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Title: Parent Information Guide

Parent Information Guide
  • 2008 2009 Scouting Year
  • June 1, 2008 May 31, 2009

149 Best all the time! Contact the Cubmaster
Rich Mendelowitz http//
Cub Scout Parents Orientation
  • Welcome to the fun and Excitement of Cub
    Scouting! Where character counts and the
    adventure begins...
  • At tonights meeting, we will
  • Welcome you
  • Introduce ourselves and the Pack 149 program
  • Inform you and your boys about Cub Scouting
  • Invite boys to join Cub Scouting
  • Involve parents in the program

Pack 149 Leadership
So What is Cub Scouts?
  • A year-round family and community-centered
    program for boys in 1st through 5th grade.
  • Scouts can
  • Camp, hike, learn about the outdoors
  • Build a car and enter the pinewood derby
  • Participate in charity events and volunteer work
  • Rock climb, swim, shoot BB guns, bow and arrows
    and so much more
  • All while
  • Developing character, good habits, respect for
    others and citizenship
  • Spending time with family
  • Encouraging sportsmanship and fitness
  • For Parents - Cub Scouts is when you set aside
    the time to share an outing together with your boy

The Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Good Citizenship
  • Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • Family Understanding
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Personal Achievement
  • Friendly Service
  • Fun and Adventure
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts
  • All structured around family participation and
    core values
  • Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage,
    Faith, Health and fitness, Honesty, Perseverance,
    Positive attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and

  • Tiger Cub Motto (1st grade)
  • Search, discover, share.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Webelos
  • Boy Scout Law
  • A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
    Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful,
    Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent
  • Boy Scout Oath
  • On my honor I will do my best
  • To do my duty to God and my country and
  • To obey the Scout Law
  • To help other people at all times
  • To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake,
    and morally straight.
  • Boy Scout Motto - Be Prepared
  • Boy Scout Slogan - Do a Good Turn Daily
  • Tiger 1st Grade
  • Wolf 2nd Grade
  • Bear 3rd Grade
  • Webelos 4th and 5th Grade
  • Boy Scouts 5th Grade to 18 years old

Things Your Son Will Gain Through Cub Scouting
  • A feeling of belonging to a positive and fun
    group of boys and caring adults.
  • New social skills that will help him get along
    with others.
  • Develop new mental skills from reading and
    writing, to planning and organizing.
  • A greater understanding of other people and the
    world around him.
  • A system of values that will help him grow and
    make good decisions.
  • A concern and caring for people, and even
    opportunities to help others.
  • Self-confidence and stronger self-esteem.

Cub Scout Organization
  • National Council
  • National Capital Area Council
  • Chain Bridge District
  • Packs
  • Chartered Organization Cherrydale United
    Methodist Church
  • Pack Committee
  • Dens

Pack 149 Operating Concept
  • Pack
  • Meetings Monthly on Mondays at Cherrydale United
    Methodist Church, 7-815PM
  • Monthly themes used throughout all of Scouting
  • Events Council, District and Pack
  • Den
  • Meetings in between Pack Meetings Scheduled
    locations and times by the Den Leaders
  • Events
  • Leaders / Committee Planning Meetings
  • Leaders Training
  • Communication
  • Email
  • Website http//
  • All meetings and events on the Pack Calendar
  • Everything is always on the website

2008-2009 Pack Program
Sample Den Activities from past years
So much more
Why Uniforms
  • Scouts wear uniforms as a means of identifying
    themselves openly with the principals to which
    they are committed-character development,
    citizenship, physical and mental fitness.
  • The fact that scouts wear uniforms does not mean
    everyone is alike.
  • Cub Scouts Pack's are made up of boys from
    different cultural, ethnic, religious and
    political backgrounds.
  • The uniform is a way of strength and support to
    each other.
  • It is also a way of making visible a Scouts
    commitment to a belief in God, loyalty to country
    and helping other people.

