CUB SCOUT PROMISE
I, __________________, 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 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.
CUB SCOUT MOTTO
DO YOUR BEST!
The Pack is a group made up of several dens. The Pack includes not only the boys in those dens, but also their families, and their leaders. The Pack meets once a month with Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members attending. 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. This is a chance to recognize the boys, their parents, and their leaders.
In addition to its regular meetings, the Pack sponsors certain special projects. These include community projects (e.g., a Food Drive for the needy), outdoor activities (e.g., field trips, family campouts, etc.), fundraising activities, and fun competitions (e.g., Pinewood Derby).
The Cubmaster is an adult volunteer who serves as master of ceremonies at all Pack meetings and leads Pack activities of all kinds. Pack leadership positions may be held by women or men.
The Pack Committee is a group of adult volunteers who plan the Pack program and individual activities as well as managing such things as record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The Pack Committee meets monthly and meetings are open to any interested parent.
A Cub Scout Pack is divided into small groups of about eight boys called dens who meet twice a month under the direction of adult Den Leaders. The Den Leaders are trained parent volunteers.
The den allows boys to get to know each other better and engage in activities that would be difficult in a larger group. The den also provides leadership opportunities for the boys as they elect "Denners" or help to teach each other.
Den meetings work on advancement requirements and can include games, crafts, hikes, skits, songs, and other outside activities. The Den Leaders may ask for help from parents (with a meeting, sharing a special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys). At least one parent should attend all den meetings with their child.
Dens are organized by rank. Ranks are organized by grade:
· Tiger Cub Dens
· Bear Dens
· Wolf Dens
· Webelos 1
· Webelos 2
Joining and advancement requirements for Cub Scouting are based on the scout's grade. Here are some grade requirements:
· TIGER CUBS -- In the first grade
· CUB SCOUTS (Wolves and Bears) -- In the second and third grade
· WEBELOS SCOUTS -- In the fourth and fifth grade
· ARROW OF LIGHT -- Be active in Webelos den for at least 6 months since completing the 4th grade or for at least 6 months since becoming 10 years old.
· BOY SCOUTS -- Completed the fifth grade, or age 11, or have earned the Arrow of Light.
The pack leadership consists of the Chartered Organization Representative, Pack Committee Chairperson, Pack Committee, Cubmaster and den leaders. These are adult volunteer positions. Let's look at what each one accomplishes in a Pack.
This person is the liaison between the Pack, the chartered organization, and the BSA. They make sure that the chartered organization is aware of what the Pack is doing, and coordinates activities between the chartered organization and the Pack. It is also the responsibility of the chartered organization representative to communicate any relevant policies that the charter organization has to the Pack committee.
A point that a new Scouter often misses is that the chartered organization 'owns' the Pack, not the Pack committee. The Pack committee is simply an administrative arm of the chartered organization.
The Chartered Organization Representative is a voting member of the local BSA Council and District committees. As such, they represent the Pack on these committees.
If the chartered organization has more than one unit (e.g., a Pack and a Troop) the Chartered Organization Representative serves all.
The Pack Committee Chairperson organizes and facilitates the running of the Pack committee.
This person works with the Cubmaster and Chartered Organization Representative to make sure that the responsibilities of the Pack Committee are being met.
The Pack Committee takes care of the administrative needs of the pack. It is organized and chaired by the Pack Committee Chairperson. The committee consists of at least three people and is responsible for:
· Finding a meeting place
· Setting the Pack policies in accordance with Boy Scouting and the chartered organization.
· Coordinating the Pack program with that of the charter organization.
· Assist with the annual Pack charter renewal.
· Is responsible for carrying out the policies and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
· Provides encouragement to leaders in carrying out the Pack program.
· Provides the finances and fundraising coordination for the Pack.
· Is responsible for Pack property.
· Is responsible for the quality of the adult leadership, that the leadership is recruited and trained. This is all adult leadership, including Cubmaster.
