|| Scouting Information
Pack 261, Scout Information
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910 we've been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth.
These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence as he becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.
With all the negative influences in today's society, Scouting provides your son with a positive peer group and a program that is fun and adventurous and helps him to "be prepared" to shape his own future.
For specific information, select from the choices below.
- Your Boy is a Member of a Den
- A den has 4 to 8 boys.
- The den meets once a week.
- The den is led by a den leader (usually a parent).
- The den leader is usually assisted by an assistant den leader, a den chief (an older Boy Scout), and a denner (a Cub Scout elected by den members).
- Den meetings have games, crafts, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun.
- Your Boy Is a Member of a Pack
- A Pack is made up of several dens.
- The Pack meets once a month - all Cub Scout families attend.
- The monthly Pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster.
- The Pack meeting is the climax of the month's den meetings and activities.
- Pack meetings have games, skits, stunts, songs, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that the boys earned that month.
- The Pack Is Run by the Pack Committee
- The Pack committee is made up of a group of qualified adults appointed by the chartered organization to administer the program of the Pack. Usually the committee members, as well as the other Pack leaders, are parents of boys in the Pack.
- The committee meets once a month.
- The committee is led by a committee chairman and the Cubmaster.
- The committee plans den and Pack meetings around the monthly theme.
- The committee selects leaders, performs recordkeeping, manages Pack finances, orders badges, maintains Pack equipment, helps train leaders, and recognizes leaders.
- The Pack Is Owned by the Charter Organization
- Chartered organizations include schools, parent-school associations, religious organizations, service clubs, and other groups interested in youths.
- The chartered organization approves leaders, provides a meeting place, and operates Packs within the guidelines and policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
- The chartered organization selects a chartered organization representative who serves as a liaison between the Pack and the organization.
- Good Turn
This is a Pack service project to benefit the community.
- Pinewood Derby
Parent and son work together to build a gravity-powered miniature race car from a special kit. Most Packs conduct the derby races annually.
- Blue and Gold Banquet
This is a birthday party for your Cub Scout Pack usually held in February. Most often it is a seated dinner, but sometimes it is a covered dish supper. A special program or entertainment is customary.
- Day Camp
Day camp is an exciting summertime activity that includes archery, BB guns, crafts, games, sports, songs, and skits. This 1- to 5-day program, conducted under certified leadership, is held on an approved site during daylight hours. Cub Scout day camp is an excellent way to introduce youth to the outdoors and teach them new skills. It also helps strengthen the Pack's summer program.
- Resident Camp
Resident camping is a theme-oriented outdoor program of 2 or more nights. Outdoor program events include: Showmanship, Sportsmanship, Craftsmanship, Waterfront, Fitness, Camp Craft, and Nature.
The responsibility for a boy's advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the Pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.
Teachers and educational authorities alike have long known the benefits of visual demonstrations. Learning occurs faster and easier when the student sees the lesson being performed in addition to reading about it in a book.
Now you can give your Cub Scout this "visual advantage" with the all-new Cub Scout Video Library. Fully approved and endorsed by the Boy Scouts of America, this video series incorporates imaginative animation, computer graphics, and live action to entertain and teach youngsters the important techniques and values of Cub Scouting. Three videos, Bobcat/Wolf, Bear, and Webelos are available through your local council service center.
All boys above the rank of Tiger Cub, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and the meaning of "Webelos." After receiving the Bobcat badge, the boy works on requirements based on his grade or age.
A Cub Scout who has completed first grade (or is age 8), works on 12 achievements to earn the Wolf Badge.
A Cub Scout who has completed second grade (or is age 9), completes 12 of 24 achievements to earn the Bear Badge.
After he earns his Wolf or Bear Badge, a boy may work on electives in different interest areas until he is old enough to begin work on the next rank. For every 10 electives a boy completes, he earns an Arrow Point. A boy may earn as many Arrow Points as he wishes.