  • Class A plus rank appropriate handbook Tiger,
    Wolf , Bear, Webelos Casual Adventure or Scout
    Stores in Springfield and Bethesda
  • Costs in NCAC parent orientation guide
  • Neckerchiefs and 149 shoulder numerals provided
    free to all scouts by Pack 149
  • Class B Tee Shirt - 25 sign up tonight

A few still available tonight
New Design on Tie Dye Background
Coming to you in email soon
Packs Obligation to your Son
  • Provide a solid Scouting program that you can
    both be proud of.
  • Provide the means of advancement in a timely
    manner for the Scouts.
  • Provide quality trained den leaders.
  • Provide the opportunity to participate in various
    outings and activities.
  • Provide a safe Scouting environment and meeting
  • Communicate news and current Scout events to you
    in a timely manner.

Scouts Obligations to the Pack
  • Do My Best in everything I do.
  • Obey the packs rules and regulations.
  • Obey den leaders and assistant den leaders and
    follow their rules and regulations.
  • Work on my achievements and electives and advance
    in a timely manner.
  • Participate in Scout activities whenever
  • Respect others, their rights, and their property
    at all times. Show respect for the BSA. Treat the
    United States Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance
    with equal respect.
  • Be on time for all meetings and functions it is
    not fair for the others to have to wait for me.
  • Call my den leader or ask my parent to call if I
    cannot attend a meeting or function.
  • Keep my uniform clean and in good repair with all
    my insignia properly placed.
  • Wear my uniform proudly to all events and
    functions unless told otherwise by my den leader.

Code of Conduct
  • Always attempt to be on time.
  • When wearing the Scout uniform, wear it with
  • Always behave and follow instructions.
  • Always Do Your Best.
  • No use of alcohol or tobacco products is
    permitted while at Scout functions.
  • Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be
  • Destruction of public, private, or personal
    property is strictly prohibited.

Disciplinary Process
  • Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will result
    in a warning, followed by a time-out or removal
    from the activity. In cases of repetitive
    behavior, guardians may be called to pick up the
  • Destruction of property will result in the
    guardian being called immediately to pick up the
    scout. Guardians of Scouts are financially
    responsible for the actions of their children.
  • At the den leaders discretion, guardians may be
    required to attend den functions with their
  • Den leaders have the right to exclude a Scout
    from their den for reasons of conduct

Parent Obligations
  • Work with your son on his achievements and
    electives. Scouting is a family affair and he
    cannot do it alone. If assistance is needed, ask
    your sons den leader.
  • Accompany your son to the monthly pack meeting.
    One parent is required, but the entire family is
    welcome. We expect any younger siblings to be
    supervised and not allowed to cause a distraction
    during the pack meeting.
  • At Pack Meetings, assist the Den leaders as
    necessary if the boys are not well behaved.
    Especially if your son is not behaving. Den
    Leaders are often involved in the Pack Meeting
    program and cannot always see to the boys
    behavior at a Pack meeting.
  • Escort your son into the den meeting room. Make
    sure the leader is there and no last minute
    changes have been made. If you dont stay for the
    meeting, pick up your son on time.
  • Volunteer and become involved. Every family is
    required to volunteer for one Pack level activity
    each year. When we ask for parental assistance
    there is a reason The more active and involved
    you are, the more you and your son will enjoy the
    Cub Scout experience.
  • Voice your opinions, thoughts, and comments any
    leader or committee member. The only way the
    program can be improved is to know what you and
    your son wants.
  • Let us know of any problems as soon as they
    occur. Dont wait. We cannot know about something
    that is upsetting you unless we are told.

Parent Volunteers
  • We need Parent Volunteers to make the Pack go
  • There is no magic here. It is just us parents in
    an all volunteer Army where none of us has enough
    time but
  • We owe our boys a quality program!!
  • A Hundred Years from Now
  • It will not matter what my bank account was,
  • The sort of house I lived in,
  • Or the kind of car I drove.
  • But, the world may be different,
  • Because I was important in the life of a boy.
  • -- Forest Witcraft

Volunteer Roles
  • Volunteer sign-ups require registration or
    renewal payment first
  • (see poster at back of the room for current

What Will Scouting Cost
  • Annual Pack 149 Dues 65
  • This covers
  • BSA Registration Fees for boys and leaders
  • Accident Insurance
  • Boy's Life Magazine Subscription
  • All awards, pins, badges and belt loops earned
  • Fees for camping, Blue and Gold Dinner, and all
    other events
  • Fundraising (optional)
  • Direct support to the Pack in the Fall
  • Support to the National Capital Area Council in
    the Winter