· Responsible for recommending this leadership to the charter organization for final approval.
· Coordination between the Pack and other scouting units.
A good Pack Committee consists of the following people:
· Chartered Organization Representative
· Pack Committee Chair
· Membership and Registration
· Friends of Scouting
· Cubmaster (is not a voting member)
· Den Leader (is not a voting member)
The Cubmaster, who is sometimes referred to as the unit leader, is up front. Most parents think they run the show all by themselves. Now you know different. So what does a Cubmaster do? Plenty!
The Cubmaster is responsible for:
· Conducting the pack program, which includes leading the monthly Pack meeting, with the help of the other leaders.
· Guiding, supporting, motivating, and inspiring the other adult leaders.
· Making sure the dens are functioning well.
· Planning pack programs with the help of the other leaders.
· Coordinating the total Cub Scout program for the pack.
· Helping recruit den leaders and coaches.
· Establishing and maintaining good relationships with Boy Scout Troops.
The Den leader is responsible for the group of boys within a specific Cub Scout rank. This person is typically the parent of one of the boys in the den, but does not need to be. This position works well with two to three adults serving as the leader of a den, depending on size of the den. The responsibilities of a den leader include:
· The Cub Scout den leader should be interested in sharing their knowledge, positive attitude and leadership skills with the Cub Scouts, their parents and the Pack.
· They should be interested in maintaining the proper role model image and uphold high behavioral standards for all Cub Scouts and parents of the Pack.
· They should encourage Cub Scout rank advancement, individual and Pack awards to support personal growth and teamwork for the Cub Scout, their parents and the Pack.
· The Cub Scout den leader should be interested in advancing their own skills, knowledge and personal growth to continually lead and support their Cub Scouts and the Pack.
The Den Chief is a Boy Scout from a nearby troop who, usually, has achieved at least the rank of First Class. The Den Chief is a trained leader who assists a Den Leader in the running of a Den. The Den Chief should attend most Den meetings, most Pack meetings and most Den outings. “Most” is used here, because the Boy Scout will have homework from school, other Scouting activities and family concerns that will keep him from attending all events. But, the Den Chief MUST stay in contact with the Den Leader, and let her or him know ahead of time when he will not be available.
It is the Den Chief's duty to assist the Cub Scouts in their den with the projects and activities of the Den. His duty also is to encourage, guide and protect them in all Den and Pack activities, and to show them by his example what a Boy Scout is.
Webelos Den Chiefs also will work to interest the Webelos Scouts in becoming Boy Scouts.
Events and Special Programs
There are a variety of opportunities for summertime camping available to you and your Scout.
Cub Scout Day Camp:
This is usually a one day camp. They do not stay overnight. There are a wide variety of activities for the boys to do.
Cub Scout World at Camp Rokilio:
This is a three-night camping experience for tiger, wolf, and bear scouts. There are 5 theme buildings (Viking Ship, Castle, Train Station, Space Station, and Fort). Activities at Cub World include archery, BB Gun Shooting, swimming, sports, games and crafts. This is staffed by Boy Scouts and the time is organized by a trained staff. We are on a schedule that is set for us.
Summer Cub World at Twin Lakes:
This is a 3 night outside tent camping experience for Webelos scouts. Activities help the boys earn activity badges. This is staffed by Boy Scouts and the time is organized by a trained staff.
Mom & Son:
This is a 2-night camp over for Moms and their registered scout(s). There are activities to do with your son and it can be a very rememberable weekend.
Dad & Lad:
This is the same as Mom & Son but only for the Dad’s.
Grandparent and Me:
A one-day adventure at Camp to show Grandma’s and Grandpa’s what’s done at camp.
Every year Pack 3794 holds a Pinewood Derby Day. The Scouts receive a car and have approximately 2 months to get the car ready. (We also host a race for the adults and siblings) The first, second and third place in both race and show cars are able to go to the District Pinewood Derby and race against the top place Scouts from other Packs in our District.