When a Cub Scout has completed the third grade (or becomes 10 year old), he transfers to a Webelos den, led by an adult Webelos leader. The boy works on requirements for the Webelos Badge, 20 activity badges, and the Arrow of Light award (the highest award in Cub Scouting) which prepares him for Boy Scouting.
Arrow of Light
When a boy earns the Arrow of Light or reaches 11 years of age or completes the fifth grade, he may graduate from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation ceremony. We aim to graduate every Cub Scout in Boy Scouting.
- Tiger Cub Group Den Leader
Helps the Pack's Tiger Cub Den(s) stay active and participate with the Pack. Attends the monthly Pack leaders' meeting and monthly roundtable meeting.
- Den Leader(s)
Leads the den at weekly den meetings and monthly Pack meetings. Attends the monthly Pack leaders' meeting and monthly roundtable meeting.
Plans and carries out the Pack program with the help of the Pack Committee. Emcees monthly Pack meeting, and attends Pack leaders' meeting and monthly roundtable meeting.
- Den Leader Coach
Meets with den leaders monthly to plan Pack program with the help of the Pack committee. Attends Pack meeting, Pack committee meetings, and roundtable meetings. The Cubmaster may perform this function in a small Pack.
- Pack Committee
Pack committee members perform the administrative functions of the Pack. Committee members consist of primarily adminstrative roles such as Treasurer, Secretary, Fund Raising Chair, and more of a similar nature.
- Committee Chairman
Presides at all Pack leader meetings. Helps recruit adult leaders. Also attends Pack meeting and roundtable meetings.
Keeps all records for the Pack including Pack bank account, financial records, etc. Attends Pack meetings and Pack committee meetings.
- Advancement Member
Maintains advancement records. Orders and obtains all badges and insignia. Attends Pack meetings and Pack committee meetings.
- Parent Helpers
Function chairman position are auxiliary to the Pack committee and perform "one shot" program jobs such as coordinating Pack participation in sales events, Scouting for Food, Pack Good Turn, pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, Scoutorama, Pack graduation, and day camp. These jobs are generally of a short duration.
Search, Discover, Share
Tiger Cubs, BSA, is a 1-year program for first-grade boys. Each boy participates with a parent (or another adult family member) in family-oriented activities. These include things from family camping to preparing for emergencies
The times you and your son spend in Tiger Cubs is meant to be fun, a chance to get to know one another better, and do things with your family as well as other members of the Tiger Cub group whom you see at monthly meetings.
Do Your Best
Cub Scouting is a home- and neighborhood-centered program designed to support family life for boys in second through fifth grades. Each Cub Scout learns to respect his home, country, God, and other people. The program also helps boys this age to
- Learn new physical skills through sports, crafts and games.
- Learn how to get along with others through group activities.
- Develop new mental skills such as writing and calculating.
- Develop personal independence.
In a society where your son is often taught that winning is everything, Cub Scouting teaches him to "do his best" and be helpful to others as expressed in the Cub Scout Promise.
Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer unit leaders are an example of Scouting's principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are a primary source of leaders in the Scouting program. You volunteer not only to serve Scouting, but also to serve your son and his friends, and to have a chance to be a positive influence on the youth in your community.
Being a leader is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Leaders find that their experiences help them to become better parents. The following are some of the many dividends that will enrich your life as you dedicate your time, talent, and enthusiasm to Scouting:
- Fun and fellowship with other families, sharing your pride in the boys' accomplishments
- The privilege of helping to enrich and strengthen families
- A chance to help boys learn good citizenship and to help shape them into men who have strength of character and are sensitive to the needs of others
- The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of boys as they grow strong in mind and body
- A code to live by which will set a worthwhile example for both boys and adults
- The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement, and pride in being publicly identified as a part of this organization - wearing the Scouting uniform is a visible means of showing you believe in and stand up for the ideals and objectives of the Boy Scouts of America.