New Scouts and Families Information Guide

Congratulations! You've agreed to become your son's scouting partner and you've also become a member of the greatest youth organization in the world. The Boy Scouts of America and we here at Pack 66 thank you for selecting Scouting and allowing us to help you raise him by building his character, promoting his commitment to citizenship and ensuring his personal growth.

SCOUTING IS FUN WITH A PURPOSE

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 have been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and physical fitness in youth.

In Cub Scouting, boys learn ideals like honesty, bravery, and respect. These values help boys make constructive decisions throughout their lifetimes and give them the confidence they need to grow and develop.

As you become a new scouting family, you may not have any idea of how Cub Scouting works. In the next few weeks, leaders and volunteer parents will meet to assemble dens. You will then be contacted by your den leader to inform you of the meeting places and times. In the mean time we have put together a summary here so that you can know what to expect until then.

How Cub Scouting Works

The Cub Scout Den

Your son is a member of a Cub Scout den. The den meets several times per month and the meeting is lead by a den leader (A parent of one of the scouts)

The den leader usually has an assistant den leader, a den chief (a Boy Scout helper), and parent helpers. Den meetings have games, crafts, songs, ceremonies, and lots of fun. Dens generally consist of 5-8 boys.

The Cub Scout Pack

Your son is also a member of a Cub Scout pack. The pack consists of all the scouts from all the dens. Currently this is about 75 boys. A pack meets once per month -- all Cub Scout families are invited to attend. The pack meeting is led by the Cubmaster. The pack meeting is the highlight of the month's den meetings and activities. Pack meetings have games, songs, skits, stunts, ceremonies, and presentations of badges that boys earned during the month

Pack 66 has been chartered out of Lloyd Road School for over 20 years. The pack committee consists of both veteran leaders as well and new leaders and parents.

The Uniform

Wearing the Cub Scout uniform helps to make the scout feel like a part of the scouting program. It gives the scout a place to display his awards and patches.

Before your first meeting, you should go to either The Hobby Shop in Aberdeen or the Monmouth Council Scout Shop at
705 GINESI DRIVE, MORGANVILLE and pick up the following items:

-Cub Scout shirt
-Monmouth Council patch
-Unit numerals (66)
-Den numerals (You should be informed of your den number in a few days)
-Neckerchief
-Neckerchief Slide
-Belt
-Tiger, Wolf, or Bear Cap
-Tiger, Wolf, or Bear Handbook

This should all cost about $45. We suggest buying the shirt in a large size since it will be used for 2-3 years.

So... You are probably wondering where this stuff gets sewn on your uniform?

Look at our uniform page for patch placement locations.

Parent Participation

All families in Pack 66 are asked to participate in the running of the pack. When you return your son’s cub scout application, you must also submit a parent volunteer form. This form lists all the ways that you can help out in the pack. You must choose one position or committee for you son’s application to be accepted.

The available positions range from simple things like helping to pick up the popcorn for our fundraiser, assisting in the planning of an event, or helping to maintain the web site, to positions of more responsibility like being a den leader or pack treasurer.

What does it take to help?

A long, rich background of scouting involvement is NOT required! What is needed is a desire to work with and help young people, a willingness to make a bit of time in your schedule, and the rest is easy! Lots of resources and training are available and many people will support your efforts. Helping to keep the pack alive and vibrant for the boys can be an exciting and rewarding experience If you want more information about being a leader, feel free to contact our Committee Chairman.

The Advancement Plan

Bobcat

All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first, by learning the Scout Oath, Scout Law, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and meaning of WEBELOS.

After the bobcat badge is earned, the boys work on requirements based on their grade level.

Tiger Cub

A scout is eligible for Tiger cubs when he has completed Kindergarten (or is age 7). Tigers generally attend two Den meetings per month. During these meetings and trips your son will be working toward his Tiger badge. The Tiger badge is earned after completing six adventures and one elective to earn a total of seven belt loops. Parents and scouts will also work together to earn the Cyber Chip badge that educates scouts on ways to be safe while using the computer. After completing the rank of Tiger, boys may earn additional elective belt loop requirements by working with their Den Leader or Parents.

Tiger scouts usually attend two Den meetings and one Pack meeting each month.

Wolf

A Cub Scout who has completed first grade (or is age 8) works on six adventures and one elective to earn a total of seven belt loops to earn their Wolf Badge. Parents and scouts will also work together to earn the Cyber Chip badge for that age group. The badge educates scouts on ways to be safe while using the computer. After completing the rank of Wolf, boys may earn additional elective belt loop requirements by working with their Den Leader or Parents.