We also alternate between the Raingutter Regatta and the Space Derby. Raingutter Regatta is a sail boat that is powered by a straw blown into by the Scout. The Space Derby is a rocket that is raced on a fishing line with a rubber band propeller.
"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 --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 through 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)
What is Cub Scouting?
A Little History
Aims of Scouting
Purposes of Cub Scouting
Methods of Cub Scouting
Duty to God and Country
In short, Cub Scouting is a family-centered program for boys in the 1st through 5th grade, designed to instill strong moral values; build character, fitness, and confidence; and develop citizenship and leadership skills ... all within the framework of fun activities.
Cub Scouting is boys and their families working together in a quality time-tested program. Cub Scouting offers opportunities to develop new interests and skills, participate in sports and competitive activities, fulfill a boys desire for adventure through an active outdoor program, and gain confidence, self respect and a sense of belonging. Cub Scouting offers a well-defined advancement plan designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy in a natural way and teaches them to “do their best”.
Cub Scouting is also a neighborhood-centered program supported and enabled by community partners, “Chartered Organizations”, such as a local church, school, or community organization. Cub Scouting is designed to strengthen family ties and to improve the life of their community by enriching the lives of the people who live there. Cub Scouting provides opportunities for boys to reach out into their communities and “help others” as they take part in service projects and other community-related activities.
Cub Scouting teaches “duty to God and Country”. Scouting has always been known for service to others, a foundation of good citizenship. Patriotism also plays a significant role in preparing our nation’s youth to become useful and participating citizens. The Boy Scouts of America believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without also recognizing an obligation to God, and encourages both youth and adult leaders to be faithful in their religious duties.
Cub Scouting provides positive role models to guide boys in making ethical choices and developing strong values. As leaders have both the responsibility and the opportunity to positively influence a boy’s development and to help families better understand their sons by providing a quality fun-filled program.
The world of Scouting was conceived and developed by one man, Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, in England in the early years of the 20th century. He tested his ideas out on twenty boys in a camping experiment at Brownsea Island in 1907. The next year, he published his book “Scouting for Boys”. That book set in motion a movement, which quickly spread around the world and continues to this day.
Chicago businessman and publisher, William D. Boyce, after a trip to England brought scouting to the United States in 1909. As the story goes, he was lost in a London fog when a boy appeared and offered to take him to his destination. When Mr. Boyce tried to tip him for his kindness, the boy stopped Mr. Boyce by courteously explaining that he was a Scout and could not accept payment for a good turn. Intrigued, Mr. Boyce questioned the Scout, who took him to Baden-Powell’s office, and then disappeared into the fog. The “unknown Scout” was never heard from again, but he will never be forgotten. At the Scout Training Center at Gilwell Park, England a statue of a buffalo was erected in honor of this “unknown Scout”. His good turn is what brought Scouting to our country. On February 8, 1910 Mr. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America, which is why we celebrate Scouting’s birthday with Blue and Gold Banquets every February.
By the 1920’s, millions of Cub Scout-aged boys and their families were clamoring for a program of their own. After a few years of demonstration projects, Cub Scouting was formally launched in 1930. In 1982 the Tiger Cub program was added based on shared leadership of boy-adult teams.
The Scouting program is updated periodically to keep pace with a changing world. It isn’t the same as it was on Brownsea Island in 1907, but the ideals of Scouting remain the same. Its ideals are still based on the principles Baden-Powell had been taught as a boy. Scouting continues to be sensitive to the needs of young people everywhere.
There are three broad objectives of the Boy Scouts of America, which are contained in their charter issued by the U. S. Congress in June 1916:
· to build desirable qualities of character
· to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship
· to develop personal fitness
These “Aims” are progressively applied, woven into all Scouting programs (Tigers, Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring) with the goal of teaching boys important human values that will help and guide them the rest of their lives.
Character -- Citizenship -- Personal Fitness
The Cub Scout program is designed for parents, leaders, and organizations to work together to achieve the following:
· Influence the development of character and encourage spiritual growth.
· Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
· Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
· Improve understanding within the family.
· Strengthen the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people.
· Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
· Show how to be helpful and do one’s best.
· Provide fun and exciting new things to do.
· Prepare a boy to be a Boy Scout.
We achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting through the fun-filled activities we plan. Some significant things happen while the boys are having fun. From their point of view, fun is the most important thing. At the same time, they gain worthwhile values and lessons without realizing it. Baden-Powell recognized this as a powerful tool from the very first beginnings of the movement. “Fun with a purpose” is not just a catchy slogan, it’s the glue that binds the various pieces of the program together and makes it all work. All activities planned by leaders and enjoyed by the boys should relate to one or more of these purposes. These purposes help us achieve the overall aims of the Boy Scouts of America.
Cub Scouting uses seven specific methods to achieve the aims of Character, Citizenship, and Personal Fitness. These methods are incorporated into all aspects of the program. The importance of understanding how these methods are intended to work cannot be over-emphasized!
Home & Neighborhood Centered
Cub Scouting happens in the homes and neighborhoods, after school and community centers, churches and fellowship halls, in large cities, small towns, and rural communities - wherever boys live. It is intended to be a part of the fabric of the community and, thereby, to improve and enrich the lives of the people who live there.
Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting. When we speak of parents or families, we are not referring to any particular structure. Whoever a boy calls his family is the family we are talking about. Cub Scouting is a program put on by the families of the boys for their benefit and, by that very process strengthens family bonds.
Recognition is important to boys. The well-defined advancement plan provides fun for boys, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys on advancement projects.
Boys like to belong to a group. They have fun in den meetings, during indoor and outdoor activities, and on field trips. As part of a small group (6-10 boys), they are able to learn sportsmanship and good citizenship, how to get along with others, and how to do their best, not just for themselves but also for the den. The den is the place the boys learn new skills and develop interests in new things.
The Cub Scout Promise, which is a pledge of good citizenship; the Law of the Pack, a simple formula for good Cub Scouting; and the Cub Scout Motto, “Do Your Best”, are but a few. Such symbols as the Cub Scout sign, handshake, salute, and living circle all add a sense of mystery and exclusiveness that most boys enjoy, and add to the appeal of belonging to a widely respected organization.
The Cub Scout and Webelos uniforms help build pride, loyalty, and self-respect. Wearing the uniform to all den and pack meetings and activities also encourages good behavior and a neat appearance.
Boys will participate in a wide variety of den and pack activities. These help fulfill a boy’s desire for adventure and allows him to use his vivid imagination while taking part in skits, games, songs, trips, outdoor activities, and more. The use of monthly themes lets a boy play the role of an astronaut, cowboy, Native American, knight, or other exciting character. There is adventure in exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining a greater appreciation of our beautiful world. There is also the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program, which includes individual achievement and family involvement recognition.
In summary, it is through these methods that Cub Scouting happens in the lives of boys and their families.
Scouting has long been known for service to others. “Duty to Country” starts with being a good citizen and is an obligation of service to others. This means caring about the people in our communities and helping those in need. We believe patriotism also plays a significant role in preparing our nation’s youth to become useful and participating citizens. This includes obeying the law and using our country’s resources carefully. We show our love of country by respecting and saluting the U.S. flag and standing at attention when our national anthem is played.
The Boy Scouts of America believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without also recognizing an obligation, a “duty”, to God and encourages both youth and adult leaders to be faithful in their religious duties. This includes remembering to thank God for good friends, good health, and all the things he provides for us, including our family and those who love and help us.
“Duty to God” is an essential part of Scouting, however, the Boy Scouts of America is completely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that duty. This means we make no attempt to determine how a member accomplishes his duty to God. As citizens of the United States of America, we believe in religious freedom. That is why we respect others whose religion may be different than ours, even though we may not agree with their beliefs.