To Join Pack 149
  • The Scouting year runs from June 1 - May 31. 
  • For a new Scout to join Pack 149 please do the
  • Complete a "Cub Scout Application". Fill out only
    the LOCAL COUNCIL COPY. Make and keep a copy for
  • Complete a "Photo Permission Form"
  • Complete the "Personal, Vehicle, Drivers License
    and Auto Insurance Information Form".  
  • Complete the BSA Class 1 Medical Form. Page 1
  • Write a check for 65 made out to "Cub Scout Pack
  • Send or bring all of the above to our Pack
    Committee Chairman, Leslie Atkins, 1001 Rochester
    St., Arlington, VA  22205. Email or call her at 703.237.0668 if
    you have questions. You can also give all of the
    above to any uniformed Pack Leader
  • All new Scouts receive a free uniform neckerchief
    and 149 uniform should numerals.
  • For new Adult Leader to join the Pack
  • Please fill out a "BSA Adult Application" and
    then send or bring to Leslie Atkins as in 5
    above. The Pack pays the Adult Leader fees.
  • All new Adult Leaders receive a free 149
    uniform should numerals.

What do I need you to do now?
  • Go out to the lobby
  • Register or renew
  • Fill out info forms we need
  • Sign up as a leader or for a volunteer slot
  • Sign up and pay for the Campout

Thank you!149 Best all the time!Contact the
Cubmaster Rich
http// 703.527.4627
  • Carefully review this document so you know what
    Cub Scouting is all about and how you and your
    son can get the most out of it.
  • Update all contact information
  • Fill out the BSA Cub Scout Application Form and
    write a check to Pack 149 for 65
  • Fill out the photo permission form
  • Fill out Vehicle and Drivers License information
    form (Needed for Tour Permit for Campouts and
    other outings)
  • Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form and turn it in
    tonight so you can share your knowledge,
    experience, and skills with the boys in your
    sons den and the pack.
  • Consider becoming a Cub Scout Leader of your
    sons Cub Scout den. Your sons experience in
    Cub Scouting depends on your involvement Fill
    out a BSA Adult Leader Application
  • Purchase a Cub Scout Book now and begin doing
    activities in it with your son, especially those
    related to the outdoors.
  • Find out what activities Pack 149 is doing in the
    next few months, and put them on your calendar so
    you can participate.
  • Scouting is more fun with friends! Every boy can
    join Cub Scouts at any time, not just on Join
    Scouting Night. Talk to other parents and boys
    and have them join your sons Cub Scout den now
    to make Cub Scouting even more fun.
  • Purchase a Cub Scout shirt for your son to wear
    his awards on. Be sure to get a size large
    enough to last several years as your son grows

Volunteers Have Loads of Help
  • I was never a Scout as a youth, and know very
    little about the program.
  • There is no relationship between previous
    Scouting experience and your effectiveness as a
    parent or leader. The most important factor is
  • The Chain Bridge District and the National
    Capital Area Council provide many training
    opportunities and supplemental materials to
    assist you in learning about the Scouting
  • Youth Protection Training 30 minutes online or
  • Fast Start Training30 minute video or web-based
    training to give you an overview of the program.
  • Cub Scout Basic Leader TrainingA course taught
    by experienced volunteers that will give you the
    skills and knowledge you need to be effective in
    your leadership position.
  • Roundtablea monthly meeting of area Cub Scout
    leaders, where you will receive general
    information and ideas on how to conduct fun and
    exciting den and Pack meetings. Ideas are shared
    on crafts, games, songs and skits, as well as
    District activities that your Pack can get
    involved with.
  • Cubmailthe monthly Chain Bridge District
    newsletter for all registered adult leaders which
    includes information on Scouting events and
  • Scouting Magazine the monthly National Capital
    Area Council newsletter for all registered adult
    leaders which includes information on Scouting
    events and activities.
  • University of ScoutingAnnual full day of
    school for leaders, offering classes on all
    areas of Scouting.
  • Programs HelpsA leaders guide for planning
    monthly den and Pack meetings.
  • Leaders GuidesNumerous books are available at
    your local Scout
  • Center for leaders to use as references to help
    you run effective den and Pack meetings.
  • Scout CentersOur Council Service Centers are
    staffed with professionals available to help you
    with your Scouting questions, uniforms, and
    everything else you need to be successful in
  • Most of all the experience of other Pack Leaders!
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