Wolf scouts typically attend two Den meetings and one Pack meeting each month.

Bear

A Cub Scout who has completed the second grade (or is age 9) works on six adventures and one elective to earn a total of seven belt loops to earn their Wolf badge. Parents and scouts will also work together to earn the Cyber Chip badge for that age group. The badge educates scouts on ways to be safe while using the computer. After completing the rank of Bear, boys may earn additional elective belt loop requirements by working with their Den Leader or Parents.

Bear scouts typically attend two Den meetings and one Pack meeting each month.

Webelos

When a Cub Scout has completed the third grade (or is ten years old) he joins a Webelos den, led by an adult Webelos leader. At this point of their scout career, camping and the outdoors becomes more important. The boy works on requirements for five adventure pins and one elective. Scouts will be required to participate in outdoor activities that including hiking, cooking, first aid, and fire building. Once scouts have completed the rank of Webelos, boys may earn additional elective belt loop requirements by working with their Den Leaders or Parents.

Arrow of Light

When a scout has completed the fourth grade (or is eleven years old) he is eligible to earn the Arrow of Light Award. The Arrow of Light Award is the highest award in Cub Scouting! In order to earn this prestigious award scouts will once again be expected to take part in more camping and outdoor programs. This rank requires scouts to work on four adventures and one elective. Some of these requirements have scouts camping, setting up tents, tying knots, visiting a Boy Scout Troop meeting and an outdoor activity.
In January of a Webelos Scout's fifth grade year, he graduates from Cub Scouting into the adventure of Boy Scouting at an impressive graduation ceremony.

Webelos/Arrow of Light often attend 3-4 den meetings and one pack meeting per month.

Special Cub Scout Activities

Pinewood Derby

Parent and son work together to build a gravity-powered miniature race car from a special kit. The race is conducted annually, usually in March.

Scouting for Food

Food drive held each year to benefit local food shelves. It is Part of a nation-wide program of the Boy Scouts of America to help feed the hungry.

Blue and Gold Banquet

This is a birthday party for Cub Scouting held by your pack, usually in February. Our pack holds packs hold a dinner, and a program of entertainment, prizes and awards.

Family Camping

Twice a year our pack has a camping trip for the whole family. Come for the activities during the day or stay for the whole weekend.

Cub Scout Day Camp

Cub Scout Day Camp is held at Quail Hill four weeks each summer. Buses bring boys to camp each day from locations throughout Monmouth County. The program provides fun with purpose and develops enthusiasm. Day camp helps strengthen the dens and packs for better year round program.
The day camp uses the fine camp facilities to provide many exciting activities. Supervised swimming, aquatics fun, boating, and fishing provide for water excitement. Boys become marksmen on the BB and archery ranges. Crafts hikes, nature and sports are all a part of the program.

Webelos Resident Camp

Webelos Scouts enjoy the opportunities of a week-long camp at Quail Hill. Cub Scouts camp for three nights during resident camp. Resident Camp gives boys new skills in nature, hiking, swimming, camp crafts, and sports. Activities are planned and supervised to support the Cub Scout advancement program. Different advancement activities give variety to the program for boys of all ages.

Boys' Life Magazine

Boys’ Life is a magazine for boys and adults. Boys' Life has interesting features on Scouting, sports, hobbies, magic, science, and U. S. History. There are also jokes, comics, and short stories. A Boys’ Life Magazine subscription is included in your yearly pack dues.

What does it cost?

Membership

Membership to Pack 66 is $70 and is good until September of the following year. Membership includes:
-Registration and insurance with Boy Scouts of America
-Boys Life Magazine for one year
-Pack 66 T-shirt.
-Pinewood Derby Car
-All awards earned
-Discounted trips and outings for Scouts

Den Dues

Den dues are determined by the individual den depending on their needs. They are usually around $20 per year. Den dues help support the crafts and activities of your Den. Ask your den leader how den dues will be collected.

Popcorn Sales

Once a year we have a popcorn fundraiser. This involves both individual sales by Scouts as well as a one day “Popcorn Blitz”. During the blitz dens sell popcorn with parents and den leaders in front of local businesses. Scouts in their 2nd year or more are required to blitz a minimum of 2 hours to help us raise the funds we need. A popcorn form and information are included in your welcome packet. This is our only fundraiser for the year and scouts are encouraged to sell as much as they can.

Other Information Resources

The web is a great source of scouting information. Some of the best sites for scouting are listed here: