaster or Committee Chair

·         Cub Scout / Webelo book (Prices are estimates)

·         Tiger Cub Scout Book.  First-grade Cub Scouts use this book.  - $3.50

·         Wolf Cub Scout Book.  Second-grade Cub Scouts use this book.  - $4.95

·         Bear Cub Scout Book.  This book is for third-grade Cub Scouts – $4.95

·         Webelos Scout Book.  Fourth and Fifth grade Webelos Scouts use this book.  - $5.50

·         Uniform –

·         Required:

·         Tiger Cub

·         T-shirt - $8.15 – Tigers are switching to the blue Cub Scout shirt.  (We will use the T-shirt for this year).

·         Cub Scout

·         Shirt – (short sleeve recommended) - $22.15

·         Council Shoulder Patch - $3.95

·         Den Numeral - $ 1.20

·         Unit Number 3057 - $3.50 (see committee chair for this patch)

·         Neckerchief and Slide needed at crossover

·         ‘Class B’ T Shirt - $ Varies

·         Optional:

·         Belt and Buckle $8.15  (will be required for belt loop awards)

·         Hat

·         Red Brag Vest

·         Camp Registration Fees

Where does the money go?

·         Advancement Awards

·         This is the one the biggest single budget items.  For example, advancement awards for a first year Webelos Scout earning eleven Activity Badges, Webelos Colors, Webelos Rank, Compass Patch, Compass Points, and three Belt Loops would cost just under $27.  A Den of six boys with similar advancement would then cost near $160.

·         Leader registration Fees

·         Fees associated with reserving meeting places

·         Council & District Activities Registration Fees (e.g. Camporee, Pinewood Derby)

·         United States Flag, Pack Flag, Den Flags, if new ones are needed.

·         Ceremonial equipment

·         Record books, forms, etc.

·         Other books, literature, and materials needed for meetings.

·         Activities (Pool Party, Fishing Derby, Campfire; whatever we might have)

·         Holiday Party or Special Events

Other Sources of Income:

·         Pack Meeting Fundraisers – Cake Raffle, etc

·         Parish Breakfasts

·         Council/District Popcorn Sales

·         Other Approved Fund Raising Activities

Scouting Web Sites:

·         http://www.council1372.org/Pack3057/index.htm  - This is OUR Site!

·         http://www.hoac-bsa.org/ - The Heart of America Council Site

·         http://www.scouting.org/ - Boy Scouts of America

·         http://www.scoutstuff.org/ - Scout Shop

·         http://usscouts.org/  - US Scouting Service Project

·         http://cubmaster.org/  - Resources for Leaders (Everyone should look at this site!)

·         http://members.tripod.com/pack485/beltloops.htm - Has requirements for all except the newest ones

 

 

 



Don’t Forget He’s Just A Boy!

Heart of America Council

 

Get to understand the lad -
He’s not eager to be bad.
If the right he always knew
He would he as old as you
Were he now exceeding wise,
He’d be just about your size.
When he does things that annoy
Don’t forget he’s just a boy.
Could he know and understand,
He would not need a guiding hand.
But he’s not you and hasn’t learned
How life’s corners’ must be turned.
Doesn’t know from day to day
There is more to life than play.
More to face than selfish joy.
Don’t forget - he’s just a boy.

 

Being just a boy he’ll do

Much you will not want him to.
He’ll be careless of his ways,
Have his disobedient days.
Willful, wild and headstrong too,
Things of value, he’ll destroy,
But reflect, he’s just a boy.
Just a boy who needs a friend -
Patient, kindly, to the end.
Needs a father who will show
Him the things he wants to know.
Take him with you when you walk
Listen when he wants to talk.
His companionship enjoy.
Don’t forget he’s just a boy.

 

Author Unknown


Scouting's Bottom Line

What happens to a Scout?  For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:

 

- RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system

- 4 will become Eagle Scouts

- 17 will become future Scout volunteers

- 12 will have their first contact with a church

- 1 will enter the clergy

- 5 will earn their church award

- 18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life

- 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system

- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life

- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person

 

Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive.  A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

- 85% of student council presidents were Scouts

- 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts

- 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts

- 75% of school publication editors were Scouts

- 71% of football captains were Scouts

 

Scouts also account for:

 - 64% of Air Force Academy graduates

- 68% of West Point graduates

- 70% of Annapolis graduates

- 72% of Rhodes Scholars

- 85% of FBI agents

- 26 of the first 29 astronauts