The most important help that you, as a parent, can give your child is to work with them on their Cub Scouting activities. The handbook is full of age-appropriate activities that you will enjoy doing together at home. When they complete an activity or project, it is your responsibility to sign the book to verify that they have done their best. And then it is all-important for you to attend the monthly pack meeting with them, so that you can celebrate their 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 Scouting’s 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:
Leads the den at weekly den and monthly pack meetings. Attends the monthly pack committee meeting.
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.
The Pack Committee
Pack committee members (positions listed below) perform administrative functions of the pack. The committee meets monthly.
Presides at all pack committee meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders and attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Maintains advancement records for the pack. Orders and obtains all badges and insignia. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting.
Maintains activity schedules and records. Coordinates volunteers to help, secures permission and necessary permits. Files trip applications, collects event fees, necessary waivers, permission forms, ensure sufficient vehicle seats are available and two deep leadership is committed for the entire event. Also helps keeping Health Forms are on file for Scouts and Adults.
Keeps all records for the pack, including pack bank account, financial records, etc. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting. Pack trainer. Coordinates Fast Start training for adults. Promotes leader training and roundtable meeting attendance. Attends the monthly pack meeting and pack committee meeting. This can be be 3 separate positions.
The Boy Scouts of America offers convenient training for everyone—parents, leaders, and youth members. As a new parent, you can learn all about Cub Scouting and the wonderful year-round adventure he is about to experience.
Log onto www.scouting.org, click the “Parent” tab, then “Training,” and you will discover all of the courses available.
Create a “My Scouting” account and get started.
Child abuse is a serious problem in our society, and unfortunately, it can occur anywhere, even in Scouting. Youth safety is of paramount importance to Scouting. For that reason, the BSA continues to create barriers to abuse beyond what have previously existed in Scouting.
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on providing the most secure environment possible for its youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection
policies, and provides parents and leaders with numerous online and print resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be registered.
We encourage all parents to take the BSA’s Youth Protection training. To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
How Much Does Scouting Cost?
Youth Registration Fee—Annual fee per scout.......$ ?
Boys’ Life magazine........$ ?
(optional, but strongly recommended)
Adult Leader Registration Fee—Annual fee per adult.......$ ?
(The leader’s fee includes a subscription to Scouting magazine)
Uniform—The uniform and its cost vary by program for both youth and adult.
See www.scoutstuff.org for details and current prices. Uniforms may also be purchased at your local Scout shop.
Books—Youth handbooks are the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, and Webelos Handbook.
Adult leaders use the pack supplied Cub Scout Leader Book, Cub Scout Leader How-to Book, Cub Scout Den and Pack Meeting Resource Guide,
and Webelos Leader Guide. See www.scoutstuff.org or your local Scout shop for prices and a wealth of other reasonably priced resources.
Spending Time With Your Child: The Secret of Success!
Come join the fun of Cub Scouting as a family … it’s fun! You’ll make new
friends, too, as you work with the parents of your child’s new friends. No
task is too difficult when you’re having fun as part of a team of Cub Scout
parents, reinforcing each other’s efforts to help your child grow up to be
You Are Not Alone!
Your den is in a pack that belongs to an organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to operate a Scouting unit (a chartered organization). The chartered organization approves leadership, helps secure a meeting place, and makes sure that the pack works within the guidelines and policies of their organization as well as those of the BSA.
Your pack is a member of a district, a geographic area of the BSA local council that helps support the pack in providing a successful and high-quality program. An employee of the local council, a unit-serving executive (district executive), is assigned to assist the packs in your district.
Your district also has a volunteer team called the commissioner staff. They are a “service team” that checks on the program “health” of your pack, and they are a communication link between your pack and the local council. A commissioner is assigned specifically to assist your unit.
All leaders need training to be effective. Your district provides online based training for adult volunteers in how to be a successful leader. Call your district training chairman for further training information. Your pack also has a pack trainer to oversee adult and youth training.
Your district is one of several in the BSA local council. The professional staff at your council service center can help or will get you in touch with someone who can.