Religious Emblems Programs: Most major churches and religious bodies in the United States have religious emblems programs, which recognize Cub Scouts who demonstrate faith, observe their religious creeds or principles, and give service. Many denominations also award religious emblems for adults.
It should be noted that boys must complete religious requirements to earn their Wolf, Bear, and Webelos badges. As the boys complete these requirements, we are helping them understand their “duty to God” as determined by their family.
Cub Scouting is a FAMILY program; it always has been. Cub Scout parents have always been encouraged to help their Cub Scout with advancement work, attend pack meetings, become den and pack leaders, and help conduct activities. In fact, FAMILY involvement is so vital to Cub Scouting’s success that without it, there can be no Cub Scouting. Recognizing this, the Boy Scouts of America developed the BSA Family Program to strengthen family ties and encourage family involvement in Scouting.
BSA Family Program: The BSA Family Program helps parents strengthen their family ties in two ways. It gives parents specific ideas for drawing their families together through family talks and other activities. It also provides a framework for meetings of pack parents every three months at which parents can draw support from one another and share their successes in enhancing family life.
The key to the program is the BSA Family Book. It is chock-full of suggestions to enhance a child’s personal development and enrich family life. In much the same way as Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts use their handbooks to earn badges and awards; the family uses the BSA Family Book to earn the BSA Family Award.
One of the purposes of Cub Scouting is improving understanding within the family. Packs that promote Cub Scouting’s BSA Family Program will be doing a real service because most parents place a high priority on their families and want to improve and strengthen their families. Packs supporting this program will also find that it increases parental participation in Cub Scouting and thereby makes a stronger pack.
The Family’s Responsibilities: Cub Scouting gives families an opportunity to spend quality time together. It is the leader’s role to provide interest, skill, and time in developing a good program. The family provides help and support for the den and pack. Families can help in many ways, including:
· Working with their sons on achievements and electives
· Attending and assisting at den and pack meetings
· Providing ways for their sons to earn money needed for den dues
· Providing help to the leadership when asked
· Conducting activities and den outings
· Assisting with transportation needs
· Participation at fund raisers, district and council events
· Just to mention a few.
Advancement Responsibilities: The Advancement Program is an excellent opportunity for families to get to know their own son better, and there is much satisfaction to be gained both on the part of the families and the boy. The den leader should discuss achievements and electives or activity badge areas with the families so they fully understand the importance of following the requirements as closely as possible. The boy won’t be able to accomplish some of the achievements without the family’s help.
The Pack’s responsibilities to Families: Working, single parent, and non-parent families are realities of today’s society. Cub Scout leaders are sensitive to these family situations.
Cub Scouters are creative and understanding in helping all types of families to participate as fully as possible in the program. Just as parents have obligations to the pack, the pack has the following responsibilities to the parents:
· Provide a well-planned, year-round program of activities that meets the Aims of Scouting and, more specifically, the Purposes of Cub Scouting and the needs of boys.
· Provide trained, qualified, and enthusiastic leaders for all den pack meetings and activities.
· Provide training for parents and keep them informed.
· Provide activities that help strengthen the family and give them opportunities to work and play together.
· Help families participate in Cub Scouting according to each family’s unique ability to do so.
In Cub Scouting, a framework is provided with guidelines upon which to build, but that is just the beginning. All of the activities will affect the growth and development of boys. We must remember that our ultimate objectives are citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.
Scouting, as a worldwide brotherhood, is unique and different. It is based on the principles of duty to God and country, human dignity and the rights of individuals, and the obligations of all members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement that brings out the best in people. It is one of the few programs in the world today where the emphasis is not on winning as an end result, but on the far more demanding and rewarding task of “doing one’s best”.
Cub Scouting can in many cases be the most positive experience in a young boy’s life. Scouting can be a real growth experience for children, unequaled by any other.
Do your best!